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.
I was really excited to be given the opportunity to read the new book in the Maddox Brothers series. Having loved Travis in Beautiful Disaster (one of the first books to introduce me to this genre that I love), I couldn’t wait to read a book about his brother, Trent.
I love Jamie’s writing and her way of sucking me into her stories, and making it impossible to put them down. And, Trent. He, of course, made this book for me. He’s incredibly sweet, and charming, and patient as a freaking SAINT, and…so determined. He was going to prove to Cami they were meant to be and I loved that about him.
And then there’s Cami. I struggled with her a little bit. The elusive boyfriend, the secret she was keeping, and her continued stubbornness just started eating at me, especially once I figured out the twist. But I appreciated the purpose of the twist, because it’s setting us up for another book, where we’ll hopefully get more answers.
The book wasn’t entirely focused on Trent and Cami. There is a LOT going on in this book and it’s a bit of a head spinner. Again, I know that’s setting us up for a series. It will be nice to see it all come together in future books.
Cami and Trent had a good chemistry and I loved their banter, while she continued to fight her feelings and keep him in the friend zone. Another element I really loved about the book was the fact it is set during the same time frame as Beautiful Disaster. We get to revisit some of those scenes from an outside POV, and get a little piece of Travis again. That was a very nice touch!
I am happy things wrapped up for Cami and Trent, but left open possibilities for more Maddox Brother books. I did enjoy the book and look forward to more in this series!
ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.