Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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 they felt reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

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"The author's pen flows with ease and fans of romance and NA will adore the raw emotion...Trenton's story will steal readers' hearts."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476759586
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Series: Maddox Brothers Series, #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 25,394
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie McGuire is the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Oblivion, A Beautiful Wedding, Red Hill, Walking Disaster, and Beautiful Disaster. She and her husband Jeff live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with three dogs, six horses, and a cat named Rooster. Please visit JamieMcGuire.com
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Beautiful Oblivion

CHAPTER ONE

His words hung there, in the darkness between our voices. I sometimes found comfort in that space, but in three months, I’d only found unrest. That space became more like a convenient place to hide. Not for me, for him. My fingers ached, so I allowed them to relax, not realizing how hard I’d been gripping my cell phone.

My roommate, Raegan, was sitting next to my open suitcase on the bed, her legs crisscrossed. Whatever look was on my face prompted her to take my hand. T.J.? she mouthed.

I nodded.

“Will you please say something?” T.J. asked.

“What do you want me to say? I’m packed. I took vacation time. Hank has already given Jorie my shifts.”

“I feel like a huge asshole. I wish I didn’t have to go, but I warned you. When I have an ongoing project, I can be called out at any time. If you need help with rent or anything . . .”

“I don’t want your money,” I said, rubbing my eyes.

“I thought this would be a good weekend. I swear to God I did.”

“I thought I’d be getting on a plane tomorrow morning, and instead you’re calling me to say I can’t come. Again.”

“I know this seems like a dick move. I swear to you I told them I had important plans. But when things come up, Cami . . . I have to do my job.”

I wiped a tear from my cheek, but I refused to let him hear me cry. I kept the trembling from my voice. “Are you coming home for Thanksgiving, then?”

He sighed. “I want to. But I don’t know if I can. It depends on if this is wrapped up. I do miss you. A lot. I don’t like this, either.”

“Will your schedule ever get better?” I asked. It took him longer than it should to answer.

“What if I said probably not?”

I lifted my eyebrows. I expected that answer but didn’t expect him to be so . . . truthful.

“I’m sorry,” he said. I imagined him cringing. “I just pulled into the airport. I have to go.”

“Yeah, okay. Talk to you later.” I forced my voice to stay level. I didn’t want to sound upset. I didn’t want him to think I was weak or emotional. He was strong, and self-reliant, and did what had to be done without complaint. I tried to be that for him. Whining about something out of his control wouldn’t help anything.

He sighed again. “I know you don’t believe me, but I do love you.”

“I believe you,” I said, and I meant it.

I pressed the red button on the screen and let my phone fall to the bed.

Raegan was already in damage control mode. “He was called into work?”

I nodded.

“Okay, well, maybe you guys will just have to be more spontaneous. Maybe you can just show up, and if he’s called out while you’re there, you wait on him. When he gets back, you pick up where you left off.”

“Maybe.”

She squeezed my hand. “Or maybe he’s a tool who should stop choosing his job over you?”

I shook my head. “He’s worked really hard for this position.”

“You don’t even know what position it is.”

“I told you. He’s utilizing his degree. He specializes in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration, whatever that means.”

She shot me a dubious look. “Yeah, you also told me to keep it all a secret. Which makes me think he’s not being completely honest with you.”

I stood up and dumped out my suitcase, letting all the contents spill onto my comforter. Usually I only made my bed when I was packing, so I could now see the comforter’s light-blue fabric with a few navy-blue octopus tentacles reaching across it. T.J. hated it, but it made me feel like I was being hugged while I slept. My room was made up of strange, random things, but then, so was I.

Raegan rummaged through the pile of clothes, and held up a black top with the shoulders and front strategically ripped. “We both have the night off. We should go out. Get drinks served to us for once.”

I grabbed the shirt from her hands and inspected it while I mulled over Raegan’s suggestion. “You’re right. We should. Are we taking your car, or the Smurf?”

Raegan shrugged. “I’m almost on empty and we don’t get paid until tomorrow.”

“Looks like it’s the Smurf, then.”

After a crash session in the bathroom, Raegan and I jumped up into my light-blue, modified CJ Jeep. It wasn’t in the best of shape, but at one time someone had had enough vision and love to mold it into a Jeep/truck hybrid. The spoiled college dropout who owned the Smurf between that owner and me didn’t love it as much. The seat cushions were exposed in some places where the black leather seats were torn, the carpet had cigarette holes and stains, and the hard top needed to be replaced, but that neglect meant that I could pay for it in full, and a payment-free vehicle was the best kind to own.

I buckled my seat belt, and stabbed the key into the ignition.

“Should I pray?” Raegan asked.

I turned the key, and the Smurf made a sickly whirring noise. The engine sputtered, and then purred, and we both clapped. My parents raised four children on a factory worker’s salary. I never asked them to help me buy a car, instead I got a job at the local ice cream shop when I was fifteen, and saved $557.11. The Smurf wasn’t the vehicle I dreamed about when I was little, but 550 bucks bought me an independence, and that was priceless.

Twenty minutes later, Raegan and I were on the opposite side of town, strutting across the gravel lot of the Red Door, slowly and in unison, as if we were being filmed while walking to a bad­ass soundtrack.

Kody was standing at the entrance, his huge arms probably the same size as my head. He eyed us as we approached. “IDs.”

“Fuck off!” Raegan snarled. “We work here. You know how old we are.”

He shrugged. “Still have to see IDs.”

I frowned at Raegan, and she rolled her eyes, digging into her back pocket. “If you don’t know how old I am at this point, we have issues.”

“C’mon, Raegan. Quit busting my balls and let me see the damn thing.”

“The last time I let you see something you didn’t call me for three days.”

He cringed. “You’re never going to get over that, are you?”

She tossed her ID at Kody and he slapped it against his chest. He glanced at it, and then handed it back, looking at me expectantly. I handed him my driver’s license.

“Thought you were leaving town?” he asked, glancing down before returning the thin plastic card to me.

“Long story,” I said, stuffing my license into my back pocket. My jeans were so tight I was amazed I could fit anything besides my ass back there.

Kody opened the oversize red door, and Raegan smiled sweetly. “Thanks, baby.”

“Love you. Be good.”

“I’m always good,” she said, winking.

“See you when I get off work?”

“Yep.” She pulled me through the door.

“You are the weirdest couple,” I said over the bass. It was buzzing in my chest, and I was fairly certain every beat made my bones shake.

“Yep,” Raegan said again.

The dance floor was already packed with sweaty, drunk college kids. The fall semester was in full swing. Raegan walked over to the bar and stood at the end. Jorie winked at her.

“Want me to clear you out some seats?” she asked.

Raegan shook her head. “You’re just offering because you want my tips from last night!”

Jorie laughed. Her long, platinum blond hair fell in loose waves past her shoulders, with a few black peekaboo strands. She wore a black minidress and combat boots, and was pushing buttons on the cash register to ring someone up while she talked to us. We had all learned to multitask and move like every tip was a hundred-dollar bill. If you could bartend fast enough, you stood a chance of working the east bar, and the tips made there could pay a month’s worth of bills in a weekend.

That was where I’d been tending bar for a year, placed just three months after I was hired at the Red Door. Raegan worked right beside me, and together we kept that machine greased like a stripper in a plastic pool full of baby oil. Jorie and the other bartender, Blia, worked the south bar at the entrance. It was basically a kiosk, and they loved it when Raegan or I were out of town.

“So? What are you drinking?” Jorie asked.

Raegan looked at me, and then back at Jorie. “Whiskey sours.”

I made a face. “Minus the sour, please.”

Once Jorie passed us our drinks, Raegan and I found an empty table and sat, shocked at our luck. Weekends were always packed, and an open table at ten thirty wasn’t common.

I held a brand-new pack of cigarettes in my hand and hit the end of it against my palm to pack them, then tore off the plastic, flipping the top. Even though the Red was so smoky that just sitting there made me feel like I was smoking an entire pack of cigarettes, it was nice to sit at a table and relax. When I was working, I usually had time for one drag and the rest burned away, unsmoked.

Raegan watched me light it. “I want one.”

“No, you don’t.”

“Yes, I do!”

“You haven’t smoked in two months, Raegan. You’ll blame me tomorrow for ruining your streak.”

She gestured at the room. “I’m smoking! Right now!”

I narrowed my eyes at her. Raegan was exotically beautiful, with long, chestnut-brown hair, bronze skin, and honey-brown eyes. Her nose was perfectly small, not too round or too pointy, and her skin made her look like she came fresh off of a Neutrogena commercial. We met in elementary school, and I was instantly drawn to her brutal honesty. Raegan could be incredibly intimidating, even for Kody, who, at six foot four, was over a foot taller than she was. Her personality was charming to those she loved, and repellent to those she didn’t.

I was the opposite of exotic. My tousled brown bob and heavy bangs were easy to maintain, but not a lot of men found it sexy. Not a lot of men found me sexy in general. I was the girl next door, your brother’s best friend. Growing up with three brothers and our cousin Colin, I could have been a tomboy if my subtle but still present curves hadn’t ousted me from the boys-only clubhouse at fourteen.

“Don’t be that girl,” I said. “If you want one, go buy your own.”

She crossed her arms, pouting. “That’s why I quit. They’re fucking expensive.”

I stared at the burning paper and tobacco nestled between my fingers. “That is a fact my broke ass continues to make note of.”

The song switched from something everyone wanted to dance to, to a song no one wanted to dance to, and dozens of people began making their way off the dance floor. Two girls walked up to our table and traded glances.

“That’s our table,” the blonde said.

Raegan barely acknowledged them.

“Excuse me, bitch, she’s talking to you,” the brunette said, setting her beer on the table.

“Raegan,” I warned.

Raegan looked at me with a blank face, and then up at the girl with the same expression. “It was your table. Now it’s ours.”

“We were here first,” the blonde hissed.

“And now you’re not,” Raegan said. She picked up the unwelcome beer bottle and tossed it across the floor. It spilled out onto the dark, tightly stitched carpet. “Fetch.”

The brunette watched her beer slide across the floor, and then took a step toward Raegan, but her friend grabbed both of her arms. Raegan offered an unimpressed laugh, and then turned her gaze toward the dance floor. The brunette finally followed her friend to the bar.

I took a drag from my cigarette. “I thought we were going to have a good time tonight.”

“That was fun, right?”

I shook my head, stifling a smile. Raegan was a great friend, but I wouldn’t cross her. Growing up with so many boys in the house, I’d had enough fighting to last a lifetime. They didn’t baby me. If I didn’t fight back, they’d just fight dirtier until I did. And I always did.

Raegan didn’t have an excuse. She was just a scrappy bitch. “Oh, look. Megan’s here,” she said, pointing to the blue-eyed, crow-headed beauty on the dance floor. I shook my head. She was out there with Travis Maddox, basically getting screwed in front of everyone on the dance floor.

“Oh, those Maddox boys,” Raegan said.

“Yeah,” I said, downing my whiskey. “This was a bad idea. I’m not feeling clubby tonight.”

“Oh, stop.” Raegan gulped her whiskey sour and then stood. “The whine bags are still eyeing this table. I’m going to get us another round. You know the beginning of the night starts off slow.”

She took my glass and hers and left me for the bar.

I turned, seeing the girls staring at me, clearly hoping I would step away from the table. I wasn’t about to stand up. Raegan would get the table back if they tried to take it, and that would only cause trouble.

When I turned around, a boy was sitting in Raegan’s chair. At first I thought Travis had somehow made his way over, but when I realized my mistake, I smiled. Trenton Maddox was leaning toward me, his tattooed arms crossed, his elbows resting on the table across from me. He rubbed the five o’clock shadow that peppered his square jaw with his fingers, his shoulder muscles bulging through his T-shirt. He had as much stubble on his face as he did on the top of his head, except for the absence of hair from one small scar near his left temple.

“You look familiar.”

I raised an eyebrow. “Really? You walk all the way over here and sit down, and that’s the best you’ve got?”

He made a show of running his eyes over every part of me. “You don’t have any tattoos, that I can see. I’m guessing we haven’t met at the shop.”

“The shop?”

“The ink shop I work at.”

“You’re tattooing now?”

He smiled, a deep dimple appearing in the center of his left cheek. “I knew we’ve met before.”

“We haven’t.” I turned to watch the women on the dance floor, laughing and smiling and watching Travis and Megan vertically dry fucking. But the second the song was over, he left and walked straight over to the blonde who claimed ownership over my table. Even though she’d seen Travis running his hands all over Megan’s sweaty skin two seconds earlier, she was grinning like an idiot, hoping she was next.

Trenton laughed once. “That’s my baby brother.”

“I wouldn’t admit it,” I said, shaking my head.

“Did we go to school together?” he asked.

“I don’t remember.”

“Do you remember if you went to Eakins at any time between kindergarten through twelfth grade?”

“I did.”

Trenton’s left dimple sunk in when he grinned. “Then we know each other.”

“Not necessarily.”

Trenton laughed again. “You want a drink?”

“I have one coming.”

“You wanna dance?”

“Nope.”

A group of girls passed by, and Trenton’s eyes focused on one. “Is that Shannon from home ec? Damn,” he said, turning a one-eighty in his seat.

“Indeed it is. You should go reminisce.”

Trenton shook his head. “We reminisced in high school.”

“I remember. Pretty sure she still hates you.”

Trenton shook his head, smiled, and then, before taking another swig, said, “They always do.”

“It’s a small town. You shouldn’t have burned all of your bridges.”

He lowered his chin, his famous charm turning up a notch. “There’s a few I haven’t lit a fire under. Yet.”

I rolled my eyes, and he chuckled.

Raegan returned, curving her long fingers around four standard rocks glasses and two shot glasses. “My whiskey sours, your whiskey straights, and a buttery nipple each.”

“What is with all the sweet stuff tonight, Ray?” I said, wrinkling my nose.

Trenton picked up one of the shot glasses and touched it to his lips, tilting his head back. He slammed it on the table and winked. “Don’t worry, babe. I’ll take care of it.” He stood up and walked away.

I didn’t realize my mouth was hanging open until my eyes met Raegan’s and it snapped shut.

“Did he just drink your shot? Did that really just happen?”

“Who does that?” I said, turning to see where he went. He’d already disappeared into the crowd.

“A Maddox boy.”

I shot the double whiskey and took another drag of my cigarette. Everyone knew Trenton Maddox was bad news, but that never seemed to stop women from trying to tame him. Watching him since grade school, I promised myself that I would never be a notch on his headboard—if the rumors were true and he had notches, but I didn’t plan to find out.

“You’re going to let him get away with that?” Raegan asked.

I blew out the smoke from the side of my mouth, annoyed. I wasn’t in the frame of mind to have fun, or deal with obnoxious flirting, or complain that Trenton Maddox had just drunk the shot glass of sugar that I didn’t want. But before I could answer my friend, I had to choke back the whiskey I’d just drunk.

“Oh, no.”

“What?” Raegan said, flipping around in her chair. She immediately righted herself in the chair, cringing.

All three of my brothers and our cousin Colin were walking toward our table.

Colin, the oldest and the only one with a legit ID, spoke first. “What the hell, Camille? I thought you were out of town tonight.”

“My plans changed,” I snapped.

Chase spoke second, as I expected he would. He was the oldest of my brothers, and liked to pretend he was older than me, too. “Dad’s not going to be happy that you missed family lunch if you were in town.”

“He can’t be unhappy if he doesn’t know,” I said, narrowing my eyes.

He recoiled. “Why are you being so pissy? Are you on the rag or something?”

“Really?” Raegan said, lowering her chin and raising her eyebrows. “We’re in public. Grow up.”

“So he canceled on you?” Clark asked. Unlike the others, Clark looked genuinely concerned.

Before I could answer, the youngest of the three spoke up. “Wait, that worthless piece of shit canceled on you?” Coby said. The boys were all only eleven months apart, making Coby just eighteen. My coworkers knew my brothers had all scored fake IDs and thought they were doing me a favor by looking the other way, but most of the time I wished they wouldn’t. Coby in particular still acted like a twelve-year-old boy not quite sure what to do with his testosterone. He was bowing up behind the others, letting them hold him back from a fight that didn’t exist.

“What are you doing, Coby?” I asked. “He’s not even here!”

“You’re damn right he’s not,” Coby said. He relaxed, cracking his neck. “Canceling on my big sister. I’ll bust his fuckin’ face.” I thought about Coby and T.J. getting into a brawl, and it made my heart race. T.J. was intimidating when he was younger, and lethal as an adult. No one fucked with him, and Coby knew it.

A disgusted noise came from my throat, and I rolled my eyes. “Just . . . find another table.”

All four boys pulled chairs around Raegan and me. Colin had light-brown hair, but my brothers were all redheads. Colin and Chase had blue eyes. Clark and Coby had green. Some redheaded men aren’t all that great-looking, but my brothers were tall, chiseled, and outgoing. Clark was the only one with freckles, and they still somehow looked good on him. I was the outcast, the only child with mousy brown hair and big, round, light-blue eyes. More than once the boys tried to convince me that I’d been adopted. If I wasn’t the female version of my father, I might have believed them.

I touched my forehead to the table and groaned. “I can’t believe it, but this day just got worse.”

“Aw, c’mon, Camille. You know you love us,” Clark said, nudging me with his shoulder. When I didn’t answer, he leaned in to whisper in my ear. “You sure you’re all right?”

I kept my head down, but nodded. Clark patted my back a couple of times, and then the table grew quiet.

I lifted my head. Everyone was staring behind me, so I turned around. Trenton Maddox was standing there, holding two shot glasses and another glass of something that looked decidedly less sweet.

“This table turned into a party fast,” Trenton said with a surprised but charming smile.

Chase narrowed his eyes at Trenton. “Is that him?” he asked, nodding.

“What?” Trenton asked.

Coby’s knee began to bounce, and he leaned forward in his chair. “That’s him. He fuckin’ canceled on her, and then he showed up here.”

“Wait. Coby, no,” I said, holding up my hands.

Coby stood up. “You jackin’ with our sister?”

“Sister?” Trenton said, his eyes bouncing between me and the volatile gingers sitting on each side of me.

“Oh, God,” I said, closing my eyes. “Colin, tell Coby to stop. It’s not him.”

“Who’s not me?” Trenton said. “We got a problem here?”

Travis appeared at his brother’s side. He wore the same amused expression as Trenton, both flashing their matching left-sided dimples. They could have been their mother’s second set of twins. Only subtle differences set them apart, including the fact that Travis was maybe an inch or two taller than Trenton.

Travis crossed his arms across his chest, making his already large biceps bulge. The only thing that kept me from exploding from my chair was that his shoulders relaxed. He wasn’t ready to fight. Yet.

“Evening,” Travis said.

The Maddoxes could sense trouble. At least it seemed that way, because whenever there was a fight, they had either started it, or finished it. Usually both.

“Coby, sit down,” I commanded through my teeth.

“No, I’m not sittin’ down. This dickhead insulted my sister, I’m not fuckin’ sittin’ down.”

Raegan leaned over to Chase. “That’s Trent and Travis Maddox.”

“Maddox?” Clark asked.

“Yeah. You still got something to say?” Travis said.

Coby shook his head slowly and smiled. “I can talk all night long, motherfu—”

I stood. “Coby! Sit your ass down!” I said, pointing to his chair. He sat. “I said it wasn’t him, and I meant it! Now everybody calm the fuck down! I’ve had a bad day, I’m here to drink, and relax, and have a good goddamn time! Now if that’s a problem for you, back the fuck off my table!” I closed my eyes and screamed the last part, looking completely insane. People around us were staring.

Breathing hard, I glanced at Trenton, who handed me a drink.

One corner of his mouth turned up. “I think I’ll stay.”

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    I loved Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster. I've always had

    I loved Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster. I've always had a soft spot for Trenton Maddox and Beautiful Oblivion does prove him to be a sweetheart. And Cami always seemed such a firecracker as a secondary character. But if I'm truthful, there's more chemistry between a bottle of Coke and a pack of Mentos than these two had for most of the book.

    Trent didn't get the storyline he deserved, and he did deserve it because he had that Maddox charm and appeal. But it was lost; with an absurd number of secondary characters and their input bulking up the first half of the book, he was almost like a secondary character himself and the cynic in me can't help but think that this is paving the way for an alternative POV book. In fairness, I wish this book had been from his perspective as I found Cami quite unlikeable. I wasn't bothered about her passing acquaintances Gruber or Hank or Blia, I wanted more from Jim Maddox and his boys. Where were they? And there were holes in the story, things that were forgotten along the way. The ever-present cynic on my shoulder says being kept for Trent's book.

    Granted there were a couple of good points. Aside of Trent and fleeting glimpses of Travis, there was Olive, Trent's neighbours daughter who was sweet and her interactions with him were cute and fun (although no 5 year old would use the word patronise). And whilst I liked that it had a twist (I won't spoil anything), the actual development did not please me at all and I actually had sussed it quite early.

    Whether I read any more in the series I don't know. At the moment I'd say highly unlikely, but to date I seem to have always given into the temptation of a Maddox. I have to be honest and say Jamie McGuire hasn't done any justice to Trent's story. Had the majority of it been like the last 25% (& the last 10% is devoted to Red Hill), then this review might have been different. As it stands it was too little too late.

    I received a copy of this courtesy of Simon & Schuster via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion

    19 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    I loved Trenton so hard and I loved Cami despite her persistent

    I loved Trenton so hard and I loved Cami despite her persistent evasiveness. BUT for me, the clincher, what truly seals the deal and made Beautiful Oblivion a knock-out read, is a part of the story I can't even discuss: the epic twist, the moment that makes every single one of Cami's vague thoughts and words make sense. For that moment alone, Beautiful Oblivion is worth your time. That moment makes the rest of this review pretty much irrelevant in my mind. Yes, it was that good.




    If anyone is a perfect match for a Maddox brother, it's Camille Camlin. She's a tough, hard-working, smart girl from a dysfunctional family that's neck-deep in drama. She has a boyfriend she never sees and barely gets to speak to on the phone. There was something that appeared to be verrrry shady going on, so of course I wanted to know what was up with that. She has an awesome friend in Raegan, who has guy drama of her own (great side-story, there!) Cami alson has Trenton Maddox, who quickly becomes her best friend, protector, and confidant. Cami also has a secret. Something that she believes makes her not good enough for Trent, will make him hate her. WHAT IS THIS SECRET, CAMI? Seriously, what could possibly be that hard to get past, right? That's what I thought, and dude, I was so wrong. I love being so wrong about something so good.




    Trent was just...yeah. He's a Maddox boy. And I just want to make a quick aside here, about this family. Yes, these boys are hotheads, quick to fight each other and anyone who pisses them off, threatens them and theirs, etc. They are overprotective, and assuming, and yes, a bit possessive. And yes, don't always deal with situations in an ideal manner. BUT. There is an always underlying sense of devotion and responsibility with these boys. A sense of love. I happen to be from a family not unlike the Maddox family. In fact, I would bet, back in the day, my dad and his brothers made the Maddox brothers seem very sweet and charming. And you know what, they all grew up to be good men. So, there's that.




    Back to Trenton, he was pretty fantastic. Nice, but could get his snark on in a hurry. Thoughtful and generous in ways that might surprise some readers. He's a big handsome teddy bear, really. Trent is persistent towards Cami in a way that can only be described as playful and genuine. Not about bagging the hottest girl around, but about getting the girl of his dreams to pick him. So endearing, and honestly, I can't think of one bad thing to say about Trenton.




    Beautiful Oblivion's timeline runs concurrent to Beautiful Disaster, which was a fantastic touch, in my opinion.. I had no idea Trenton had this going on while Travis was losing his mind, and his heart, to Abby. Actually, from an outsider's perspective, namely Cami's the "Travis Moments", in which you see this poor boy so confused and upset by the fact he's falling in love with Abby, who's making him work for it so hard, were so much fun. That was brilliant!




    So now that I've discussed all the important (to me) details, I really need to re-emphasize that while I loved Beautiful Oblivion, what really punched me in the heart was that ending. That moment when every.single.thing comes together and I was left sitting on my couch saying "What. The. F---? Did I just read that? How did I miss this? Holy crap this is awesome!"




    Beautiful Oblivion just may be my favorite Jamie McGuire book yet. Wait, no, it is definitely my favorite yet.
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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    I wanted to like it. I REALLY wanted to LOVE it. But.... no dice

    I wanted to like it. I REALLY wanted to LOVE it. But.... no dice.

    Even with the fact that since it follows the same timeline as two other novels and a novella already have (which really made this feel like a "fill in the blanks" situation, almost just another POV book, which was kind of a rip-off for these characters) I was still giving it a fair shot. 

    Then.... the ending.

    *************SPOILERS BELOW!!******************

    I must include a disclaimer here: I loathed the epilogue for WD. It felt like a complete betrayal to the characters and so far off the mark of what would be true to their characters thus far, that it just threw me. The same thing with the Novella - REALLY - that is why they got married?! Well, that sucks and now completely ruins the end of BD for me too. But, I digress.

    The ending. The ending! I was okay until I got to the very end page. You know why?

    1) I repeat: Totally out of character. Really? A Maddox boy would do that to one of his brothers? Huh. Wrapped up so nice, neatly, and quickly all while Cami isn't even awake? Really.

    2) You cannot pull off a plot twist like that without a LOT of editing where people are double, triple, quadruple checking that the twist is air-friggin-tight. Otherwise, you have readers like me who are struck dumb and trying to figure out HOW the heck that was possible when there are five thousand scenarios within the book that would have either made it impossible, impossible to keep a secret, or just completely out of character in so many ways.

    Ugh. I really did want to like it.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    I seriously never thought I would see the day that I would fall

    I seriously never thought I would see the day that I would fall in love with someone even more than I love Travis Maddox. Holy crap. Trent is the ultimate boyfriend! Getting to know Trent as more than Travis' older brother has been great!
    I absolutely LOVE Cami! Her take-no-crap attitude is absolutely fantastic! Her backstory is so heartbreaking and to know that she overcame it to come out stronger on the other side is awesome!
    The development of Trent and Cami's relationship is extremely realistic. The back-and-forth, the arguments, the sweet moments, all of them were so touching.
    And I also would like to add that the twist at the end is awesome!
    Travis and Abby make just enough of an appearance in this to connect the stories, but not so much that you feel that they have a secondary storyline.




    Jamie McGuire, you have done it yet again! I will be reading this again and again!

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    Friendship, love and the beauty from those two combined in this

    Friendship, love and the beauty from those two combined in this book...

    We all know that the Maddox brothers are trouble with a big T and Cami is no stranger to their situation, and even though she feels the attraaction to this bad boy, she keeps her distance, even more so because she has a boyfriend, T.J, who she is deeply in love to, but that's the big problem, because where she wants to be with him always, he.... isn't there for her. I so want to tell you more about their relationship, but I can't without telling you the secret, so I'm just going to be cryptic and tell you that he has a 'job' that keeps him away from her. But it's a good thing that Trenton is here...




    He's a funny, endearing, damaged boy who is more open to people than Travis was, and he's not afraid about showing his 'soft' side to the world, even though he has his womanizing ways, his big heart is there in plain sight...More so, Trenton is there for her, giving her love and attention amidst laughs that begin to infuse life and color into her day-to-day, give her everything a girl would want- attention, loyalty, laugh and love.




    No, in this novel, Cami is the one who resists his charms and their attraction, because she's afraid. Damaged by her parents relationship, she grow up scarred, but more than anything she didn't want to start something with Travis, not as long as she has her own problems, job, school and a boyfriend. But, he doesn't want to keep his distance, and with the Maddox's charm, he infiltrates so deep under her skin, that she can't escape him, and like always, when it comes to those brothers, they hall hard and fast, and it's true love...




    This story starts with Cami and Raegan going to have a girl night out, but somehow she has an encounter with Trenton and his brother, Travis (yes ladies, we see our favorite tortured bad boy again), where he tries to deliver a sexy line with his Cassanova's attitude, but Cami, after growing up with three brothers and a cousin, she isn't afraid to speak her mind, and both having a passionate and stubborn nature, sparks are flying from the first moment.




    Remember how I mentioned Cami's long distance relationship? Well, she doesn't want to cheat, but Trenton being Trenton he wants to be with her in any form that she'll allow him... so that's how a beautiful friendship blooms between this two souls. And I loved every freaking moment between them...




    Final Decision- I don't know way it's so rare for me to find a friends turning lovers kind of story, but definitely, I'll have to check more this stories type in my future, because it was a brilliant story that wakes a myriapods of emotions in the reader's life, giving the ups and downs required to my reading addiction. So... I recommend this book to every Maddox fans out there, but also to any reader who loves to read a masterpiece book.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    Love this book! There is a twist at the end that finally clears

    Love this book! There is a twist at the end that finally clears up all of your questions, though I kind of figured it out earlier and didn't realize it until I read the whole book. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Amazing

    Loved it from the first page to the last. Jaime is an a,azing writer. I can't wait to find out more about Maddox brothers. I think I love trent a lil more then travis. And love cami to death.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

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    Wow.  I just finished Beautiful Oblivion, and I need to say that

    Wow.  I just finished Beautiful Oblivion, and I need to say that Trent Maddox's story has blown all of my expectations out of the water!  To say it surpassed every hope I had for this book, would be putting it mildly.  Ladies, nobody loves as fiercely, loyally, and with complete and utter devotion as these Maddox Brother's!  From the moment I began Trent's story, I was addicted.  I tried to turn the pages slowly, and savor each and every word, but it was so phenomenal, that I lacked the self-control.  When I came to the last page, I was so sad, because I didn't want the story to end, and I found myself going back and rereading pages.  One thing you should know about me, is that I do not like to reread books.  When I finish a story, I am done.  Well, guess what I plan on doing?!!!  I will be rereading Beautiful Oblivion, and it has earned a coveted spot on my favorite's shelf.  Not only that, I will be buying the finished ebook, and finished copy for my home library.  Also, if Beautiful Oblivion comes in audiobook, I will be buying that too!




    Beautiful Oblivion is a spinoff of the Beautiful Series, and is Travis' brother, Trent's story.  In this story we get to watch Trent fall head over heels in love with a bartender by the name of, Cami.  We get new characters, which happen to be Trent and Cami's coworkers and friends, as well as a reunion with our beloved Travis, Abby, Shepley, and America.




    Now let me explain the many reasons that I fell in love with Beautiful Oblivion.  The very top reason was the main characters, Trent and Cami!  Ms. McGuire created an amazing character in Trent.  He was an extremely likable character, and was always taking care of others.  He lived with his father, helped with bills, and watched out for him.  He was always there for Travis, and was the sweetest guy you could ever meet.  He looked out for the little neighbor next door, Olive, and was there for her as a surrogate brother, as she had lost her own, and missed him dearly.  Cami was strong, resilient, hardworking, giving, and loyal.  She hadn't had the best childhood, and her family was dysfunctional at best, yet she loved her mother, cousin, and three brothers fiercely.  Trent and Cami's characters were both well developed, and felt like real people.  I loved the authenticity with which they were created, and came to care about both of them deeply.  




    The plot of Beautiful Oblivion was excellent.  It was fast-paced, and addictive.  Once it pulled me in, I had no hope of putting the book down, until I had finished.  All along we know that Cami has a secret that she can not reveal to Trent, yet if you're anything like me, it will keep you turning pages like a crazy person, and coming up with all sorts of theories.  When the secret was revealed, my mouth was literally hanging open, because I was in complete and utter shock!  I loved Cami and Trent together.  Cami didn't want to let Trent in to her life, but he was persistent, and didn't take no for an answer.  Sound familiar, right?  I'm thinking this is a Maddox brother trait.  I loved how once he pushed his way in to her life, they developed a strong friendship first, and their romance was a very intense, slow burn.  The whole time I was rooting for these two, and you will be too!




    My Rating:




    I cannot recommend, Beautiful Oblivion enough!  This story was very special, and I loved how events and the time frame in the story coordinated with the Beautiful Series.  Ms. McGuire has done it again!  I have no doubt that the Maddox Brothers Series, will be every bit as popular, and well loved as the Beautiful series!  I give, Beautiful Oblivion, by Jamie McGuire, 5 Adoring, Devoted, Romantic, "Where's my Maddox Brother?" Filled Stars!  All of you romance readers need to read Beautiful Oblivion!  Nobody does romance like a Maddox man!   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Meh

    I loved Beautiful Disaster, Walking Disaster and Beautiful Wedding. I really wanted to like this book, I did. I was looking forward to getting to know Trent. Unfortunately, the book fell flat.

    First, Trent and Cami had no sizzle. Probably because we had too much going on with secondary characters that there was no time to develop their relationship.

    Not much happens plot-wise. Cami has a long distance relationship and a friend in Trent. She breaks off her relationship, but doesn't want to start dating Trent because of some huge secret (which was stupid and not really plot worthy, see spoiler...). The fire happens (you know, THE fire from Beautiful Disaster) and eventually they get together and the secret is revealed.

    SPOILER ALERT

    I'm sorry, but the twist just makes no sense. People were mentioning to Trent that they saw TJ with Cami, and no one mentioned, "hey, by the way, when I say TJ, I mean your brother...". Travis is a Sig Tau (or whatever) brother. He managed to go the whole year without someone mentioning that 2 of his brothers were kissing the same girl???

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Great book.

    Love the Maddox brothers! Trent and travis are awesome. Looking forward to reading more. Like Cami, she's strong, just trying to do everything the right way. Olive is adorable!

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    Sigh, what a fabulous trip back into the Maddox families world.

    Sigh, what a fabulous trip back into the Maddox families world. We met Trent in Beautiful Disaster and he was around for some key moments for Travis but now we get to know what was really going on in Trent's life. Trent likes Cami, the bartender at the Red bar so one night when she is not working he makes his move. Cami is dating someone but her is living in California and is very busy with his work so she rarely sees him. She really tries to stay away from Trent but he has a secret weapon, Olive, and boy does she steal the show! Olive is 5 and well, she has me wrapped around her little finger and I just know her as a book character. Cami finally gives Trent a shot and a friendship begins but Trent wants more. Cami and Trent are broken souls looking for that someone that can help them feel whole again. Cami thinks she's found it but has she? Trent knows what he wants but can he get Cami to see the real him? A wonderfully crafted story of love and redemption.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Predictable

    I knew the "twist" before chapter 2 started, so the secrecy was just annoying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Wow!!

    Its wrong to fall in love with brothers, right? Well not when its a Maddox and not when the story is by Jamie McGuire!!!! Travis will always be my bbf, but Trent, Trent could have been if he were introduced first. Can't wait to hear what the other boys are up to!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    AMAZING!!

    I LOVE everything Jamie McGuire!! She definitely did not disappoint with this book. She's a genius.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    I have to start by telling you that I LOVED Beautiful Disaster.

    I have to start by telling you that I LOVED Beautiful Disaster.  At the time I read it years ago, I would say that it was one of my favorites and I told everyone to read it! I have to while I know that others loved them, I have to admit that I was disappointed with the other books in this series – maybe I just held BD on such a high pedestal in my mind – who knows.

    Anyway, I was a little scared going into this one, BUT since it was not Travis and Abby, I figured I would probably be safe since it was NOT going to be the same story again – or it was not going to ruin BD for me. If you were like me and LOVED BD, but were not necessarily a fan of the subsequent books, I would RECOMMEND giving this one a shot.

    Fortunately, I was mostly satisfied that Jamie had gotten her BD groove back with this one. I say mostly, because “I” would have liked to have Trent and Cami’s story taking place “after” BD, because I think it would be a much better story standing on it’s own and not rehashing some of the same story parts of BD AGAIN! I am sure that there will be those that will really enjoy seeing some additional sides of BD, but this is the part of the story that I did not necessarily like.

    NOW, that being said, I really did LOVE Trent and his story and I really liked Cami too! Like I said, while I did love seeing Travis in this story, I wish it was more of an after BD vs. at the same time as BD. Example to give you without giving away a spoiler of BD….. you know the big climax where you are not sure how things are going to turn out and who is going to survive the tragedy? Well, you already know how that was going to turn out if you already read BD so that part of this book was anti-climatic.  HOWEVER, even though that scenario seemed to be a bit of a climax in this book, it was NOT THE ONLY one, so rest assured you will still be getting some twists, turns and BIG surprises with this one – you may have to even read to the last page to figure it all out!

    I know that many of you are already are a MADDOX BROTHER FAN like me.  I wonder who is gonna be your new favorite?!? If you have not read Beautiful Disaster yet, I highly encourage you to do so. Still one of my all-time favorites!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Beautiful Oblivion will take you on a roller coaster ride that w

    Beautiful Oblivion will take you on a roller coaster ride that will knock your socks off!!!!! Love Trent & Cami's story!!! If you read and loved the Disaster Series then Beautiful Oblivion is a must read!!! OMG Trent really is like WHOA!!!! I totally fell in LOVE with Trent!!!! Another Jamie McGuire Masterpiece, maybe even the best one yet, and LOVE EVERYONE ONE OF HER BOOKS!!!! Can't wait for the next one!!!!! #macpack #TrentislikeWHOA  




    “When a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever.” Ain’t that the truth? So true, you can feel it as you read, with every turn of the page, you fall deeper and deeper. Trenton is so incredibly easy to fall in love with. His persistence, the way he just keeps pushing, pushing, pushing in that sweet, sexy “Maddox way” is endearing, panty melting, and oh so swoon worthy.
    ~ Trenton ~ “But I am so f***ing in love with you Cami, I have been since we were kids. The first time I saw you on the playground, I knew what beauty was. The first time you ignored me was my first broken heart.” “You terrified me.” And like Cami, you ask “A Maddox boy afraid?” Hard to believe right? Those Maddox boys are afraid of nothing, fearless, and then……~ Trenton ~ “We’ve already lost the first woman we ever loved. The thought of going through that again scares the s*** out of us.” And that answer alone lets you know why they love with such a powerful intensity that will melt your soul.
    Cami, gotta love her, does not want to be another notch on the Trenton Maddox bedpost, but Trenton is pretty hard to resist, even for the strongest of women. “Once he hopped inside Kody’s truck, my stomach sank. I was in trouble. Big, disastrous, Maddox trouble.”
    In Beautiful Oblivion, you are taken on another fantastic journey so perfectly woven within Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, a journey of a Maddox boy that you will again, easily fall in love with and an ending that will have you picking your jaw up off the floor! Beautiful Oblivion will blow your mind!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Who knew you could love another Maddox boy just as much if not m

    Who knew you could love another Maddox boy just as much if not more as Travis Maddox....Then comes Trenton Maddox and he melts your heart with all his sweetness!!! If you read Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster then you already knew Trent had BIG heart but in beautiful oblivion you get to know how big his heart really is!!! Cami is a down to earth girl that a lot of people can relate too. she makes it easy to like her!!

    Cami & Trenton Give Abby & Travis a run for there money!!!

    Amazing story written by an amazing author!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Well played McGuire, well played.  I really didn't see that comi

    Well played McGuire, well played.  I really didn't see that coming. At all.  Loved it and really can't wait for the next one.  Soon please!

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  • Posted July 3, 2014

    OMG!.. what a GREAT BOOK!... couldn't put it down.. Jamie out di

    OMG!.. what a GREAT BOOK!... couldn't put it down.. Jamie out did herself once again!.. the ending!.. OH EM GEE the ending!.. SHOCKER!.. Not at all what i expected!.. Run out! Get this book & share with your friends!.. Trust me, you WON'T be sorry you did!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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