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.
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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.
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Reviewed by Stephanie
This is the first book in the Virtuous Paradox series by Heidi McLaughlin. The story follows Bodhi who basically grew up as Hollywood royalty and is now even more in the spotlight since he is a member of the hottest boy band in the country Virtuous Paradox. Unfortunately Bodhi while trying to navigate through the craziness that comes with being at the top of the music charts and being worshiped by millions everywhere became addicted to drugs, and after an especially crazy night and way to much Blow he lands himself right where he needs to be, rehab.
“ Coming down from my high is really starting to affect me. There’s an ache inside me I can’t explain.”
Bodhi meets Kim when he first steps into rehab, she is assigned to be his patient advocate or a friend for the thirty days he is there. While Bodhi is seeking therapy and wrestling with his demons he is also trying desperately to ignore the attraction he feels towards Kim, who is supposed to be off limits. Kim herself is struggling to try and stay away from Bodhi, but the struggle doesn’t last long and before you know it they are all over each other. Yet there are rules after all, and they aren’t supposed to be fraternizing. But with Bodhi’s release rapidly approaching comes the thought of can they make it together in Bodhi’s fast paced world outside the safe walls of the rehab? Or will thirty days be all they get?
“This is what I needed. I needed her here and in my arms to complete me. To make me feel like I’m on the right path.”
Ok so this book started out pretty well but I did have a bit of a hard time with aspects of the story. While I really enjoy a good bad boy in a band falling in love with the good girl story this was sort of an instant love that just didn’t work and wasn’t all that believable between these two. I just had a hard time connecting with the characters and felt like we weren’t really given enough to get to know them. I felt like parts were just glazed over and where I thought a big part of the story would be Bodhi and his recovery it sort of just got pushed to the side all in the name of love heals all. I mean overall the story was decent and had a lot of potential but I just didn’t love it.
“Oh yeah? What’s that?” Her tone is playful and gives me hope. And I need hope. Not to score with her, but to get through my days.
“You should join me in the shower.” I waggle my eyebrows at her and rub my hand over my abs, pushing up my shirt a little so she can see what’s underneath.
Kim shakes her head, but her smile tells me that she likes the idea. She covers her mouth to stifle a laugh, and I chuckle.
About The Author
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
When she isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games
Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production to be a major motion picture.
NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author
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