Thursday, July 3, 2014

[Blog Tour - Review] Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers #1) by Jamie McGuire

Today I am excited to post a review of Jamie McGuire's latest book, Beautiful Oblivion, featuring the one and only, Trent Maddox.  Keep reading for a link to the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win signed books!

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.

Atria Books | 336 pages | Paperback ISBN 9781476759586 | 
eBook ISBN: ISBN 9781476759593 | On Sale: July 1, 2014 

Trenton Maddox is a Maddox through and through.  Left vulnerable by the passing of his mother, Trent turned to girls and good times.  He was a player in high school and college, until an accident changed the course of his life.   It has taken Trent a long time to move forward in his life, and in Beautiful Oblivion, he is working a full time job while living at home with Mr. Maddox and betting on his brother's fights on the side.  One night, he notices the cute and perky bartender, Cami.  He has known her since they were kids but doesn't befriend her until now.

Cami has a tough home life.  She works at the bar, supports her education and has a long distance boyfriend that  never puts her first in their relationship.  We meet her boyfriend in this book, and although he seems like a fantastic guy, he's just not a good boyfriend to Cami.  Initially wary of Trent, Cami begins to warm up to him as they spend more and more time together.  Cami's life has been filled with strife.  She has several brothers that are a bit on the overprotective side, a weak mother and an out of control father.  Although she is living on her own, her responsibilities to her family are always on the back burner, shaping her view of relationships.

It is expected that comparisons will be made between Trent and Travis Maddox, although each character is his own man.  They are both sexy and smart, swoon worthy, charming and a bit hot headed.  The one thing that separates Trenton from Travis in my mind is that Trent is much more mature and less emotionally volatile than Travis.  Trent feels every bit as vulnerable as his younger brother and has suffered as many setbacks in his life as Travis.  However, the Trent has learned how to deal with his emotions in a far healthier way than Travis.  He still has his moments of pissiness, but overall I think Trent acts more like an adult.  Trenton also has a purpose in his life that Travis did not have in Beautiful Disaster.  Trenton is an artist.  A good one.  He makes a lot of money designing and inking tattoos.  His identity is wrapped up in his profession, and it is obvious that he loves what he does.  

I also liked how the relationship between Cami and Trenton developed.  Cami stuck to her guns about being only friends with Trenton.  She is not some girl that would lose herself over a pretty face and an adorable personality.  Trenton was the catalyst to this relationship, accepting his status as a friend, yet pursuing her indefinitely, yet honorably.  There was no emotional black mail or immature maneuvers for attention.  This relationship is built on the foundation of mutual admiration.

Beautiful Oblivion takes place around the events of Beautiful Disaster.  It was interesting to see what Trenton was doing on that tragic night at Travis' last fight.  It was also fun to see Travis through Trent's eyes.  It is obvious that Trent loves his brother very much.  I'd like to see more of the brother-to-brother dynamic in the future.

The one thing I didn't love about this book was the ending.  There is a twist thrown in that I really didn't see coming and it changes the way I viewed this book.  I kind of loved the twist, though.  That's not the part that bothered me.  The ending, for me, was abrupt.  Although there is no cliff hanger, the book just kind of ends and it left me wanting to know more about Trenton and Cami.  It's like their story wasn't quite complete.  I need more!!!

All in all, McGuire delivers another winner.  Full of angsty Maddox boys that we have come to love, this is a great look into Trenton's life.  A life that I really would like to see more of.  I enjoyed racing through the pages, knowing that McGuire was going to give me everything I've come to expect from her:  fast paced, intelligent writing, seriously hot and intricate boys and a heroine that can stand up to the Maddox charm.  If you are a fan of Beautiful Disaster, this book is a must read for you.  I look very forward to reading more about the remaining Maddox brothers.

"Married?" Travis said, his face screwing into disgust. "What the fuck, Cami? I'm nineteen! Nobody gets marries at nineteen!"

"The first time I saw you on the playground, I knew what beauty was."

"Really? You want to get it on with Buffy and Spike next door?"

“No one has ever wanted someone as much as I want you.”

"I'm it for you. I know because you're it for me."

JAMIE McGUIRE is the New York Times bestselling author of A Beautiful Wedding, Red Hill, Walking Disaster, Beautiful Disaster, and The Providence trilogy. She and her husband, Jeff, live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with three dogs, six horses, and a cat named Rooster.

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Danielle said...

I love how the two brothers can have a ton of similar traits but both be completely their own man. You seem to pick a lot of books with strong characters.

Alexa said...

You completely won me over when you said that Trent is as emotional as Travis but since he is older he knows how to deal with it in a more mature way! I did like Travis but I never loved him because he was always so ready to jump off the cliff with his emotions and it drove me a little crazy. Now I can't wait to read Trent's book!
Thanks for the great review!

Jessica Haluska said...

I loved Beautiful Disaster. LOVED it. Bought-it-for-all-my-reader-friends-for-Christmas LOVED it. So you know that I can't wait to read this one too. I'm with Alexa--a more mature Travis sounds amazing. I've even heard people say that they loved Trent MORE than Travis. This boggles my mind, and I NEED to know why. Fabulous review!

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I really should get off my butt and read one of McGuire's books already, eh? You gals know what I like, so I'm sure I'll enjoy this one. Thanks for the recommendation!

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