Atria Books | 336 pages | Paperback ISBN 9781476759586 | eBook ISBN: ISBN 9781476759593 | On Sale: July 1, 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.
This story has the perfect mix of elements to capture your attention and keep you enthralled page after page. Start with a Maddox boy, add a girl with a fierce attitude and a smart mouth, throw in some family drama, undeniable chemistry, topped with a looming secret and you have one masterminded read. Look out Travis – there is another Maddox boy in town that will have the ladies swooning!
Cami’s home life has been a disappointment at best. With an overbearing father wreaking havoc at home, she moved out as soon as possible to escape the heartache left in the wake of his rages. She finds comfort in making her own rules and enjoys the simplicity of living for herself. With her boyfriend, T.J., clear across the country and not exactly available, Cami finds herself drawn to the charms of Trent Maddox. Sure he is a Maddox boy and with that comes a reputation; but Cami can’t shake the smile he leaves on her face or the longing for more of the way Trent makes her feel.
“He had the best worst effect on me. As if everything I was-and wasn’t-was desirable. I didn’t even have to try. Trenton’s unrepentant appreciation for everything he knew about me was addictive. I found myself wanting more…”
Trent is a Maddox boy, through and through. He has the tats, the looks, the temper and the moves to prove it. Behind the tough exterior is a less abrasive side that is reserved for only a select few, namely Cami. He gives her the attention she craves and the support she needs when family drama becomes more than anyone should have to tolerate. Trent’s unwavering pursuit proves to be effective as Cami finds herself succumbing to his charms.
“I thought from the moment Trenton had sat at my table at the Red that I could handle whatever her threw my way, but he was like quicksand. The more I struggled, the deeper I sank.”
The more time Cami spends with Trent, the less time she spends thinking about and missing her boyfriend. One searing kiss from Trent is all it takes for Cami to question not only her relationship with T.J. but the feelings she has developed for Trent.
“I had never in my life been kissed like that, and something told me that wasn’t even the best Trenton Maddox could do.”
Cami’s refusal to acknowledge the chemistry between them and the feelings that kiss stirred up only provokes Trent to force her to see that they are more than friends. When Cami discloses the indiscretion to T.J., he promptly puts her on a plane to California. It’s the first time that T.J. makes any sincere effort with the relationship.
Will their reunion remind Cami why she fell in love with T.J. or is it too little too late? As she contemplates the secret she pledged to keep and the feelings Trent has aroused, she must decide whether to follow her heart or her conscience. Sometimes we have to make all the wrong decisions before we figure out the right one.
“I’ve had a lifetime of wrong. You’re the only thing that’s right.”
If we’ve learned anything about Maddox boys, it’s that they don’t go down without a fight. Trent’s pursuit was relentless and I adored him for being so persistent. He fought dirty and by dirty I mean the sweet and endearing kind of fight that makes you swoon because you can’t help but fall for that guy. At times he fit the Maddox mold to a T but plenty of other times he was just a guy that said and did all the things that made him boyfriend material.
Now, I have a confession to make. I was not on the Travis Maddox band wagon simply because I was a late comer to the indie world. So I decided to read Beautiful Disaster concurrently with Beautiful Oblivion. I enjoyed that the stories ran in parallel and there were glimpses of the characters across both stories. While there are similarities in the stories and even in the characters, I submit that is par for the course…they are brothers and they have a bit of a reputation. Just don’t ask me which Maddox brother I prefer…even if I wanted to, I could not choose.
I admired Cami on so many levels. From the courageous way she took control of her life at such a young age to the selfless way she looked out for her brothers. She was a genuinely good person that did not take crap from anyone. Her banter with Trent was humorous and I found myself smiling frequently when reading their exchanges. She was a bit wishy-washy at times, but that is common for someone her age. At 19 you are supposed to make choices and figure out things. But she had also lived a sheltered childhood with a controlling father. It was good to see her finally come out of her shell and really start to live. All it took was a little coaxing from a charming Maddox boy.
That conclusion…I did not see that coming. I was honestly stupefied by the last three words and I applaud Mrs. McGuire on a job well done. This girl is a new Maddox lover and I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in the Maddox Brother’s series.
Patricia’s Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars
I absolutely love everything that Jamie McGuire writes and I have been anxiously awaiting Trent’s story! I fell deeply in love with Travis in Beautiful Disaster and now she has me swooning over Trent in Beautiful Oblivion.
After dropping out of college at ESU because of a tragic accident that left him with a tremendous amount of guilt on his shoulders, Trent is now living at home with his father, and working at the local Tattoo shop, Skin Deep. Just like his younger brother Travis, Trent is quite the ladies man and is always taking a new girl home with him.
Camille “Cami” Camlin has been working since she was a teenager hoping to move out of her childhood home as soon as possible. Cami is now a Sophomore at ESU and is happily living the college life by attending classes and working as a bartender at the local hotspot, The Red Door. When Cami gets a phone call from her boyfriend saying he has to cancel their weekend plans she decides to go to the Red Door and hang out with her friends and unwind a little bit.
While at the Red Door Cami is a bit surprised when Trent Maddox walks up to her table and starts to flirt with her. She has known him most of her life and he has never shown any interest in her. We all know how hard it is to resist a Maddox brother, and Cami finds herself falling quickly for Trent.
“You can borrow me anytime. I’m perfect for sweater weather.”
“Be careful. I might hold you to that.”
“Don’t threaten me with a good time.”
Trent is relentless in his attempts to spend time with Cami but she is hesitant because she has a boyfriend. He gets under her skin and they become close friends very quickly. He tries to prove to her that she needs someone who wants to spend as much time with her as possible. Will Cami be able to resist the Maddox charm and stay faithful to T.J.?
I loved the chemistry between Cami and Trent. Cami is a little spitfire who doesn’t take crap from anyone. Trent is a Maddox which means he will fight for what he wants and will never back down. Even though this story is told from Cami’s POV I felt like we got a good glimpse into Trent’s thoughts. I loved the supporting characters and their relationships with Trent and Cami. As much as I loved getting to revisit Travis and Abby I was a little disappointed that this story ran parallel to Beautiful Disaster. I would have liked to see Trent and Cami have their own story as I better connected with them during the scenes that didn’t run parallel to Beautiful Disaster. I was also hoping that all of the family issues Cami was having would have been resolved by the end of the book as it seemed to be a large part of their story. I can’t wait to read the next Maddox brother book!
Sarah’s Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars
**Patricia and Sarah were both provided a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
JAMIE McGUIRE is the New York Times bestselling author of A Beautiful Wedding, Red Hill, Walking Disaster, Beautiful Disaster, and The Providence trilogy. She and her husband, Jeff, live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with three dogs, six horses, and a cat named Rooster.
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