Saturday, 18 June 2016
Mini Review: Beautiful Sacrifice + Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire
I have enjoyed previous books in this series, but I have been eager to see the twins have thier own stories and get to know them more.
Taylor fights forest fires with his team, but this means he doesn't hang around. Once the job is done he goes somewhere else. On a visit to a cafe he meets Falyn, who is not impressed at all. The locals know them as hotshots, men who disappear as fast as they arrived and Falyn wants nothing to do with any of them.
Falyn keeps herself to herself, she doesn't talk to parents and avoids them when possible, she has little money and is saving as much as she can, to afford a ticket to Eakins. However her plan to avoid Taylor quickly disappears when she finds out where he is from, and plans to use him as a way to get what she needs. What she didn't count on was the sparks that quickly fly between them both.
Beautiful Sacrifice is a book that keeps you wanting more between Taylor and Falyn, but also wanting to know what happened between Falyn and her parents, and what is she going to Eakins for. I did enjoy this story, but seriously wanted to kick Taylor's ass for what he does to Falyn. When Falyn's secret was revealed my heart broke for her, and I like how Taylor stood by her, and also supported her in this decision.
I made a start on Beautiful Burn not long after finishing the previous book. I enjoyed getting to hear Tyler's story and get a first hand look at what thier job entails. A typical Maddox, Tyler is very clear on his feelings for Ellie, both friendship and more. I liked how he is supportive towards her and her new job, and when she is assigned the job of following him into the fires he is super protective.
Ellie has it all, but she isn't happy, and is doing everything she can to a reaction from her parents. After pushing them too far she finds herself cut off, and needs a job of her own, as well as somewhere to stay. Her new job as part of the local paper isn't spectacular until they see her pictures, and make the decision to send her off with Tyler as a look inside the Alpine Hotshots life.
My first impression of Ellie wasn't good. She is a selfish, spoilt brat, and I honestly think she deserved everything she got. But as we get to know her I did begin to like her, and feel somewhat sorry for her. As the story progresses we see her grow as a character, find her own feet, and become a stronger person.
I enjoyed Beautiful Burn, but I also has an issue with it. We see what happens between this duo before they get together, we know how it all ends form reading the previous book, and while I do like how they crossover, it kind of ruins the plot a bit, knowing what will eventually happen before we've even read it.