BLOWN AWAY by Brenda Rothert
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.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
4 of 5 Stars
Drew and Colby are planning their wedding. When Colby is out with his storm chasing crew a tornado take out most of the town they are in. Drew waits for some kind of contact from Colby that they are OK. When she gets the news that everyone on the team is fine she can finally relax. The next day tragedy strikes when Colby is hit by a car while helping a stranded motorist. Colby makes it the hospital but he is critically injured and they decide to take him off the life support. His death is hard on Drew and his storm chasing team. A year after his death Drew decides she need a change in her life. She runs into the captain of the team who invites her to come along on a storm chasing trip.
Aiden lost his entire family to a tornado when he was only 13 years old. After time spent in the army, he joined the team with his best friend Colby to help prevent this type of tragedy from happening to other people. When Aiden finds out that Drew will be joining them on this trip he is in shock. She was his best friends fiancée, that he has had feelings for since the first time he met her. Aiden and Drew get teamed up together which causes Drew to realize that she has feelings for him. They both try to hide these feeling because of Colby and the guilt they feel for moving on.
After Drew gets lost in the woods over night and injures her ankle, Aiden finds her and carries her out of the woods. When they are close to another tornado that thrashes through another town the team rally’s together to help as many injured people as possible. This experience makes Drew decide she wants to help people for the rest of her life, which Aiden helps make possible.
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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.