Monday, June 30, 2014

Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers, #1) by Jamie McGuire ARC Review~

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.
Initially I was going to give this book three stars but once I got through to the end I bumped it up to four. The main reason I wavered between three and four stars is because I found that this novel lacked some of the spark and fire that was so present in Beautiful Disaster.

I really don't like to compare new books to previous books but I can't deny that a tiny part of me felt a little disappointed but fortunately it didn't take away too much from the story.

Trent is a sort of tamed (just a bit tamed) version of Travis. He still has that same volatile personality but it's fairly of tame compared to Travis but I found that endearing. He was easy to love right from the very start, from the very minute of meeting him I felt a little patter in my heart for his character.

He's very forthcoming but he still managed to woo me with how sweet he was. He was sweet in the most manliest way, of course.

Cami was fierce and I loved that. She stood her ground and I appreciated her for it. She didn't let her circumstances change her into some weak needy girl. Even when I felt like she would break my heart for her decisions she managed to impress me with how quickly she recovered saving me from suffering.

I think readers will enjoy the chance to see Beautiful Disaster from a completely different point of view. There were pieces of Beautiful Disaster trickled into the story in a subtle but sort of obvious way and I liked seeing those glimpses of Travis and Abby's story.

 The entire story is endearing and will please Travis Maddox fans, and the What a twist. I cannot wait to meet the other brothers.


  1. I so want to read this one now! I liked Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster enough to be super interested in this. Plus, your review is getting me excited!

  2. Yeah even though I don't want to ether I always expect the same lever of awesome from one book to the next when it's the same author, so if it happens to not be as good I'm always a bit more disappointed. I've never read anything by this author though. It sounds like a pretty good read and i love it when the ending makes a difference in the rating alone!

  3. I didn't even know this was coming out! Wow, I'm really excited for it now! Beautiful Disaster isn't my favorite NA book but it's the one that got me started on the genre. And I totally know what you mean by comparing books by the same author. I did that with Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I adored Anna and had such high expectations that Lola fell a little flat for me. Hopefully, since it's been so long since I've read Beautiful Disaster, I won't compare these two too badly. I'm excited to see how this series plays out!

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!