Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published by: Atria Books
Pages: 276 pages
Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Format: ebook
Rating: 4 stars

Summary from Goodreads: The new 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.

Beautiful Disaster offers an explosive twist on the "good girl" meets "bad boy" story line.

Abby Abernathy is running from a sordid past.  She's changed her life around until the night she runs into Eastern University's bad boy.  I loved Abby.  She was spunky, bright and could put Travis in his place.  I love a main character with personality and who can dish it out with the best of them.  At times Abby makes some questionable decisions, but hey she's in college...give her a break.  Plus, I love the added intrigue of Abby's past.  She's not your typical preppy freshman, instead she's full of mystery you want to uncover. 

Now Travis on the other-hand, you just want to uncover in general.  He's smoking HOTT!  However, he's quite volatile inside the fighting ring and out.  While he tries to reform himself of his playboy tendencies, I'm not quite sure I'm convinced.  In fact, at times Travis and Abby's relationship was unhealthy and a little troublesome.  
The passion in this novel leapt off the pages.  I was so hooked by this story that I didn't want to set it down.  I read it in two days, and it easily would have been one but since I was on vacation with one of my besties I thought I shouldn't ignore her the whole time.  The story is intense and at times Abby and Travis were like a train wreck where you want to, but can't make yourself look away.   

This is a novel is a bit shocking at times, but overall an intriguing read.  Plus the author is releasing the story from Travis's point of view next year so  make sure you check out Beautiful Disaster first!


  1. I've heard many mixed things about this book, but I'm curious about the relationship so I'll probably check it out, plus I'm a sucker for playboys!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  2. I'm going to reading this for a contemporary challenge later this year. Its sounds great, really appreciate your review to let me know what to expect. Do you know if this one is YA or Adult?

    1. I think it's classified as New Adult. So college aged characters and a bit steamier than YA, but not quite Adult.

  3. It sounds pretty good and now I'm really looking forward to meet this Travis guy :) !! Thanks for the great review Lisa !!

  4. I'm very eager to get to this one. I keep hearing good thing. I'm glad you managed to enjoy it and you bestie. :)


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