Blog Tour Review: BLOWN AWAY by Brenda Rothert

Blown Away_RothertBlown Away by Brenda Rothert
Publication Date: May 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Fire on Ice series, Killian, Bennett
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SUMMARY

In a sensual, emotionally charged novel of love and loss, a tender affair gives two daring storm chasers the strength to overcome shattered dreams and the courage to build a future together.
Drew McGovern is living for two. Her fiancé, Colby, used to savor the feeling of a powerful gale, the rain pelting his face as the sky grew dark—until a shocking tragedy struck him down. Drew’s still grieving his death a year later when she bumps into some of his old storm chasing buddies. For reasons she can’t explain, she volunteers for the next tornado. But when she reconnects with Colby’s best friend, Aiden O’Neal, Drew gets a breath of fresh air that stirs the ashes of her broken heart.
Aiden 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, long enough to remember the tears that fell as they buried the man they each still miss. Now he’s trying his best to behave himself. But when the wind ruffles Drew’s hair and puts a sparkle in her eye, Aiden can’t resist the urge to hold her close. And when it comes to true love, he’s holding out hope that lightning strikes twice.

REVIEW

4 TORNADO STARS (★★★★)

*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion of this book and the words in this review. ***

I was living. For the first time in a year, I realized what I’d been missing.

I loved reading Killian and Bennett from Brenda Rothert, so I couldn’t wait to read another novel from her. The fact Blown Away contains something as unique as storm chasing enticed me even more. I’ve never read about storm chasing and the characters in this book chasing after storms and tornadoes added some suspense to the emotional and flirty side of the story.

“You’re the answer to every question I’ve ever had, Drew” he said, his warm breath dancing over my skin. “The only one I’ve dreamed of for so long.”

Blown Away starts with a lot of bad news and emotional happenings. The problem (for me) with this is you don’t get a chance to built (emotional) connections with any of the characters. Which leads to you reading, but not feeling anything. That’s what happened with me while starting Blown Away. So the only thing there was left for me to do was hoping it would get better. That I would get a chance to feel connected to Drew and Aiden. That I would cry for bad things happening to them and cheer them on when amazing things happened.

You know what? It did get better! But it did take its time. In the beginning it was still hard to put myself completely into the story, but I don’t really know if the reason for this lies within the book. I’m so busy with school right now, that my mind is all over the place. I think from the moment things really started happening between Drew and Aiden, I was completely invested in the story. That’s when I actually started rooting for them.

I did like both Aiden and Drew and there was enough sexual tension between them to keep the story going. They both had their own background stories, which gave the book depth. Though, I thought their stories could’ve been used a little bit more. I would’ve loved a little more details. I also liked the side characters, but had too less info about them for them to support the story at full capacity. I didn’t really had the feeling I got to know them all that well.

There were a lot of things I loved about this novel. I really liked Aiden as a bad boy and alpha male, especially since he had a vulnerable side. I loved the witty banter and flirting between Aiden and Drew. There was so much sexual tension and angst between them I had to fawn myself a couple of times. I loved the dual POV in this book, getting to know both main characters’s thoughts. I loved the ending and epilogue. It was sweet, perfect and it completed the novel.

“I’m falling in love with everything you are, and just like I want you all to myself, you’ve got me all to yourself. This is just you and me.”

Blown Away started with a terrible accident, leading to this book being about grieving. Both Aiden and Drew needed to learn how to cope with the loss of an important person in their lives. Aides needed to appreciate the fact that he was worth of love. And both had to find out how to open up their heart again after they closed it off. Blown Away is stormy, steamy and sexy. If you’re looking for a romantic story with some depth and suspense thrown into the mix, you should definitely pick Blown Away up. Because it will blow you away!

With him, I’d chased dreams I never even dared to have. And together, I knew we’d run down many more.

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ABOUT BRENDA ROTHERT

BRheadshotBrenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

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