by Jamie McGuire
Series: Maddox Brothers #1
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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.”
Wow, where do I even begin with this one. I finished this book last week and have been reeling ever since, completely clueless on what to rate this book and how to formulate all of my thoughts (without spoilers) into words coherent enough for a review. Ugh. Not an ease task. But here I go… so wish me luck!
This review is near impossible for me to write without some spoilers, so I apologize in advance for the spoiler section. I just had to get out my feelings about this book, and adding spoilers seemed like the only way.
Beautiful Oblivion basically takes place at the same time as Beautiful Disaster. At first I thought this was kind of cool, but after a while I felt like there were way too many references to the other books. We heard it all twice already in Beautiful Disaster AND Walking Disaster, so the references a third time were just quite redundant. (Don’t take this the wrong way – I really enjoyed Beautiful Disaster. Just didn’t think hearing the story again was really necessary.)
I absolutely LOVED the story of Cami and Trenton. Their personalities worked perfectly in this story. I fell hard for Trent immediately. His cockiness and overly-confident attitude was so much fun. He seemed like someone I would definitely be friends with (I actually have a friend that’s very similar to him.) and kept me giggling throughout. I liked him a lot more than I liked Travis in the other series, so I was so excited about this. Trent was definitely a fun Maddox!
“Anything to do with the Maddoxes is never boring.”
And here’s where the problem with this book lies for me. I loved this book. Like, really, really loved it. Throughout most of the book I was thinking 4.5 to 5 stars. Then came the ending. And immediately I hated the book. So let’s delve into that a bit, shall we? View Spoiler » The end was just… ugh. What a letdown. I hate to say that, but it’s just so true. All that build up… and then THAT?! I just don’t get it. Why was that such a huge secret? Why did that take the ENTIRE book to get revealed? I just felt entirely disappointed when I read the last chapter. After loving it SO much throughout most of the book, it ended like that. Blah. Not a fan of that ending… AT ALL!
Another part I hated was Raegan’s relationship with the two guys. So let me get this straight… she leaves the “good” guy, totally breaking his heart, tearing it out and stomping all over it, just to go back to the asshole ex? Why, exactly? This part just really irked me. Then, THEN, the good guy takes her back?! WTH. I get that he was the “good” guy, but really, I was hoping he was going to stomp on her heart after what she did to him. « Hide Spoiler
Since I LOVED parts of this story and HATED others, I thought it was only fair to give this a middle-of-the-road rating. I went with 3.5 seeing as though I enjoyed a lot more of the story than the parts I didn’t like. I’m just so thrown that such an awesome book with so much promise just got so ruined by the end. I’ll probably continue on with this series, simply because I’m dying to hear Thomas’ story in Beautiful Redemption.
Okay, I think I’ll conclude now. I’ve said my peace, and feel that I really have nothing else to say about this. I can definitely see why there are so many 5 star ratings, but at the same time I can totally see where a 2 or 3 star rating would come from. If you’re a McGuire fan and you enjoy reading about these Maddox guys, I would say you should give this one a try. Just don’t go in with the expectations I went in with, or expect an outstanding ending. I fear you’ll be disappointed as I was.
“It’s good for him. No man should get every woman he wants. Keeps their douchebaggery to a tolerable level.”
“I’ve had a lifetime of wrong. You’re the only thing thats right.”
“I was just thinking now was as good a time as any to acknowledge that you’re perfect and it wouldn’t suck if you fell madly in love with me anytime soon.”
“Even if we we’re struggling, we had goals. It didn’t matter that we weren’t there yet. What mattered is that we both experienced setbacks, and full-blown failures, but we got up, brushed ourselves off, and kept going – and we’re making the best of it.”