So today I am reviewing BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION by Jamie McGuire
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.
BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION is a New Adult companion by Jamie McGuire. It takes place almost the same time as BEAUTIFUL DISASTER does. In fact there were some references to Travis meeting Abby and making all the fuck ups he does with her (this were my favorite parts). And Parker even made an appearance.
It's another story of bad boy meets broken girl and they manage to get tangled up in a messy set of feelings that "should not happen."
There wasn't enough naughty time - I mean, come on, it's NA.
It ends on a cliffhanger, be prepared. And it ends on the twist, like a huge twist.
My first reaction was how much I loved the cover. It's beautiful. But that's about where my positive reactions end. The rest were all negative, save for one neutral.
There was nothing original here. Trent had so many of the same mannerisms (shoving his hands into his pockets, etc.) as Travis, that sometimes I felt like I was reading the same book. Cami and Abby were both messed up because of fucked up families. I found myself annoyed that the companion was soooo similar to the original. I wanted a whole new story. If I was going to get the same thing I would have just preferred a continuation on Travis and Abby's story.
AND there were two things I hated. 1) I hated the twist. Now, I can absolutely appreciate that I did not see it coming. That's awesome. I never guessed once. And while not guessing the twist will often press me to liking it, that is not what happened this time. It just plain bothered me. 2) if you have read BEAUTIFUL DISASTER or WALKING DISASTER, and if you love Travis Maddox (or Abby - or both) like I do, then you will HATE, hate, hate, HATE the stupid little unnecessary detail that's added into BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION. One dumb phone conversation made me really mad. There was no necessity to is as far as BO's blot went. So it bothered me. A lot.
Trent and Cami were broken and flawed enough to get me through the whole book. I liked them enough. But I found myself, the entire damn time, competing them to Travis and Abby. When I finished BO I realized I wish I would have just reread BD instead.
For all of the reasons listed above in my reactions I would not recommend this book. I just didn't like it. And it pains me to say that, because BEAUTIFUL DISASTER is one of my favorites. I even liked WALKING DISASTER, the exact same story but from the other POV. But I just couldn't do this one. I couldn't.
So would I recumbent BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION? No. But would I STILL recommend BEAUTIFUL DISASTER?