Beautiful Burn (The Maddox Brothers #4) – Jamie McGuire


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.

2.5 stars out of 5

“If you’re the fire, Ellie … I’ll burn.”

Beautiful Burn is he final book in the Maddox Brothers companion series and it was an absolute disappointment.

What I disliked most about this book was the characters. The main character, Ellie, is awful when she’s first introduced. She’s your typical trust fund kid. She’s seeking attention in all the wrong ways and pays dearly for it when her parents cut her off. She’s almost a completely different character by the end of the book, however her introduction as a character was atrocious. I couldn’t connect with her on any level, which made reading the book a chore.

The secondary characters, namely her sister and friend Sterling, are generic and frustrating. They offer little to the story and are wildly under developed. And don’t get me started on what her sister does near the end of the book.

The writing in the beginning of the book was incredibly confusing and choppy. Names of new characters are thrown left and right without any introduction or explanation making the story hard to read. I had to actively think about who a certain character was for the first half of the book.

Once the love interest, Tyler, was introduced the story become more bearable and easier to read. Tyler is swoon worthy and lovable. He’s the only character that I liked.

Overall, Beautiful Burn was a disappointment because of the awful characters and confusing writing. I wish I could’ve loved this book like I did the others, but there were just too many problems.

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