Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Oblivion
(Beautiful #3)
by Jamie McGuire
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Publication Date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781476759586
Genre: New Adult
Source: Own

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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. (Goodreads)
I was so excited to finally read Beautiful Oblivion. Beautiful Disaster is one of my favorite NA reads, even though I had some issues with the relationship between the main characters. I was curious to see how Beautiful Oblivion was going to compare to Beautiful Disaster. I didn’t love the book quite as much as BD, but it was still a really good read for me.

The story is told from the viewpoint of the main character, Cami. I have to say, I really like this character. She was independent, and totally loved every minute of it. She didn’t want to have to rely on anyone for anything. Her family like was a bit of a mess, and to be honest, I felt really bad for her to have had to been related to anyone in her family, and for everything that she had gone through in the past, and even in the present. Seriously, they were a mess. But I think that all she went through just made Cami that much stronger, and I loved her for that.

Trenton was a Maddox boy through and through. Although Travis is still my favorite, Trent was definitely right up there with him. He was quite a bad ass, even if he was a bit tame compared to his baby brother. I love that even though he was a playboy, when he finally learns to love, he loves with all of his heart. These Maddox boys have such devotion to their women, and I freaking love that. I also liked that the relationship between Cami and Trenton seemed pretty normal compared to the hot mess of a relationship between Abby and Travis. They worked really well together, when they both finally figured things out.

The storyline for the book follows the same timeline of Beautiful Disaster, around the same time that Abby and Travis were falling for each other. While the story had some of the stuff that happened in Beautiful Disaster mixed into the storyline, it was still pretty unique on its own. There were a few things that happened in the story that I felt were left unresolved at the end, and that was a bit disappointing for me.

There is a pretty MAJOR plot twist right at the end of the book, and it kind of blows my freaking mind that I didn’t see it coming. And it totally left me hanging! Not in a way that really has anything to do with Cami and Trent, but UGH!  I totally can’t believe that I didn’t pick up on it sooner.  Also, this book really makes me want to get tattooed. Ha!

Overall; I really enjoyed reading this book! I see that the next novel in the series will be for Thomas Maddox, and I’m SO super excited to get my hands on that book. Thomas is such a mystery, and I need to know MORE! Bring on the rest of the Maddox boys!

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