Title: Beautiful Disaster
Series: The Beautiful Series
Book #: One
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Self Published
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 26, 2011
Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from 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 wants—and needs—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.(taken from goodreads.com)
I have such mixed feelings about this novel. Part of me wants to sing it's praises and recommend it to all of my girlfriends. The other part wants to shake my head and point out all of the flaws in this "romance." So, I guess in my review, I'll try to do both.
I'll admit it- I'm a sucker for an intense romance. The chemistry between Abby and Travis is spectacular. It makes you want to hole yourself up in your room to devour every word of their love story. Equal parts dark and romantic, their bond will have you hooked after the first chapter.
McGuire is obviously a talented writer. I was easily able to immerse myself in the world she created. I raced through her novel in one night. Any writer who can draw me in that quickly earns a place on my favorites shelf.
The Not So Good
Travis is your ultimate bad boy. A brooding, womanizing fighter, he's everything a girl should avoid. When sweet, sensible Abby catches his eye, his world is turned upside down. Most of the book centers on how his love for Abby changes his personality for the better.
HOWEVER, does he really change that much? Travis is possessive, volatile, jealous, and insecure. While reading, I kept shaking my head. When will girls realize that a man who is overly controlling and verges on become a stalker is not romantic? Sure, I get it. Travis is hot. The idea of being loved by someone so powerful and intense is attractive. I just don't understand how some of his darker personality traits don't stand out to many readers.
Overall, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed Beautiful Disaster. It's basically a guilty pleasure read. One of my favorite New Adult reads so far, I'd recommend it to older readers due to the explicit content and language.
This romance will sweep you off your feet and leave you begging for more, whether you like it or not.