Books, Reviews

Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

From Jamie McGuire’s website:

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 America, 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 charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, 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’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Beautiful Disaster is a contemporary romance between two teenage students at college that grabbed me from the first page and kept me there until the end. I read it over a couple of days and didn’t want to put it down. If you like your romances intense then this is for you. The two leads Abby and Travis are both haunted by demons, they have trust issues, they are damaged and messy but they are made for each other. They do their best to deny it though.

What I liked about this story is that characters are far from perfect but get strength from each other. Their relationship is addictive and dangerous, they cause each other a lot of problems but can’t bear to be apart. The story is gritty and pacey and unrelenting. It was one of those books that made me a bit obsessive while I was reading it, desperate to find out the outcome. I find it hard to review books like this because it’s hard to put such a feeling into words and reason. I can’t fully explain why it gripped me as tightly as it did and for me that means it was a great story.

Is anyone else a fan?



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10 thoughts on “Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire”

  1. I’ll admit, I’ve been a teensy bit curious about this one, but am hesitant to read it because… I don’t know. Just hesitant. Although it does sound good… maybe I’ll try it some day!

  2. Your review intrigued me. I know what you mean about a book just grabbing you. It’s hard to put into words why it does (and why it doesn’t for others).

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