by Brenda Rothert
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.
“Colby was gone. In all the ways that mattered, his light had stopped shining on a rainy highway early this morning."
"Dot shook her head and pulled a large white bra from the dryer. She held it high for me. 'You enjoy that body while you can missy. Someday you'll have to load your boulders into one of these.'"
"Her eyes searched mine, waiting for a reaction. It reached something inside me that brought a lump of emotion to my throat. I mattered to her. In this world we all needed a safe place where we could bring our wild ideas and expose our vulnerability, and I was hers."
Blown Away was my first Brenda Rothert read and will be one of many. I found her work to be entertaining, engaging, and a pleasant surprise. The storyline was interesting, developed quickly, and was easy to follow. The writing was highly emotive and full of feels with welcome hits of humor and steamy sensuality. The characters were endearing, complex, well drawn, and squeezed my heart. Ms. Rothert has a new fangirl.