Title: Beautiful Redemption
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher/Year: CreateSpace Publishing 1/21/15
Length: 222 pages
Series: The Maddox Brothers #2
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.
i LOVE the Maddox brothers – i’ve said this before and this next installment with Thomas’s story just solidifies the fact that they are not just sexy but amazing too. We were introduced to Thomas in the first book of the series, knowing him just as TJ who was in a weird relationship with Camille who was also in a weird relationship with Trent (the brother) who had loved her since he was a kid. When that all panned out as it did, Thomas was left broken hearted and back at work in San Diego at the FBI.
Liis is also an agent who’s moved to SD in the hopes of both furthering her career and getting away from her ex fiance who she knew for quite some time wasn’t right for her but didn’t want to break his heart. So you know that it means that we’re going to see 2 very damaged people go around and around in circles while they try to decide what’s right for them.
The amazing thing that Ms. Mcguire does is that she gives us a continuation of the story that started in the big series, with all the mob stuff from Abby and Travis, and that’s the focal point here. we get to see things come to a head with some of the investigation, and see all the good ground work that Abby laid to keep Travis safe from being prosecuted from the fire go to shit. I think we all knew that the other shoe was going to drop in that sense, but it’s really amazing to see how far Thomas will go to protect his brother, which brings Liis into the mix even deeper.
Throughout this story, we see that there’s AMAZING chemistry between Thomas and Liis, and it’s not just amazing sexual chemistry – they are both firey, feisty and they both seem to push and be stubborn at the exact same time. You know that you’re going to get a heated fight no matter when they are together, and their anonymous one night stand w/o names at the very beginning should have told us that it was going to get VERY tricky.
I can’t wait to see which brother we get to see more of next – i’m guessing Taylor. Hopefully his story won’t end like the others have, with car accidents, gun battles, lots of stress and aggravation. You always want to root for things to happen one way but they never ever do, so it’ll be up to our talented author to find another way to make it very anxiety filled at the end. Have a great weekend all!