ARC Review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Posted June 21, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
Beautiful Oblivion
by Jamie McGuire

4 Stars


Released: July 1, 2014
Series: Maddox Brothers #1
Published by Atria
Pages: 300
Format: eARC


“BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION is easily my favourite Jamie McGuire book so far.” ~ Under the Covers

Can you hear that? I think I hear the excited squeals of readers. Jamie McGuire is back and this time she is bringing along, Trenton Maddox, the sexier (yes, I said it) Maddox Brother.

In the first book of this new series, readers will be able to relive a little bit of what made them fall in love with the Maddox Brothers in the first place. However, don’t think everything is the same in this book. I was surprised to find a more light-hearted approach to story where the characters don’t seem so angst-driven and the drama is far more believable.

Camille “Cami” Camlin has a boyfriend who puts his work before her. When another cancelled trip brings down her mood, Cami tries to remind herself that she is loved and that her boyfriend is only trying to better himself in his career. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?

Trenton Maddox has had immense luck with the ladies. With his easy-going and charming attitude, his job at the local tattoo parlor and his persistent personality, Trent is easily one of the hottest guys in fiction. If you liked Mal from Kylie Scott’s PLAY, I think you’ll adore Trent. Both cannot take no for an answer and it ends up to be quite endearing with how they try to win over their ladies.

Cami and Trent try out the “friend” thing. But let’s face it, we all know where this is going to go. I enjoyed their romance. It felt way more authentic and developed organically. BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION is easily my favourite Jamie McGuire book so far.

While I liked the broody nature of Travis, it did take me longer to love him while with Trent, it was almost instantaneous. I love the way he stood up for Cami against her father and respected her boundaries when it came to her absent boyfriend. And Trent with little ones? I die.

While I don’t think you need to read Travis’s books in order to understand these ones, they will help you understand Trent a little bit more. BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION begins right before Beautiful Disaster and actually runs parallel to it. So there are glimpses of Travis and his cavalier personality still there.

The Maddoxs are a complex bunch and Trent is harbouring some guilt still. While McGuire does delve into that a little bit, I do think there is still room for Trent to grow as a character. I feel like the ending could have had more to it, so I’m holding out to see if she will further explore that in another book.

Be ready for Trent because I think those who love Travis may reconsider their loyalty to him. Trent is bigger, better and hotter.


*ARC provided by publisher

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Atria Books | 336 pages | Paperback ISBN 9781476759586
eBook ISBN: ISBN 9781476759593 | On Sale: July 1, 2014

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.

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About Jamie McGuire

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Her 2012 novel, Walking Disaster™ debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster™, and the Providence™ series. Her latest books include an apocalyptic thriller, Red Hill™ and a novella, A Beautiful Wedding™.

Jamie now lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.


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I haven’t read any of this author’s work…Thanks for the review Annie.

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose

Oh, Trent does sound delicious. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


Good review….love the quote…thanks annie

Jenny Dauksa Schaber
Jenny Dauksa Schaber

I can’t wait for this book to appear on my doorstep. It’s hard to see these posts when I want the book so badly. Thanks for the review!

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Under the Covers Book Blog

Thanks ladies!

Amy R
Amy R

Looking forward to reading. I just read the first 2 books a few months ago.