Friday, 24 July 2015

Review: Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Maddox Brothers (Book 2)

Publication Date: 27th January 2015

Format: ebook

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. 

My Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

After reading Trent and Cami’s story, I needed to read this book RIGHT FREAKIN NOW! But then it’s release came around and I found I didn’t want to. I wanted to know Thomas. I wanted to know his story, but I didn’t want him to be the complete tit I thought he was in Trent’s book. I didn’t want to see Thomas and Cami through Thomas’ eyes because the fact that she was with both brothers still squicks me out so I left it. Everytime I was looking at books on my kindle, I would stare at it and I would think ‘not yet’ and move on.
I finally found myself in the mindset to read it and I am kicking my arse for not reading it sooner. There is no Thomas and Cami re-hash, it is set a year or so after that debacle. 
The past with Cami has left it’s mark on Thomas and that impact comes up repeatedly throughout the book but it was ok, it worked, and in the end I LOVED Thomas.
I also, for the first time ever in a Maddox book, LOVED the female! Liis is kick-arse and not annoying! *happy dance *
You see the rest of the Maddox gang again, the different perspective on the family and events is good and I just thought that it was a far more satisfying and far less annoying book than I’ve found all the others in this vein.
It’ll go on my re-read list. Another first for a Maddox. Yeay!

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