Beautiful Sacrifice by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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About the book
Falyn Fairchild can walk away from anything. Having already left her car, her education, and even her parents, the daughter of the next governor of Colorado is back in her hometown, broke and waiting tables for the Bucksaw Café. After every shift, Falyn adds to her shoebox of cash, hoping to one day save enough to buy her a plane ticket to the only place she can find forgiveness: Eakins, Illinois.
The moment Taylor Maddox is seated in Falyn’s section at the Bucksaw, she knows he’s trouble. Taylor is charming, breaks promises, and gorgeous even when covered in filth—making him everything Falyn believes a hotshot firefighter to be. Falyn isn’t interested in becoming another statistic, and for a Maddox boy, a disinterested girl is the ultimate challenge.
Once Falyn learns where Taylor calls home, everything changes. In the end, Maddox persistence is met with Falyn’s talent for leaving, and for the first time, Taylor may be the one to get burned.
I'm going to tell y'all a secret. A big one. A true one. A shameful one.
I really wasn't all that excited about reading Beautiful Sacrifice.
Don't get me wrong. I lurve me some Jamie McGuire. She's an instant one click. I have ecstatically followed the Maddox brothers series from day one, but for some reason the twins have never quite broken away from the periphery. They were funny in previous books, great secondary characters, but I couldn't quite bring myself to see them as anything else. Did I want to see them as anything else? Could they be anything else? I was apprehensive.
Apprehension be gone!! Jamie McGuire always manages to prove me wrong in all the best ways. I was wrong.
I think the best thing about this series, what keeps me coming back for more, is how each unique story is intricately woven with not only the stories that have come before it, but the ones that are to come. By doing that, Jamie McGuire is able to enrich a story that has already been published. Something I've already read, suddenly has new meaning. The story is always evolving, growing, changing. It has a life of its own.
Taylor definitely broke away from the periphery and became a solid main character, but most importantly, a solid hero. I enjoyed his character so much that I have this overwhelming need to go back and reread everything from Beautiful Disaster forward, in order to catch things about Taylor I might have missed, things I probably wasn't paying much attention to. Things I might not remember. I am now seeing the twins in an all new light.
Falyn was a solid main character, and reminded me a little bit of Abby. Her story is heartbreaking. She did manage to frustrate me at times, but minor nuances about her character were easy to overlook when supported by a strong (hot & sexy) hero such as Taylor. Did I mention that he's a firefighter? *Swoon* I loved the slow build of their relationship, but wish we could have seen more moments of their friendship in the beginning. Somewhere in the middle it did seem to slow down a bit, but it did pick back up and finished strong. That Jamie McGuire sure does know how to write the hell out of an epilogue.
Beautiful Sacrifice has me impatiently anticipating Tyler's story, but at the same time I'm a little scared to let these brothers go. By my count, there's only one brother left. Unless. Unless........Jim is a man. Men have penises. Penises make babies. Distraught men sometimes use their penises and accidentally make babies. Half babies. I mean, the babies are whole babies, but he could have made a half brother...or two. Three? Maybe babies he didn't know about. Troy? Trever? Tim? Tristan? They're out there Jamie!! Go find them ;-)
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