Beautiful Oblivion (The Maddox Brothers #1)

Beautiful Oblivion

Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: July 1, 2014
Pages: 337

Stars: 3 out of 5


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.


I started this series with book two and then jumped back to book one. I’m glad I accidentally read the second book in the series first because Beautiful Oblivion gives away the second book. I’m not sure why the author did this because there would have been no surprises or really excitement in the second book.

This book was a fun read but I think a psychologist would have a field day with Camille and Trent. I don’t feel like there was really any closure to this book. Trent still struggles with overcoming the car accident and Camille what, is kicked out of her family?? And I was beyond confused at the end of the book in regards to the secret Camille was hiding for TJ. Someone PLEASE help me, what was the secret? Was it TJ was a Maddox? If that’s it, I don’t see the big deal.

Overall, I enjoyed the book but I felt like there should have been more. I think if the author continued the series with Camille and Trent’s story then the ending of the book would have been more appropriate. But because the books in the series focus on different characters, the author should have done a better job tidying up all the lose ends.