Here’s another book I can scratch off my Finishing the Series Challenge. I have to read Mrs. Maddox to complete the Beautiful series, but then I’ll be caught up with the Beautiful series and its spin-off The Maddox Brothers series. Or atleast I will be to the end of the month when Beautiful Redemption is released. SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!!
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.
My ****4 Star**** Review
Okay. So, I don’t know that anyone will ever be able to top Travis Maddox for me. That being said, I still very much enjoyed his brother Trent! Jamie was also kind enough to give little snippets relating to Travis and Abby throughout this story as it takes place the same time as Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster.
Trent has some of the same bad boy status that his brother Travis has, but he’s overall a much softer character. He never tries to fight his attraction for Cami, even though she’s involved with someone else. Throw in the drama of one whopper of a secret, and it makes for one interesting story. Jamie did a great job keeping that secret, too. Even when she spelled it out, it took my brain a second to comprehend what she was saying and then I was all, “NO FREAKIN’ WAY!!!” I even for a little while wondered if Jamie had a bad editor as some things didn’t make sense (I know…I never should have questioned her!!), but it’ll all add up in the end.
I will say that after I realized that this was taking place during the same time period as Travis and Abby’s story, I was surprised that a bigger deal wasn’t made out of the fire scene. I just didn’t feel Trent and Cami’s emotions as strongly as Travis and Abby’s. As far as NA romances go, this is very good. I just couldn’t equate it to the rare 5 STAR masterpiece I got with Beautiful Disaster. Nonetheless, I know all the Jamie Mac fans out there will love it!
If you are one of the rare souls that haven’t read the Beautiful series, you can still pick up this book and read it as a stand-alone. I just wouldn’t recommend you missing the awesomeness that is Travis Maddox!
About the Author ~ 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 most recent 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.
Jamie now lives in 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.