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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Blow by Heidi McLaughlin is an emotionally charged tale of a famous boy-band sensation that has hit rock bottom. This tale of redemption and healing will certainly affect readers, as my heart ached through most of the book for Bodhi and how broken he was by the industry and his past.
Bodhi is unlike most heroes that I love. Yes, he has the confidence that most musicians have, but he also has numerous insecurities. These insecurities become the main focus of his character as they are what drive his drug addiction, and the little glimpses of the cocky boy-band member only serve to remind the reader of what he could be. These self-doubts make him an incredibly sympathetic character. Watching him break are some of the hardest scenes to watch, and readers’ hearts will ache for his turmoil. But Bodhi is much more than a drug addict, and Heidi McLaughlin writes his character in a way that makes him completely sympathetic to the reader. The fact that he has used drugs and has done some reprehensible acts doesn’t detract from his likability, and this is due in large part to the remorse that he shows, as he does not shy away from sharing his emotions. These emotional moments, once again, set him apart from the usual heroes that are in romance novels, but I found that I enjoyed this type of hero. His openness was refreshing, and his dedication to getting better and his focus on what matters makes this hero become one of the favorites.
Kim, the heroine, and his one-on-one counselor is everything that Bodhi needs. She is incredibly sympathetic to his character and other drug users, and her kindness and acceptance of drug addicts are some of her best qualities. There are times throughout that her faith in Bodhi wavers, and readers will want to be mad at her for it, but readers can’t blame her for some of her doubts. This struggle within her makes their relationship rocky at times, but it is necessary to the development of the story and the two as a couple.
The other two men in the band are also incredibly fantastic, and I cannot wait for their story. They have unwavering support for Bodhi, and readers get enough interaction from them to become invested in their stories. I know I am excited to see where she takes their stories as well as the band’s.
The plot of this story will draw readers in as it focuses on the tale of Bodhi’s recovery. His agonizing decent into drug addiction, his long road to recover, seeing him change and evolve is emotional and completely captivated me. Even when I wasn’t reading, I found myself thinking about the story and about his character. What I love most about the plot is the conflict and resolution of the story. While this general story line provided little to no surprises, I enjoyed the actual conflict and the twist she gave it as well as the resolution. Readers will also be very happy with ending the author provides for Bodhi. It completely melted my heart!
This has been my first novel by Heidi McLaughlin, but it won’t be my last. The emotional journey not only gave romance readers what they love, but also sheds light on the struggles of drug additcs, and these are the type of books that really speak to me. I will anxiously be awaiting the next book in the series.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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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“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