BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION by Jamie McGuire – JACQUE’S REVIEW

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION

WHY I READ IT

Because he’s one of the Maddox Brothers

WHAT I RATED IT

5 stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first?

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.

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JACQUE’S REVIEW

So glad to finally get Thomas Maddox’s story and boy did I love him.

Thomas Maddox has secretly worked for the FBI for years and none of the Maddox boys and certainly not his father would be happy!  Especially since his mother made his father promise her, on her death bed, that he would quit the force and never allow her boys to work in law enforcement.  And here Thomas is living a double life doing exactly what he promised he wouldn’t do.

Thomas has a history with Camille (Trent’s, his brother’s girlfriend) and he still loves her.  But he has such guilt for going after her in the first place when he always knew Trent’s feelings for her.  His frustration pours over to his professional life and it’s his staff at the bureau that gets the brunt of his emotions.  He’s a serious hard ass boss.  He is known to NOT be a womanizer and definitely doesn’t have one night stands…until he meets Liis.

Liis Lindy has transferred from Chicago to San Diego and recently broke it off with her boyfriend/fiance of 7 years.  She has a career goal to eventually be at Quantico and this job is just a stepping stone.   She is the one that thinks she is “emotionally unavailable”.  Being new in town she meets someone at a local bar and has a one night stand…with a guy that lives in her building…and image how surprised they both are when they first see each other at work…and he is her boss.

There is definite chemistry between the two and we see Thomas start to lose the hard exterior around his heart.  We can tell right away that there are deeper feelings on both there parts.  But it’s when they are thrown into a situation by the bureau that true feelings come to the surface.  Even though Thomas still has feelings for Camille we can start to see him allowing himself to have feeling for Liis.  She starts to let go too…until Thomas calls her Camille and she knows he isn’t over her yet.

“This is an impossible situation.  I thought we were perfect because we’re the same, but maybe we’re too alike.  Maybe you’re my payback instead of my redemption.” (Thomas)

“Your payback?  You’ve made me believe all weekend that you were falling for me!” (Liis)

“I am!  I have!  Jesus Christ, Camille, how can I get that through your head?” (Thomas)

I froze, and once Thomas realized his mistake, he did too.

Liis will not start a relationship with Thomas knowing that he still has feelings for Camille.  She tries to push into coming to terms with his feelings.  He is looking for redemption for his relationship with Camille and how it affected Trent.

“I can’t redeem you, Thomas.  You’ll have to come to terms with what you did to Trent on your own.”

I have to admit that Beautiful Redemption has taken the lead as my favorite book by Jamie McGuire and I am a big fan of Travis and Abby.  I do wish that Beautiful Redemption was more it’s own story instead of being intertwined so much with Beautiful Disaster but I get why it was written that way.  Always good to have so much Maddox brother interaction too!  It was definitely an easy, smooth read.  I recommend it!

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