Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Review of BEAUTIFUL DISASTER by Jamie McGuire

Author: Jamie McGuire
Publication Date: May 26th 2011
Source: Bought the Special Edition Signed Copy


"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"

*I Hereby Award This Book 5 Wings!*

Beautiful Disaster is one of those stories that has hooked from the first word and it has you on the edge of your seat, waiting for what's about to happen. The thing is, you never know what's going to happen next because this book is anything but predictable. It's funny, well written, fast-paced and has you turning the pages faster and faster in order to devour the story. I will openly admit that I cried a couple of times, because Jamie McGuire knows just how to pull on my heartstrings. I was practically begging Abby to get with Travis because I could see that whilst he has the allure of your typical bad boy - and I love me some bad boy - he's not actually bad. He's misunderstood. His life isn't going in the direction it could be. If only he had a girl in his life that he opened up enough to care about, things could be so much better for him. 

Travis Maddox is Eastern's hottest bad boy. He's got a wicked smile and other attractive qualities that draw in every girl that crosses his path -  he reels them in, sleeps with them and then doesn't even take a phone number before kicking them out of his apartment.

Abby Abernathy is a girl trying to forget her past and she moves with her friend America in order to go to Eastern and escape everything and everyone that she would rather forget. She's smart, pretty and friendly. She's also wise to the ways of boys like Travis. 

Or is she?

Travis manages to get Abby to make a bet with him that results in her having to stay at his apartment for a month. 
She refuses to sleep on the couch or the recliner chair because that's where Travis has sex with whichever girl is flavour of the day. So she ends up sleeping in the same bed as Travis.
She tells him she'll stay at his apartment, she'll even sleep in his bed, but there is absolutely no way she will be one of his conquests. He tells her that's okay because he likes her too much to sleep with her.
By that, he means that he respects her as a friend and doesn't want to do anything that would result in them no longer being friends.

Shepley is America's boyfriend and also Travis's cousin and room-mate. He doesn't want anything to happen between Abby and Trav because he doesn't want it to end up spoiling his relationship with America. He's had relationships before where the girl's friend has slept with Trav and then he's tossed the girl aside in typical bad boy style, so Shep and his girlfriend have ended up taking opposite sides. He doesn't want that this time. He loves America dearly.

But sometimes, no matter how much or how little people want something to happen, it's the one thing that's destined to occur.

Will Abby go against her better judgement and sleep with Trav? Will they actually be able to maintain a relationship rather than him just making her another notch on his bedpost? Will it all come crashing down around their ears? Or is Abby the one girl that can tame Travis 'Mad Dog' Maddox?

I can't, or rather won't, answer those questions for you. I'll leave it for you to discover. This book is one of those that you must definitely experience for yourself rather than vicariously through other people's reviews. 

Jamie McGuire is, in my opinion, a fantastic author. she has you sitting on the very edge of your seat, watching, waiting for the next big thing to happen. This story is intensely addictive. I read it in two days, though I would've finished it in one had I not needed to go to bed. When I did put it down, I was like a junkie waiting for my next fix. Travis was the drug and the only thing that could make me feel better was to pick the book back up the following morning and finish reading this amazing book.
I was hooked from the first word and that was because Jamie has a knack of keeping you in suspense. She knows just what you want to happen, but she paces the story so that you don't get it automatically. It's something you have to work for, just the way Trav has to work for Abby's trust.

I am now off to read Walking Disaster, which I received for review from Atria via Net Galley. I ca't wait to get into the head of my favourite bad boy and read the story from his POV. I desperately want to know what it is that makes him tick.

Thank you for coming to read my review. Stay tuned for my review of Walking Disaster soon.

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