Review: Blown Away, by Brenda Rothert


Part of a series? No.

Category/Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Loveswept

Pages: 205


In an emotionally charged, wickedly hot novel of love and loss, a passionate affair gives two daring storm chasers the strength to overcome shattered dreams and the courage to build a future together.

One year after her fiancé died in a heartbreaking accident, Drew McGovern decides to honor his memory by joining his old storm-chasing buddies on their latest excursion. What she’s not so sure about, however, is whether she’s ready to move on. Drew wasn’t expecting to feel the powerful pull of desire toward Colby’s best friend. But there’s no denying the intensity of their connection . . . or the heat he inspires in the parts of her that are still very much alive.

Aiden O’Neal doesn’t trust himself around Drew. He’s wanted this girl for a long time—long enough to remember the stab of jealousy he felt the first time he saw her in Colby’s arms. Now he’s trying his best to behave himself. But when the wind starts blowing and the adrenaline starts pumping, Aiden can’t resist the urge to claim Drew as his own. Because when it comes to desire, he’s hoping to make lightning strike twice.

Advance praise for Blown Away
“After I devoured Blown Away in one sitting, Brenda Rothert is absolutely going on my auto-buy list. I don’t think I’ve ever read such brilliantly wound sexual tension, and there were times when I was straight-up jealous of the heroine because I wanted Aiden all to myself.”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne



I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

Upon reading the blurb I was eager to read this novel. I mean, if it’s said to be emotionally charged and wickedly hot, it’s for me. That’s why I went in with high expectations.

While it’s a fast paced story and a really quick read, I can’t say I find it really hot or that emotional. It’s at odds with some things the characters are dealing with and I’m left hanging in a way.

You see, this novel opens with a very sad scene, something that should have immediately brought to life emotions and subsequently, I should have been all for Drew if not for Aiden. But the thing is, I think the emotions aren’t depicted that vividly to make me, as a reader, feel. I didn’t feel. I was merely a distant spectator and if I’m honest it went that way for most if not all the book.

I didn’t connect with Drew and Aiden even though they are likable characters and are somewhat enticing. I’m just afraid that the writing didn’t convey the kind of emotions I expected to feel like while reading a story built on something highly emotional.

Also, the hot factor of this book is completely lacking in my opinion. I’m not saying this with a comparison in mind with other books in the genre or in a more racy genre. No, I feel like the heat is lacking probably because I didn’t connect that much with Drew and Aiden, but also because the sex scenes seemed to be there only because it’s supposed to be there instead of showing us more of the connection between the characters. It’s an issue when it’s said in the blurb that there’s plenty of heat. I mean, even most of the sexual tension between the characters didn’t really work for me.

I’m sad to say all this because I truly love the plot and the story itself. It could be a huge, huge hit for me if only I clicked more with the characters and the writing. But don’t think it’s badly written, it’s just not the kind of writing I enjoy. It’s too flat for me and while some dialogues are really good, I’m afraid that the dialogue between Drew and Aiden isn’t exactly up to par with some other couples I’ve had the chance to read in books.

In the end, I believe it’s a good book for when you want to chill and if you’re in need of something quick, but it’s best not to expect an emotional slap going in.


2.5 to 3


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