Monday, 7 July 2014

Review - Beautiful Oblivion By Jamie McGuire

Publication Date: July 8th 2014

 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 received this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.

Move over Travis Maddox, there is a new Maddox brother in the picture and he is every bit as charming and lovable!

I am a huge fan of Beautiful Disaster and was thrilled to have the opportunity to read Beautiful Oblivion and discover more about the Maddox family. I was certainly not disappointed and would go as far as to say I loved Beautiful Oblivion just as much as I did Beautiful Disaster.  Not only has Jamie McGuire given us another Maddox boy to lust over, she has given us another well written, exciting contemporary romance with interesting  and unique characters.

Similarly to Beautiful Disaster we have two characters that are meant to be together, the sparks between the pair are undeniable but there's something just keeping them apart.  Camille is a strong independent character, who has had a tough home life but knows how to hold her own after growing up with three brothers and an alcoholic father. She is dedicated to making her life better and working hard to get what she wants in life. I love the way she takes care of her brothers and feels responsible for them but I really wanted her to let them sort themselves out and realize how much they rely on her. She is a unique but relatable character and I instantly liked her.

Trenton Maddox, my new favourite Maddox brother, has a tough exterior being covered in tattoos and having a bit of a reputation but underneath it all when he lets Camille see the real him he is a sweet, adorable guy. I loved his friendship with Olive and how he took care of her, it jut shows don’t judge a book by its cover and I think that's what a lot of people do to Trenton. He is a more stable character to his brother Travis, where as Travis was hot-headed, Trenton although he can handle himself in a fight prefers not too fight.  Together Camille and Trenton complement each other well and make a great couple.

I enjoyed the secondary characters in the book, especially Hazel who added some humour to the book. I feel there was a unique range of characters who all played their part within the book and weren’t one dimensional characters.
Having the story link up with Beautiful Disaster was a great addition, I enjoyed seeing Travis’s and Abby relationship unfold from other people’s point of views but at the same time it didn’t take away from the romance between Trenton and Camille.

Beautiful Oblivion had me hooked, wondering what would happen next and there was a surprising twist that had me so shocked when it was revealed, I never saw it coming! A great start to the Maddox brothers series, I am really looking forward to the rest of the books and for more Maddox brothers to fall in love with! 

Rating: 5/5

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