Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lily's Review of Beautiful Disaster, by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)


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.

Kindle Edition, 437 pages
Published May 26th 2011 by Jamie McGuire 
Lily's Rating: 


A fellow reader said to me, "Lily, this book is going to feel like a heroin addiction. Like it or hate it, you won't be able to put it down."

And I was like, "Girl ... pffftttttt..."

I picked up this novel before bed. And sure enough that night:

In the morning:

And at work:

And when my work day was over, back to:

... until I finished this damn book!

Yup, she was right. This book was almost impossible to put down.

I wasn't quite sure about the dysfunction of Travis and Abby's relationship... but something about it kept me completely enthralled. Both characters apart were dysfunctional anyways. Together, they were completely co-dependent of each other, desperate for each other and could not function properly without each other. 

Weird? Ya. Unhealthy? Ya.  Why the insane attraction to Travis then on my part? Why did some of the things that he said to Abby, or did make my heart melt, even though I shook my head at how crazy other things/actions were and I wanted to shake Abby and tell her to RUN??

He is the epitamy of the untouchable, unemotional bad boy that all the girls want to change. They want to be the one that he falls for and bares his heart too. And they flock to the broken, dark Travis. But once he gets in their pants, he sends them on their way, still unfeeling, untouched, and very much not in love.

Then Abby comes into his life. She isn't like all the other girls. But in a way she is, because she is aware of her attraction, but makes a conscious effort to not fall for Travis' charms. And, of course, once Travis is faced with a female creature he can't tame, he doesn't know what to do with himself. They both form a deep friendship that eventually does follow the inevitable path down into love.

Whether it's a good love or an unhealthy love, what I can say is that this was an incredibly intense love. And it was the moments of intensity that held me captivated. But there is a dark side to Travis; a side that without Abby, was destructive, obsessive and violent. Would I condone this type of relationship in real life? HELL NO. But I can't deny that I really enjoyed this novel, and their story. The writer kept me completely captivated from beginning to end. I could not, and did not want to stop reading this. 

Will I continue the series? Absolutely! 

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About the Author:

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She was raised by her mother Brenda in Blackwell, OK, where she graduated high school in 1997. Jamie attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Books published by Jamie include the Providence trilogy, and The New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, a contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, Jamie spends her days letting her four dogs in and out.

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