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Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Submitted by on August 22, 2012 – 4:00 am9 Comments

Author: Jamie McGuire
Tittle: Beautiful Disaster
Release: May 26th 2011
Series: Beautiful 1
Reviewer: Mona
Source: NetGalley
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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.

I absolutely agree on the title, because these characters are walking disasters. We all know people like them who do everything to excess—couples who are perfect for each other because they’re so dysfunctional—a train wreck waiting to happen. Well, that’s Abby and Travis. It was great fun watching them collide then waiting for the terrible fallout, especially since I didn’t have to get personally involved.

Coming from a troubled background, Abby looks forward to a better future courtesy of a good education. She refuses to get involved with anyone who might drag her down the way her father did, and that’s exactly what she thinks Travis will do.

Travis (Mad Dog) Maddox is working on a degree in criminal justice paid for largely by illegal fighting. A horrible womanizer, he’s stunned when Abby refuses to be another notch on his bedpost. Then he realizes that any relationship he might have with her will be because she loves him for himself not because of his reputation. That’s enough to keep him hot on her tail.

I honestly couldn’t put the book down. I simply had to see what awful situation was going to take place next. When I finished it, I felt like I’d been to a weeklong frat party and needed to dry out. Heck, I think I may have suffered liver damage from all the alcohol consumed. This is the most fun I’ve had in quite a while.

Mona's first grade teacher, Mrs. Stanford, gifted her with the love of reading. For that, she'll always live in her heart. But reading took over Mona's life, eclipsing everything but playing sports, and has continued to be a huge part of her life. Although she has always written poetry and stories for her self, last year she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. She is currently editing her first urban fantasy and hopes to have it ready for the agent by summer's end. Besides reading, Mona loves speed in the form of fast cars. The faster, the better! In her next life, she plans to drive race cars (or whatever happens to be their replacement in the future) all while reading and writing. She has also taken up rune reading, and find it to be disturbingly accurate and exciting.
Doll Mona Leigh