Beautiful Burn

Jamie McGuire

The Maddox Brothers #4


Contemporary Romance

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‘Fresh 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.’

I have been a fan of Jamie McGuire’s books for a while now. In particular, I have loved the Maddox Brothers. I love how the Maddox Brothers books all intertwine with each other. I love how the Maddox Brothers are protective of their love interests, friends and family. I love their humour and their strength. What I really love about these books, is the females and their strength through trying and difficult times.

I know that in this book, Ellie is an heiress, which to some would not relate to. People instantly assume that rich people shouldn’t have feelings because they have money to fill any voids. I am the total opposite. I loved Ellie because she showed a more serious reality of having a lot of money. Your parents are never around, you feel lonely and you have a lot of money so you turn to drugs and alcohol. Beautiful Burn delves into the life of a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. She falls off the wagon and gets back on. She makes horrible decisions. She pushes everyone away. She does the typical things an addict will do. I feel that this storyline adds a whole new element. A whole new level of realism. I found I was more immersed in this book than any of the others and it wasn’t because of Tyler. It wasn’t because of the romance. It was because of Ellie’s raw character. She wasn’t always likeable. In fact she was downright unlikeable for a lot of the book.

My recommendation: If you love a book you can finish in one sitting, this is for you.

Cai xx