Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire | Book Review

Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire

Reading Group: M for Mature

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given SummaryFresh out of college, Ellison Edson has fallen through the cracks of rock bottom. While staying in her family’s vacation home in Colorado, her behavior has finally gained the attention of her parents—but not in the way she hoped. Cut off from the millions she’s always taken for granted, and left alone to fend for herself, Ellie spirals further out of control, making a mistake she can’t take back.

Like his twin brother Taylor, Tyler Maddox is a member of the Alpine Hotshots, fighting wildland fires on the frontline. As arrogant as he is charming, Tyler’s nomadic lifestyle makes it easy to contain his relationships to one night. When he meets Ellie at a local party during off-season, her extreme personality and dismissive attitude fascinates him at first, but as his feelings deepen, Tyler realizes that the crippling inner demons of the woman he loves might be the strongest enemy any Maddox has ever faced.

Cover: The cover of this novel shows a forest with a flame front and center.  In the flame are the feathers that are on the other Maddox Brothers Series books.  I like how they were all incorporated in this cover. 

My Review: Another Maddox boy to fall in love with!  It's so sad that they're all over!  This story followed Ellie and Tyler as they fell in love.  Ellie is an alcoholic who refuses to admit that she needs outside help to to stop drinking.  Tyler is willing to do whatever it takes to get Ellie to admit she loves him.  Their story is a lot different from the rest of the Maddox brothers because theirs took a lot longer to get to the happily ever after.  It was kind of nice that it took a while to get the two of them together because I think it's a little bit more realistic.  In all of Jamie McGuire's books she is able to add some element to her characters that remind us that everyone has something going on.  Abby spent her childhood with mobsters, Cami dated two Maddox boys, Liis had to pretend to be dating a Maddox when she actually loved him, and Fayln gave up her child.  I think Ellie's drinking problem is something that more people can relate to that maybe the problems the other girls had to deal with.  She was trying to love someone when she didn't love herself and I don't know if saying it's impossible is the right word, but it's definitely hard.  She didn't feel like she deserved Tyler's love and it hurt him more and more every time she rejected him.  It wasn't until she came to the conclusion that she need help that she was able to get it and then live the life she wanted to live.  I love Jamie McGuire's books and I can't wait to see where the Maddox family is headed to next. 

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