Beautiful Redemption: A Novel Hardcover – January 31, 2015
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Be prepared for a story that will literally have you sitting on the edge of your seat. --Saints and Sinners Book Blog
Enjoyable and fast-paced--this is a deliciously fun, suspenseful Maddox Brothers story. --Vilma's Book Blog
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Thomas Maddox is known around his office as the moody boss that no one ever goes up against. He's young and in a great position at the FBI, and is still getting over his heartbreak with Cami. Liis is an up and coming agent who is married to the job and just transferred to San Diego and split with her fiance. When these two meet the first time, they have no clue who the other one is, and it is enjoyable to see how it plays out when they realize who they are to one another.
These two are so alike, but yet so different. Liis really hasn't experience that real love that knocks you down and makes you question what you really want in life. Thomas thought he had, but that's all about to change. Both of these characters are married to their job and absolutely love being an FBI agent.
Liis tries her hardest to fight her feelings for Thomas, and each time she finally wants to give in, he does something idiotic that makes her pull back. When the two of them are forced to work together to talk Travis into joining the FBI or going to jail, everything comes out with these two.
I absolutely loved these two characters and the chemistry between them was HOT! Thomas's brother Travis has been one of my all time favorite book boyfriends, but Thomas now is coming up the ranks with his book boyfriend appeal. He's loyal, loving, alpha, and everything that makes a character appealing. Liis knows what she wants in life and isn't afraid to speak her mind. A few times I was laughing out loud at her and her antics.
Not only are these two main characters to die for, but so are the supporting characters. I loved Anthony, Marks, Sawyer and Val. OMG did I love Val! She absolutely cracked me up, and she brought sense to Liis when she needed it the most.
Thomas's story is definitely amazing, but I do recommend reading Beautiful Disaster, Walking Disaster, and Beautiful Oblivion prior to reading this, so you have the full story. I loved how we got to see a bit of Travis and Abby again, and to see how much their love for one another just jumps off the page. This story is heartfelt, amazing, and full of chemistry. I definitely recommend this book, and hope everyone falls in love with Thomas as much as I did.
If you want to truly understand this story you have to read the Beautiful series first. I had some trouble with it because we saw Travis in a relationship before and his ex is present in this book. Which wouldn’t be a problem if it didn’t take up so much space. I felt like can they be a couple or should I read more about the ex?
After they get their stuff together, the book ends, which I find sad. I would have love to see more of their interactions when they finally sort out their feelings
Top international reviews
If I'm being honest, it started off well... even if the romance starts with a one night stand - something that usually is a red flag for me. Not because I am against them but just because it has to be very well ploted in order to build the tension throughout the rest of the book for me to be engaged. And the first half of this one was quite good, but then it went downhill quickly. Only one issue was discussed time and time again, both MCs were too stubborn for my liking and honestly? The fact that Thomas Maddox was so burned and heart broken and hurting Liis in the way he did just made me sad.
I liked the idea of it being told from a different POV and initially I liked Liis but then she started to wear on me a bit and by the end I was sick to death of hearing the word Camille.
Thomas, where do I start with Thomas it's a hard one because I liked his reputation when Liis started, I loved that he gets the whole gym to himself and while I love a guy to have and show his feelings and this is the ironic part because while I love a guy to have and show feelings I still like an alpha male and yes it's a fine line I know but I felt Thomas kind of got lost under all this.
For me this was a book I couldn't put down but ultimately I found it a disappointing read, I wanted more from the Maddox brothers so I don't think I'll be reading any future books when I want my Maddox fix I'll re-read the 'Disaster' books again.
For the most part this book didn't disappoint me, however there were a few moments that annoyed me.
Lets start with Thomas, he's definitely a Maddox! He's moody, sweet and falls hard *swoon* - for the most part Thomas was perfect. My only problem was the whole ex situation, in the previous book I don't remember it being that big a deal so I was a little surprised by his reaction in this book.
Liis is a strong independent woman, I'm all for that and again for the most part I liked her. My problem with Liis; I found her very repetitive and felt she never listened, every time Thomas said something to her its like she blacked out for 10 minutes.
I loved that the story was set around the FBI and how it intertwined with the previous books in the series. And of course I loved the little glimpses we got of all the Maddox brothers throughout.
I'm kind of hoping Val gets a little story...I think she's ace and she definitely has some book worthy baggage!
And it could just be me, but with every book I find myself in love with a different brother.
Beautiful Redemption introduces us to the eldest Maddox brother, Agent Thomas.
Married to his career and focused on climbing the career ladder, Thomas is hiding not just a broken heart but a few other secrets too.
Then he meets Liss Lindy and life starts to get a whole load more complicated...
Thomas Maddox is incredible, a true Maddox boy, when he falls he falls hard.
But as the eldest, Thomas seems to feel that it's his responsibility to look after his brothers a task that brings him emotions he shouldn't have to face.
The way in which Thomas thinks about his mother, shows that he was greatly effected by her and the build up to her death.
What I loved most about this book is the fact that we were surrounded by all of the Maddox men, which was a dream come true for me!
But enough about the men (I can't believe I just said)....
Liss our narrator for the story, is a wonderfully feisty character. I loved her ability to handle herself and situation that is thrown at her and as much as I hate to admit it, I really loved discovering the chemistry that she and Thomas had.
Beautiful Redemption is a gripping tale of passion and romance, a story that burns with intensity and desire....
I found Liis to be annoying, selfish and obnoxious. Her lack of regard for Thomas, was not enduring, and broken record of complaining about the same thing, over and over. She had next to no sympathy for Thomas, and what he had gone through. And she never seemed to want to help Thomas with his broken heart.
Liis seemed far to cold, and unrelatable for me, and it kind of ruined the book.
Thomas on the other hand, I did enjoy his character. However, out of all the Maddox brother's, I think he will be the biggest "pushover" compared to the other's. It didn't feel like he had much fight to keep Liis, and gave up too easily most the time.
In regards to the story overall, it just felt a gap filler to compliment "A Beautiful Wedding", and just answered a few wondering's about Travis' role with Benny and the FBI. I felt this book could have been a novella in the story. It definitely could of done without the constant back and forth between Liis and Thomas about Cami.
Overall, 3 stars, because I enjoyed the story, but mainly because the other Maddox men were included and because I generally admire Jamie's work. But I do feel cheated and slightly disappointed. I hope the next two are more.
In true Maddox form, Thomas is upfront with his feelings, even if this did sometime’s hurt Liis. But she’s a strong character throughout and I never once wavered from liking her a helluva lot. For some reason I expected the book to be told from Thomas’ point of view and kept expecting it to switch but the entire story is told through Liis’ eyes and, although I did enjoy it, I would have loved a little insight into Thomas’ mind as well.
Overall the formula remains the same as Jamie McGuire’s previous books and I’m glad – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The characters are all amazing, some being worthy of the odd swoon, some laugh-out-loud funny and a few slimy ones, and as usual the whole thing works effortlessly.
Bring on the next bro!
review by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of Bestchicklit.com
This is a fast paced story with some good points and some bad points, i did find that i warmed up to liking Thomas more than i liked him in the last book and Liis was a good character match for him. The entire book these two characters are hot and cold for each other there is no in between for them its on or off, which does get a little tiring after a while.
Liis has issues acts like a jealous girlfriend whenever the subject of Camille comes up, and boy does she bring her up a lot!. I felt that Thomas really was trying to move forward with Liis after feeling like he was so in love with Camille but at every turn Liis would bring up Camille and the merry go round would start all over again.
I truly felt for Thomas and the position he found himself in trying to help Travis but the only way to help was to put him in a sticky situation. It was good to read this story to see the other see of the happenings from the fire in Beautiful Disaster, but i did feel that this part of the story was glossed over in the end, there seemed to be this big build up and then it just fizzled out.
This book was a okay good read but it didnt have that wow factor for me.
Brought in to assist him with a case involving Travis, following the fight fire, little does Thomas expect to fall in love. Having had his heart broken by Cami, Thomas has sworn off women but after seeing Liis, drunk and captivating in his favourite bar, Thomas wants to finally stop the pain and a one night stand is the only thing on his mind. After realising exactly who Liis is though, Thomas reverts to his abrupt and rude manner but Liis is a strong and determined woman and won't take any man's BS, even if that man is her boss.
The developing relationship with Liis and Thomas is full of hope and promise but at the same time frustration. Liis won't accept that Thomas isn't over his lost love, Cami, and won't trust him with her heart until she believes he won't hurt her, or himself. At times, I found this battle frustrating especially with Liis pulling and pushing her emotions too and from Thomas. Every time I expected her to yield to his heartfelt pleas she spurned him again and that for me took the edge off the story, but only slightly.
The biggest frustration for me was the last 20% of the book. It felt rushed and I was hoping the story would develop around Travis' new found relationship with his brother. I wanted to know more about how the cartel would be brought down and not that it simply had. All the while Thomas was struggling to deal with the way Travis now saw him, Liis was still dismissive of his emotions and I wanted to scream at her to give him some support, a hug, or even just a few words of comfort.
All in all though, this was another really enjoyable instalment from Jamie McGuire, I love those Maddox brothers and simply can't get enough.
Reviewed on behalf of Jezabell Girl & Friends...
Liis Lindy has relocated to California to progress her career and to start over after splitting with her ex who was much more invested in their relationship than Liis was.
Liis is the narrator throughout the story. Straight away I loved the feisty attitude that Liis had and how she wanted to be treated as an equal. The first scene introduces us to a lesser known part of Liis as she has a one night stand with a gorgeous stranger from her new local bar but equally it shows the “I’ll take what I want” attitude that she has going on. She’s ambitious and a hard worker chasing her dreams. I could really relate to that side of her and found her career interesting because I also used to want to study languages!
Said gorgeous stranger turns out to be not so strange and much more boss like. Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox lives in the same building as Liis and also happens to share the same “local”! At first when I was reading this I practically had my fingers crossed in the hope that this fine specimen was indeed a Maddox Brother. Low and behold it was. Wow. The chemistry between Liis and Thomas is instant and I loved that they didn’t know who the other was in the beginning. It meant that as soon as they discovered who they were it only served to heighten the tension between the pair. Liis is a good match for Thomas in that she stands up to him and won’t put up with his crap.
Both characters have had their share of romantic life ups and downs but both of them are affected by Thomas’s past. If you’ve read Beautiful Oblivion you will know more about Thomas, or TJ’s romantic history with his ex Camille, but in this story you get to see just how it affected, and continues to affect him. I felt really sorry for Thomas in this story because I could almost feel this trapped, suffocated feeling that he had it was that palpable and Liis really helps to get him through that by just being herself.
This is standard Jamie McGuire with its share of drama, adrenaline and love. It’s sexy and fast paced - I finished it in less than 24 hours. I would definitely recommend it to Jamie McGuire and Colleen Hoover fans! TJ has a total Miles Archer thing going on – he definitely left an impression!
So I was pleasantly surprised when this turned out to be a really good story with a hint of thriller too which is right up my street.
I agree with other reviews about the characters not having as much depth as the ones in the other books but all in all I really enjoyed reading about Thomas and Liis falling for each other.
The previous book made me think that Thomas/TJ was the 'bad guy' so I liked reading about his side of the story and how much he'd suffered after the relationship with Cami had ended.
I particularly love how each book adds new dimensions to the previous stories and how everything slots in together. It was great to read the story behind the Epilogue of Walking Disaster which was a bit of a shock at the time but it made sense once more context was given in this book.
I'm quite sad that I only have 2 more books to go and then there will be no more Maddox brothers stories!
Was great to see the characters again and I really enjoyed the storyline! Liis was a great heroine, loved that she was a strong person and stuck with what she believed! Thomas was amazing! Such a mysterious, closed off and cold person on the outside.. But as always with a Maddox, a man with a heart of gold on the inside <3 Val was a great secondary characters, she made me chuckle a few times! I hope she maybe get a little story of her own..
Is was nice to see how Trav joined the FBI and the extra storyline of what happened after the fire etc!
I'm hoping maybe there will be a second book for either Travis or Thomas to see what happens when they are undercover..
Anyway! I'm not gonna give away the storyline! One click you won't regret it :) x
It did have some good lighter banter and wit. The secondary characters were interesting and it was good to see the other Maddox boys. I'm guessing Taylor will get his story next which I will read. I liked this book but I didn't love it .
This book is based on Thomas, but from the point of view of Liis, an FBI agent who prioritises her job over everything. I won't ruin the storyline for anyone so I won't go into any more detail.
I expect this book to remain in my top 10 books for 2015.