Review: Beautiful Redemption (#2 Maddox Brothers) by Jamie McGuire

My Thoughts

Enjoyable and fast-paced—this is a deliciously fun,
suspenseful Maddox Brothers story.

4stars

Synopsis

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTIONIf 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.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.

My Review

Jamie McGuire delivers a suspenseful, angsty Maddox-style story with the tale of two people more alike than not. Two people whose pasts and presents collide in an unexpected way as they fall in love under intense circumstances. Their story, however, is not smooth and easy, in fact, it starts of with the best of times and the worst of times.

When FBI agent Liis Lindy moves to San Diego, she’s hoping to start fresh, leave behind Chicago and a fiancé she didn’t quite love to focus on her career. She has dreams. Aspirations. She’s married to her job and she is perfectly okay with that.

But when she lets herself go one night, dropping all inhibitions, her decision is temporary bliss turned chaos.

“How did I mess up my fresh start so thoroughly and before it had even started?”

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is all intensity and arrogance. He’s climbed the ranks quickly, known for being ruthless, ornery, but very good at his job. He was as much revered as he was feared in the office and when Liis begins to work for him, his usual ill-tempered behavior focused her way. Their relationship was antagonistic at first as McGuire builds that delicious sexual tension we love to devour, especially with Liis’ spirited, no-nonsense personality. She wasn’t afraid to challenge the un-challengeable Maddox, fueling the already charged dynamic between them.

“One day I was going to have to choose between Thomas and the Bureau, and I would choose the job. But every time we were alone, every time he touched me, and what I’d felt when I saw him with Camille, I knew that my feelings had become too complex to ignore.”

Together, they’re working on a case that involves Travis and is connected to a very dangerous group of criminals, in addition to the mob. I actually loved this part of the story, although I struggled a bit to understand how the various elements connected. I would have loved to see more action and careful explanation to further differentiate it from the other Maddox novels. Through the intensity and challenges, however, Liis starts to fall for Thomas, but soon realizes he is still in love with Cami (whom we met in Beautiful Oblivion). Despite Thomas’ words and actions, it’s clear he is still nursing his broken heart.

“I was miserable and angry because I loved a man who I couldn’t love, who loved someone else but loved me more.”

Thomas and Liis’ relationship is a push and pull, one that perhaps vacillated for a bit too long, but I was surprised to see how much I fell for Thomas, who was this great mix of hard and soft, ruthlessness and heart. I loved him! His emotions were more complex and gray, as he tried to carry too much weight upon his shoulders.

Some of the scenes felt a little rushed to me and there was a lot of goodness that could have been further developed, explored and smoothed out. But all in all, this felt like the most different Maddox Brothers installment, adding an edge of suspense and danger to the angst and sexual tension we’ve come to expect. Beautiful Redemption is a great pick if you’re looking to lose yourself in a fast-paced, dialogue-driven sexy read. I can promise you’ll be falling for Thomas Maddox from the very beginning.

“…being with you is worth the risk.”

addseriestogoodreads

Reading Order and Links

 BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION

Each book can be read as a standalone.

Connect with Jamie

Tessa-BaileyJamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Facebook Twitter | Website

✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦

Follow VBB: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Subscribe by Email

Related Reads:

Exclusive Excerpt: Beautiful Redemption (#2, Maddox Brothers) by Jamie McGuire

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION BANNER

The Maddox brothers are back, and now we have Thomas Maddox’s story to look forward to! He’s enigmatic and ruthless—the brother who’s hidden much as a special agent of the FBI. Come January 27th, we get Thomas and Liis’ tumultuous story in the second installment of the much-loved Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Redemption. I’m super excited to give you a sneak peak into the novel with a delicious, suspenseful little teaser!

Pre-order Beautiful Redemption: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes ✦

Synopsis

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTIONIf 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.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.

Excerpt

“Travis is … hard to explain.”

“You think he’ll get violent?”

“I know he will.”

“I’m assuming you don’t want me to shoot him.” Maddox shot me a look. “Can I shoot you?”

He rolled his eyes. “Travis doesn’t do well when he doesn’t have choices. If he thinks he could lose Abby over it, he’ll fight. Losing her for lying, or losing her because he’s in prison aren’t great choices.”

“He loves her that much?”

“I don’t think that’s an adequate word to describe the way he feels about her. Threatening him with losing her is like threatening his life.”

“That’s awfully … dramatic.”

Maddox considered that. “Drama is the nature of their relationship.”

addseriestogoodreads

Reading Order and Links

 BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION

Each book can be read as a standalone.

Connect with Jamie

Tessa-BaileyJamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Facebook Twitter | Website

✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦

Follow VBB: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Subscribe by Email

Related Reads:

Review: Beautiful Oblivion (#1, Maddox Brothers) by Jamie McGuire

My Thoughts

Make room Travis Maddox, irresistible bad boy Trent captures our heart in this addictive story full of wit, sexiness and romance.

4halfstars

Synopsis

beautiful oblivion coverFiercely 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.

My Review

“Have you ever wanted something that you knew you shouldn’t have? That it was wrong on every level, but you knew you needed it?”

I was immediately transported back to the first time I read Beautiful Disaster. This book brings back that addictive, sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat experience… the tumultuous kind with amazing highs and explosive lows, the kind that gets your heart pounding, your smile widening, and the pages quickly devoured. The captivating banter, the bad boy, the fiery girl with a whole lot of attitude and the clear, palpable chemistry between them… yes, this book had all of that and more. Add to this proven mix the intensifying allure and suspense of an unexposed secret, and you’ve got a winning formula. Fans of Travis Maddox will revel in all the badboyness Trent exudes all on his own, and in addition, delight in happiness with glimpses into Abby and Travis’ well-adored story unfolding in the background. Trent and Cami’s tale, however, is largely different. It’s a friend-to-lovers drama about taking chances, gut feelings, chemistry, commitment and the soul-mate kind of falling in love during the volatile college years. It’s an emotional, angsty and witty journey, as these two people find their way in the world, their place among family, and the rightness of each other along the way.

“Watching him since grade school, I promised myself that I would never be a notch on his headboard.”

Cami has known Trent most of her life. Everyone knew the Maddox brothers then and now… knew they were trouble. And Cami was no stranger to trouble. Her family dynamic was rife with it and between her job, school and family drama, the last thing she needed was Trent Maddox, but Trent had other plans when he approached her one night, touting an irresistibly sexy smirk on his face.

“I was pretty damn smart. Smart enough to have kept my distance from Trenton all these years. I’d seen him flirt, seduce, and evade since we were kids. There was absolutely no trick Trenton Maddox could play that I wouldn’t be ready for.”

From the beginning, I was smiling so big, enjoying the banter between our two passionate protagonists. The only girl in a family of boys, Cami grew up to be bold, direct and feisty,  ready to dish it out every time Trent delivered a cool, confident line that would make most girls’ knees wobble. And it’s Cami’s fiestiness that draws in Trent. He’s suddenly determined to go after her despite the very real fact that she has a boyfriend.

“I was just thinking now was as good a time as any to acknowledge that you’re perfect and it wouldn’t suck if you feel madly in love with me anytime soon.”
I have a boyfriend,” I reminded him.
… “Speed bump.”

Cami’s boyfriend, TJ, is never around and their relationship stretches an even loose definition of a long-distance relationship. There’s a secret there… a suspenseful thread woven throughout the entire story and it’s the key to really understanding Cami’s resistance to Trent, because the more time they spent together, the more she realizes how effortless and easy it is to be with him.

“Nothing made sense anymore: why we were still together, why I was spending so much time with Trenton, or why I stayed in a barely there relationship when I had someone who liked me–and who I liked–tow feet away, just waiting for a green light.”

By reputation alone, one might think Trent is a carefree, surface deep guy with an endless bevy of girls, but although Trent is undoubtedly no stranger to the ladies, it’s his humor, heart and fierce loyalty that begin to win Cami over. Trent is there for her, making her the center of his world, giving her love and attention amidst laughs that begin to infuse life and color into her day-to-day, monotonous living. And the more she gets to know him, the more she realizes Trent has always been there, watching her from afar, taking in her beauty and appreciating her just the way she is.

“All I ever wanted to do was make you smile. And then you were mine, and I could never get it right.”
“I’ve had a lifetime of wrong. You’re the only thing that’s right.”

Trent is not as much of a tortured soul as Travis is, but he too, struggled to make his relationship work, and I think that was truly on Cami… her hesitance to let go of a boyfriend who was absent in every way that counted, was sometimes frustrating, but Trent’s relentless efforts at showing Cami how they were meant to be would eventually wane her reluctance.

This is a story about finding a love that works, finding someone that gets you and is ready and willing to give you what you need in the way that you need it the most. It’s that first love defined by a turbulent rage of emotions, where bad choices are made and hearts get irrevocably broken. Jamie is excellent at building up that angst and there was certainly a lot of it between Cami and Trent, and even between other supporting characters in their story. There were, however, a couple story lines that dealt with some pretty heavy issues that I wanted closure on to feel the full effect of the happy ever after at the story’s end and hopefully subsequent novels will address those elements. Nonetheless, the enjoyability, effervescence and addictive quality of the novel made the overall experience overwhelmingly positive. Plus, Jamie delivers a final twist that answers all the unanswered questions, piecing everything together in the most shocking and delightful way.

New readers and old fans alike will enjoy this coming-of-age story full of sexiness, wit and heart. It’s the perfect summer read to devour!

addseriestogoodreads

Connect with Jamie

Tessa-BaileyJamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Facebook Twitter | Website

Giveaway

Click on the image below to enter the tour giveaway!

2236

Related Reads:

Excerpt Reveal + Giveaway: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

beautiful oblivion excerpt banner

In less than a month, we finally get to devour the first book in the Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Oblivion, by Jamie McGuire. And let me tell you, you are going to LOVE Trent Maddox!!! I know some of you have probably read the first chapter excerpt in Happenstance, but if you can’t wait until then, I’ve got a treat for you! Atria Books is sponsoring an excerpt chain and giveaway to give you an extra special sneak peek at Trent and Cami’s story! Each day will bring an excerpt in the morning and an excerpt in the afternoon. I have today’s morning excerpt below! Make sure to follow along this week and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Synopsis

beautiful oblivion coverThe 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.

Excerpt

His persistence was as admirable as it was annoying. I knew who Trenton was, of course. We were in the same graduating class at Eakins High. I had watched him grow from a dirty, snot­nosed kid who ate red pencils and glue, into the tall, tattooed, excessively charming man he was now. From the second he got his driver’s license, he had made his way through high school classmates and Eastern State coeds, and I swore I’d never be one of them. Not that he’d ever tried. Until now. I didn’t want to be flattered, but it was hard not to be after being one of the few females Trenton and Travis Maddox had never attempted to sleep with. I guess this proved that I couldn’t be completely unfortunate-looking. T.J. was magazine-quality beautiful, and now Trenton was texting. I wasn’t sure what was different about me between high school and college that had caught Trenton’s attention, but I knew what was different for him.

Less than two years before, Trenton’s life changed. He was riding in the passenger seat of Mackenzie Davis’s Jeep Liberty on their way out to a spring break bonfire party. The Jeep was barely recognizable when it was hauled back into town on a flat­bed trailer the next day, just like Trenton when he returned to Eastern. Swallowed by the guilt of Mackenzie’s death, Trenton couldn’t concentrate in class, and by mid-April, he’d decided to move back in with his father and drop all of his classes. Travis had mentioned bits and pieces about his brother on slow nights at the Red, but I hadn’t heard much more about Trenton.

Pre-order Beautiful Oblivion ✦

Reading Orders and Links

Beautiful Series

beautiful disaster walking disaster cover beautiful wedding

Maddox Brothers Series

beautiful oblivion cover

About Jamie

20140520-002102.jpg

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Her 2012 novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series. Her latest books include Red Hill, A Beautiful Wedding and Happenstance.

Jamie now lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Facebook Twitter | Website

Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

★ Don’t miss a post, review or giveaway! Subscribe to Vilma’s Book Blog by email! ★

Related Reads: