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

Published November 8th 2016 by Loveswept, 224 pages


Rating : 3 out of 5 Stars

Bodhi McKnight is the singer of a famous boys band, Virtuous Paradox. His success didn’t bring him happiness, though. He became famous too fast and has difficulty managing the downside of being a celebrity. He feels lost, is mentally exhausted and hates his life, no less. Drug addiction has been his escape from reality, triggered by unhealthy relationships. Frankly, this hero was a bit of a let-down. He appeared spoiled and weak, unable to face the consequences of his actions.

He is forced to get professional help by his manager and his parents and spends one month in a rehab center. Kimberly Gordon works as a companion to patients of the center. Her job is to help Bodhi find himself again and start a healthier life. There is an instant attraction between them. Although insta love is usually not an issue for me, I didn’t feel the connection between Bodhi and Kim. It felt forced and I didn’t “buy” it. Kim is a great character, though. She wants Bodhi to face reality and tries to keep him grounded. Open communication is a key element in their relationship and she cares about him.

The happy ending was a bit too easy in my opinion, the subject of drug addiction is not a light one and all Bodhi’s problems seemed to be solved in one month. Overall, this story was entertaining but I felt it lacked depth in the storyline and character development. This book was not what I expected, but it won’t deter me from reading the next installment in Heidi McLaughlin new series, Virtuous Paradox.

An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.


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