- File Size: 234 KB
- Print Length: 65 pages
- Publisher: Clean Reads (September 10, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 10, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0098SJUNI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Quite a number of times throughout the book I found Alaina came across as very judgmental- like her outwardly showing distaste for Jordan when she assumes (incorrectly) that he's going outside for a smoke, or when she again leaps to conclusions that because Jordan isn't blind he has "no need" for his service dog. Such instant reactions were in some respects understandable, but they left me with the impression that anything not crystal clear makes Alaina react with suspicion and distaste. This hit me particularly when she asked Jordan to leave his service dog behind when they go to the movies. Although Alaina didn't know just how much Jordan relies on Abe for his physical and emotional health, the fact he had kept his dog with him every minute for the weeks of time they'd spent together should have tipped her off to what a monumental thing requesting he be left behind was. It felt unthinking of her, like she assumed she knew better than Jordan himself did.
I didn't find Alaina to be anything like the common heroine, but this made me more intrigued as to where the plot and interactions would go. None of her reactions were aggressive enough for me to dislike her character, but it was a brave move on the author's behalf writing her like this - and one that I feel strengthens the conflict within the story. Instead of being a wishy-washy, sunshine-and-roses style of book, it's a lot sharper and more realistic. I really liked this and found these differences in plot excellent. Some readers, however, mightn't feel the same and might find it difficult to relate to Alaina.
I also particularly liked how Jordan wasn't your average hero who has made it back after time in the army. He's not lost a limb or got disfiguring scars and needs the nurture and love of a good woman to make it all right. Instead he's got a more difficult--and uncommon--problem to deal with, that of anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a mixed bag of other issues. Again I thought this was a brave and excellent side-step from what could have become a story like many others. It made the plot feel fresh and deeply interesting to see how Alaina and Jordan would deal with things. I found myself turning the pages and deeply sunk into the story, engrossed. For those looking for a sweet story that breaks out of the more traditional roles one expects; this could well be a refreshing and wonderful read.
Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews
Published by: Astraea Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For GMTA
"Jordan's Battle" by E.A. West was a very good short contemporary romance story. The two main characters were very interesting in how this author brought this to the reader in getting to know and understand them, especially Jordan who had this PTSD having problems to deal with, that of anxiety. We find this army service veteran with PTSD, has a service dog(Abe) which helps him to have a 'normal life' and to be able to have a job. On his new job he meets
Alaina and she is left to wonder why did he have this dog...he looked normal and all? There will be up and downs in this read and it is here that I say you must pick up "Jordan's Battle" to see how this author lays it out to the reader. In getting to know them (Jordon and Alaina, you will see that this is a enlighten romantic well written story. I definitely found "Jordan's Battle" was a "story that is truly an eye opener to the reality some people live in, and a perfect example of why we shouldn't judge others because we don't know what they've been through." Would I recommend this read? YES!
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
This was a nice storyline and one you don't normally see. A veteran's PTSD complicates his life and his service dog allows him to lead a normal life including interactions with others and holding down a job. There was romance, laughter and some tears and all in just a quickie read of 65 pages.
There was an actual storyline with nice closure, good character development and my interest was immediately engaged on page one. While I would have liked to see a little more of Jordan's and Alaina's interactions and potential relationship, both ups and downs, I was satisfied by the conclusion but wouldn't mind a sequel to get to know both of them better.
I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading others by West.
Favorite Quote: Alaina accepted the phone and burst into laughter. Jordan had taken a picture of Abe and put the dog's head on a racially ambiguous surfer body. "I should get you to test all of my apps. I never would have thought to use anything other than people for it."
The story was good but I would have preferred more pages to further develop the characters and their relationship with each other. You don't really even like Alaina within the first few pages. Her reactions are probably realistic but I would have preferred her to have handled it better in the beginning.
This story is truly an eye opener to the reality some people live in, and a perfect example of why we shouldn't judge others because we don't know what they've been through.
I loved this story! I loved the dog. I loved Jordan's shyness. I loved Alaina's forwardness. I just loved it all!
Great job, Elizabeth!