Feature book: Beautiful Oblivion
Camille Camlin is uncompromisingly independent, having learned early in life to look after herself, work hard and rely on no one else. Between her job and her studies there’s little time for socialising. It’s not as if she has to worry about not devoting enough time to her boyfriend either, as his new job keeps him from getting home at all! So when he calls to cancel yet again, Cami finds herself with a rare weekend off. Under pressure from her friends, she heads out for a few drinks. Left alone at her table, she catches the eye of one of the infamous Maddox boys.
Trent Maddox has had to reassess his life after a tragedy had him quitting college, finding a job and living at home with his widowed and incapacitated father. It hasn’t stopped him from enjoying the many girls who catch his eye, but Cami is different and Trent has wanted her for a long time. But Cami is more elusive than ever. She declares she has a boyfriend, but no one knows who he is and what he does in the mysterious job that keeps him away from her. When an opportunity arises and Trent can finally spend some time with Cami, he is not going to allow her to put distance between them again. If her so-called boyfriend is going to put his job before her to the point where he never comes to see her, then as far as Trent is concerned he is not worthy of her loyalty and love.
Cami is not about to drop TJ just because Trent Maddox, with his tattoos and bad-boy reputation, has decided she is the challenge he wants to overcome. But she is finding there is more and more to like about Trent. When he is there for her during the bad times as well as the good, then she might have to rethink the long-distance relationship that seems to be going nowhere.
I wanted to like this book, but Cami was a little too distant. With Trent’s POV not offered, I found myself not really knowing him either. But he is likable and has a protective streak where Cami is concerned. It’s not to say that H/H POVs are a pre-requisite of everything I read, but there are times when a story is the richer for it. This would have been one of them.
Reviewed by Rosalie
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.