Saturday, December 27, 2014

Beautiful Oblivion (The Maddox Brothers, #1) by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Oblivion (The Maddox Brothers, #1)
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.




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Review

 

"Beautiful Oblivian" is the first installment in the Maddox Brothers series.  This installment takes place during the same time period as "Beautiful Disaster". This is Cami and Trenton's story.

Camille "Cami" Camlin is a part time college student who works a Red Door, a local college bar.  Trent is tattoo artist who still lives at home with his father. Cami is first approached by Trent at the bar while she's working. She didn't want anything to do with Trent because of his reputation.

"Everyone knew Trenton Maddox was bad news, but that never seemed to stop women form trying to tame him. Watching him since grade school, I promised myself that I would never be a notch on his headboard."

This was not Cami's only reason for staying away from Trent, she had a long distance relationship with T.J.  Cami and T.J. have been dating six months.  They had a wonder first three months together.  The second three months Cami rarely heard from T.J. because he was on a critical assignment. When T.J. cancels a trip for the second time on Cami, it leaves an opening for Trent to start sneaking his way into Cami's life.

Trent was previously in a car accident that changed his life.  The woman who was driving did not make it.  We later find out that she was his first serious relationship. He drops out of college and moves home with his Dad. It may also be what spurs him to go after the Cami, who he has been in love with since he was a child. 

As the story progresses Cami is now working a second job as a receptionist at the same tattoo shop where Trent works. Cami took a second job to help her brother, Coby, pay his bills, while he cleans up from steroids. Trent continually tries to seduce Cami into a relationship. He protects her from her abusive father. Defends her when her brothers attack.  Cami continues to only want friendship because she's dating T.J. but also because she's hiding a secret. She continually warns Trent about that she has a secret that will destroy their relationship.  Trent doesn't care.  

Cami is struggles to decided which of the two men she really loves.  It's a love triangle that's even more complicated then it seems once you discover the truth.  After a trip to California she's made her decision but still struggles with the secret she continues to hide.

During a Valentine's day argument we discover why it took so long for Trent to act on his feeling towards Cami. It provides a prospective of the Maddox brothers that can be easily missed if you only judge them by their actions.
 
"We've already lost the first woman we ever loved. The thought of going through that again scares the shit out of us."

In the end there is a college building fire that drives both Trent and Cami further together and a car accident that cements their relationship.

"I know you don't believe me, but I really have loved you since we were kids," he said quietly. "And now I get to love you 'til we're old."
My stomach fluttered. No one else had ever loved me as much as he did. "Promise?"

As for the BIG T.J. secret I really didn't see that coming. Awkward!  But it works out at the end.

The story is filled with a lot of angst and turmoil  It made it painful to put down for a second. Cami's family life was very difficult to accept.  I wanted to slap her brothers for worrying about keeping the family peace. As for T.J., he wasn't really there.  He was mostly background noise.  His only relevance was that he didn't want to let Cami go and his secret. Maybe it was good that Cami was dating T.J. at the time.  It allowed Trent and Cami's relationship to develop from a friendship. Over all I enjoyed this book. I recommend reading "Beautiful Disaster" first, it will help in following along with the line and fills in a few blanks.



"The poppies"
"They're pretty, they're significant."
"You've said that, But you haven't told me why they're significant."
"The Wizard of Oz. They make you forget."

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