Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Beautiful #1
Main Characters: Abby and Travis

Release Date: August 2012
ISBN: 978-1476712048
Publisher: Atria Books
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

My Review:

I truly loved this book. this is one of those books that when I finished it, I immediately went back to re-read some of my favorite parts of the book. 

Travis and Abby have a tempestuous relationship. The book is called Beautiful Disaster because when things are good between the two of them it is absolutely gorgeous, but when things go bad, it's devastating for everyone involved. Travis is the campus bad-boy. He's a man-whore who makes no apologies about who he is or how he treats women, which is really, truly awful. When he and Abby meet, she knows that she doesn't want anything to do with sexually with this bad-boy. As a result, for the first time in his life, Travis finds himself in a relationship with a girl...they are friends, really close friends. They develop a super-close relationship that slowly morphs into something more. I loved how this story developed. 

Travis's mother died when he was 3 years old and he's never truly had a woman in his life since. He has four older brothers though who spent a lot of time beating up on him, so he knows how to fight. That's how he makes his money...by underground fights on campus.

For Abby, she went to this college to escape her father, who was a world famous poker player and gambler. She's trying to escape that life. She has a complex story, but it's enough that she knows that she can't get involved with Travis in the kind of relationship that he eventually wants.

This is such an amazing book because Travis adores Abby with all that he has, but she's the one holding out. To see this reformed bad-boy care so deeply and so entirely is a gorgeous thing and your heart just aches for him....actually for both of them. They are such amazing friends and are so good together, but things keep happening to tear them apart. I adored this book and absolutely fell in love with these two characters. 

There are other characters to love here too...America and Shepley, Abby and Travis's best friends who are also dating. Travis's big boisterous family of boys...the scene between Abby and his dad in the kitchen...heartbreaking and so beautiful. They all live through the up's and down's of Abby and Travis's relationship. It's an emotional book with lots of angst and I just loved it.

This book was told entirely from Abby's point of view. The good news...in April, 2013 Walking Disaster is coming out and it's the same story but told from Travis's point of view. Be still my heart. I don't know if I've ever been so excited to see a book coming out!

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I wish I would have read it instead of listened to it. You know how a good audio can make a book better but a bad audio can make a good book bad. This is what I think happened to this one and me. The audio sounded like a 15 year old reading it and made all the characters sound whiny instead of intense :(