Review: Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire

beautiful burnReviewed by Joanna

Ellie is a rich, coke-snorting, shot-downing, art-destroying, party girl who makes one mistake too many, forcing her parents’ life-coach to get her cut-off from her wealth. She has to get a job in her little holiday town and shift for herself.

Tyler is the Maddox brother of the hour and the other half of the twins. (Taylor’s book was the previous one – this is the last.) He falls for Ellie. Well, he screws her at her last party and pursues her after. Mainly because she isn’t interested in him. He’s a hotshot firefighter, working on the frontline of forest fire protection – a pretty dangerous and heroic job. Manly. [Read more…]

Review: Beautiful Sacrifice by Jamie McGuire

beautiful sacrificeReviewed by Joanna

Third in the Maddox Brothers series, I’d say this book is the weakest in terms of setting and character development. It’s told from the POV of Falyn, a waitress in a small and pretty boring town. Falyn is the daughter of a mayor and his prissy wife, and she’s down on her luck after turning her back on her parents (with very good reason). She saves part of her measly salary in a shoe box (Why? Has she never heard of a credit card?) because she’s saving to buy a plane ticket to Eakins, Illinois. [Read more…]

Review: Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

beautiful redemptionReviewed by Joanna

Thomas and Liis meet in a bar and have a hot and passionate one night stand. She’s in a new city just about to start a new job and she’s just broken up with a guy to do all of this. Thomas is interested in more, but she tells him she’s emotionally unavailable, and they go their separate ways.

That’s all fine till she walks into her first team meeting in said new job and finds her new hard-ass boss in none other than Thomas. Awkward some.

They have to work together and her work bestie thinks he’ll be tougher on her, but she can more than hold her own against Thomas. Liis is a smart cookie. [Read more…]

Review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

beautiful oblivionReviewed by Joanna

Girl has to decide between long-distance love and hot, local bad boy. It’s a bit traumatic for all. Reader is frustrated with the narrator until the Very. Last. Three. Words. (Don’t skip ahead in the book; you’ll spoil it for yourself.)

This is the start of the Maddox Brothers series of books, but is associated with and part of the same world as Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster. In fact, this novel parallel-runs BD and there are many scene overlaps. (Hats off to JM for precision time-lining.) [Read more…]

Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

walking disasterReviewed by Joanna

This is a retelling of the New Adult genre-defining novel Beautiful Disaster, this time from Travis’s perspective. I’m not going to give the premise of the story again; you can read my Beautiful Disaster review for that. Save that, it’s a torturous college romance. But if you loved BD, you’ll like this, too. Yes, it is repetitive, hard to avoid that with a retelling, but there’s new material and the same high quality of writing, and I wasn’t bored. [Read more…]

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

beautiful disasterReviewed by Joanna

You know when you stumble on book that everyone seems to have read apart from you? I’m pretty sure I’m last to know about this uber-angst love story, but I’m glad I found it. That’s despite alternately wanting to hug and stab the lead characters and feeling exhausted by the end of it.

The setup – Abby moves state to a small college to get away from a life she doesn’t want anymore. Travis is an irresistible bad-boy who reminds her too much of what she ran from. He’s classic NA fodder, a beautiful and ripped, tattooed serial one-night stander who has women flocking to him. But he can’t seem to take his eyes off the one who doesn’t want him – Abby. [Read more…]