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Falyn Fairchild can walk away from anything. Already leaving behind her car, her education, and even her parents, the daughter of the next governor of Colorado is back in her hometown, broke and waiting tables for the Bucksaw Café. After every shift, Falyn adds to her shoebox of cash, hoping to one day save enough to buy her a plane ticket to the only place she can find forgiveness: Eakins, Illinois. The moment Taylor Maddox is seated in Falyn’s section at the Bucksaw, she knows he’s trouble. Taylor is charming, breaks promises, and gorgeous even when covered in filth—making him everything Falyn believes a hotshot firefighter to be. Falyn isn’t interested in becoming another statistic, and for a Maddox boy, a disinterested girl is the ultimate challenge. Once Falyn learns where Taylor calls home, everything changes. In the end, Maddox persistence is met with Falyn’s talent for leaving, and for the first time, Taylor may be the one to get burned.Pages: 284
Published by Jamie McGuire Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
“People have forgotten to use their memories. They look at life through the lens of a camera or the screen of a cell phone instead of remembering how it looks, how it smells”
So I have to admit I was a little hesitant to read Taylor’s story. I loved Travis, I loved Trent but Thomas was not my favorite. I just was not feeling his story or his connection with Liis. I had read some less than stellar reviews, but then a few friends told me that this was the best one yet. So I thought, what the hell? I have to know all the Maddox brothers stories anyway to get the whole picture. Boy, am I glad I didn’t skip this one! It was amazing from page one. Falyn was a great character. She was extremely focused and completely aware of the type of person she wanted to be. She had lived a privileged life but was not ashamed of the low place that life currently found her in. When Taylor blows into her life like a wildfire (pun intended) Falyn refuses to be another small town cliché. However, it’s as if the sky opened up and landed him directly in her lap.(For more reasons than one.) He is a means to end for her, but more than that she finds herself more drawn to him, more attracted to him with every encounter. And Taylor? Oh Taylor. Of course he is great, he’s a Maddox. Tattooed bad boy with a super sweet demeanor that he desperately wants to hide, but once his heart is set on what it wants, there is no hiding.
I really liked that their relationship was a slow build. Taylor obviously wanted Falyn from day one, but they develop a very sweet friendship before it turns into more. Falyn is guarded, but with very good reason. Her story is so, so heartbreaking. I had an ache in my chest when her past was finally revealed. I also loved all of the secondary characters. Her “family” at the diner that took her in when her own family turned their backs on her was great. They all had their own little moments that enhanced the story. I had quite a few laugh out loud moments, and a few tears with them. And then of course, we are treated to the rest of the Maddox clan, more than once. I love getting little snippets of Abby. I really feel that throughout the series she has taken over the role of the matriarch of these crazy Maddox boys. Jamie is great at keeping the stories congruent and not changing something from a previous installment to make it fit better. I absolutely can’t wait to get Tyler’s story and see how it all wraps up.
“Oh, those Maddox boys,”
There is only one incident in the book that could potentially be a deal breaker for some readers, but it wasn’t for me. People make mistakes. People also work through their problems instead of just giving up. Which is exactly what Taylor and Falyn do. I would absolutely recommend adding this to your summer reading list!
4 stars and bottle of Jim Beam for this Maddox brother! Enjoy!
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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)