This book is part of the Beautiful/Maddox Brothers Series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:
(summary from Goodreads)
If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first?
No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.
Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.
Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.
I really love this series, but I couldn’t help feel a little disappointed with this one. It’s not that it was really bad, it just wasn’t up to the standard that we had gotten with the previous two books.
I really liked the whole FBI thing. I’ve never read a ‘secret agent’ book that wasn’t a kids book (Massive love for the Alex Rider series here!) so it made a really nice change. It had just enough action to keep me on my toes but not too much to interfere with the story. Also, the whole forbidden romance thing in the office between Thomas and Liis created a whole lot of sexual tension which was a lot of fun to read.
“I loved her first,” Thomas said. “But you, Liis…you are the last woman I will ever love.”
It got totally repetitive with the ‘lets be together’, ‘we can’t be together’ over and over again. By the 3rd or 4th time it happened I was totally over it. By half way through I was totally screaming at the book like SORT OUT YOUR FEELINGS! It brought down my love for the book and the characters substantially and I found myself routing for them less and less as I got further into the book. Seriously, if they had decided to walk away from each other and not be together I would have been totally fine with that (as long as they didn’t change their minds again two seconds later!)
I’d really wanted to see how Travis ended up in the FBI since finding out at the end of Walking Disaster and that was one thing this book did not disappoint on. It was a lot more heartbreaking then Icould have imagined though, I originally thought it would be kind of cool with him in the FBI but seeing his reaction just made me sad. But at the same time I was mega happy that we got Travis and Abby time in this book, totally made up for the annoyance that was Liis and Thomas.
“You must have voodoo in your hoohoo.”
I am such a massive fan of the Maddox family and due to Travis and Abby’s wedding we get all of the Maddox brothers together which was so freaking awesome! I feel like they all kind of mellowed each other out a lot and even with the drama that was going on it still made for some really funny scenes with them all together.
“I wasn’t the first, but I would be the last. That didn’t make me the second prize. It made me his forever.“
It was disappointing, plain and simple. For me it was more of an in-between book that filled a gap but I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as the previous. I am really hoping for more books in this series though and keeping my fingers crossed that they are back up to the standard that we are used to.
Re-Readability: Probably not.
I would recommend this book to fans of: Jamie McGuire, the Beautiful series, the Maddox Brothers series, secret agent romances
Have you read Beautiful Redemption? What did you think?
What about the rest of the series? Favourite Maddox brother?