This is a difficult review for me to write as I have set the bar very high for Heidi McLaughlin as I adored her previous books and have devoured them all. I enjoyed this book but there were many things that didn't rest well with me. I thought the start of the story was very strong, seeing Bodhi’s struggles with his drug addiction into his eventual surrender and admitting himself into rehab. It’s when he enters the doors of Serenity Springs that things begin to take a different direction. Meeting Kimberly, a therapist who works with patients suddenly switches Bodhi’s mental state. It was quickly a race to win her heart and the need to bed her instead of focusing on getting better. Things got steamy between these two despite it’s forbidden for a patient to have a relationship with his carer. I like that it’s told in dual perspective and the writing style of this book is what I'd expect from this talented author but the story left me with mixed feelings. I’m okay with the forbidden romance but I didn't like the raging hormones and that the addiction recovery wasn’t emphasised and was simply replaced with the romance. However, if you’re able to look past my qualms and you’re looking for something fast and romantic then you may enjoy Blow. 3.5 stars from me.
Bhodi McKnight, son of a Hollywood power couple, and newly discovered superstar in his own right as a member of the boy band Virtuous Paradox, keeps telling himself one thing.
"I can stop any time I want."
... but he can't.
An intervention staged by his father and his manager forces him to wake up to exactly how far down the rabbit hole he's traveled, and how limited his options are. namely go to rehab, or lose everything.
Rehab seems the better option.
Once there, he meets Kimberly Gordon. One of the few women he's met in ages who isn't falling all over herself to get a piece of him. All she wants to do is help him. That's her job.
Feelings quickly develop that while not expressly forbidden, could be crippling to Bhodi's recovery and that's when things get complicated.
Told from dual points of view, Blow is, for what might be termed a 'Rocker romance' a wonderfully introspective tale where thoughts and feelings are both hidden and revealed, glossed over and dissected as the secretive nature of a forbidden romance clashes head on with the kind of openness that drying out and cleaning up his act requires.
Most of the story takes place away from the bright lights of the stage and the craziness of the open road, where Heidi McLaughlin demonstrates a deft touch meshing together a diverse cast of characters where, somewhat surprisingly, the ties that bind to those we call family become a central theme.
For me, it was a great read, and a really promising start to a new series and I highly recommend it.
If you haven't realised that drugs are insidious before now then reading Blow should convince you. Born into a wealthy and famous family, Bodhi has everything that he could possibly need snd then some. Add to that his success as part of boy band Virtuous Paradox and you'd think his life was complete, except that it isn't. The pressures of stardom coupled with a lack of family life have driven him into a downward spiral of drug dependence. Kimberley is a psychologist working at her father's exclusive rehabilitation clinic and the last person she needs to get involved with is Bodhi. Trouble is that despite all her preconceived notions about spoiled rich kids and stars there's something about Bodhi that Kim just can't resist. As for Bodhi, well it's lust at first sight and the feelings grow from there. This is a great young adult romance with page turning pacing and enough going on to keep you interested. I liked the messages that it conveyed, and enjoyed the story overall.
Blow by Heidi McLaughlin is the first book in her new Virtuous Paradox series. This book was intense. It wasn't dark - not at all - even though it did touch on the darkness of drug addiction. It was well-paced and quite uplifting.
Bodhi has his issues but is self-contained enough to not fight his intervention too hard. When he finally is sober in rehab his thought process over his well-being and recovery is quite simple and clear. The connection between him and Kimberly was visceral. I really felt their bond AND their dilemma.
I'm getting too close to spoiler territory at this point but this was a refreshing take on addiction that focused less on the drugs and the issues and way more on the recovery and the life after rehab.