Sunday, February 1, 2015

Promo and Review: Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

It's hard to believe the wait for millions of readers eagerly anticipating Thomas Maddox's book is over. For everyone who hasn't met a Maddox brother, namely Thomas, you may find a number of reasons to meet him below.

Title: Beautiful Redemption
Author: Jamie McGuire
Release date: January 26, 2014
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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.


“Me, too. I’m … Thomas, by the way,” he said softly. He rolled over and relaxed beside me, his head propped by his hand. Instead of getting dressed, he looked as if he were ready for conversation.
I pressed my lips together. “I’m,” Do it. Do it or you’ll just be kicking yourself later. “…emotionally unavailable.”

“I live in Midtown,” I said, wondering if I would see my neighbor again.
She grinned. “Me, too. A lot of us do. We can drown your sorrows together.”

“I don’t have sorrows. Just memories. They’ll go away on their own.”

He narrowed his eyes. “Are you insubordinate, Agent Lindy? Is that why you were sent here, to be under my command?”
“You requested me, remember?”
“I didn’t request you. I requested the best language expert we had.”
“That would be me, sir.”




★★★★★ stars

I'm not sure where to start. I loved this book.  I read it as soon as I possibly could and quite possibly as fast as I could.  I know the Maddox men are intense and I in particular really wanted to read Thomas's story because it seemed like I knew the least about him.  And guess what? I loved everything I learned about him.

Liis and Thomas are so alike, which is what makes them so interesting.  They both have strong personalities which clash.  Neither of them are good at giving others an in.  Thomas doesn't do well with women and it was surprising to see how quickly Liis became important to him.  However knowing how quickly Maddox men claim their women, I shouldn't have been surprised.  

I loved being in Liis's head.  It allowed a unique perspective that allowed me to see Thomas differently.  My initial impressions of him from previous books weren't great, but seeing him through her eyes and thoughts allowed me to see what I knew of him wasn't the entire picture.  I loved Liis.  She's willing to let Thomas in, but is leery of the fact he used to recently be in love with someone else.  I totally understood why she fought against being in a relationship with Thomas.  I also understood Thomas's frustration at trying to convince Liis to give him a real chance.  The chemistry the two had was almost palpable.  I loved seeing them spar and interact with each other.

I think the aspect of the book that impressed me the most was the detail into the life of a federal agent.  Jamie McGuire really did her research and managed to integrate the workings into the story.  It never seemed like it was extra, but only managed to enhance the story ; the integration was seamless.  There were moments when I was terrified for both Liis and Thomas, others when I was laughing with them, and yet more when I was feeling their intense chemistry.

It's hard to see who I loved more, Liis or Thomas.  I do know Thomas's anguish at what he'd hidden from his family and what he was going to have to do to save someone he loved, weighed heavy on me as well.  On one hand he couldn't let his loved ones hurt if he did nothing, but then if he tried to help, it would still hurt them.  Now that I've fallen in love with Thomas as well, I can't wait to read Beautiful Sacrifice and fall in love with another Maddox man.

*I was gifted a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

About the Author:
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the 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 international bestseller, Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written apocalyptic thriller Red Hill, a novella titled A Beautiful Wedding, and the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy.

Jamie lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with husband Jeff and their three children. They share their 30 acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

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