Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Beautiful Oblivion (Beautiful, #3) by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Oblivion
Series: Beautiful, #3
Author: Jamie McGuire
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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:

I ADORED getting to finally meet Trent! He was a wonderful character and I instantly fall in love with him! I didn't think the Maddox brothers could get any better than Travis, but Trent proved me wrong! I think that McGuire has started a series I am really going to enjoy.
“I was in trouble. Big, disastrous, Maddox trouble.” 
First and foremost, I love the boys McGuire creates. I love the alpha type and boy, does she know how to write them. But what I enjoyed most, other than Trent’s alpha-ness, was his random and funny personality. He such a different character from Travis, yet the Maddox is still in him! He is fierce, wild, and is ruled by emotions. I think that is why I love the Maddox brothers so much. I loved watching Trent try to get Cami, and watching him fall in love as well.  His growth and development was deep and I loved the way he loved.

Cami is a fierce character. I enjoyed that she didn't take shit from Trent or anyone for that matter. However, she was a bit irritating at times. Her back and forth emotions got me frustrated, but that also made her feel like a real indecision individual. And I did understand some of her actions. She is a cocky and sarcastic character, and she did fit very well with Trent. Their personalities matched and I could feel the sexual tension and attraction between them; it was quite palpable.

I have to mention Travis and Abby. I was very curious as to when the timeline of Beautiful Oblivion took place, and I was happy to find out it took place right along with Walking Disaster. Catching glimpses of Abby and Travis was a thrill and made me want to re-read their story all over again. It also gave a deeper insight to their story as well. I’m so happy McGuire did that!

The plot progressed at a well and natural pace. The conflict built nicely and the tension was well placed throughout the book. I enjoyed learning about the characters and watching them both grown. However, I actually do have one little problem, sadly, the twist. I did figure the twist out way before it was revealed, and it was a great twist; however, I feel like the book still ended with a few unanswered why's and how's for it to feel like a full ending. And the last line just didn't work for me.  I feel like maybe I’m over thinking the book, but I can’t help it. I have a tendency to do that.
“I've had a lifetime of wrong. You're the only thing that's right.” 
Despite me figuring out the twist and my personal issue with the book, I ADORED Trent and Cami’s story. I instantly fell in love with Trent; he’s another Maddox boy I can’t help but love. I think this was a great start to the Maddox Brothers series and I can't wait to read the others. 


  1. Oh, I just bought this one. After reading your review, I'm convinced that I have to move it up my reading list.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  2. Trent sounds like I could fall for him and Cami as a fierce character also is something that I could love about this one.

  3. I so loved Trent even more than Travis! I figured out the twist early too and it really is an awesome twist but I see what you're saying. I think though we will get more info in subsequent books. So glad you enjoyed Trent. Awesome review Magen.

  4. Oh wow!! Now I know I have to get this one! I've held back, but I know I would enjoy it. Interesting to know it runs along with Travis and Abby's story... great review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace


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