Thursday, June 26, 2014

Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire; Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway


Welcome to today's stop in the Beautiful Oblivion blog tour, hosted by Atria Books. Today I'm excited to share my review for Jamie' McGuire's upcoming release. Be sure to go HERE to find out more about the book, visit more tour stops and enter the giveaway!


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

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.

My Review

The Quick Review
This is my first Maddox brothers story and now I get why everyone loves these brothers. They're fiercely protective, loyal, and love just as fiercely was they can fight. Trenton Maddox seems to be the less aggressive one of the brothers, though this boy certainly knows how to play dirty (in a very good way) when it comes to winning over Cami. Their love story is one heck of a swoon worthy disaster, and it was oh so fabulous reading about them. Before I go on, I have to mention, HOLY PLOT TWIST batman! McGuire threw in one epic twist I didn't see coming, and it was awesome!! This is definitely a book fans of the McGuire's Maddox Brothers will want to pick up! Now I'm off to go read the rest of the books in this series.

My Long Review (minor spoilers)
Beautiful Disaster has one heck of a complicated love story that I ended up falling in love with. It wasn't hard for me to cheer on Cami and Trenton. After all, these two have a lot going against them, but together they were the strong support the other needed. Seriously, I think Trenton now gives some of my other favorite new adult love interests a run for their money. This guy is one heck of a romantic who doesn't back down from something he wants, and that person is Cami.

Cami is someone I rooted for from the get go. Being the only girl and family of boys who aren't afraid to hold their own in fights, Cami has learned to fight back and stand up for herself, which has helped her in finding her own way through life. Her family is far from the ideal family. Cami comes from a broken home, and abusive father. Instead of being a victim to what she mother is, Cami has made it on her own. She's an extremely tough girl, who knows how to fight and survive on her own, which is what she's doing supporting herself by going to school and working two jobs. 

Trenton Maddox is the kind of boy I love reading about. He's deemed as trouble, and his back ground and the reputation he and his brother have is trouble. They don't start a fight they don't know how to finish. They're fiercely loyal, protective, and love just as fiercely as they can fight. Though Trenton is all these things, he's also the one who thinks before he reacts. He wears his emotions on his sleeves, and man alive does this boy know how to go after what he wants. I love that he plays dirty to get her, but in a very good way. 

Trenton is a layered character, and the more you get to know him, the easier it is to really love him the way Cami does. Like Cami, he has this easy way about him. He's independent like Cami, and like her, he also has some demons from his past he's trying to work through. One of the things I love about Trenton was despite his reputation, this is one boy who has a lot of charm, treats women with respect, and is incredibly patient. I love the way his and Cami's relationship played out, even if at times I wish Cami would realize what's right in front of her quicker than he did. It was so nice to see their relationship start out as friends, even if this is the girl that Trenton has loved since they were kids. I loved the history these two have had growing up. 

Trenton and Cami have a friendship, they have the chemistry, and they have a lot they offer each other. It was hard seeing them cope with and deal with some of the demons from their pasts, more so Cami's than anything. I loved that McGuire made Cami someone who was faithful. When the story starts off she does have a boyfriend. She is upfront and honest with Trenton and the boyfriend who's business interferes a lot with their relationship. The other thing I loved, is that though this is a new adult book, this isn't a book that's all about sex. Sure there's naturally happen in this story, but I liked that sex wasn't the story. Despite the Maddox Brother reputation, I loved that it was Trenton who wanted to wait for the right time, and that it was Cami who wanted to take things slow with their relationship as a whole. There was a natural progression with how their relationship grew, and it felt incredibly realistic. I liked that.

One of the big hang ups in Cami's boyfriend, whom I mentioned above. Just as I was starting to get frustrated with Cami and her not completely standing up to TJ and telling him to back off, McGuire throws in a plot twist I didn't see coming, and it was AWESOME! Everything made sense after that. Everything about why Cami acted the way she did with both Trenton and TJ, and why she felt the way she did about both of them made perfect sense. I already admired Cami for the fact she didn't do anything that crossed the lines while she was with TJ, and that before things with Trenton got series, she was upfront and honest with both guys, and didn't cheat on anyone. After knowing the twist, everyone's reactions made sense. That was a brilliant twist, but now I want more. That was one heck of a way to end the story. 

This is one story McGuire fans and fans of the Maddox Brothers will want to pick up! 

*This is a book for readers 18 yrs & older. There is language, mentions of physical abuse, and there are well written sensual/sex scenes. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


JAMIE McGUIRE is the New York Times bestselling author of A Beautiful WeddingRed HillWalking DisasterBeautiful 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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