Blow by Heidi McLaughlin ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@HeidiJoVT, @readloveswept)

I hadn't read a book by Heidi McLaughlin before, so I grabbed Blow while it was just 99 cents! 
Blow (Virtuous Paradox, #1)
Title: Blow
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Series: Virtuous Paradox #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 8th 2016

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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.

Blow was quite the eye opening read into the life of an addict. It may not be a true indication of what a full blown addict has to deal with, but it gave me a bit of a glimpse into the life of someone that didn't realise he was suffering. Throw in a hot and sexy counselor, and I knew I was in for a lot of smouldering fun!

Bodhi McKnight was exactly what I thought a guy from a boy band would be like: confident, charming and sexy. He was a little lodt relying on his addiction, so it was good to see him come to terms with it and become a better person. I liked seeing him grow in rehab, make an acquaintance, and fitted into the lifestyle there. Once he was out, he did all he could to stay clean and worked on improving himself.

Kimberly Gordon was may've crossed a few lines when it came to Bodhi, but I could see these two were meant to be. She was a strong, sweet and caring girl, that Bodhi needed at the time. I liked seeing their chemistry grow throughout the story, and seeing little things test and strengthen their relationship.

I liked getting to know the other guys from Virtuous Paradox too. Brayden and Carson are good friends and supported Bodhi during his dark time. I got little glimpses as to the direction of their romances and I look forward to seeing more!

I enjoyed Heidi McLachlan's writing style and felt she did a great job at portraying what happens to a person that faces their demons. I liked how the relationship began and seeing their attraction flourish! Bodhi's relationship with his parents strengtherned too, and I liked seeing that element in the story. The storyline was easy to follow and I liked most of the characters that I was introduced to. I'm keen to continue this series, so bring on the next book!

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This is a great first kiss! The passion and chemistry was off the charts for these two!

The way she looks at me, with the moon casting a glow on us, makes it seem like we’re in the middle of a movie set. The only thing missing is the cheesy music put over the clip to alert the viewers that a kissing scene is coming up.
Kiss her.
I lean forward, listening to my heart, and press my lips against hers. They’re soft and mold to mine perfectly. I step toward her, closing the gap, and place my hand on her hip, bringing her forward just a hair. My tongue reaches out to test her willingness to kiss me, gliding along her lower lip. She places her hands on my chest and her fingers brush over my skin, sending shock waves to my core.

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Heidi McLaughlinHeidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling 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's 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.

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