Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
(Beautiful #3) (Maddox Brothers #1)
Date of Publishing : July 1st, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: ★★
The Beautiful 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 her 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 parlour 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 instalment of The Maddox Brothers series, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.
Now keep in mind before you start reading this review that I really wanted to like this book. I’ve been waiting to own the book for so long (blame that on Amazon’s ridiculously high prices) and then last week, I finally managed to own this one.
And I enjoyed the book. At least the first 12%. The characters were witty and Cami’s inner monologue was pretty good.
And then it all went down. Wayy down.
And the only thing I like going down in a book are the characters. On each other. Needless to say, I’d lost more than 70% of my excitement right then and there.
Thing is, this is my first book in the Beautiful series. In fact, it’s my first Jamie Maguire book ever. And here’s the other thing.
Beautiful Oblivion disappointed. Like a lot. The characters disappointed. The story line was a flop. And ugh, love-triangles. Someone needs to ban those.
Cami (Camille) Camlin is a 22 year old who has been in the shadow of her brothers her whole life. And now that she’s out of their shadow, I still got the feeling that she wanted to be below them. Like if she could crawl out of her skin and cower under one of her big, bad brothers, she would.
Does that make her a good sister? No.
Does that make her a good character? No.
Trenton Maddox is okay. He’s all dimples and tattoos and bad-boy-gone-good but it was irritating to see the way he was with Cami. Almost like he had to take care of her…even when she didn’t need taking care of.
Cami started out really strong. Trent started out really persuasive and hot.
But somewhere along the way, their interactions with each other seemed to give me the feeling that they were dependent on each other. A bit too dependent. It got old way too fast and with the melodrama that felt like it would go on forever, it felt like a chore to finish reading this book.
There was also the matter of the tiny pathetic love-triangle. In all honesty, I hate love-triangles. As a matter of principle, I avoid books with love-triangles like the bubonic plague. And after reading Beautiful Oblivion, I remembered exactly why I don’t like love-triangles. Because THEY SUCK.
The girl can’t let go of the old boyfriend and ends up hurting the new boy friend. Typical bogus BS that makes this genre sell. To those who like it, awesome for you! To me, it’s annoying to read.
The synopsis mentions something about an accident that turned “Trent Maddox’s world upside down.” Yeah, no. I can count the number of times the accident was mentioned on two hands and as a matter of fact, Trent didn’t look like he was too bothered by the whole thing.
Sure there were a few moments he got really touchy—because he had to, somewhere—but that’s all. And now that I know exactly what happened, it’s ridiculous that Trent acted/was unaffected.
There were too many points where the entire Raegan/Kody/Jason felt like the main story itself and Trent and Cami were secondary characters. These three added nothing to the novel except a sob-story of another love triangle that I honestly could have lived without.
I think I’ll just end by saying that this isn’t a book. Because a real book has a legitimate story, characters that aren’t boring and plot holes that are tied up. And while I really, really wanted to give this book one star, I’m giving it two because I finished it. That has to mean something, right?
On second thoughts, no.
We’ll keep the two stars, though.
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