by Jamie McGuire
Series: Maddox Brothers #1, Beautiful #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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.
Beautiful Oblivion is the first in the Maddox Brothers series and the third book in the Beautiful series by Jamie McGuire. I have loved this series from the get-go and fell in love with Trenton Maddox. Beautiful Oblivion takes place during Abby and Travis Beautiful Disaster, and we catch glimpses of their world-wind relationship.
I will be totally honest and tell you from the get-go Cami made me absolutely friggin’ crazy, but I adored Trenton and by the end I had forgiven Cami and wanted them to find their happy. While fans of the series will recognize McGuire’s brand of turbulent, sweet, hot, and fierce romance I quite enjoyed the ride.
Trenton has seen tragedy, but like a true Maddox, he is loyal and puts family first. When he loves, it is the kind of love that makes your knees go weak as it pulls at your heartstrings. He is hotheaded like his brother but shows a lot more restraint. He is possessive at times and a little over protective, but he is also respected Cami and did not push her even if that is what he wanted.
Cami has had it rough as the only female sibling in her family. She is fiercely independent and in a long distance relationship when we first meet her. I was not sure how I was going to feel about that. Cheating is a huge no, no for me, but McGuire worked it out, and no real lines were crossed, although they were a little blurred. She has this big secret, and hints about it ruining everything. It made me crazy, and I guessed but you will have to put on your own detective badge and sort it out for yourself.
Cami and Trenton despite their differences together are this perfect balance of rightness, and I could not help but root for them. We get some hot sexy times, but we also get sweet, tender moments. McGuire gives us side characters with drama to care about and of course, now I want their stories. The big reveal, despite my guessing was pretty fricking’ twisted and McGuire pulled it off. I imagine many fans jaws dropped, and then went back to look for those not so subtle clues.
I loved how Beautiful Oblivion‘s timeline ran parallel to Beautiful Disaster, and it was neat tying Travis back to certain scenes and moments. Fans of the series will be delighted with this installment, and I cannot wait for Beautiful Redemption, the next Maddox story! The story is Thomas Maddox’s, the oldest brother. At this time, the release date has not been determined but I want it now!
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