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

November 4, 2016 Review 0

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

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.

Title: Blow
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Third Base, Grand Slam, Home Run
Series: Virtuous Paradox
Published by LoveSwept
Source: Publisher
Published: November 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 224
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
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If you are a recovering addict (of any kind) and have triggers that you’re still healing from and/or dealing with, this may not be the book for you until you’re ready. But once you ARE ready, I truly believe that you’ll find this book inspirational in one way or an other.


From the very first sentence, we’re thrust into a drug world that those in the “industry” experience more often than not. The need for that high in order to “get through” is one of the worst feelings, yet it’s a necessity for most. This story will not only open your eyes to the constant battle people face with addiction, it will remind us that there’s always hope.

Bohdi is famous. Like, mom and dad are already famous and now he’s part of a famous boy band, famous. He’s constantly being told what to wear, where to go, and quite frankly, everything else. How does he cope? Blow. But it’s not until his last day of a month long binge that the “intervention” happens. Where he’s forced to actually look at himself in the mirror, seeing what he’s become, and he doesn’t like what he sees. So off to rehab he goes…

Kimberly is the daughter of the owner of the rehab facility Bohdi is taken to. She’s beautiful, smart and off limits, and according to her work ethic, Bohdi is off limits too. But one look between the two is all it takes to throw caution to the wind. But Bohdi is, Bohdi. Why would he be interested in her? She’s not a model or actress and he clearly has some things he needs to work on, right?

This was an emotional roller coaster for me, in a positive way. We start off with the addiction, head to rehab to heal, fall in love, learn to live with an addiction and become addicted to something else in order to survive. Is becoming addicted to something else the smartest thing to do? Not always, but in this case, it’s a life saver. The self reflection that Bohdi needs to go through is real. Like, honestly real. I wish that Kim went through a similar reflection, but then again, she wasn’t the addict.

I absolutely love this “boy band”. The other two members clearly have a story that needs to be told and I’m excited to see where it goes. There’s also a surprise character that I kind of forgot about, who resurfaces in the end. I hope she gets a HEA too. Like I stated in the beginning. There are some serious triggers in this book. Ones that you may not even recognize until you read them. The description of things have a way of taking you places, so be careful reading this if you’re recovering. But don’t get me wrong, this book is well worth the read!!!

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