[683]: Blow by Heidi McLaughlin

Blow by Heidi McLaughlin
Series: Virtuous Paradox, #1
Loveswept | November 8th, 2016
Source: Publisher via Net Galley
Adult Fiction | Romance | Erotica
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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.

I usually stay away from books with detailed drug use. My stomach can’t handle the deliberate physical and mental destruction the characters put themselves through. When I got the notification from Loveswept about this book, I was instantly filled with dread; and with a title like, “Blow”, I sort of had a sense of what I was signing up for. I’ve read quite a few of Heidi’s books in the past and have enjoyed them for the most part. Unfortunately, and in my humblest opinion, I found this to be not of her usual writing.

Blow is a series opener about your atypical rock band romance (of the sex, drugs and rock & roll variety). I’ve read a number of them in my lifetime because I’m a fan. They’re my go-to when I’m in need of a quick, fun read. That’s why I didn’t hesitate to download a copy but as I’ve said, this was not of her usual caliber. The one glaring thing about this book was the relationship. It went from 0-60 right off the bat. And while I generally don’t have a problem with that, I had a problem with them using each other. I mean, Kim should’ve known better. As a caregiver/assistant therapist/counselor, she knew that a relationship with a patient is wrong. Heck, some therapists don’t even recommend a relationship soon after a stint in a rehab period. So for her to jump right in didn’t sit well with me.

Bodhi was only too weak to resist, of course. He ignored his doctor’s advise and gave in to the basest of his instinct. In the real world, theirs was the kind of relationship that has disastrous implications. But since this was fiction, of course they found a way to work through it.

The characters seem to have dichotomous personalities as well. There’s the calm exterior that they use in public that becomes explosive once unleashed. I found it weird. But I suppose their characterizations are very realistic in that way. We all have a front that we let others to see. This couldn’t be any truer with Kim and Bodhi.

Over all, I think I’d like to follow this series despite my misgivings. I’ve only known Heidi for her M/M romance, so this being of the hetero variety is a novelty for me. I’m looking forward to knowing the rest of the band and whomever else Heidi has in store for us.

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