While browsing a couple of goodreads lists about the most expected NA releases for this year, I found that quite a lot of users were adding Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire to the list. So, I told myself I should give a try to this Maddox Brothers series. Beautiful Oblivion was published last year and it’s the first book of Jamie McGuire’s Maddox Brothers. I must say, considering these are New Adult books, I am glad that their covers are this beautiful for a change – as I have already make clear my take on NA covers. And abs. And pecs. And shirtless people on them. But let’s move on, shall we?
My short summary of the story…
Trenton – bad boy, lots of tattoos, can have any girl – starts showing interest for Cami – representation of the classic average but fun girl, works as a bartender – completely out of the blue. Cami has a long distance relationship with a guy, and I’d like to quote her own words, a little bit out of her league, so when things start getting complicated after her boyfriend prioritizes his job over her Trenton pops up with perfect timing. He becomes everything Cami needs from a friend first, and eventually, from a potential partner. Of course, as they build this relationship they discover that Trenton is not the super bad boy he seems to be, and Cami is not as average as she looks. Anyone said Cliché? I’ll say it: clicheeeeé.
I must confess, I do love tattoos and I certainly have a soft spot for bad boys and all that jazz, so when I found that the story revolves around a tattoo parlour it was a pleasant surprise. Having said that and considering the fact that I do not pick up a NA book just to read about tattoos, I’ll be honest with you: I was expecting a better love story. More intensity? Perhaps. A better connection between main characters? Very likely.
Speaking of connection, or lack of it, both Trenton and Cami as a couple and individually, didn’t really make it for me. Yes, Trenton had some swoon-worthy gestures as a love interest but most of the time he was missing that something that would make me click with him. Plus he rocked some serious jealousy and attitude. Not cool, Trenton. That’s something I don’t like to see romanticised in books. On the other hand, I loved the fact that Cami was independent and strong but, again, I missed something from her character: confidence on herself and her decisions.
But what really made me cringe was the part where Cami gets tattoos for no apparent reason. Just because. Furthermore, she actually gets a tattoo 2 seconds after she is told to. She is literally told to get it. Excuse me, but let me stop you right there, McGuire. Seriously? Okay, so maybe there is people out there who might get a tattoo for no apparent reason but in this case, you are giving your character a very weak personality and sending the wrong message. Not that tattoos need to be thought more than 2 seconds, which by the way should be given a second thought, but in this case which kind of example are you setting McGuire? That tattoos are fun? No, that this girl some may grow to admire is doing whatever she is told to do. Even marking her skin permanently. I don’t know what that says about a character.
And for the record, I am not a tattoo hater. As a matter of fact, I do have a tattoo. What I hate about this is Cami’s lack of personality.
In less words…
Beautiful Oblivion starts out good but quickly sinks like the Titanic. It’s an okay NA book if you like tattooed bad boys, a too jealous love interest and a not very confident main character. But hey, the cover art is beautiful if that makes you feel better.
The Bibliotheque rating: 3/5