Wednesday 25 February 2015

Review - Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Redemption
Series: Maddox Brothers #2
Author: Jamie McGuire
Release Date: January 27, 2015 

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.

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.

Alright, *cracks knuckles* here we go. This is so tough for me to write because I have loved Travis and Trent Maddox so hard! I went into Beautiful Redemption with extremely high expectations. And maybe that was part of the problem. 

The two previous brothers set the bar very high. This one, Thomas, was just kind of meh. I could take him or leave him. The same with Liis, Thomas's love interest. I couldn't connect with her. Yes, she was very strong-minded and opinionated, let's face it, those Maddox boys need a take-no-shit woman by their side. But those qualities that should have endeared her to me as a reader also really ticked me off.

What I did like about the book was the background we got on how Travis came to be the Travis we met in the epilogue of Walking Disaster. Of course, catching up with the other couples, Travis and Abby, and Trent and Cami, were also huge highlights for me. YAY for cameo appearances!

While this book did redeem itself in the end, it just wasn't enough for me to want to change my rating. But I'm on pins and needles to get to the twins, Taylor and Tyler's, books!

Beautiful Redemption is told in Liis first person POV. It is the second book in the Maddox Brothers series and cannot be read as a standalone. 
~ Review by Erin

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

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers books, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1.

Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: apocalyptic thriller, Red Hill; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monsters: A Red Hill Novella, and Happenstance: A Novella Series.

Jamie lives on a ranch just outside of Enid, Oklahoma with her husband, Jeff, and their three children. They share their thirty acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and a cat named Rooster.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, bummer that the heroine drove you nuts and it didn't quite meet expectation. I haven't read any of the Maddox Brothers books yet.