Sunday, March 4, 2012
Review- Beautiful Disaster
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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. (GoodReads & Amazon Description)
I loved this book. I know I shouldn't, but I do.Abby was basically a strong independent woman who had a rough childhood and has moved across the country to get away from her past. She knows what she wants and what is acceptable. While Travis (I'll get to him in a second.) may not always act appropriately, Abby calls him on his bad behavior and learns to forgive as he learns self-control.
OK- Travis, Travis, Travis... as much as I should not like his beyond Alpha Male behavior, I must confess that he is one of my favorite heroes. (If not the favorite.) He is rude, crude, possessive, takes no prisoners and no holds are barred. He has always done what he needed to do to survive and makes no apologies for it. While he has a tendency towards violence, he NEVER directs it towards Abby. (Not that this is an excuse) But most of those he acted out towards knew is disposition and tendencies, yet they poked and prodded until he snapped. Because of his childhood, Travis doesn't think he is capable to care for a woman, let alone love one.
While there are many aspects of these characters and their relationship that are far from the ideal, however, it works for them. After learning more about each other and the events that shaped their character, they come to a deeper level of understanding, knowing that no one is perfect and both people must work to improve the relationship.
Overall Jamie McGuire's "Beautiful Disaster" was an awesome read that was heard to put down. I've had it for 8 days and already read it twice. This is NOT is typical lovey-dovey bubble gum romance. This is deep and hard hitting but, boy, does it hurt so good!
I own this book.
I would recommend this for 17+ YA and Adult
5/5 GoodReads: It was amazing