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

Beautiful Oblivion

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.


Title: Beautiful Oblivion (Beautiful #3)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
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**ARC provided by Simon & Schuster Australia in exchange for an honest review.**

In Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster we fell in love with Travis Maddox, now we can fixate our sights on his older brother Trent. It has been a few years since Beautiful Disaster was released and the anticipation to know the stories of those boisterous band of brothers has been almost too much to bare. It feels like it’s been a lifetime but we finally get to have the Maddox Brothers in our hands and on our book shelves again. Beautiful Oblivion is the third novel in the Beautiful series and tells the story of Trent and Cami with the expectation that each Maddox Brother will get their own book following on from this story.

Trent has always been known as the bad boy in town and Cami knows that staying away from him is in her best interest. With a long distance relationship and the need to be as independent as she can possibly be, Cami has no time to even consider adding another factor into her life; especially the likes of Trenton Maddox. When a night out leads to them running into each other, a chain of events start to unravel and the most unlikely of friendships is formed.

I’m sure we all remember Travis’ little obsession with Abby in Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster; times that by 10 and you have Trent’s dedication to his relationship with Cami. Not only is this Maddox brother determined, but he tries to get her in every way possible. Cami can’t help but feel conflicted between her feelings for Trent and her feelings for her boyfriend TJ. When it comes to listening to your head or your heart, Cami has a big decision to make. Which guy will win her heart forever?

Let’s be honest.. if you are a fan of the New Adult genre and you haven’t yet read a Jamie McGuire novel, you’ve probably been living under a rock or you’ve only just discovered the awesomeness that is the NA genre. That’s okay because we’re going to rectify this little situation and you’re going to fallen in love with her novels. If this is the case then I wish I was you because falling in love with a Maddox brother is a one time experience that you’ll never forget. Beautiful Oblivion is just another great example that Jamie McGuire is exceptional at what she does. Not only does she provide her fans with an exceptional story, but she never disappoints them when it comes to quality of writing and the entertainment factor of the novel as a whole. From start to finish I was completely in awe of Trent and Cami. I only wish that we could have gone into their back-stories a bit more, especially for Trent. I just have so many unanswered questions about the horrible incident he experienced before he started to pursue Cami.

Please be advised that this is not a continuation of Abby and Travis’ story. The events that occur in this book coincide with those that took place in Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster. It is by no means a repetition of the previous novels, there is just a few significant events that are told from the eyes of Trent and Cami. It’s a whole new story that is one enjoyable read that holds a major twist that will blow your mind.

“I don’t want the whole story. I just want you.”


About the Author:

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 TimesUSA 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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