Blog Tour + Review - Hidden Depth by Brenda Rothert

by - Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Hidden Depth (Lockhart Brothers, #4) by Brenda Rothert
An adult standalone, contemporary romance


I had it all.

Breaking into the entertainment business as a teenager wasn’t easy. I spent years of my childhood traveling, auditioning and hoping my big break would come. And when I did, I rose to a level I never imagined.

Elle Tyler: model, singer and actress. I couldn’t go anywhere without security anymore. It was everything I ever wanted and more - fame, fortune and worldwide recognition. At age twenty-four, I was living a dream. 

But a single act of violence shattered my fairytale existence. In a matter of seconds, all the goodness in me was ripped to shreds. Overnight, the people around me dropped away, moving on to find the next big thing. I gave up on myself, becoming a woman so dark and forlorn I no longer recognized myself.

But the stranger who saved me that day, Justin Lockhart, never gave up on me. He still saw light through my darkness. And as we grew closer, I started to see it, too. And I also started to see that before that terrible day, maybe I didn’t really have it all. Maybe I was always missing the only thing that really matters.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of Hidden Depth provided by Inkslinger PR and the author. Thank you so much for the reviewing opportunity!

I'm going to start by saying how much I love the idea of the book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I can surely say that Justin is one that I would easily fall in love with. The first few pages drew me in instantly and I was left breathless and horrorstruck at the tragedy that struck Elle's life - I certainly wasn't expecting that. 

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to ship it as much as I would love to. While I liked Elle and loved Justin, I wasn't able to feel the depth of their relationship. Things happened too fast for me to absorb, just when A happened, the author threw a curveball with plot twist B and I'm still wondering if it was necessary. I guess, considering how strong the story started off, I was expecting much more angst and emotions in the characters. Maybe it's just me, but I honestly couldn't connect to it and because of that, the story fell short. 

I do LOVE the Lockharts though, and Chloe and Andre deserved an honorable mention, I'm curious about their backstory and wonder if they would get a story of their own.

Overall, I like the story but not to the extent of loving it.

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Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.


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