A Beautiful…Return: BBGT Reads Beautiful Oblivion

"Beautiful Oblivion, Jamie McGuire"

I know we’ve all been desperately missing all of the interchangeable Maddox brothers, but fear not, tomorrow we’re diving back into the Disaster series that now seems to have turned into the Beautiful series instead. I guess so we’re like, “Oh damn. Not every title has the word disaster in it. WHOLE NEW STORY, BRAH!”

"Beautiful Oblivion, Jamie McGuire"

I’m going into this book completely blind. [Matthew says: Aside from reading the other two, presumably identical books.] Before copy/pasting the summary here, I couldn’t even tell you what the premise was.

The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first [Matthew says: Subtle reminder that you bought the same book twice] heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

Fiercely independent Camille “Cami” Camlin [Ariel says: You may remember her from her completely unmemorable appearances in the Disaster books] [Matthew says: So unmemorable we just called her “Baby Doll] 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, [Matthew says: Aside from Travis Maddox, the other 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. [Ariel says: This sounds like an easy way to just copy/paste most of Travis lines and characteristics from the first book while adding in a mysterious “tragic accident” to make the story seem different.] 

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. [Ariel says: On her one weekend off…she goes to where she works? Bull fucking shit.]

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. [Ariel says: Wait, we’re not even going to pretend we’re not recycling the plot of Beautiful/Walking Disaster? Please tell me there’s a contrived bet that gets Cami and Trenton living together by the second chapter.] But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever [Ariel says: Some might say psychotically]—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart. [Matthew says: We’re on page zero of the book and the guy’s behavior is already the woman’s fault.]

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush they felt reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again. [Ariel says: Because it’s the same exact story but in a slightly different package.]

Tune in tomorrow for the start of this beautiful train-wreck!

Matthew says: To celebrate returning to the Beautiful/Disaster world, we lowered the prices of our Disaster-themed mugs! Get the pigeon mug or the double-sided cardigans 4 ever mug while they’re shamelessly promoted hot!

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8 comments

  1. A Reply

    Nooooooo! Not more Maddox’s! I hate everyone in this family. Possibly everyone in their universe.

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  2. Madeline Reply

    Yesssssss! I can’t wait to hate more of these family members! I hope there are cardigans, there weren’t enough in the first one.

    In all seriousness, I know what we’re all hoping for… the appearances of Kara and the plot puppy. I’m guessing McGuire will not so subtlety stick Abby and Travis cameos, but I’m desperately hoping for the one sane character to come back.

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  3. jenn.jenn Reply

    Somebody puhhhhlease make an Eve 6 joke… I get that song stuck in my head every time I think of this book.

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    • 22aer22 Post authorReply

      Holy shit, I was going to make one!! Every time I read the title I immediately get Inside Out in my head! Now I really wish I had put that in the intro to this post :(((

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