NA review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

20764636Title: Beautiful Oblivion
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: The Maddox Brothers #1
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK 
Release date: 1 July 2014

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. 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.

Review

After reading Beautiful Disaster, the first book of the Maddox Brothers, I was dying to get to know the other brothers.

As you can see from the plot synopsis above, Beautiful Oblivion focuses on Trenton Maddox and Cami Camlin, told from her point of view. Cami already has a boyfriend, T.J., when she meets Trenton Maddox and is adamant that she is happy, even if she never sees her boyfriend as he lives pretty far away. Cami is a really fun and feisty character but she also came across as a bit of a doormat at times which annoyed me. On numerous occasions T.J. cancelled plans on her and if that had been me, I would have been pretty angry. I certainly wouldn’t have stayed in the relationship for as long as she did.

Trent had apparently liked Cami for a long time seeing as they went to school together but for some crazy reason he didn’t act on it. He’s well-known as a player and didn’t seem to have a problem acting that way so I couldn’t totally buy into his apparent feelings for Cami. However, he was consistent in trying to be a friend to Cami when she told him that’s all they could be because of her boyfriend and I did like how he didn’t back down when she pushed him away.

In comparison to Beautiful Disaster, the plot for this book was lacking. It wasn’t as exciting as it could have been and there was far too much back and forth with the friendship thing. Normally I am all for the slow build up and friends first thing in this kind of book but it just didn’t work this time around for me. I think had there not been the addition of Cami’s boyfriend it would have been a lot better. Alternatively, there could have been a lot more drama regarding Cami’s boyfriend and that would have spiced things up a bit.

Another aspect of the book that I didn’t really buy was the plot twist. This was supposed to be a shocking turn in the plot and while I didn’t see it coming, the impact wasn’t really that big. There wasn’t enough consequence considering what happened and it just wasn’t very believable.

Overall, this book wasn’t nearly as good as Beautiful Disaster and it was a bit of a disappointment. I wanted so much more from this one.

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