March 16, 2015

Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Series: The Maddox Brothers #1

Publication: July 1, 2014 by Atria Books

Source: Purchased

Summary:
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.

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To clarify:

This is a companion novel to Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster. If you didn't know, Walking Disaster is the same story as Beautiful Disaster, but from Travis' (the male love interest) perspective.
Beautiful Oblivion follows Travis' brother Trent and his love story with a new character, Cami. This story also takes place during the same time line as BD and WD, so we see a little bit of Travis and Abby. You don't necessarily have to read BD and WD to read Beautiful Oblivion, but it is recommended because if you don't you will miss some details in this book.

My Thoughts:

I love Jamie McGuire's writing and I did enjoy Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, but I was hoping Beautiful Oblivion would be better. I wasn't really disappointed. Trent is a wonderful love interest and I like him more than Travis. I love how sweet Trent is, but he is also extremely tough and protective. He didn't seem as irrational and impulsive as Travis. I am happy there are differences between the two and Trent stood out as a character.

Cami is also great. She has a smart mouth and curses like a sailor, but you can't help but like her. She definitely reminds me of the character Deb on the TV show Dexter. She is fiercely independent and strong. She goes through some development in the story which is nice to see. She also has a messed up family and I enjoyed seeing her work through her problems, especially with Trent's help.

Trent and Cami's relationship is addicting to read about. They have fantastic chemistry. Seeing these characters grow and their relationship form was special. However, it was hard at times to enjoy because of Cami's boyfriend in the background.They were definitely on the line of cheating, but I think it's handled well. 

Now, let's talk about why I didn't give this book a higher rating. At times it was hard for me to take the story seriously. I'm just going to say one word and if you have read it, you will understand.. Babydoll. That was so silly to me and made it hard for me to get into the story.

My main problem was THE ENDING. No spoilers.. I promise, but the ending was just so frustrating. The whole story is building up to figuring out a big secret that Cami has, and we don't find out until the last page. I was upset that we don't get to see the fallout or consequences. I understand wanting to leave the reader wanting more, but that was a bit much.

Also, Cami's secret is a big deal, but she was so over-dramatic about it. She said that if Trent found out "he would leave and never look back", which is so ridiculous. The entire ordeal about the secret was very over-done. I think it's a good twist, I just wish it was handled differently.

So, if you have read Beautiful Disaster or Walking Disaster, I say go ahead and read this. It's worth it for Trent. The love story is great. I just can't get over the ending. Also, if you do read this book and are confused by the ending, go re-read the epilogue to Walking Disaster, it definitely helps!



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