Published on: January 31st 2016
Published by: Self Published
Series: The Maddox Brothers #4
Genre: NA Romance
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This book is part of the Beautiful/Maddox Brothers Series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:
(summary from Goodreads)
Fresh out of college, Ellison Edson has fallen through the cracks of rock bottom. While staying in her family’s vacation home in Colorado, her behavior has finally gained the attention of her parents—but not in the way she hoped. Cut off from the millions she’s always taken for granted, and left alone to fend for herself, Ellie spirals further out of control, making a mistake she can’t take back.
Like his twin brother Taylor, Tyler Maddox is a member of the Alpine Hotshots, fighting wildland fires on the frontline. As arrogant as he is charming, Tyler’s nomadic lifestyle makes it easy to contain his relationships to one night. When he meets Ellie at a local party during off-season, her extreme personality and dismissive attitude fascinates him at first, but as his feelings deepen, Tyler realizes that the crippling inner demons of the woman he loves might be the strongest enemy any Maddox has ever faced.
I have to admit that I didn’t find this book as easy to get into as I have the previous ones. Ellison at the beginning of this book was not my type of character. She was the kind of character that makes me put a book down. But having read every single book in this series and loving them all I put my trust in Jamie McGuire and carried on reading…and I am very glad that I did so.
I realised whilst getting further into this book that Ellison is a character that we are not meant to like when we first start reading this book. We meet her when she is at her worst and have to watch her hit rock bottom before she starts to become a character that we can actually like. And when she did become a more bearable character I did really like her. She is such a strong character, and for someone who has grown up with people opening doors for her and pulling back her chair she is really good at getting stuck in and taking care of herself.
“Holding my camera, freezing, and a mile from flames that could burn me alive, I’d finally found what I didn’t know I was looking for.”
Oh, Tyler. How to describe how much I loved Tyler in this book. All of the Maddox brothers are basically huge hearts wrapped in an extremely sexy and tattoo’d exterior, but Tyler seemed to have an added softness to him that I’ve never noticed with the others. Unlike his brothers, he didn’t need a woman to tame him, he seemed to have already grown into that person. And a mighty fine one at that!
“I’m a firefighter, Ellie. I do the saving in this relationship.”
I really loved the scenes with Ellie and the Hotshots in them and could have read so many more of them! In Beautiful Sacrifice we hear about Taylor and Tyler’s job, but we never get to actually see it, and from Ellie’s POV it was just incredible. I really liked hearing about the way that these guys work with these fires, it’s something I never knew about before and now have a whole new respect for anyone who would chose to do that as a job (I love how much books can teach you about real world things!) Plus I loved the relationships she had with the entire crew. The way she become like a mother/big sister to all these guys who spent their days fighting giant fires, but would wait for Ellie’s permission to tell them what order they could shower in! They really were some of my absolute favourite scenes in this book!
“Love made people hate in a way they never would have before.”
But I also have to mention the Maddox family scenes, because of course they were my other favorite scenes in this book! Thanksgiving at the Maddox household and I loved seeing everyone together again. Abby from Ellie’s POV was really interesting to see because Ellie was really good at picking up on Abby picking up on things which when reading from anyone else’s POV they never seem to notice. I really liked whilst reading this book noticing that little things that showed us how all the stories link together. When Tyler gets a call about the fire at Travis’ college, and when Taylor meets “some girl” who works in a cafe. I loved these links and it made me really nostalgic to the entire series. But mostly I just love this entire family. Their jokes and their relationships and just the whole dynamic of them. I love brotherly love and this book is FULL of it!
“When a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever…”
I never want this series to end, and although we have now discovered a girl for each of our Maddox boys I’m really hoping that there are so many more stories to come (and hopefully more from the brother POV too).
I would recommend this book to fans of: Jamie McGuire, the Beautiful series, the Maddox Brothers series, bad boys with big hearts, characters who overcome addition, characters who are firefighters
Have you read this book or any of this series?
Favourite book? Favourite Maddox brother?