[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.

  • Lovely review Joy. <3 I'm glad you liked this one 🙂 But I'm sorry it had a bunch of issues : It would not be a book for me at all. Ack. But I do like the cover 😉

  • I haven’t heard about this book
    before. I’m not sure I’m in the mood for such a book right now. I hope next
    books in the series work better for you.

  • Fast relationships bug me at times too… so I can understand your frustrations there. And the lack of control! Argh! But I’ve been looking at this one, and I think I’ll have to get it!

  • I think in February I’m going to give romance novels a chance. I read 50 Shades and I barely got through it. But while love is in the air, I will give it another try lol.

  • I struggle with drug dependency and rehab when it comes to NA, because usually they replace one addiction for the other (usually sex) and it’s all happy times. Well no. I’ve read a few of her books in the past and found them wonderful and sexy reads, but this sounds like I’ll pass son this one too. Thanks for taking one for the team Joy, wonderful review nonetheless <3

  • Hmmmm, maybe not

  • Karen

    Probably not for me either although not because of the drug use (even though that seems to be too fast and yeah – with the patient/counselor thing) but because the hot guy meets a *normal* girl who doesn’t care about his fame has gotten kind of old for me. I’ve read a few lately and need a break from that trope.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • Ohh, this didn’t sound bad, but I couldn’t get behind anyone in a caregiver position of any kind in a relationship with a patient. I’m sorry this didn’t live up to your experiences with the author, though!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sorry this wasn’t quite up to par with the author’s other work! Thanks for sharing.


  • I saw this the other day and passed over it for the drug reasons. I think I’ll wait and grab a different band members’ book whenever they come out. Great review~

  • It’s always good to give the author a chance when it comes to her writing a different kind of work than what you are used to. And I’m glad it wasn’t too bad… but it seems like in terms of being realistic it fell a bit short at times.

  • RO

    The title grabs your attention right away, so that could be a bad thing or a good thing, right? (lol) Even though this isn’t an age thing, it sort of reminds me when a teacher hooks up with a student, and you know the adult is supposed to not let that happen. Your review is really good. Hugs…

  • really? i only know her for her

    The Beaumont Series i didnt know she writes a lot of M/M as well. I did read like half of the first book in that series, it wasnt too bad, dont know why i did not finish it. sorry this one did not live up to expectations

  • Jasprit

    I’m sorry that you didn’t end up enjoying this as much as Mclaughlin’s previous books, I think I would have some issues with Kim and Bodhi’s relationship too, but I’m glad that this hasn’t put you off from trying the rest of this series. Great review Joy! 🙂

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I usually avoid the drugs, sex, and rock and roll books since I’m just not into the rockstar romance trope, but I’ve never heard of this author before and I definitely want to check out her previous novels, now! So glad that this was enjoyable for you, Joy–am curious to see how the rest of the series holds up!

  • kindlemom1

    Hopefully they get better as they go. I was trying to think if I’ve ever tried this author and I truly can’t remember, isn’t that sad? I do think I own some of her books though so that’s a start at least. 😛

  • It’s nice that even with a different romance you had a great time as well. I didn’t know about this one but I’m intrigued