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.
Yes the Maddox boys deserve to find their happy ever after but they just don't feel that different to other angst ridden young men to me. Travis may have started the frenzy but in this book we see how his older brother Trenton struggles to get the girl of his dreams but nothing is ever as straight forward as it seems.
Cami has struggled all her childhood to come to terms with her mother staying with her abusive father. Now she's left home, at college and working, so life should be sweet. Add the fact she's found the perfect guy and life should be a breeze, shouldn't it? Well no because TJ is always away and not only does he work away but he's getting more and more distant. Whilst working at her local bar, Cami finds herself spending more and more time with Trenton Maddox. He's just a friend, isn't he? Cami may miss TJ but he's still her boyfriend and the crazy attraction she has for Trenton is just that, crazy!
Cami has no idea Trenton has watched her from afar for years and now this hard tattooed guy feels it's time to try and stake his claim. Confused by her conflicted feelings, Cami doesn't want to choose but her life is about to get complicated and there's no getting away from it!
I'm not a huge fan of stories that tease the reader, if honest and I just didn't really understand why Trenton put up with all of Cami's dithering. They both skirt around so much and Cami just seems to take advantage of Trenton and all those around her. I guess I didn't really like her that much which is a shame as liking a character often means that for me, the book captures my imagination more.
I suppose I really do prefer a heroine who I can identify with. Trenton supposedly has a temper but I thought he seemed pretty long suffering at times and his brief flare ups didn't seem plausible to me. Is it a bad book? No, it's well written and will surely appeal to those who enjoy reading about young love and the trials and tribulations associated with it, but for me it lacked something. I think I needed more of an emotional connection with the central characters but read it yourself and see what you think!