Sunday, September 11

Review: Beautiful Sacrifice by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Sacrifice
By: Jamie McGuire
Series: Mattox #3
BookWhisperer Rating: Five Star

Falyn Fairchild can walk away from anything. Having already left her car, her education, and even her parents, the daughter of the next governor of Colorado is back in her hometown, broke and waiting tables for the Bucksaw Café. After every shift, Falyn adds to her shoebox of cash, hoping to one day save enough to buy her a plane ticket to the only place she can find forgiveness: Eakins, Illinois.

The moment Taylor Maddox is seated in Falyn’s section at the Bucksaw, she knows he’s trouble. Taylor is charming, breaks promises, and gorgeous even when covered in filth—making him everything Falyn believes a hotshot firefighter to be. Falyn isn’t interested in becoming another statistic, and for a Maddox boy, a disinterested girl is the ultimate challenge.

Once Falyn learns where Taylor calls home, everything changes. In the end, Maddox persistence is met with Falyn’s talent for leaving, and for the first time, Taylor may be the one to get burned.

Another adventure with Jamie McGuire leading the way. I don't know if many of you know the back story, but Beautiful Disaster was out a bit before this whirlwind of Maddox Boys began unfolding. I had the pleasure of retracing my steps through the Travis romance three times before Jamie considered creating more adventures to extend this original story even longer. Beautiful Sacrifice is part of a series dedicated to the Maddox brothers, but I like to think of it more as a continuation of the first story. I am quite partial to each of their stories, and actually preferred the extension of the story here over the smaller novella of the Beautiful series. The Beautiful series is considered an independent series follows Travis and Abby; rather than the learning the intertwined story through the brothers owe personal  journey's.
Beautiful Sacrifice is the story of Taylor Maddox. He is one of the twin that are part of the Hot Shot crew, this is a crew that fights wild fires, unbeknownst to the rest of his family. Falyn Fairchild has a plan it sad and depressing, but it is her plan, and it is necessary. When these two cross paths it is by the simple hand of fate. There is a bigger plan, and they are the center of it. Falyn and Taylor have a simple kind of love, but with all the necessary fireworks to keep it interesting. Falyn will call em' like she see em', and not afraid of offending anyone. Taylor is a ruggedly handsome fire fighter with no plans or direction until the day that he found his compass. The honesty that was present in this story was so genuine, and kept possibility alive even at the darkest times. McGuire has a tendency to write the story in such a way that readers see where the pebbles are leading, but the main characters are so naive in love that they do not see the undoing until it smacks them in the face. When the riptides started in this book it was evident where were going. Although the star were aligned, and I could also see after the explosion the glimmer of possibility that was evolving.
There is always a glimmer of Maddox in each Maddox Brother character, but I have to say that Taylor just took the cake. Being that we fall in love with Travis so deeply in Beautiful Disaster, every new brother has to be compared against that one. Each and every one of them have some characteristics, but none of them could be or closely relate to that first love. Taylor has been me rethink this philosophy, and I was exceptionally impressed by him. Everything about him was quite close to that love of Travis. I can't really pin point, and say they are just alike because there are slight differences. I will say that never has one of the Maddox brothers made me question Travis as my favorite. Taylor's character was just so perfect that Travis may have just been knocked out of the lead.
Jamie McGuire is one hell of an author, and I like to say I was a fan before everybody wanted to be her fans. Everything about her stories speak to romance lovers, and it is the type of story that we will revisit time and time again. I can never get enough of the Happily Ever Afters, and path of destruction that leads us to that sunset.
~BookWhisperer Reviewer JO~

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