Published on: July 1st 2014
Published by: Atria Books
Series: The Maddox Brothers #1
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)
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.
Just when we thought we weren’t going to get any more of the Maddox brothers Jamie McGuire decides to go and write them their own series. We’ve met them all before at various points through the Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster books, but this series is their moment to shine, and to have their stories told.
So if you have read Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster you will know a little about the Maddox’s. Totally sexy men with bad boy reputations and a line of women just waiting to have their hearts broken by them. They take care of their own and are fiercely loyal to the women they fall in love with. One thing you never do is mess with a Maddox.
“The Maddox’s could sense trouble. At least it seemed that way, because whenever there was a fight, they had either started it, or finished it. Usually both.”
So this time it’s Trenton’s story and although he carries the same man whore reputation as Travis they really are so different although just as wonderful as each other. Trenton is a tattooed bad ass, but underneath all of that he is a very sweet and caring man. He’s had a bit of a crappy past and kinda lost his way for a little bit, but you get the feeling that he is finally starting to feel happy about where he is in his life.
Cami I loved right from the start. Sometimes I have problems connecting with the girls in these kind of stories. They are either totally wimpy and pathetic or are arguing with their man every two seconds for being too manly and protective etc. But Cami was right in the middle, perfect place for a girl to be and not annoy me! She was independent, strong and levelheaded but she also had her vulnerable moments which softened her, making her the perfect match for Trent.
“Everyone knew Trenton Maddox was bad news, but that never seemed to stop women from trying to tame him. Watching him since grade school, I promised myself that I would never be a notch on his headboard – if the rumours were true and he had notches, but I didn’t plan to find out.”
These two characters were perfect for each other, even if it took them a while to figure it out, and I LOVED their interactions. They were flirty and sexy as hell, but they were also caring and loyal to each other. Both had had setbacks, both were struggling through things and the way that they just so perfectly slid into place in the others life and gave them exactly what they needed to get through the tough stuff was something I really loved about the two of them. It was an enjoyable to relationship to watch develop, the big moments and the small.
“Because even if we were struggling, we had goals. It didn’t matter that we weren’t there yet. What mattered is that we both experienced setbacks, and full-blown failures, but we got up, brushed ourselves off, and kept going-and were making the best of it.”
Secondary characters in this books are great, but my favourite by far has to be Olive: Trent’s five year old neighbour who he babysits on a regular basis so her parents can have “grown up time”. The first time we meet Olive she is being used by Trent to force Cami to go out with him, but you can tell right there and then just how much the two really mean to each other and she is such a cute kid who comes out with some of the best things.
One of my other favourite things in this book has to be Travis & Abbey’s relationship from Trent & Cami’s POV, especially the chats Travis has at the bar with Cami. I mean we got it all from Travis POV in Walking Disaster, but seeing it from Cami’s POV, this bad boy who turns up at her bar all confused and in love, we get to see a vulnerability to him from someone else’s POV and I love it.
“I’ve had a lifetime of wrong. You’re the only thing thats right.”
I love Jamie McGuire’s writing and this book is no different. It is sexy, it is sweet and it has a story that hook you right from the beginning and will not let you go until the book is finished and closed. The ending of this book is SO GOOD and was something that I did not see coming. I won’t say anymore on the subject because I don’t want to spoilt it, but wow it was awesome!
I was so gutted when I thought we had read the last of the Maddox’s, so this book was a very exciting addition. I just can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
I would recommend this book to: Jamie McGuire, the Beautiful series, the Maddox Brothers series, bad boys with big hearts, big families