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Beautiful Oblivion: Maddox Brothers, Book 1 | [Jamie McGuire]

Beautiful Oblivion: Maddox Brothers, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Allison Montgomery, AL, United States 07-14-14
    Allison Montgomery, AL, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring, Cliched, Annoying"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian Seattle WA United States 07-17-14
    Lilian Seattle WA United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Ordinary"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mia Oslo, Norway 07-12-14
    Mia Oslo, Norway 07-12-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "Her best yet The perfect summer listen"
    Where does Beautiful Oblivion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I never give listens rankings. This book is more mature. No eye.rolling or "She said he said" you meet a woman who speaks her Truth. Forget any cry-baby pages . This lady knows how to stand-up for herself. My favorite by the author so far. It is better written and if you are digging her earlier books: Grab it! New to the author? You do not need the other stories to enjoy this.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Oblivion to and why?

    Walking disaster, beautiful disaster, who asked you, out of easy. They all contain great stories about interesting characters. Who asked you? Is in a league of it's own.


    What about Phoebe Strole’s performance did you like?

    Sounded a little too much like Emma Galvin..; that is not a bad thing. The characters should have sounded a bi older.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    " The secret brother"


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect summer listen. Credit worthy for any girl over 18. Not like 50 shades a all. However does sadly contain a few adult scenes. You can pass them if you prefer they do not contain any info..They have been added to include 50.fans. In my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 07-11-14
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Enjoyable listen.."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 07-04-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 07-04-14 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Awesome!"

    This was so good...loved the fact that we get a book per Maddox brother! Instant download!

    This was Trenton story ... The brother we got to know so well fom beautiful disaster... I love how McGuire had Travis and Abby's story going on at the same time...in the background... Extremely well written!

    But.... the ending... now that was the OMG moment... when we finally learn about T.J. I was like Omg, OMG!!!!

    Narration was good..story was awesome, so worth a credit, buy, and sale!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-10-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "OH HOW THESE MADDOX BROTHERS WILL GET TO YOU"

    Beautiful Oblivion is a great title for this book because that's how I was feeling - oblivious -about the outside world whilst listening and you know it's a good listen when you just can't wait to get back to it to hear what's going to happen next.

    Cami has a long distance boyfriend TJ and she's quite happy.... until one of the oh so good looking Maddox brothers, Trenton (who's a drool-worthy, sexy, tattooed fighter) starts making his move and he just won't take no for an answer but TJ wasn't giving in easily. Which was all really touching, funny, sad and romantic but there's a BIG secret she's holding back from Trenton which had me guessing but it was a "WHAT... GASP" surprise at the end when it was finally revealed.

    There was also a sub love story about Trenton's brother Travis and the girl he'd fallen for but, because this is a new Author to me, I hadn't realised their story has already been released in the Disaster books (which I'm about to download now). And another sub love plot about her best friend and room-mate Raegan's love life.

    Worth a credit? It was well-written, very addictive, there was drama and angst, had lots of "oh no's" and "yaye's" in it, with loveable characters and it was sweet, romantic and YES very creditworthy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 07-03-14
    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Mind=BLOWN"

    Mind = BLOWN! LOVE LOVE LOVE Trent. Travis still has my heart but Trent is so incredibly loveable. I loved everything about this book! Jamie McGuire has done it again! Captured my heart, twisted my brain & made it so I'll be in a book hangover for months! I'm going to have to reread it to wrap my brain around it all. SO GOOD!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chantiel Conway, AR, United States 07-24-14
    Chantiel Conway, AR, United States 07-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "OMG!!!! I DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING!"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Oblivion again? Why?

    No need to. This book will forever stay in my mind.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Oblivion?

    The ending ROCKED MY WORLD!


    What about Phoebe Strole’s performance did you like?

    She was just amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    simone Florida, FL, United States 07-17-14
    simone Florida, FL, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a John Grisham Fan!!!!!

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    "This Writer Though...."

    I went back and listen the last 28 mins of this book. I was pretty sure I miss the big secret smh. Well good writing, keeps you listening to the very last second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison South Jordan, UT, United States 07-17-14
    Alison South Jordan, UT, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the Maddox Boys"

    If you loved Beautiful Disaster then you'll love this too. It wasn't as good as Beautiful Disaster but well worth the listen. It had an interesting twist at the end that I totally wasn't expecting. Keep giving us great books Jaime!

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