Blow by Heidi McLaughlin

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Blow by Heidi McLaughlin

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.

This book was so many things. Amazing, eye-opening, heartbreaking, unexpected. I hope I do justice with this review because I really loved this book.

I’m trying to phrase this a certain way but I keep doing it wrong, so I’ll say this: this author absolutely nailed addiction and how it can affect people. We see Bodhi go through a lot in this book; from being on a month long cocaine bender to severe withdrawls and back to being healthy. Its an incredible journey and its written beautifully.

One scene that I can’t stop thinking about is when Bodhi is having hallucinations. The scene is overwhelming and, as the reader, you really don’t realize that Bodhi is having the hallucination until things seem too weird to be real. The reason that scene stands out to me is because the hallucination overtakes both Bodhi and the reader so quickly. I could feel his panic and terror as I read that scene.

As a blogger, I read a lot of books (obviously). I try to stay impartial but at times, I do start to guess where a story is going. This book was truly enjoyable to read for me because while the author stayed true to romance and the rockstar love story concept, she managed to turn things around so the story stayed fresh. I can say with absolute confidence that I haven’t read a book like this before.

This book made me have a lot of admiration and respect for Heidi McLaughlin. She tackled the subject of addiction and did it flawlessly. She also managed to take ideas that we might already have read and twist and turn them many different ways. The reason this is so special is that she wrote this in such a way that its entirely different and everything still makes total sense.

I have so much more I want to say but if I keep going, I will end up giving you the whole story. This is one of my all-time favorite stories. Hands down. I cannot recommend this story enough. Even as I am wrapping up my review, I can’t stop thinking about how much I enjoyed this book and I am resisting the urge to keep going on and on about all the different little facets that I admired. This book is a definite must-read!

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