Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
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.
From the moment I read Beautiful Disaster, I became an instant fan of Jamie McGuire. I loved Beautiful Disaster and then Walking Disaster. I mean, seriously, Travis Maddox, need I say more? Those two books are my most enjoyable and most recommended new adult reads. Beautiful Wedding topped off the trio. Travis and Abby’s story is definitely a memorable one. Then Jamie did it again with Beautiful Oblivion, the story of another Maddox brother. Trent Maddox…
Jamie McGuire doesn’t disappoint. Beautiful Oblivion was a fantastic read. I guess one of the reasons I liked it so much is because the story of Cami and Trent takes place during the same time Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster does. I really loved reading the story of other characters I met in previous books. Readers often wonder about those secondary characters and what they may be up to.
Well, Beautiful Oblivion is Cami and Trent’s story. Let’s begin with Trent. Knowing he is Maddox brother alone = HOTNESS right? It was refreshing to read about this hottie. Do you remember Cami from BD/WD? She worked at Red. Well, I wasn’t quite sure if I really liked her very much at the beginning of the story. It took me some time to decide about her character. As the story unfolded and Trent and Cami spent more time together, she finally grew on me. I may have wanted to slap her a couple of times but I was always very hopeful of this pair. After I finally understood her family issues, she became more likeable. It was difficult for her to juggle all of the problems she had in her life, including a mysterious boyfriend, who rarely saw her. In the end, I understood her and her motives.
Back to Trent, WHOA… He is a hard working, loyal sweetheart. Trust me, there are many moments where you will witness his tenderness and they aren’t all with Cami. Wait until you meet Olive (no spoilers). Trent is in love with and totally devoted to Cami. Just remember this, when a Maddox boy falls in love… Watch out!
This story had plenty of moments that made me smile. Learning that Trent had always loved Cami was one of them. This story does have a surprise ending, one I was glad I didn’t figure out until the end.
I gave Beautiful Oblivion 4.5 stars!
If you haven’t read this series, here are the links to all of the books.
Trust me, you will love the Maddox Brothers.
About the Author
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.
Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.