Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Review: Blow (Virtuous Paradox #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

***3 Stars***

I loved the sound of the blurb for this book and having enjoyed this authors work before I expected more from this book but sadly it fell a little flat for me. I just couldn’t connect with Bohdi and found him whiny for the most part, a spoilt brat that seemed a lot younger than the character age was meant to be.

Bohdi has a privileged life with A-list parents and now his own success in one of todays manufactured boy-bands but he seems to be chasing more all the time and after finding solace in drugs, things are spiralling out of control. When he ends up in re-hab he has to face up to what he wants out of his life but for me his pursuit of Kimberley was a substitute for the drugs he had craved. 
I liked Kimberley and enjoyed reading her POV much more than Bohdi’s, she had a depth to her that I liked but that all seemed to go out of the window where Bohdi was concerned. I just felt someone in her position, and I know this is fiction, wouldn’t put themselves or a patient in the situations she does with Bohdi. At times, I found the situations uncomfortable to read as the boundaries were crossed. 
I much preferred the latter part of the book, it was more enjoyable and comfortable to read following Bohdi’s departure from rehab and found his situation with the band and their manager frustrating and infuriating. I wanted to shake Rebel and her pushy attitude so much. However, I still found some of the things Bohdi said to Kimberley would have set off alarm bells for anyone that works with recovering addicts. 
Overall a quick read, pretty much an insta-love romance that could have covered a dark subject matter a little better but the romance though forbidden overtook the story. However, I am intrigued by the other characters we met and will certainly look for the next book to see where their stories lead. 

Reviewed by Vikki Ryan

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.

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