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[Book Review] - Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Oblivion
   Author: Jamie McGuire
   Series: #3 - Beautiful
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: July 1st, 2014
   My Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

     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:

    This book was downright gorgeous from the cover to the story. Many of you may notice that this is the Hardcover version and frankly if you are remotely a fan of Jamie McGuire this is worth it. I love her work, her style, everything. the hardest part of this book is the whole this won't ever happen to me vibe. While this is a bit of an extreme case, it still pulls at your heart and you believe in their little romance.

     Now this book focus on Trenton and he's far far different than what Travis was. I enjoyed Travis more, but there is a part of me that carved out a whole for Trenton. Trenton yea he's more or less the dream guy, buff, tattooed, and a cocky attitude that does show up every now and than. However there is a romantic side to him, a side that is rash and much like Travis, but another side that's so so calm and collected. Trenton is pretty much the dream guy, and that's the part that I found hard to take about his character and the bit that makes him unrealistic. He's got flaws, being too rash and judgemental at times, but those are small things that in a relationship can be slightly overlooked or talked through nothing deal breaking. He's well rounded and well thought through, I enjoyed him completely.

     The book is told through Cami's perspective and if you liked Abby at all in the previous book, Cami will rip your heart out. She's not your girly girl at all, sorta like how Abby was. Working as a bartender and being part of a nearly broken family with brothers who are more fight than brain, she is more well tom-boyish is the best way I can describe it. Not to say she's misplaced her femininity, but she just won't put up with anyone's crap or let it slide of her shoulder, Every action she takes and move she makes is for a purpose, and that I enjoy through and through with her.

     However Cami is seeing someone, and while people know who she's with you get the sense that the real identity of who she's with isn't known, TJ. He claims to be working all the time and maybe he is, but frankly the main idea I got him was he was stringing her along. Yea he may have cared about her, but his love was his work before her. Any girl wants her man to love her first, if he can't make a moment for her when she demands it or needs it every once in a while, yeah she's going to up and leave you. However in this case Trenton happens to sit down at the Bar next to her and claims to simply want to be friends.

     The romance in this book is fantastic, and maybe a little over the top. However the part I enjoyed the most is Trenton's urge for Cami to break up with or move on from TJ. He states it subtly and sometimes outright, but does so in voicing his opinion and feelings but not neglecting hers either. It's a romance that neither of them really (okay maybe Trent) really thought would happen and it simply goes from there. Cami is just irresistible in the book and while Trent does give her her space, he also pushes when the time is right. He's far far different than the jump and think later Travis in the prior books.

     There's also parts of Travis and Abby that appear, and that's part of McGuire's style of letting everyone know that the books are tied together. There is a similar timeline between the Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster and this novel, and frankly I think there's a little bit off at the end, but it's negligible. The ending to this book will throw you for a loop when you think of who TJ is. I won't spoil it, but it blew me mind, and if you want to talk about it, or let me show why it's not confusing at all, I will gladly oblige, and I don't believe it's gross at all. Maybe a little, but not that much.
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