Monday, June 23, 2014

Blog Tour Review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

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.

4.5 Unforgettable Stars!
Review by Lisa Kane

Camille "Cami" Camlin works tending bar at the Red Room bar, is going to college and has a boyfriend named T.J. who lives in California. They are in a long distance relationship. He just started his job and is constantly travelling. It keeps him busy; so busy that he never has time to visit her or to call or text on a regular basis. But that's okay with Cami, she knows he loves her and is trying to establish his career. Her roommate Raegan tries to make her see that maybe long distance dating isn't necessarily the best idea for her (she's been her best friend for years, and dates the bouncer at the bar, Kody. Then again, Raegan isn't always very objective about things. She still hasn't gotten over losing her virginity to Jason Brazil, the guy she liked in high school, who lost interest after he became the newest football hottie at Eastern State University. One of the biggest mysteries solved...these characters all live in or near Eakins, Illinois. Finally the setting for BD and BO has been revealed. Boom!

Trent Maddox went to school with Cami and is a regular along with his brother Travis at the Red Room.

From his fist convo with Cami he is fresh out of the gate,

A group of girls passed by, and Trenton's eyes focused on one. "Is that Shannon from home ec? Damn," he said, turning a one-eighty in his seat. "Indeed it is. You should go reminisce." Trenton shook his head. "We reminisced in high school." " I remember. Pretty sure she still hates you." Trenton shook his head, smiled and then then, before taking another swig, said,"They always do." "It's a small town. You shouldn't have burned all of your bridges." He lowered his chin, his famous charm turning up a notch." There's a few I haven't lit a fire under. Yet."

One of the coolest things about BO is the timeline falls into place with Travis and Abby's story so the events happening to them are mentioned by Trent. We, the readers are taken back to our happy place and get to experience their story all over again! But I digress..Trent used to go to Eastern, but he was in a car accident along with a girl by the name of MacKenzie who died. There are people who blamed him, including Mackenzie's family for her death, and he sort of spiraled after that. He quit school, works at a tattoo place, named Skin Deep Tattoo and continues to go through the girls in his town like they were entrees at an all you can eat buffet. I would have liked to have read a little more about what happened and how it happened.

But lately he has had lots of encounters with Cami and one senses he has always had a thing for her, but she has been oblivious to it. But she likes hanging out with him, especially when he is babysitting an adorable little girl named Olive. He just may have used a little blackmail to get Cami to hang out with them so Olive will have a good time. But Cami has a boyfriend right and Trent is still a player.

"I couldn't stand him in high school, and I can't stand him now." "You've been hanging out with him a lot for someone you can't stand." "I thought he'd changed, but apparently not." I didn't want him anyway. What did it matter to me if he was a man whore who stuck his tongue down someone's throat just to piss off her boyfriend?

Cami's family is a dysfunctional mess. Her father is an abusive bully and Cami grew up watching him beat her mother. He is arrogant and unremorseful. Her younger brothers push her around and she is used to taking the blame for the bad stuff that happens to her family. Trent tries to guard her from that-that may have been the way things happened in the past, but not anymore on his watch.

Lots of their communicating is through snarky, clever texts,

This is new. I've never had a girl give me her number n then ignore me.
I'm not ignoring you. I'm studying.
Need a break?
Not until I'm done.
Okay, and then can we eat? I'm starving.
Did we make plans to eat?
You don't eat?
k, then. You plan to eat. Let's eat.
I have to study.
K...THEN can  we eat?

These two grow closer, her guilt over T.J. grows deeper and something has to give. This book has some delicious angst, maybe not as much as BD, but it certainly stands on it's own merits. Cami is less annoying than Abby(she constantly went back and forth between wanting Travis and pushing him away) and although she has self esteem issues, she is still pretty kick ass. Trent smolders and oozes sex but he tries his best to keep it under wraps. He is a little more cool headed than Travis-no one could ever accuse Travis of being sweet natured, but Trent is basically a really nice guy.

These two broken souls offer comfort and solace from the shit storm that they call their lives and neither can fight that nor do they even want to. Cami tries to resolve her guilt over T.J. and Travis tries his best to be worthy of Cami's love. Theirs is a very organic story, one that started in friendship and then moved to the next step. The Maddox boys are addicting, there is just something about them that is like crack for the readers' eyes. The pages of the book fly and I can never get enough.

"Because I've been in love with you since grade school, Chamomile. And everyone knew it. Everyone."

"I've had a lifetime of wrong. You're the only thing that's right."

Like all good books, Cami has a secret she won't share with Trent and when it's revealed-let's just stay well played Ms. McGuire, well played!

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