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(Virtuous Paradox #1)

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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-eye
ebook, 224 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Loveswept
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Ralou by Collector Of Book Boyfriends

Book Review: 6 stars

Without doubt, Heidi’s BLOW blew me away for good!!!! And the blurb may have indicated that this book isn’t like any other I have read, but I never expected to hit that target 200% bull’s eye…. One of my bookworm life’s surprises!!

The deeper I go, the more I feel … the more this moment means.

BLOW is the first story in McLaughlin’s new series, Virtuous Paradox, which goes around telling us the love stories of the boy ban
Pearl Angeli
1.5 Star

So I've heard a lot of great things about Heidi McLaughlin and her previous rock star series and I admit that I really wanted to delve into those books prior to reading this. This is my first Heidi McLaughlin read. Sad to say, I was disappointed.

While Blow has an interesting premise about a rock star falling for an ordinary woman who helps him get over his drug addiction, this book was ruined by a lot of things. For once, both the male lead and the heroine were not likable enough for me
Aug 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is a very tough review for me to write. While I have adored prior books from this author, this one just didn’t work for me.

In Blow, we meet Bodhi, member of Virtuous Paradox (a boy band...) who is now set to spend the next thirty days in rehab for his drug addiction. While there, he meets Kimberly who will be his one-on-one person to help him while he is the program.

So although there were times when I really liked Bodhi and Kim and thought their growing romance was sweet as could be, I jus
Beatrice Masaluñga
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult, arc
Full review posted at Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

Thank you LoveSwept for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Bodhi McKnight is one of the members of a famous boyband named Virtuous Paradox. He has everything in his life: Fame, money, house, cars, women etc.. However, not having a good family relationship because his parents aren’t affectionate and he’s longing for their love for years. That depressed him and he starts using drugs to forget his stresses in life. Without knowi
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
This book was equal parts heartwarming, heartbreaking, sweet and incredibly hot. It's a story about addiction: how it ravages the mind, body and soul; how it harms relationships; and how the road to recovery may be hard and long, but so freaking worth it.

Bodhi (btw, I LOVE that name) was the son of two Hollywood icons. Left pretty much to his own devices, he fell into a boy band, known as Virtuous Parodox, and they almost instantly became famous in their own right. But the pressures of fame can
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars!!

'Blow' was my first book by this author and while it didn’t impress me as much as I hoped, it won’t be my last since I quite enjoyed the author’s writing style. This first installment in Heidi McLaughlin’s ‘Virtual Paradox’ series was fast-paced, in some way taboo with an interesting premise.

'Blow' tells the story of Bodhi McKnight, member of Virtuous Paradox, a notorious pop boy band. He loves his life as a musician, the women, the parties, but also the alcohol and drugs, because Bod
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Blow by Heidi McLaughlin ~ 4 Stars

Bodhi has it all – stardom, money, success and girls dying to touch him. He is surrounded by parties, alcohol, drugs, and not so good friends. Slowly, he spirals out of control and eventually hits rock bottom. When Bodhi’s manager finds out about his bad behavior, she forces him to take a sabbatical from music to get help, saying he might lose his spot on the boy band Virtuous Paradox. Bodhi reluctantly goes to rehab but what he did not expect was to meet a beau
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
This is a hard review for me to write. While I have loved The Beaumont series by this author, Blow just didn't work for me.

Bodhi, member of Virtuous Paradox, is now set to spend the next thirty days in rehab for his drug addiction. While there, he meets Kimberly who will be his one-on-one person to help him while he is in the program. They meet in the morning and by night they are already in love. WHAT? Yes. I was shocked. I enjoy some insta-love but there are limits. And that was mine.

Being th
Janice Somers
I really liked this story. A story of privilege, excesses, the stress of new fame and drug addiction. The story of love and finding it when you shouldn't.
There are what could be seen as triggers for some people in the story, although without these "triggers" the story would be lacking and uninteresting at least to myself, they are a discovery of what started the addiction and then what to avoid to stay healthy. (This will be the only spoiler)

Bodhi is part of a new boy band with 2 others and his
Bette Hansen
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Dirty talking, sexy pop star - yes please! Bodhi McKnight finds himself on the receiving end of an intervention. His reliance on cocaine lands him in rehab. He's part of the popular boy band Virtuous Paradox. So when he gets out of control, the band manager and Bodhi's father step in and quietly get him into a discreet rehab facility. That's where he meets Kimberly Gordon. She works as a patient advocate at her father's facility and even though she knows its wrong she gets involved with the char ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Advanced copy given by NetGalley in exchange for an HONEST review.

2.5 Stars

I am a true fan of Heidi McLaughlin's. I am just unable to connect with this story in anyway as such that i can give it more than a 2.5- 3.0 stars.

For me this story started out as a good gateway to a great story but it just never happened for me. Bodhi was a troubled man who landed himself in rehab. Kimberly was assigned to him as a patient advocate. I liked the idea of a forbidden romance and that inst pull of lust and
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review is based on an ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.


I would have preferred a stronger hero, but I don't think it would have read right then. It was a nice little story.
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
ARC generously provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Book Received through NetGalley for honest review.

This is the first book I have read by this author.

Unfortunately for me this book was just ok. I felt that it lacked depth to the story and it also felt a little rushed to me.

The main character's struggle with addiction didn't really feel like a struggle to me and for that reason I found it difficult to read. The relationship between Bodhi and Kimberley again was fast paced and I felt lacked in terms of any sort of depth between the two. I strug
Jezabell Girl

Well I really liked it.... Give me a broken musician any day, add some hard edges and forbidden love and hey ho, it's a hit for me!

Tempted by some of the negative reviews, and also due to my love for stories about damaged musicians, I couldn’t resist giving this story a try. I’ve read other books by Heidi McLaughlin which were sweet and sentimental stories so I guess Blow came as a shock to some, but not me. Stories involving drug abuse, when handled carefully, are not a trigger for me. I’ve rea
Emily C
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Blow by Heild McLaighlin

Blow by Heidi McLaughlin is book one in the Virtuous Paradox series. This is a brand new series by Heidi and I love it!! Virtuous Paradox is a "boy band" type of group and this book is about Bodhi McKnight.

Bodhi is a rich entitled guy from 2 famous Hollywood parents who is now a singer in the current "it" group. Although it seems like he has it all, we find out money and fame cannot buy you happiness. This book opens as Bodhi and the band are finishing up their year long
Haven't we all gone through the boy band phase? Whether as teens or adults. I remember hearing all sorts of things before about that lifestyle. It can chew you up and spit you out. The music industry is crazy, lot goes on behind the scenes. In fact many young teen idols have had their fair share of problems. A whole range of them. Bodhi Mcknight had fallen into one of those trappings of fame. His is drug addiction and this is his story.

When Bodhi and Kimberly meet in Serenity Springs, the attrac
Jo ReadsRomance
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I immediately thought that this would be one that I would love. The premise of the story kinda sounded like there was a bit of forbidden love about it and I am usually sucked in by those stories. As I progressed through the pages, disappointingly, I discovered that this story was lacking in the things that I had most wanted. I failed to feel any kind of anticipation or excitement at what was happening between the two main characters. Everything happen ...more
(Nat) Reading Romances

This was my first read by Heidi McLaughlin and I’m a big fan rockstar romances so I found the synopsis intriguing.

I thought that Heidi McLaughlin did good with the beginning, but the lack of depth to the story and the main characters made me lose interest.

I like a juicy forbidden romance but I wasn’t invested with the lust at first sight. I couldn’t see past Kimberly’s lack of ethic as she didn’t know how to fight her attraction to Bodhi and they got physical pretty quickly; shows how they
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
This is the first in a new series by an author I really like. Blow introduces us to the rock band Virtuous Paradox. This is Bodhi's story.

Bodhi finds himself in a downward spiral and with his manager and his parents intervention, he is headed to rehab. Even though he is humiliated at how far he has fallen, he is ever the player and starts the charm on his rehab "friend" Kimberly. She shuts him down immediately but still finds him intriguing.

The story follows Bodhi's time in rehab and a few mon
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bodhi and Kimberly find each other in a very unconventional surrounding…rehab. Bodhi is in an up and coming boy band but is taking a break because his father is forcing him to go to rehab to get clean. Bodhi was on the fast track to losing everything from his family, to his band and even his life if he kept this up much longer. Bodhi’s rich and famous father knows of a man who runs an exclusive rehab facility and is ready and willing to help Bodhi out. Kimberly’s father probably wasn’t figuring ...more
This is my first book by the author and I was reall intrigued by the premise and was looking forward to an interesting story.

Unfortunately it didn't work out for me at all. The story was shallow and the characters acted like horny teenagers.
I never had the feeling that the chemistry was properly built up. The story is told from Bodhi and Kim's perpective, while we get to know that Bodhi is interested in Kim, we never get such feelings talk from Kim, until the two suddenly jump each other in the
Dec 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I tried many times to finish this book, but it was impossible for me.
I finally gave up and called it a wash,
Liz's Book Bucket List
{Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review}

I am really torn about how to even rate this book. I had a hard time enjoying the first half of this book, but I really liked the second half. It was almost split down the middle with aspects of this book that I didn’t like and ones that I really loved. I have really been loving rock star romances lately and was hoping that would be the case with this book, but unfortunately, the first half of this book really affected my rating.

I really
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received from Netgalley and Publisher Loveswept in exchange for an honest review

I loved Heidi McLaughlins Beautmont series and Archer Brothers series and was excited to read another rock star romance by the is author.

The story line was unique in that the story started at a point in time when the band - Virtuous Paradox was already well established and at the peak of their career.

The pressure to cope with the fame and the cycle of recording, touring, public image all got too much for Bodhi
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
***Full Review***


Blow by Heidi McLaughlin is an emotionally charged tale of a famous boy-band sensation that has hit rock bottom. This tale of redemption and healing will certainly affect readers, as my heart ached through most of the book for Bodhi and how broken he was by the industry and his past.

Bodhi is unlike most heroes that I love. Yes, he has the confidence that most musicians have, but he also has numerous insecurities. These insecurities become the main focus of his
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Heidi McLaughlin’s Blow covered such a sensitive topic portrayed by Bodhi, a rising musician who himself had been born and raised into a famous and wealthy family. Left to be cared for by nannies with big bucks at his disposal, he finds himself in a dangerous point in his life, struggling with drug addiction. As many know, drugs don’t look at people’s bank accounts, it doesn’t care what you look like, where you come from, and whether you’re a son, a daughter, a father, or a mother. It’s a battle ...more
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
3.5 "Lust at first sight" stars.

This was my first read by this author. I'm a big fan of music themes and rockstar romance so of course I found this synopsis intriguing. The story is told in multiple POV so I had the opportunity to be inside the heads of both Bodhi and Kimberly as they succumbed to "Lust at first sight." I found that to be a little hard to believe since he was only hours into detoxing, but this is fiction, and insta-love is romantic, right?

My heart broke for Bodhi as he gave i
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Heidi McLaughlin is not a new author name for me, but I had yet to read any of her books. She has been on my radar for some time but always due to a typical blogger lack of time I did not have the chance to read something.

Especially as I do not like to start in the middle of a series with a new author. So when I now stumbled on a new series by her and had the chance to grab an advanced reading copy I went for it.

“Blow” is the first book in the new “Virtuous Paradox” series. And I have to say rea
Melanie Cesa
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
"When you physically crave or desire an object, there isn't anything that is going to stand in your way."

This is a heartfelt story. The beginning of this story is very strong and pulls you in right away. The story is gripping and it's raw and it's real.

Bodhi is dealing with addiction and Kimberly is his patient advocate. I felt Heidi McLaughlin wrote about such a serious and sensitive subject matter with a lot of thought and care. Addiction is something that a person will deal with for the rest
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Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.

Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and their three dogs.

In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for reading into a full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty novels, inclu

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