Blown Away by Brenda Rothert

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 16th March 2016
Blown Away by Brenda RothertBlown Away by Brenda Rothert
Published by Loveswept on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 205
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three-stars

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.

After a year spent mourning her dead fiancé, Drew McGovern is ready to move on – on to stormchasing and making a difference in her and other people’s lives. In the midst of the thrill of facing unpredictable weather changes and the tragedy of ruined lives when a bad storm hits, Drew rediscovers herself as well as secrets that were never meant to be spoken about in the very seat that her dead fiancé had left empty.

There is so much to love about Drew, whose steely instinct for survival and coping won me over immediately. Her calm acceptance of her attraction to Aiden, her lack of fear when it came to treading the treacherous waters of a relationship with her fiancé’s best friend left me with open-mouthed admiration for a character so well-drawn and I found myself hoping that Aiden O’Neal would be the strong solid man that I’d wrongly initially assumed he was for her.

I was wrong, having landed myself in a rare case of liking a particular main character in a pairing, yet disliking the other.

Call me stodgy, but I prefer heroes who don’t play fast and loose with women, which is what Aiden is – and I’d really rather not read about his sexual encounters with anyone else other than the heroine, which is proving to be a test of a hard limit for me right from the beginning. He’s also a bundle of crude and coarse contradictions, claiming to care and want Drew, yet cowardly insisting that he can’t be anything but distant and detached with women, consequently treating them without the respect I personally demand of protagonists in the romantic genre. In fact, I liked the version of Aiden only in the first and last chapter, and felt that Drew simply attributed to him – an overestimation in my opinion – certain qualities that I simply couldn’t see. Drew and Aiden’s bourgeoning relationship could be best described as fitful and unsteady through no fault of the former; Aiden’s tendency to diminish Drew’s feelings and his inability to accept her affection for him were simultaneously aggravating and off-putting.

My long gripe aside however, ‘Blown Away’ was absorbing for its setting and action, giving a fascinating yet sombre glimpse of those who live in tornado alley and the very specific challenges that they face because of the weather.

three-stars

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