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, listeners can experience the rush of hearing Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.
©2014 Jamie McGuire (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I'm wondering if Jamie McGuire is a one hit wonder. Despite the pretty good narration, this was a DNF for me. The main characters had no chemistry and I was bored to death. I rolled my eyes a lot, especially at the whiny Cami.
Not only better character development but more concise character consistency. It seems like this book was written by a woman who would describe a "typical male" as a guy who just wants to fight anything that gets in his way. Not attractive. A better story line would have helped as well. These characters are stuck in the college, drinking, bar tending phase where a fight almost everyday is common and normal. It's boring and not at all interesting.
Something that is not by Jamie McGuire.
I have not and can not make a comparison.
Mostly disappointment. It's very difficult to relate to a character when they're written in such a way where they don't show their character by their subtle actions and decisions they make but by horrid exaggerated displays. These displays are sad, predictable and carries no depth whatsoever.
Briefly describing one sex scene and saying "dick" does NOT make this an adult book. This was a very bad, mature YA novel. Where's the human emotion, character development and everything in between to make me care about these characters? Ugh.
I couldn't figure out why this book is listed as Book 1. There are too many gaps to fully appreciate the book in its entirety. The story itself was average. It was a bit childish; then again maybe that was the aim. After all it was set around the life of a college student. I like the narration but I have to listen to other books narrated by Phoebe before I can definitely say she is great. I am hesitant to cross out JM books all together; maybe when I can't find a good read I might revisit her. Her style does not match my tastes, so for now I shall put her in my maybe list of authors.
Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!
I was SOOO looking forward to this book. I loved Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster (Beautiful Disaster from the males point of view)....but this book was a waste.
While I loved hearing the humor of Jamie McGuire, and the quick witted characters, the whole plot fell flat. Add that to the fact that this takes place in the same time frame as Beautiful Disaster...with one bit of added information from the Travis/Abby storyline that I REALLY could have done without...and this book was just bad.
It tainted my memory of one of my most favorite books of all time, and it had contrived drama out the wazzu! There was a big secret eluded to shortly into the story and when the truth came out it was only a 3 second explanation and it was in the last 10 seconds of the book and it REALLY didn't have to be such a big secret. That "secret" caused way too much drama that never had to happen, so while I adore Jamie McGuire's writing style and humor I am not happy to have purchased this book and will likely return it.
Don't bother with this one...not even on sale!
I love listening to audio books!
I just love the Maddox brothers and I love this book too. I can't wait for the next one.
I figured from the title and description, the book was going to be a light read, but this was amazing. No character development, the plots were twisted into plots of her other books that may or may not come to light in future books - it isn't clear. The female characters are weak and lack ambition. The males are sappy, jealous, horny apes.
Not even if you paid me.
Nothing, for the material she had to work with, it was fine.
The sex scene was somewhere between crass and hilarious. I was so shocked at how vulgar it was that I laughed.
Don't waste your time reading this, you will be disappointed.
Never. I kept trying to stay with the story but the language was so foul that it wasn't worth it.
The obscene language. It was excessive.
Yes, that was good.
Disappointed. I wanted to know how things would turn out between the main characters but couldn't get past being slapped in the face by the f-bomb over and over.
Sorry I wasted my Audible monthly credit on this.
I love historical romances , along the same writing style as Lisa Kleypus,Stephanie Lauren's,Loretta Chase,Victoria Alexander.
Just wanted it to be over, did not like the whole TJ storyline as in keeping his secret therefore not letting Trent in.
Voices of men characters needed to be read better ..narrator hardly changed from female to male voices
No need to. This book will forever stay in my mind.
The ending ROCKED MY WORLD!
She was just amazing.
You have to read Beautiful Disaster and/or Walking Disaster to get the full impact of this book. Seeing as though they are both awesome books as well, that shouldn't be a problem. It's very rare that I review books but this book had me screaming at the end. I was shocked, pissed, happy, and thoroughly satisfied!!! Worth the credit or the money.
Say something about yourself!
This is an interesting book. And those far between. It has a story, a mystery, and intrigue. I think I will need to listen again because the ending really threw me for a loop, in a good way. The drinking, smoking, tatting, piercing I think is becoming interesting to me. This writer knows how to write a story and I love that. The dialog is good, and it is real. I didn't feel that boring sense of the writer went down a check list. All these character are interesting. Young, quick to react, I was there once. I really appreciated the timing in this book. Some of you may it frustrating but I found it special. Good narration, but some the voice were not enough different for me to figure it out right away. Overall I believe you will enjoy this story. I am going to look forward to the next installment.
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