New Release + Review: Blow by Heidi McLaughlin – Virtuous Paradox Series – Book 1



Meet the complicated men behind

the sexiest boy band in America!

BLOW by Heidi Mclaughlin is




By Heidi McLaughlin

 Virtuous Paradox Series – Book 1

Release Date : November 8, 2016

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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.


Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.





“Oh yeah? What’s that?” Her tone is playful and gives me hope. And I need hope. Not to score with her, but to get through my days.

“You should join me in the shower.” I waggle my eyebrows at her and rub my hand over my abs, pushing up my shirt a little so she can see what’s underneath.

Kim shakes her head, but her smile tells me that she likes the idea. She covers her mouth to stifle a laugh, and I chuckle.


3 Star

Michel’s Review

Heidi McLaughlin is one of my favorite authors.  I have been reading her books since she first hit publish on her first novel.  She has a special gift of creating an emotional story with dynamic characters that keep the readers glued to the pages.  We become invested in the characters lives within the world she created.  Whether it be a rock star, a Navy Seal, a reality television star, or a cowboy, the character grabs hold of the heart.  With her latest release Blow, readers are introduced to the dynamic boy band Virtuous Paradox. We have all had some kind of girl crush on a member of a boy band and have fantasized about them.  We sometimes forget that these beautiful young men are also ordinary people with very real lives behind the image.  They have their insecurities, personal demons, struggling relationships, and lessons to learn in life.  The difference is that their lives are very public.  Their mistakes are elevated by the media.  It’s a high price to pay.

Bodhi McKnight is a cocaine addict.  He has reached the point of self destruction.  His family has intervened and sent him to an exclusive rehab for thirty days.  Not only will Bodhi have to face his demons and overcome his addiction, he will have to learn to love himself.  He will have to learn how to deal with his relationships in life whether it be family, friends, or his professional colleagues.

While in rehab he meets Kimberly Gordon.  Kimberly is not a counselor, she is an assigned friend to help him cope with the withdrawals and the grueling process of becoming healthy.  She’s there to offer support and friendship.

Bodhi and Kimberly break the cardinal rule and become involved.  Once the thirty days is over they will have to face the real world.  Can their forbidden relationship survive in the real world?  Can it survive the world that led Bodhi to addiction in the first place?  Can love heal Bodhi?

While I liked the premise of a forbidden romance , I also felt this book mocked the process of rehabilitation from drug addiction.  One of the crucial steps in becoming healthy is honesty with oneself as well as others.  Kimberly encouraged Bodhi to lie while in rehab so that they could be together at night.  She encouraged him to sneak around rather than encouraging him to follow the program.  She is an employee of this rehab center.  She knows that in order to become healthy the patient has to complete the steps of the program.  I also felt Bodhi’s rehab was skimmed over and became insignificant after the initial withdrawals.

The relationship between Bodhi and Kimberly was very touching in many ways but some of the sex scenes turned me off.  I love a dirty talking man but there are just some words that are a complete turn off for me.  When Bodhi used words such as cunt or twat, I was appalled.  Those are two of the most derogatory words used in a negative manner towards women in general.  The sex scene went from sizzling hot to ice cold.

Blow still has a good romantic story that many readers will like.   For me I was on the fence with this book.  I tend to want a little more grit to the story.  After all drug addiction is a dark and dirty subject.


heidi-mclaughlin-bioHeidi 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, two Parakeets, Gonzo & Hedwig, and their newest addition of a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, Jill.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

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