Review: Beautiful Disaster (#1, Beautiful) by Jamie McGuire

My Thoughts

Sweet, romantic, engaging and brimming with palpable angst that made the story incredibly addicting. I loved every word of it and I loved our flawed, but big-hearted bad boy, Travis Maddox.
A true must-read.

5stars

Synopsis

beautiful disasterINTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

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.

My Review

I write this review subsequent to the second experience of reading this book. I discovered Beautiful Disaster on Amazon before I started blogging and I’m glad I finally have the opportunity to jot down my thoughts on a book that’s become a classic in the Indie community, and a book I treasure as one that not only gave me an unforgettable story of two unlikely people falling in love, but one that also served as the gateway drug to my addiction to countless other books that led me to doing what I’m doing now… writing about the books I love.

So, what can I say that hasn’t already been said about this book? I was consumed by it. Enthralled. I fell in love with it. I was totally sucked in, even a second time, to the intense story of Travis and Abby.

Bad boy Travis Maddox fights in The Circle–an underground fighting ring at Eastern University. Fearless, bulging muscles, covered in tattoos and known for the gobs of women surrounding him, he is infamous at Eastern. Always the player and never the one to settle down, Travis is defined by the punches he delivers and the volatility that his life entails. That is, until he meets Abby Abernathy at one of his fights. A girl in the crowd. She wasn’t supposed to be there. Her pink cashmere sweater now splattered with blood.

Abby came with her BFF America, who is the girlfriend of Travis’ roommate, Shepley. As their eyes connect across the swarm of students, Travis goes after her. In their first conversation, he calls her Pigeon. There’s just something about her and soon Travis confirms that she is indeed different. She’s not like the other girls that throw themselves at him. In fact, Abby is doing everything possible to make him leave her alone. But Travis is relentless as he begins to lay down the charm…. THICK.

“I’m not impressed with your tattoos or your boyish charm or your forced indifference, so you can stop the antics, okay?”

Travis is completely amused by Abby.

“I can’t figure you out. You’re the first girl that’s ever been disgusted with me before sex. You don’t get flustered when you talk to me, and you don’t try to get my attention.”

When Travis seems to be going nowhere, they agree to become friends. I loved seeing their banter, their push and pull, and how they come together, slowly relenting to their mutual attraction. They spend so much time with each other–studying, going to parties, snuggling in bed–that the unlikely pair just seem to be right. The angst in this story consumed me!

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

The comes a bet. A bet that would forever change their lives. Abby loses it and has to stay with Travis for one month and of course it’s during that time that they really fall in love. And I too, really fell in love with Travis. I adore just how fiercely he loves Abby. He’s crazy, insanely, intensely over-protective. Typical? No. But Travis? Yes. Despite his rough and overly domineering ways, he’s expressive and honest about how he feels, despite him feeling unworthy. They are both flawed for their own unique reasons, but you can’t help but feel they have to be together. Abby continues to push him away as her past begins to resurrect insecurities.

“I know we’re fucked up, all right? I’m impulsive and hot-tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then you need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don’t deserve you… but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I’ve loved anyone or anything, ever. When you’re around, I don’t need booze or money or the fighting or the one-night stands… all I need is you… You’re all I want.”

But as the story progresses, Travis’ tendency to mess up prevails and Abby’s stubbornness and fear of the past breaks them apart. These were some tough parts to read because I just wanted them to be together!!!

“…To girls that break your heart… And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”

This is simply an unforgettable romance between two unlikely people. They share a love story that is defined by drama, conflict, volatility and as the title alludes… a disaster, but together they are better than apart. It works. They work. Even upon the second time reading this book, I loved it and couldn’t put it down. There’s just something special in this story and it’s a definite must read for any book lover.

“It’s just you and me against the world, Pidge”

 

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Comments

  1. I’ve read this book three times. LOVE! Another great review Vilma!

  2. Loved your review!! I read this book a few months ago within a span of hours – I never wanted the story to end! I loved every second of this and walking disaster!

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