Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
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.
Emma- 4 Crowns
'Book 1 in the new Maddox Brothers series - This is a spin-off from the hugely successful Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster books and will follow Travis Maddox's brothers lives.
This is Trenton's story.
Trent is back living at home following a devastating crash which left his new girlfriend dead. Having dropped out of college, he now works as a tattoo artist at Skin Deep and rather embarrassingly for him, has found himself back living with his father. Spending his evenings at the local bar The Red, he soon finds himself developing a "friendship" with Camille or Cami as she is known; a barmaid and someone he went to high school with.
Cami struggles to make ends meet. The eldest and only girl in a seriously dysfunctional family of 3 brothers and a cousin; she has managed to escape her father's aggressive and sometimes violent personality and is living with her best friend whilst attending college and working as a Barmaid at The Red.
One night, she gets chatting to Trenton Maddox. Everyone knows the Maddox brothers. Cocky, confident and all hot as hell.. she soon starts spending time with Trent, even though she actually has a boyfriend called T.J.
With T.J now living in California and their relationship feeling the pressures of the long distance and lack of commitment on T.J's part; Trenton soon entrenches himself in Cami's life, making her question whether the love she has for T.J runs as deeply as she thought.
Will Trenton be able to win the heart of the girl he has loved since High School? Will Cami cross the line and cheat on T.J? And what is Cami hiding?
I have been waiting for this book forever. I loved Trenton in the Disaster books, and when I found out that all the brothers would be getting a book, I seriously did a little jig. So for that reason only, it pains me to say that I found Beautiful Oblivion a smidge disappointing.
Now, don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the story, I gave it 4 crowns after all. It was good, it just wasn't outstanding and certainly wasn't nearly as good as Beautiful Disaster. Although in the authors defence, that was such an amazing book, how do you surpass such genius? It was always going to be a real challenge.
The main characters were great... Cami was cool, with a independent streak although I did find her back and forth incredibly frustrating and a little confusing at times. I absolutely loved Trenton; he is very similar in character to Travis, but not as hard I suppose. It is obvious that he has some pretty longstanding and deep feelings for Cami and bless him, he is so set on convincing Cami that he can offer her more than the absent T.J. The secondary characters were also very strong and added additional storylines that ran alongside the main one.
I think my biggest issue was the lack of pace. I found it slow in parts and the storyline spread a little thin. The best part of the book was the last chapter, and the last line. I just can't help feeling that if this had happened a little earlier it would of added a whole other level to what is a good if not a pretty normal storyline up to that point.
Is it a love triangle? Yes I suppose it is, but T.J never shows Cami any type of attention or commitment and he is so absent from he life, that it won't leave a bad taste in your mouth if love triangles aren't your thing. This story is more about friendship, loyalty and finding true love with someone that you shouldn't and don't expect to.
Having said all of that, if you loved Beautiful Disaster, you will enjoy reading Trenton's story, I know I did. Just don't expect it to blow you away like BD.
The biggest question now? Which Brother is next... I have my idea's :)