Blow by Heidi McLaughlin (Virtuous Paradox #1)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Loveswept

My copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Liz

Meet the complicated men behind the sexiest boy band in America! In Blow, the start of an emotionally charged series from bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, an insatiable heartthrob gets blinded by the spotlight—and learns to fight for love.

Bodhi McKnight has always had everything handed to him on a silver platter: fame, success, money, girls. The raven-haired, blue-eyed hottie is the son of Hollywood A-listers, and when he’s asked to join the boy band Virtuous Paradox, his star shoots even higher. But so do expectations, leading Bodhi down a destructive path of addiction—until a drop-dead gorgeous guardian angel shows him her sizzling brand of tough love.

When Bodhi ends up in rehab, he doesn’t expect to meet someone as cool and down-to-earth as Kimberly Gordon. Although he’s enjoyed the company of beautiful, charming women before, none of them have tried to get to know the “real” Bodhi. But Kimberly isn’t fazed by his stardom. She’d rather go horseback riding, teach Bodhi to play guitar, or ask him about his feelings. Soon Bodhi realizes he’s fallen head over heels for her. He just hopes that he’s strong enough to protect what they have from all the pressures and temptations of the outside world.

Blow by Heidi McLaughlin is the first book in a series about the men in the boy band Virtuous Paradox, the hottest thing in Hollywood right now. The demands are endless and countless. The cost can be too high and for Bodhi McKnight they just might be.

Bodhi is the son of Hollywood legends and has had a very privilege life. He is currently living his dreams right now. His fame catapulted him into a life with demands that leave him exhausted. Turning to drugs, before he knows it, Bodhi is in too deep. After an intervention, he is now in rehab.

Kimberly Gordon takes her job seriously. She is there to help her patients recover and gives them her all. Then Bodhi McKnight walks through the doors. One look and she is taken by him. She tries to keep her distance, but for how long?

Now Bodhi and Kimberly find themselves together all the time as he heals and recovers. They form a friendship and get to know each other. The more time they spend together, the more they realize this could be more. But with their time counting down, can they survive all the influences they will face once he leaves?

I also enjoyed Bodhi’s inner dialog. It reflected on the struggles he was facing, the doubts, and worry about his choices and future. It allowed Kimberly to see the man. Faults and all. Kimberly fell for the man. But when she doubts herself frequently, should she follow her heart or her mind?

I enjoyed this story. It’s a story about finding second chances when life goes wrong and fighting for what you want. There were times I felt some issues were rushed or quickly glossed over, however, it was a good solid story. Though this was not my favorite book by this author, I liked the story and will read the next books in this series.

I give Blow by Heidi McLaughlin 4 stars!


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