Published on: August 15th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Series: Beautiful #3, Maddox Brothers #5
Genre: NA Contemporary
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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)
Losing has never been easy for a Maddox, but death always wins.
Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas’s oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target.
The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice—let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger.
I have loved this series right from the start. Even when there was all the controversy about Travis and bad boys not making good boyfriends etc etc. I loved it then. And I have stuck with it ever since and have loved all the books, but then this one…I can’t deny I am totally conflicted.
“Sometimes it felt like the whole world was dying.”
The title really excited me, who was going to die? I’ve spent months changing my mind of who it could be and why, and even when I started reading the book with a surety of who it would be I found myself getting nervous anytime any one did anything even remotely dangerous or said goodbye to a loved one in a way that seemed like a forever goodbye.
But I liked that McGuire was brave enough to go there. So many authors are so scared of hurting their characters or upsetting the fans that they refuse to go anywhere near death. But McGuire did and I massively admired her for that.
“I wondered what new heartbreak the next day would bring and hoe much more our family could take.”
The storyline itself was great, I was really interested to see how everyone was going to react to the Thomas/Travis FBI secret. Sure, the beginning 40% felt like it took an eternity to read as I waited to my favourite Maddox’s to reunite, but once they were together I was excited for some awesome Maddox times.
What I got was a whole lot of angry and sad Maddox’s. And ok, I know that with a title like ‘Beautiful Funeral’ we know there are going to be some sad times. But any bad news they received during this book just seemed to pull everyone further apart, and those beautiful brotherly bonds that I have loved in the previous 6 books just kind of fell apart.
“Lying was the hardest habit to break. Especially when we believed we were protecting those we loved.”
I have really enjoyed reading each book in this series and I have swooned for each couple and loved them all equally. But putting them all together in one place just seemed to be an absolute disaster. The girls got bitchy, like really mean and I found my opinions of some of them changing.
There didn’t seem to be any light moments in this book for a bit of playful brotherly banter or a sweet romantic moment. The whole thing just felt very very heavy and at times a bit of a downer as I watched everything going wrong over and over for these character we love so much.
“I don’t care if he deserves it. If you hit my husband, I will slap you into next week.“
McGuire wrote this book from everyone’s POV, that is 11 POVs, and then there were even more people present in the scenes too. This is one of the things that had me conflicted, becuase I loved being able to see from each person and catch up with them, but boy did it make for a whole lot of confusing moments.
I kept forgetting whose POV I was reading from and having to go back to the chapter title page and check. I ended up making a list of everyone and a brief description of their story because I just couldn’t remember it all. I guess that is the issue with having a big family like this, you’ve got to be able to fit them all in but without it feeling cramped.
“It’s hard to see the light in circumstances like this, even if you’re the one holding the candle.”
This book left me feeling very conflicted. A really really great story, but the characters just didn’t live up to my love for them. I found myself hating them when I didn’t want to and I desperately wanted some lighter moments in amongst all the heavy and at times depressing moments.
“From the moment you become aware of a secret, the inevitable question arises: what price will you pay to keep it?“
Not my favourite book in the series but McGuire gave herself a lot of work to do in this book. It was good and I’d definitely recommend it, just not as much as the individual stories in this series.
Re-Readability: Yeah, at some point.
I would recommend this book to: Jamie McGuire, the Beautiful series, the Maddox Brothers series, bad boys with big hearts, big families, family reunions