Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
I have no idea how, but I posted this review last summer and now I found out it just disappeared… I don’t know if it’s reported for some kind of weird reason or my computer failed publishing it but it went poof either way. So, now again, my review on Beautiful Oblivion. Second try.
Let’s hope it stays up in the air this time around…
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 is a page turner that will literally keep you guessing until the very last page.
I loved these characters from the start. We’d had a glimpse of both of them in Beautiful Disaster and a little more of both in Walking Disaster, but I absolutely love that they got to tell their own story. Because it was an epic one.
Cami has the perfect boyfriend, until he has to leave for his job and their epic relationship turns into a long-distance one. Determined that their love is strong enough, they try to make it work, but when she takes off her weekend shift to fly over to California and her trip gets cancelled, she is left with free time she hasn’t had in a long time.
Being the eldest sister of four brothers, she knows how to handle boys, and isn’t easily impressed when one of the Maddox boys captures a seat on her table. But a Maddox boy knows what he wants, and he will move heaven and earth until he gets it.
Even though Cami is truthful to her boyfriend, Trent infiltrates himself into her life like only a Maddox could. She has a secret, though. A secret that will have their life shaking on their grounds, threatening to let their whole world collapse in on itself.
One of the things I absolutely love about this book is how Cami and Trent interact. Their constant sarcastic remarks will have you laughing and having fun while you’re reading. Cami has had her own share of family issues next to working in a bar, so she’s not easily intimidated. She’s a tough chick that stand her ground and doesn’t back down. I love that about her. She’s strong and confident and shows the world that she can handle everything on her own just fine.
Trenton is… well… Clearly a Maddox. There’s no way around his pure sexiness, hotness and utter swoonworthiness, and yet he is also sweet and considerate and caring. It’s the best combination you can get, if you ask me.
I’ve heard a lot of people talk about the tiny competition going on between the two brothers, and honestly, I can’t choose. They are the same in a lot of ways but also vastly different in a way you almost can’t compare them. Something they definitely do have in common is the way they love; a clear Maddox gene and the trademark of the family. Really, what’s not to love about these brothers?
I can only say that I can’t wait for the next instalment in this series, because I don’t think I can ever get enough of the Maddox brothers.
******* WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS**********
Gosh, I love Trent. He is just so sweet. Not something I’d necessarily expected with a Maddox brother after the pure badass underground fighter named Travis. Not that Travis isn’t sweet, because he is pretty fucking adorable. That just wasn’t something that was clear in the beginning. Okay, I’m trailing off, back to Trent. Especially in the beginning, Trent is, compared to his little firecracker brother Travis, sweet and caring, and honestly, pretty fucking cute, especially with Olive. That does not take away the absolute sexiness that radiates around him, though, and later in the book, we are met with his true Maddox side, because, yes, that is definitely a huge part of the eldest Maddox brother. I love how Trent loves, if that makes any sense. He loves like Travis; strong, dedicated and forever. At times, overwhelming.
Cami is awesome. I would love to have her as a friend. She’s honest and sweet and intelligent and awesome and badass. I love how she isn’t intimidated by anyone. How, when someone gets in her face, she comes back with a strong remark within seconds. She’s a tough chick who doesn’t back down for anyone and stand her ground and shows no fear.
Trent has a serious issue going on with what happened to Makenzie. He is still haunted by that event and honestly, my heart broke for him when the very next time he is not the one behind the wheel, it happens again.
I loved how the big fight never came. It may sound weird but you expect certain things to happen. Like, I expected that when the truth would come out about T.J., they would have a huge fight and they wouldn’t see each other for weeks, but that was not the case at all and that’s so amazingly constructed. We are literally waiting until the very last three words until we understand the biggest clue of the whole book. That makes clear just how amazing writing skills Jamie has.
Something that also shows Jamie’s skills in the writing department, is how she can create two different characters that are so similar and so different at the same time. There is a world of difference between Travis and Trent, and yet it is so clear that they are brothers. I really loved to see that.
One of those things was that, at a point, the way how both brothers love is identical, but at the same time it’s vastly different. Where Abby and Travis took down everyone around them, tearing down their friends relationship with their own, Trent and Cami don’t have that at all. But the intensity of love of both brothers for their true ones are the same. They love fiercely and forever.
Beautiful Oblivion did leave me with questions, though. Maybe that’s just me being ignorant (definitely a possibility), but I just really wonder why the relationship of Cami and T.J. had to be kept a secret. His family had no idea they were together. I have to admit that I am seriously curious about that mysterious job of him, too.
* I used the cover from Goodreads