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Beautiful Oblivion: A Novel

Beautiful Oblivion: A Novel

Escrito por Jamie McGuire

Narrado por Phoebe Strole


Beautiful Oblivion: A Novel

Escrito por Jamie McGuire

Narrado por Phoebe Strole

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Lançado em:
Jul 1, 2014
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9781442374249
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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 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.
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Jamie McGuire is the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Sacrifice, Beautiful Redemption, 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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  • (5/5)
    Jamie McGuire has a new book coming out in August. I started to read it, and it does involved some characters from her previous books. I have not read the Maddox brother series in several years, and found myself trying to remember more around the past reads than the current one. So, I decided to binge read the previous series! It has been four years since I had read Beautiful Oblivion. I gave this five stars when I first read it, and I am giving this five stars now! I am not normally one to re-read anything as normally the whole story, details and all, will come back to me. Since this was so long ago, it was refreshing reading this again. I did not remember much. I ended up loving it and am ready for more Maddox brothers!
  • (2/5)
    I loved Beautiful Disaster, but this one just didn't work for me.

    It was almost a DNF, but I pushed through to see what would happen in the end. There were parts I enjoyed... Olive for one was amazing. I liked her way more than Cami. I loved the crazy dad drama too and the last five pages of the story... I never expected that ending! When I read those final three words I felt like the story was just beginning, when in reality it was the end....

    I expected to see Travis and Abby maybe once while reading this book. I never would've guessed this book took place during the same time period and that Travis would show up multiple times.... Let me say, I LOVE Travis Maddox, but this story tainted my thoughts and feelings. I don't know who in their right mind would want to see the tough, perfectly flawed Travis Maddox whining at a bar on several occasions. He was annoying in this book. Every time he came into a scene I cringed... There is a reason I didn't read Beautiful Wedding and Walking Disaster. I didn't want to ruin a good thing. This book did just that.

    I was hoping to fall in love with a new Maddox, but that's hard to do when Travis is being pushed at us throughout the book. Let's be honest he is our first true love... anytime he comes into the scene he is going to be our main focus. I wanted original, but this one just felt like a generic version of Beautiful Disaster.

  • (5/5)
    Another awesome book from Jamie McGuire! I'm now addicted to the Maddox family and can't wait to get my hands on the rest of this series! The ending though....man I don't know how I didn't even see it coming!!!
  • (5/5)
    OMG! this book is sooo good i can’t believe it ???
  • (3/5)
    I had high expectations for this book and I'm sorry to say it didn't meet them. It should have been a dual POV. It could have been so much intense. Cami was an okay girl but there was nothing special about her, apart from the BIG secret. The best part of the story was the some scenes with Olivia. She was so cute. Other than that, everything felt MEH...


    Then there was the secret. I didn't see it coming although I thought that maybe TJ was recruted by the FBI like Thomas. Silly me, I didn't think someone could mess with his brother head that much!! I mean, sending roses on Valentine's day to your brother's girlfriend, where HE works is just messed up, espacially that he knows how much this brother struggles with money AND how much he loved her all his life. I'm really pissed right now 'cause I feel so much hate toward Thomas...
  • (3/5)
    I didn't care for Beautiful Disaster; in fact, I believe that I likened it to watching a car crash unfold (or perhaps a train wreck - sorry, I'm not bothered enough to look up my exact analogy) and being unable to turn away from the carnage, even though I wanted to on more than one occasion. Travis and Abby struck me as both incredibly immature, and, well, stupid. So I was a little apprehensive picking up this book - but hey, my library had it, so it was free! The only thing I could lose was my time.And I was surprised as hell to discover that I really enjoyed this book. Hold the phone, what?There are some seriously obvious similarities to Beautiful Disaster: there's a rather tepid love triangle, Trenton is also a "bad boy" (although not nearly the jackass that Travis is), there's a snarky best friend (Raegan, in this case), and a girl with a less than stellar home life. But the book was different enough that I...liked it. Yep. I sure did.First off, I really liked Cami's character. One of the things that drives me nuts in many new adult books is the complete virginization of the main female characters (which includes Abby Abernathy) - many of them have never even shared a real kiss before, much less had sex before. But Cami's no virgin; she tells Trenton that early on in the book, and he's not even bothered by it. Granted, she's a "tattoo virgin," but whatever, I can go with that. And Cami stands up to Trenton when he tries to steamroll her into doing something that she doesn't want to do, like move in with him. Trenton has the tendency to push hard, but Cami can push back just as hard, and I liked that. Trenton is also a hell of a lot more responsible and mature than Travis. Granted, he still picks fights (which is stupid) and is intent on sleeping his way through the entire town at times (bleh), but he has a real job that isn't fighting (he's a tattoo artist). He lives with his father to help him pay the bills, and even after Trenton moves out, he's planning on still giving his father money. In fact, Trenton complains at one point that he feels like he's the only one in his family who really helps out their father financially. And he's also sort of unofficially adopted his neighbor's daughter and takes her to an arcade rather frequently. I'm going to say that people who are a huge fan of Travis Maddox aren't going to like Trenton, because he's much more mature and less feisty. I found that much more appealing.I was debating between three and four stars for this book, but a couple of things knocked it down to three stars for me. The first thing is that this is, once again, another rehashing of Travis and Abby's fucked up relationship from yet another perspective (the first two perspectives being Abby's and Travis's, of course). They do take a back seat to Trenton and Cami, but I really could have done without all of the Travis popping up in the book. I never liked him, and I still don't.The second is Olive. She's just too much and overly cute in an annoying way (the lisp thing was super over the top). And what five year old knows the correct way to use "patronize?" None that I know, that's for sure.The third is the author's penchant for alliteration; it's downright ridiculous. Just some of the names in the series: Abby Abernathy, Camille Camlin, and worst of all, Olive Olliver. Who in their right mind would name their child Olive Olliver? No! Not to mention that all of the Camlin clan (haha see what I did there) have C names - Colin, Camille, Chase, Coby...I'm forgetting someone. And then one of Raegan's on-again, off-again boyfriends is Kody, whom I kept mixing up with Coby for a while. And let's not forget all of the Maddox boys, who all start with T. Could we stop with all of the alliteration, please?The fourth is the "big secret." TJ is actually Thomas, the eldest Maddox brother, who works with the FBI. It makes other things in the book make more sense, such as Cami always saying that the younger four Maddox brothers all look alike; Cami telling Trenton on more than one occasion that her "secret" would ruin her relationship with him; Cami feeling super guilty for going from TJ to Trenton, no matter if she had waited six months or six years; etc. But still, it was sprung on the reader at the last instant, with no emotional fall out. I mean, if my sister told me that she was in the love with the same girl that I was and had deliberately gone out of her way to try to woo her back from me (as TJ/Thomas did by sending Cami roses, showing up unexpectedly, etc), I'd be more than pissed for a while.But overall, much better than Beautiful Disaster. I'm impressed enough to keep reading the Maddox Brothers series.
  • (1/5)
    Oh. My. God. No.When it comes to rating a book, I always have the hardest time picking ones and fives. This book might have gotten a higher rating had I not read the story twice before from the same author in this same series. If you've read the story of Abby Abernathy and Travis Maddox, you've already read the story of Cami Camlin and Trenton Maddox. Not only do both stories involve siblings (both the Maddox and Camlin families in this book) and "heroines" with cringe-worthy alliterative names, they also involve the same timeline. When I say the same timeline, I mean that literally. The book might involve Cami and Trenton's relationship, but it revolves around the events in the lives of Travis and Abby. And some scenes are yanked from the first two books.In addition to plagiarizing her previous books, McGuire also did a copypasta job within this book. She would repeat phrases multiple times within the book. I don't know if she didn't realize that some people actually try to pay attention to details or what. I just know that it was very annoying to read the same thing over and over again.The writing on this book was awful. I've read worse from other (less known) authors, but McGuire has become a pretty well known New Adult author, so more should be expected from her. Between the references to saffron skin (no, there weren't any Oompa Loompa cameos), having "small D cups" and subtle curves, and russet eyes (they can happen, but they're extremely rare), the descriptors were absolutely awful. It was like she decided to go a little hog-wild with the Thesaurus. If you've ever seen the episode of Friends where Joey writes the letter to the adoption agency, then you probably will understand how bad it was. Actually, this was worse because sometimes the descriptors verged on racist,The book had no plot. Aside from getting Cami and Trenton together, there was no real advancing of the story. Even with them, it was seriously lacking. Like I mentioned already, the timeline revolved around Travis and Abby. This limited the actually telling of Cami and Trenton's story. There were cute moments (i.e. ones that involved Olive) and funny moments, but there just wasn't enough to justify this being a novel in its own right. Oh, and the big reveal at the end? It wasn't worth all over the melodrama. It could have been revealed much earlier. It might have worked better if this book had had a plot, but since it didn't, it just fell flat.Now, of course, since it's another Maddox family book, there are issues with violence, hair-trigger tempers, emotional abuse, and a lack of boundaries. I almost felt like I was reading a case study on dysfunctional relationships. If you add in the abuse that is actually acknowledged from Cami's family, then this book might be a little too triggering for people who have been in abusive situations.I hope that if McGuire continues to write books about the Maddox family that she actually takes the time to develop a new story. She might have the potential to be a good writer, but she hasn't really shown that so far. Yeah, she successful at what she does, but that doesn't mean that her books are worth reading. This book was definitely not worth reading.
  • (5/5)
    I bet some might love Trenton just as much as Travis, if not more.
  • (4/5)
    Awesome book!
    But... It would be great if it had explained the whole thing with TJ. I hate when books leave you to guess what it was! I mean i can kind of guess what it was, especially with the scene at the fire but i like things explained to me if i am going to put aside enough time from my crazy life to read it! Otherwise, great book! Yes, i love Trenton but my heart is still with Travis!



  • (4/5)
    I was ecstatic to learn that Jamie was going to write about another Maddox brother. The other books in the Beautiful Disaster line up are awesome and I think it's mainly because of those crazy Maddox brothers. This isn't written through the point of view of Trenton though, it's written through Cami's point of view. We got to know hardly anything about Cami from the first two books. Just that she is the bartender at the local bar. But it's all interesting to see how she falls in love with this Maddox boy. I love that she, like Abby, also had a troubling childhood. So she herself is intriguing. I had my suspicions throughout the book, but I thought I was just trying to find something that wasn't there. But the end hit me hard anyway. It is beyond crazy and definitely ends the story with a bang!
  • (5/5)
    Travis who?! It's all about Trenton now <3 #Peacocking #IWantToCuddleHugTheShitOutOfHim

    So I’ve been sitting on this review for about three weeks now, and I’ve come to a pretty resolute conclusion. In order to readers to truly appreciate this book, you cannot compare it to the phenom that is Beautiful Disaster. I purposely didn’t do a re-read of the first series before reading Oblivion because I wanted to go in essentially blind. Sure I remembered parts, but the little details escaped me simply because I read so many books. I think by doing this I was able to experience BOB in a way that not everyone is going to. I read it as a true standalone, which for all intents and purposes it is. And you know what I took out of it? It was a story of friendship, of love unrequited and realized, of being torn between two men, and of coming into your own. Simply put I LOVED it.

    “I know. I’m just trying to keep things simple.”

    “This isn’t simple. Not even close.”


    I absolutely adored both of these characters and fell hardcore in love with them! From Cami’s need to find her independence, to Trent’s unwavering yet protective devotion, to her gentle way of taking the weight of the world on her shoulders, to his alpha nature. Though as the reader you could clearly see the chemistry between them, the angst was at mid-level as you watched them try to navigate the waters. Cami obviously has something holding her back, but she was always honest about that, yet Trenton recognized that he didn’t deserve her. To hear this story told in dual POV was definitely a highlight for me. He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind and it was refreshing. One of my favorite things in books is to hear what is going on in the male’s head. Trenton does NOT disappoint. In fact, had I now known what was running through his mind, this probably would have been an entirely different book. Because when you are privy to his thoughts, you begin to truly understand just how deep his feelings for Cami run. It’s those thoughts that made the book for me. I am a sucker for long loves, even if one party is oblivious to them.

    “We’ve already lost the first woman we ever loved. The thought of going through that again scares the shit out of us.”

    I’ll go ahead and say it; there isn’t much that surprises me in books any longer. Call me jaded, call me cynical, but I’ve turn into quite the literary conspiracy theorist. For this reason alone, by fifteen percent into the book, I already had the secret pegged. Having said that, after talking with a few people that already read it, I was definitely in the minority. I was already on high alert, looking for little clues, and if you look hard enough and stretch your imagination a lot, it’s there. This in no way ruined the book for me; if anything it allowed me to concentrate on the bigger picture, rather than the details. So whether you figure it out early on or are blindsided in the end, each journey is yours and yours alone. Because even knowing what “it” was didn’t lessen the impact when it was finally revealed. If anything, it heightened it.

    “I’ve had a lifetime of wrong. You’re the only thing that’s right.”

    With all of that being said, I will leave you with this: go into this book with a fresh perspective. Don’t compare the two, because really, there IS no comparison. I loved each book for entirely different reasons. And since we’re being honest here, I was left thinking, Travis who? ;-) Trenton just has this way about him that was endearing in a way his brother wasn’t. There will only ever be ONE Travis Maddox. But there will also only ever be ONE Trenton Maddox. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that…
  • (5/5)
    Welcome to the book that caused a hangover. If you liked Abby and Travis, you’ll love Cami and Trent. I think he is now my favorite Maddox brother.

    I adore Cami. She’s a hard worker, and serious about her school work. She also has a fierce loyalty to her younger brother. Cami is responsible, but she needs to realize that her boyfriend needs to pay attention to her. I freaking love Trent. He’s such an amazing character. He helps his dad, and refuses to back down from Cami’s disinterest. He also busts his butt so that he can help his dad, and at times Cami. I also love the crew at tattoo shop. They are hilarious, and like a huge family.

    Since this takes place during the same time period as Beautiful Disaster, we get an outside glimpse of Abby and Travis. I love how Cami and Trent become friends. There isn’t a label for what Cami and Trent are. I love that they can be “them” around each other, especially Cami. They care for each other, and loyal in their friendship.

    Beautiful Oblivion is a mind blowing book that will have you trying to decide which Maddox brother you like best.
  • (3/5)
    I was hoping for more of a struggle between the two. it seemed a bit too easy but if it wasnt for the Maddox reputation that preceded him I would say Trenton was a little too nice? he seemed like a super nice bad boy who was willing to kick peoples ass. I don't know. sometimes when you get a good character… its a tough act to follow. But I still respect and admire Jamie as a writer . beautiful disaster opened up a new genre of books for me. I'm grateful!