Review: Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire
(The Maddox Brothers #2)
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published January 27th 2015
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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 thoughts… **spoilers**

I’m a bit disappointed with Beautiful Redemption.  Liis, like geese with an L, has left Chicago for a job transfer to the FBI office in San Diego.  She also broke off her engagement with her fiancĂ©, another FBI agent that she had been dating for seven years.    

This is where the disappointment started.  On her first night in San Diego she goes to the bar across the street from her new apartment for several drinks.  In walks Thomas, he has a drink and starts a conversation with Liis, they leave the bar together and she has the best sex of her life with the gorgeous stranger.  The after-sex glow diminishes when she discovers he lives in the same building, right above her apartment.  She doesn’t want to jump into another relationship, she is committed to her job and doesn’t want any distractions. 

Liis goes into work the next day to begin her new job and as it turns out her one night stand is her new boss, Agent Thomas Maddox.  They decide to keep it professional but their willpower is being tested.  Thomas knew as soon as he laid eyes on Liis at the bar that they could have something more.  I’m a little angry at the insta-love that Thomas had towards Liis after one night together.

Thomas had his heart torn apart by the girl he loved, Cami, who left him for his brother Trent (Beautiful Oblivion book one in the series). He wants Liis but he is still in love with Cami. Almost the entire book is about him heartbroken over Cami.  That confused me because in the first book, I never got the feeling that he was much in love with her to begin with. 

Meanwhile, Thomas is forced to recruit Travis (another Maddox brother) into the FBI (with no experience), or arrest him for his involvement for the fire during an underground fight (Beautiful Disaster).  Travis and Abby are renewing their wedding vows, Thomas is attending the wedding and using that opportunity to try to recruit Travis.  Thomas asks Liis to come with him and pretend to be his girlfriend so they don’t ruin their cover as undercover agents.  Thomas’s family do not know he works for the FBI, Cami is the only one he told because he trusts her to keep the secret. Liis takes a chance, decides that she wants Thomas and wants to try with him.  All along Thomas has been trying to get Liis to give into the relationship and admit the feelings she has towards him.

While in Chicago, at the bachelor party Thomas ex-girlfriend Cami is there and his brother Trent is planning on proposing to her.  Thomas tries to convince Liis that he is over Cami, but he gets closed off after the proposal. After the wedding (on some island, I can’t remember where), Cami and Thomas get into an argument and he accidentally call hers Cami… big no no.  Cami makes the decision that she can’t give her heart to Thomas because his heart still belongs to Cami.

A lot of the book is about Liis and Thomas being unsure about their feelings towards each other, it’s frustrating.  Liis is constantly bringing up Cami and she has a lot of jealousy towards her. After some time, apart from each other (only communicating at work about FBI stuff), they both discover that they can’t keep fighting their feelings.  The ending becomes rushed from that moment.  I did enjoy the epilogue.

I have book three in this series, Beautiful Sacrifice, after reading it I’ll decide if I should continue with The Maddox Brothers series.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi


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