Review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

July 17, 2014 // Posted by Lisa in Reviews // 0 Comments

Review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuireBeautiful Oblivion
by Jamie McGuire
Series: Maddox Brothers #1
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Source: Publisher
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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 »

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.

One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Favorite Quotes:

“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.”






  • I still haven’t read a book by this author. Can you believe that? Great review!

    • Ha! If you decide to give her a go, Beautiful Disaster was really good. 🙂

  • I agree with you about a lot of the book. There was a little too much mention of Abby and Travis, or so it felt. I also agree with you when it comes to the spoiler and end of the book, however, when I feel strong emotions on both ends of the spectrum, it means the book got to me, and so I’ve got to rate it a 5. I haven’t written up a review for it yet but will sometime soon.

    • I can definitely see where the 5 star ratings are coming from. I’ve rated books 5 stars too that I hated because of the raw emotion that it forced out of me. For me, this one was just different. I didn’t think the ending was done well. It’s not that I hated the characters or didn’t like something that happened in the book… it’s more that the entire book was such an emotional build-up to basically… well, nothing. I felt like the author just stopped caring at the end and didn’t even TRY to make the ending good. I was overcome with a feeling of being let down. I love Jamie McGuire… but she fell short for me with that ending. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much though! I’ll look forward to reading your review. 🙂

  • I didn’t really enjoy Beautiful Disaster, but the reviews for this have been all over the place. Nereyda also mentioned how the ending ruined the book for her. She told me what it was and it does sound like something really idiotic to not reveal until the end of the book. It’s such a shame because it seems like the book could have been very strong for you. Great review, Lisa!

    • I remember you saying you didn’t really like Beautiful Disaster. Can I see why the reviews are all over the place for that one… and now this one too. I was chatting with Nereyda about this one since we read it at the same time, and man, we were ranting like crazy! We were both pretty annoyed with the ending. I’m not sure what her rating is going to be. For me, it was really difficult to rate and review this one. I hope I got my feelings across adequately. But a difficult book to review! I’ve never loved and hated a book so much before. Grrr… lol! Thanks, Nick! 🙂

    • Ha! We should of discussed it together even though you didn’t read it Nick 🙂

      I’m still not sure what I’ll rate this, I’m still debating between a 3.5, a 3 or a 2.5… I know the parts I liked were really good, but the parts I hated I reaaaaallly hated.

  • Not gonna lie, I have zero interest in this series. I’m also kind of tired of the authors re-writing the entire book from the love interest’s perspective. And it sounds like the author has used the same material multiple times, based on your review. Yeah, I think I’ll pass. 🙂

    • Ha! I totally understand. Thanks, Jen! 🙂

  • Yeah…we’ve discussed this before so I won’t mention it all again here but you nailed pretty much all the same thoughts I have. My review will go up next week I think. It should be interesting…

    • I’m honestly looking forward to it. 🙂

  • Ah, see, the ending really worked for me. I like how it set up future conflict. I liked Trent so much, and Cami too. I didn’t really consider that the same material was used again in this one, even though it’s told during the same time. But, I do see your perspective!

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  • I am so sad that I have not red any of this series yet… I REALLY want to though! Sorry this one wasn’t great for you 🙁

  • I gave this 3.5 too, as did Ashley at Nose Graze, and it seems we all have similar issues with the books. I’m hoping the next in the series will maybe help clear some confusion up…