Beautiful Oblivion

by Addison Moore
Kindle EditionRead October 6, 2014

Original Release Date: October 20, 2013

Length: 320 pages

Official Description:

Some people just don’t belong together, or at least that’s what the world would have them believe.

It was supposed to be just for the summer…

Reese Westfield comes from a world of old money, country clubs, cotillions, and expensive cars. She’s tired of dating Warren McCarthy just to make her father happy. Reese has long since had her eye on someone else, and this summer she’s determined to make it happen.

Growing up in Lake Loveless there has always been a strict monetary divide—there was the rest of the Lake and then there were the Waterman’s. Ace Waterman has worked for everything he has, and he doesn’t have a lot. He breaks his back doing grunt work while putting himself through college. He’s used to life passing him by.

Reese has loved Ace from afar for as long as she can remember. The summer of her freshman year she comes home with plans to land Ace in her bed at least for a few short weeks, and, if she’s lucky, forever.

Ace has loved Reese for as long as he can remember, but their friendship has never graduated beyond platonic, so when Reese comes home from her first year away and proposes the two of them have a summer fling, Ace is quick to comply. The rules: no strings, no expectations, just something hotter than the sun to set the sheets on fire.

But when their worlds collide, and neither of them is willing to admit to having true feelings, it becomes clear to Ace he’s nothing more than a dirty little secret—that the summer fling was just something meaningless to pass the time.

Reese wonders if she can ever stop trying to please her father, and it’s only through her mother’s letters that she finds the answers she truly seeks, but will they be the ones she wants to hear?

As summer draws to a close, Ace and Reese are still very much enraptured even though the time has come to douse the flame and move on—but neither one of them is prepared to leave this BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION.

My Take:

Alright you all know that I’m a sucker for Ms Moore. Her new adult books haven’t impressed me as much as the early Celestra novels did. However, I just can’t seem to help myself. Beautiful Oblivion has a cute, typical, new adult premise. We have Reese who is home for the summer from college and Ace who never really left. They were childhood ‘friends’ who were always enamored with one another, but never had the courage to speak up. Actually Reese was best friends with Ace’s sister, until one day she just stopped being Reese’s friend. Ace and Reese enter an agreement for a summer fling, both come with baggage and secrets.

So the conundrum. Reese is in a ‘relationship’ with Warren. Reese does not acknowledge this relationship but she still goes on dates with him. Has a picture of the two of them in a heart-shaped frame in her bedroom. Reese’s dad really wants this relationship to work because they are business partners. Or that’s how it seems at least. Warren is a first class, ivy league, jerk, but Reese is stringing him a long. She keeps saying she blew him off, but at the end of the day everyone sees each those two as a couple, including Warren. Ace is caring, but is known to be a womanizer. Reese is the typical virgin who is looking for her childhood crush to deflower her. Everything reads as a little saccharine, and parts of the story are really sweet and wonderful, and everything works out really well. Then we get to the drama part and it just leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, in an over the top, “I can’t believe you’re going there”, kind of way.

I can’t say the book is that bad, I read it in one sitting. It is just very formulaic, typical, a story I’ve read before with different character names and slightly different situations.

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