BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION by Jamie McGuire — Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

I loved Beautiful Disaster and was very interested in the rest of the Maddox Brothers.

WHAT I RATED IT

3.5stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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.

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JENN’S REVIEW

Travis Maddox is the reason I started to devour books again. Beautiful Disaster, flaws and all, consistently stays one of my top 5 books…all because of Travis. I was over the moon when we learned we would be getting a book from all the Maddox brothers, starting with Trenton.

Cami Camlin is quite the independent woman. Living away from home, holding down multiple jobs and attending school, she doesn’t need anyone to get her by in life. She has a boyfriend, T.J. and unfortunately, his job is his priority and Cami knows it. Trenton Maddox was revered at Eastern State…. until a tragedy had him dropping out, moving back home with his father and working at a tattoo parlor. Cami and Trent have known each other since high school and have been friends. One night at the bar changes that.

Cami was a good girl who came from a crappy home. She looked out for herself and worked hard. For me, her only flaw was her relationship with T.J. For someone so independent, she let her feelings be dictated by whether or not she could see him. The secret of who T.J. was went on for too long. Everyone seemed to know who he was, and even that Cami was with him… so how did Trent not know?? We are told early on that Trent has been in love with Cami for years, and while he was devoted and patient, I just didn’t feel that devastating love that you felt with Travis. With Travis, you could feel his love for Abby though his words and actions. He has some brilliant lines in Beautiful Disaster. When I went back through my notes, I realized, I didn’t highlight a single passage.  With Trent, we were frequently told he loved Cami…. I just didn’t feel it. The relationship between Cami and Trent never seemed to truly develop. I kept waiting for something to happen, or for one of them to have a come to Jesus moment… and it just never happened. There also seemed to be a ton of loose ends…. Cami’s relationship with her father, Trent’s accident…. I was left wanting so much more.

Beautiful Oblivion takes place during the same time as Beautiful Disaster, and if I’m being totally honest, I felt like we were getting the same story, from a different POV. That being said, I did enjoyed the book. I read it in one sitting. I will still read all the other Maddox Brothers books, (please let them take place at a different time) and anything else Jamie McGuire writes. This one just left me wanting so much more.

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