Beautiful Oblivioin

Posted February 10, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Beautiful #3
Jamie McGuire
Atria Books

The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

“I was in trouble. Big, disastrous, Maddox trouble.”

Oh where to begin… Obviously there were some high expectations going into this story. I simply cannot write this review without mentioning Beautiful Disaster and Travis Maddox. Trenton had some big shoes to fill. Travis and Abby have a great story and one simply has to wonder, “How could anything possibly measure up?” Trenton and Camille easily have an equally great story. Somehow Jamie McGuire managed to make Trenton even more likable than our beloved Travis.

Camille is a tough girl that grew up with three overbearing brothers and a tyrant of a father. So when Trenton Maddox crashes into her life she has no problem putting him in his place. She has a boyfriend, but he is an absentee boyfriend at best. Trenton initially tells her that he is only interested in friendship with Camille, but come on, he’s a Maddox. There really is no love triangle here as the boyfriend is basically a ghost in the story, so don’t let that dissuade you from reading.

Trenton obviously develops strong feelings for Camille, and when that happens, he pulls out all the stops. Not obsessive, crazy stalker stuff, but sensitive, pulls at your heartstrings stuff. There was no possible way she could resist him. There is obviously some conflict and turmoil along the way. Camille’s family life is more screwed up than the Maddox boys’ could ever be. There is also the matter of her boyfriend, who while not around, has a huge secret surrounding him that Camille has sworn to keep. I don’t do spoilers, but let me just say, this secret is huge and you have to wait until the very end for it.

I will just go ahead and say it; I loved Trenton and Cami even more than Abby and Travis. Cami is such a strong girl and I like that. Trenton is so sweet and caring. Obviously he is a protector and is willing to put himself in danger to protect the girl he loves, but he is less obsessive and overbearing than his brother. I was rooting for them so much. I also loved the side story between Reagan and Jason. Sometimes the friends can be annoying and distracting, but this is not the case here. I am hoping that some of the small details from this book will come into play in the following Maddox brothers’ stories just as parts of Beautiful Disaster was brought into this one. The big reveal at the end blew me away. I had no idea. From talking with others who have read this, either you figure it out in the first chapter or you have no clue until the end.

Now that I have read this I am even more excited to read the rest of the Maddox brothers’ series.

5 stars and ice cold beer for this one! Enjoy!

 Buy links for the series

Beautiful Disaster: A Novel (Beautiful Disaster Series)
Walking Disaster: A Novel (Beautiful Book 2)
A Beautiful Wedding: A Novella (Beautiful Disaster)
Beautiful Oblivion: A Novel (Maddox Brothers)
Beautiful Redemption: A Novel (The Maddox Brothers Series) (Volume 2)


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