I never planned to chase tornadoes across their paths of destruction. But in an instant, my world shattered. In my grief, I hoped that joining my late fiance’s storm-chasing team would help me feel closer to him. But instead, I grew closer to his brooding best friend, who wants nothing to do with me. Loss made me wiser, though—now I know that some things are worth risking heartbreak.
I knew it would be a perfect storm. Me and Drew in close quarters? It would threaten to blow my self-control to shreds. No one ever knew I burned for my best friend’s girl, and I wanted to keep it that way. I tried to keep my focus on storm chasing, but my feelings for her are like the tornadoes we pursue—powerful, all-consuming and impossible to outrun.
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Blown Away is a dead-partner’s-best-friend / unrequited-love-for-your-best-friend’s-girl story with a side of storm chasing.
Confession time: I am super glad I live in an area that very rarely gets tornadoes–the very idea of them scares the you-know-what out of me. And people who willingly go into them, for science or to help or for any other reason? Seem unfathomable. But Ms Rothert does a decent job here of at least making their motivations seem somewhat plausible with the characters of Aiden, Murph, Millie, and Tex. I’m not saying I’d sign up to join them in this lifetime, mind you…but I guess I can kind of see why they might do it. It’s not terribly glorified here, which I appreciated.
The push-and-pull between Aiden and Drew made for a slowish burn romance–for the most part, I was okay with that, since they each had baggage galore and there is the whole she was engaged to his best friend/storm chasing teammate element here. But it did feel like the hot and cold, two tiny steps forward/seven giant steps backward bit went on just a *tad* bit too long, especially when it was all magically fixed when the possibility of one of them being in danger suddenly made the other realize they loved them after all. I mean, all that angst and drama just *poof!* going away made it all seem a bit…convenient? Still, we got to an HEA in the end, and it was very sweet, so–all’s well that ends well, and all that.
Between the storm chasing and the will-they-or-won’t-they of Drew and Aiden’s relationship, Blown Away is a book that will definitely keep the reader turning those pages to find out what will happen next. Though it may be a bit predictable at times, it’s never boring!
(Dare I say, though–the redesigned cover leaves the old one “blown away”? 😉 Excellent redesign choice!)
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Brenda 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.