Review: Beautiful Disaster

Title: Beautiful Disaster
Series: Beautiful, #1
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Self-published (CreateSpace); Simon & Schuster
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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 America, 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 charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, 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’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

 Available at:
Amazon – Canada: Hardcover (signed), Paperback, Kindle, Audio CD
Amazon – US: Hardcover (signed), Kindle

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My Review:

Before reading Beautiful Disaster, I never would have thought I’d ever love such a dysfunctional, possessive, messed up, unhealthy, and pathetically co-dependent relationship, but Abby and Travis’ relationship was an exception.

It wasn’t just me, and it wasn’t just him, it was what we were together that was the exception.

I wasn’t planning on reading it and wasting my time on it thinking it was a Fifty Shades of Grey read-alike, but after my sister’s constant nagging about giving it a chance and reading it, I finally did, and thank god I took her word for it. Beautiful Disaster drove me crazy – the good kind of crazy! I loved all the ups and downs and the laughters and cries. It was heartbreaking but also very touching. All the characters were very well done and I fell in love with all of them.

I wasn’t expecting to like Travis as much as I do now. I thought he was going to be a douchebag all throughout the book, but I was wrong. He was very passionate and I like passionate.

“Let me guess, it’s the love of your life?” I said, quoting Travis’ statement about his motorcycle.
“No, it’s a car. The love of my life will be a woman with my last name.”

I loved Travis! I loved his character. I’m not saying I’d love to be with someone like him or even meet someone like him because his type scares the hell outta me and I don’t think I could ever handle him. I have to admit though, he was very intense.

“I’m done, Travis.”
He winced. “Don’t say that.”
“It’s over. Go home.”
His eyebrows pulled in. “You’re my home.”

I also loved Abby and her stubbornness. I loved how she’s loved Travis already for a long time, but took her forever to admit to it. She had reasons why she was trying to stay away from his type and I could only imagine how hard it was to try not to fall for him.

“I need to hear you say it. I need to know you’re mine.”
“I’ve been yours since the second we met.”

“I thought I was going to have to sweat five years before I’d feel like this.”
“I wanted it as much as you did. I’ve just got a hell of a poker face,” I said, pressing my lips against his.

I loved America and Shepley. I loved how they also had issues between each other and how Shepley was always so whipped. It was hilarious!

“I’m going to kill David Lapinski!” America announced, shaking snow out of her hair as she approached.
“Direct hit!” Shepley laughed. America shot him a warning glare and his laugh turned into a nervous chuckle. “I mean…what an asshole.”

The plot and conflict was superb as well. I liked the Vegas drama, the poker, Mick’s part in the story, and Benny. Although I consider it a contemporary romance, it’s not your typical light read and simple plot romance, and it’s not too sexually explicit as well. It’s a perfect balance – a perfect in-between. I definitely recommend it to contemporary romance and YA readers out there.


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