There is a reason why I’m unusually hesitant about the “new adult’ romance genre, and sadly, this title seemed to typify most, if not all of them. While I was excited to see a new release from McGuire after many people suggesting Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster to me, this was my first opportunity to give her stories a try.
Presumably a ‘stand-alone’ although it does take a major character from the first book and set him into a new story, there were so many plotting holes and unanswered questions that I never actually felt a complete character. All of the characters were sadly stereotypical and overly attached to manufactured drama and self-sabotage: from infidelities and half-truths to a ‘secret’ that was purported to be major but was only a major yawn, I found no connections or reasons to want to know more about these characters.
Those who loved the first two in the series may find this to their tastes, but having no other information than this story, I would be hesitant to dash out and grab another title from this author.
Phoebe Strole is the narrator in this story, and her management of the performance was solid and professional. With efforts made to create singular voices for each different character, and her ability to add some emotional oomph to her delivery without overreach. Her performance was promising and I can only believe that a more compelling story with characters that are fully developed and solid in convictions and self-knowledge would make her shine.
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 4 Story 2
Title: Beautiful Oblivion:
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Phoebe Strole
Published by: Atria Books, SimonandSchuster.com/Audio
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 13 minutes
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The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.
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.
In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.
A copy of this title was provided via Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.