A Beautiful Funeral (The Maddox Brothers #5) – Jamie McGuire

a beautiful funeral

two star

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Losing has never been easy for a Maddox, but death always wins.

Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas’s oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target.

The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice—let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger.

Beautiful Disaster will always have a special place in my reading heart. It’s one of the first few books that introduced me to the Romance and New Adult genres. McGuire’s story hooked its claws in me and didn’t let go until the book was finished. It left in a book hangover I hadn’t experienced before. So, it pains me to say that I disliked A Beautiful Funeral with a passion.

A Beautiful Funeral is one of those books that I should have read a long time ago when it was first published. But, even then, I probably still wouldn’t have enjoyed it. The biggest issue I have with this novel is the ridiculous plot. It’s tedious, annoying, and exasperating. Every moment felt forced and most of the characters were annoying (especially Cami and Trenton).

The reason I rated A Beautiful Funeral two starts instead of one is because there were a few well-written moments. These moments were far and few between and had nothing to do with the actual plot. Falyn and Taylor’s marital issues were easily the best part of this novel. Their conversations were genuine and made me care about their future happiness.

Overall, A Beautiful Funeral was a waste of time and an excuse to make money. The reader doesn’t get much resolution as most of the characters’ lives are left open ended.

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