Review: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire

 

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Beautiful Disaster spent 17 weeks on the New York Timesbestseller list!

23 weeks on USA Today’s bestseller list!

12 weeks on Publisher Weekly’s bestseller list!

1 week on the Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list

Beautiful Disaster is insanely addictive. Beautifully sexy, beautifully intense, and beautifully perfect.

— Jessica Park, author of New York Times bestseller Flat-­Out Love

The new 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 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.

Beautiful Disaster is based on a story between Travis and Abby. This takes place over 2 semesters at college. Travis is a manwhore student, one of those nasty, jealous, possessive, violent guys who earns his money by fighting. He treats women terribly – very much wish you thank you ma’am and kick her out the door 2 seconds later.

The story opens up at night in the basement of an empty academic building on the college campus where a betting ring known as The Circle is being run. This is where Travis ‘Mad Dog’ Maddox, twins his fight. Abby is attending the fight club for the first time. She ends up with blood on her sweater and a new name given to her by Travis, who doesn’t even bother to ask for her name before arbitrarily deciding on ‘Pigeon.’ Abby has a past she wants to forget – her Father hates her because he was a successful poker player whose luck ran out when Abby turned 13. Travis manages to trick her into his life with a bet: a month of abstinence if he loses or, if Abby loses, she must live in his apartment for the same amount of time.
In short, it’s a Beautiful Disaster, because even though their relationship was a Disaster, it was still Beautiful, Travis being the best version of himself he could be when he was with Abby, wanting to be the right guy and making the right choices, and Abby learning to take chances and that sometimes life has other plans for you, and this plans are often the best choice.

 

 

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