Friday, 11 July 2014

Review ~ Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers #1) by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful OblivioneARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 1st 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

The Beautiful 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 her 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 parlour 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 instalment of The Maddox Brothers series, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

My Opinion

I will admit that this is the first book I have read by this author. Beautiful Disaster has been on my tbr pile for a while but I just haven't got around to reading it. However, when I saw this up on NetGalley I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out the author's writing and I think me not reading Beautiful Disaster is about to change. 

I really enjoyed this book and I liked it more than I thought I would. I wasn't sure what I was letting myself in for but surprisingly I liked the story and was able to pick up everything easily despite not having read the author's other work. I really liked the characters and how they progressed throughout the novel. Whilst I disagree with what Cami did and how she acted at times, I did connect with her and thought that her emotions were believable. 

I also liked the scenes when she was with Trent. For me, the relationship developed well and it was fun to watch them grow together. I'd say the relationship is more sweet and funny than hot and steamy which is what I was expecting but that was okay. It engaged me and tugged at my heartstrings so that I fell in love with the characters. I will admit that I was routing for T.J. a bit more than Trent as I didn't like what Cami did but I think Trent just about won me over.

Another thing I liked in this book was Olive. She was just adorable! She was definitely one of my favourite aspects and she never failed to make me laugh or smile.

The only reason I didn't rate this book 5 stars was because of the ending. After such a build up to this secret Cami was hiding I thought it was going to be something more than it was. I also didn't like the way it was revealed. I felt it was a bit rushed and ended so abruptly that it didn't really give me much closure or time to process what had happened. I would have liked a little bit more so that it felt like a natural conclusion. However, I know this is a new series so I'm not sure if their story will continue or whether it's a standalone in the series. I also don't know if this was down to me having not read the Beautiful Disaster but it's how I felt at the end.

Overall though, this was enjoyable read that I couldn't put down. I would write more to conclude this review but I'm off to buy the author's other books!

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