Review | A Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire (@JamieMcGuire)

28 August 2016


Pages: 238

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.

I LOVE the Maddox brothers series, I love all the boys to death and I have always loved Travis the most seeing as he's the first Maddox brother we met and he has always been the brother I have loved the most and enjoyed reading. So when I heard Jamie was releasing a new book from the series I was excited and even more so when I found out we would be hearing from all the brothers and all the wives. 

I knew to expect heartbreak given the title and this book didn't take the turn I was expecting which I loved. I thought the funeral would be at the beginning then we would see the fall out but it wasn't that way. I loved the premises and, for the most part, how it was executed. Just like all the other books in the series, I couldn't put it down. This book gave us a glimpse of the family and how they had grown and it helped bring to an end the secrets some of the brothers had been keeping from their family. 

I guess the thing for me that stops me giving this book five stars is the ending. In one way I was expecting part of what happened, it was inevitable and I had a feeling all through the book that it would happen but someone else goes down in the cross fire and I can't help but feel it was unnecessary. I honestly had my own theory about this character and where the story would go. I was hoping we would get a spin off because their story, out of all the Maddoxes and their extended family, felt a little incomplete to me.

I want to give this book five stars just because of the Maddox brothers because they are AMAZING. We see so much of them and they interact so much during this book, there's a scene near the end, when they are all together, that made me remember why I fell in love with them in the first place and all over again reading this. I will most definitely miss these boys (or rather men as they are now)! 

For me, it is the last 20% (aside from the very last chapter! That got me right in the feels and I loved reading that) or so of the book that really let me down and I would have loved to have seen a little bit more at the end but seeing all the boys again is why I am still giving this book four stars. 

I love them and they saved this book for me, seeing them as husbands and father's after all this time was awesome and I loved how Jamie threw in some troubles (nothing too major - don't worry!) that meant each couple had its own struggles. Oh and before I go, I just have to say how awesome Abby and America are in this book, I loved them both and America has some great lines in there, including this gem when her and Shepley's kids plus a few of their cousins are playing up in the car causing America to give Shepley a dirty look:
"That is your DNA back there. It's your fault" 
There is no doubt I will miss new books in this series but I'm glad we got to see the boys and their families one last time. Travis will always be one of my favourite book boyfriends! 

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