Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: Maddox Brothers #1
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Genre: New Adult
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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.
So I’ve been sitting on this review for about three weeks now, and I’ve come to a pretty resolute conclusion. In order to readers to truly appreciate this book, you cannot compare it to the phenom that is Beautiful Disaster. I purposely didn’t do a re-read of the first series before reading Oblivion because I wanted to go in essentially blind. Sure I remembered parts, but the little details escaped me simply because I read so many books. I think by doing this I was able to experience BOB in a way that not everyone is going to. I read it as a true standalone, which for all intents and purposes it is. And you know what I took out of it? It was a story of friendship, of love unrequited and realized, of being torn between two men, and of coming into your own. Simply put I LOVED it.
“I know. I’m just trying to keep things simple.”
“This isn’t simple. Not even close.”
I absolutely adored both of these characters and fell hardcore in love with them! From Cami’s need to find her independence, to Trent’s unwavering yet protective devotion, to her gentle way of taking the weight of the world on her shoulders, to his alpha nature. Though as the reader you could clearly see the chemistry between them, the angst was at mid-level as you watched them try to navigate the waters. Cami obviously has something holding her back, but she was always honest about that, yet Trenton recognized that he didn’t deserve her. To hear this story told in dual POV was definitely a highlight for me. He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind and it was refreshing. One of my favorite things in books is to hear what is going on in the male’s head. Trenton does NOT disappoint. In fact, had I now known what was running through his mind, this probably would have been an entirely different book. Because when you are privy to his thoughts, you begin to truly understand just how deep his feelings for Cami run. It’s those thoughts that made the book for me. I am a sucker for long loves, even if one party is oblivious to them.
“We’ve already lost the first woman we ever loved. The thought of going through that again scares the shit out of us.”
I’ll go ahead and say it; there isn’t much that surprises me in books any longer. Call me jaded, call me cynical, but I’ve turn into quite the literary conspiracy theorist. For this reason alone, by fifteen percent into the book, I already had the secret pegged. Having said that, after talking with a few people that already read it, I was definitely in the minority. I was already on high alert, looking for little clues, and if you look hard enough and stretch your imagination a lot, it’s there. This in no way ruined the book for me; if anything it allowed me to concentrate on the bigger picture, rather than the details. So whether you figure it out early on or are blindsided in the end, each journey is yours and yours alone. Because even knowing what “it” was didn’t lessen the impact when it was finally revealed. If anything, it heightened it.
“I’ve had a lifetime of wrong. You’re the only thing that’s right.”
With all of that being said, I will leave you with this: go into this book with a fresh perspective. Don’t compare the two, because really, there IS no comparison. I loved each book for entirely different reasons. And since we’re being honest here, I was left thinking, Travis who? 😉 Trenton just has this way about him that was endearing in a way his brother wasn’t. There will only ever be ONE Travis Maddox. But there will also only ever be ONE Trenton Maddox. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that…