Blow (Virtuous Paradox #1)

Author: Heidi McLaughlin 

Publisher: Loveswept

Rating: 3.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon 

Type: Novel in Series 

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Blurb: 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.


Review:  Bohdi McKnight was the hero of this book but he was a very reluctant one. He’d started out doing really well, but the exhaustion and stress he faced being one of three musicians in a crazy famous band was huge. He’d solved it by becoming an addict, nearly destroying everything.

Kimberly Gordon faced a dilemma. She works for her father at the rehab clinic where Bohdi is recovering. She was supposed to be his mentor, making sure he was okay, getting whatever he needed, as well as always being there for him. Friendship was the only relationship available to them. But how was Kim supposed to deal with the combustible sexual chemistry between them?

In a way, for Bodhi, this book was more about self-accountability and making amends to the people close to him. His parents drive to succeed had taken over their lives, so from an early age his needs were delegated to a nanny, housekeeper, or whatever school he was at. They weren’t bad people, they were just ignorant of his depression and loneliness.

This book seems suitable for a New Adult book, and there’s not a huge amount of depth to it. I really think I might not have been the ideal target for it–but I did enjoy the writing and the characters. I just never bought into their angst. I think it’s a good book for someone who either knows a young adult, is a young adult, or just likes those books. Thanks for giving me a chance to review it!

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