Sorry, Travis. I have a new favorite Maddox brother. Thank you, Beautiful Oblivion.
I loved so many parts of Travis and Abby’s relationship, but there were also a lot of things wrong with it. More so than in your average alpha male romance novel. A lot of people are saying Beautiful Oblivion is too similar to Beautiful Disaster‘s story.
It is very similar. But to me, it’s a better relationship in the end.
I pre-ordered this for my Kindle as soon as I could, and then received a nice little email from Klout about two weeks ago. What was it for? I’m glad you asked! They offered me a free paperback copy, and some very awesome bookmarks (Trent Maddox really did keep me up all night), shipped in time to read the book before the release day! Praise Moses!
Loved the plot, but was a little disappointed with how it ended (we’ll get to that later), and ultimately decided that even though I like Trent more than Travis, I liked Beautiful Disaster more.
Rating: 4 stars
Recommended for: New adult fans, gals that love alpha males, and of course, anyone who swoons over Travis Maddox.
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.
Cami’s long-distance relationship is exhausting, and she hasn’t seen her boyfriend in three months because he has to work every time they’re supposed to reunite. Trenton, someone she’s known (sort of) her whole life, sits down at her table at a bar and BOOM. They kind of go from being people who grew up in the same town their whole lives, to best friends. Just like that, because awwww.
All of the sudden, they’re spending like all of their free time together, and Cami even picks up a second job at the tattoo parlor where Trent works. As she grows closer and closer with him, she’s talking to her long-distance BF less and less. She can’t decide which one she wants and for awhile, she has neither.
But once she’s with Trent, guilt and awkwardness are all over her even though she’s so in love. Why? That’s a good question. You don’t find out until the last page.
My Beautiful Oblivion Review:
First things first, a spoilery rant, so I can end on a positive note.View Spoiler » For people that have read Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, the twist was really obvious. As soon as you found out about a secretive job in California, and see Cami’s interest in Thomas’s attendance at Thanksgiving, it was really obvious. If it wasn’t you found yourself grappling at what about the situation could have Cami talking about so much guilt and awkwardness. But for people that haven’t read those books or skipped the epilogue, even once the book ended, they were still totally lost.
So T.J.’s true identity was the biggest conflict. But there are only 3 words about it. The resolution happens “behind closed doors,” which sucks. It’s clear Trenton and T.J. talk at the hospital, but that would’ve no doubt been an epic scene to read.
Lastly, Trent’s wish for secrecy around their relationship makes him seem douchey. At first, it’s like, okay, we get there’s something about his job (or know this for sure). But why can’t anyone know he’s dating someone at home? Because apparently everyone knows Trent has always been in love with Cami. Once this, and T.J.’s identity comes out, he just seems like a jerk for keeping the love of his brother’s life in an unsatisfying relationship. « Hide Spoiler
So now that that’s out of the way, onto the good stuff:
First thing I loved: A Maddox is a Maddox, so Trent was still stubborn, sometimes violent, and super alpha. But Maddoxes love hard, and his and Cami’s relationship was SO much more healthier than Travis and Abby’s.
Most romance books about alpha males usually portray a relationship that is straight up not healthy. But Trent wasn’t as hot-headed, he admitted when he was wrong, and respected Cami, her choices, and her opinions. Even if he didn’t agree with it.
So yeah. That’s good.
Also, Olive. OMG Olive. So adorable.
I also liked seeing an outsider’s view of Travis and Abby’s relationship; although there was so much of that and Reagan’s love triangle that it almost seemed like an ensemble cast instead of Trend and Cami as the main characters. I’m really hoping that there’s a retelling from Trent’s POV, like with Beautiful and Walking, and that it focuses a little more on their own relationship.
About Jamie McGuire:
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with international bestseller, Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written apocalyptic thriller Red Hill, a novella titled A Beautiful Wedding, and the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy.
Jamie lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with husband Jeff and their three children. They share their 30 acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.
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