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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.

My Review

“Kiss me. Kiss me like you’re never going to see me again. Kiss me like I’m the last woman alive. Kiss me like I’m your salvation.”

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I really liked the idea of the story and felt like it started off with a bang. From the moment I met Bodhi, I just wanted to know more about him and why his life was spiraling so far out of control. Kimberly was an interesting character to me. I appreciated how patient she was and how good of a friend she became to Bodhi.

However, I did have some issues with the story. The biggest ones were the pacing and word usage. Lets tackle the pacing first. For the most part, the pacing of the story was right on track. My issue came into play with Kimberly and Bodhi’s relationship. It didn’t feel very believable and it just progressed way too quickly. I found it very hard to connect with them. I would have liked for them to get to really know one another more. Maybe spend some more time out of recovery, before jumping into a relationship. I would have really liked to see the two of them build their relationship and their connection. Now, please don’t get me wrong, these two had excellent sexual chemistry, but I needed more from them than that. My other big issue was some of the terms used during the sexual moments. I’m not going to go into the specifics, but I will just say that there are some words that are a complete turn off, and sadly, these few were just that for me.

So, yeah, overall this book was just an ok read for me. I struggled with some parts of it, and that’s the reasoning behind my 2.5-3 star rating. I don’t know how I really feel about it, so I’m just going to leave it that way…at least for now. Honestly, I think this is going to be just one of those books that you’re going to love or you’re going to hate. For me, like I said, it was just ok.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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