Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire


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.

4 out of 5 stars

This book. Oh man. I was completely captivated and emotionally invested right from the start. The pull that Abby and Travis have on one another is crazy and their attraction is undeniable. I was constantly rooting for them. There was just so much going on throughout the entire book and I was completely invested. I got choked up several times and the words gripping and heart wrenching come to mind.

Abby and Travis. Abby kept trying to do what she thought was right, not what she truly wanted. I was thrilled when she finally got it all worked out – I was a bit of a wreck reading this book. I was so drawn to Travis. He was so sweet but at the same time, he had some serious issues – I wanted to fix him. I didn’t like all of Abby's decisions but I did like that she didn’t put up with all of his crap. I wasn’t thrilled with all of Travis’s decisions either, at about the 20% mark I think I yelled at my Kindle because of something he did.

I love how everything unfolded and all the different layers there were. As far as the other characters, I thought they were great. I enjoyed America and Shepley immensely and LOVED Travis's family. There were lots of different players in this book and I thought they were all well written.

There was so much angst and drama, I was on the edge of my seat and couldn’t read fast enough. The book had a good pace but there were a few spots that I thought were a bit drawn out. There were also a few things that I found pretty unbelievable but since I was so wrapped up in everything else, I kind of just accepted it and moved on. All in all, I thought it was fantastic.

The ending. The epilogue. Oh my gosh! Loved it!


After reading this book, I immediately added Walking Disaster to my TBR list on Goodreads. It’s from Travis’s POV. I’m really excited about reading it. I can’t get enough Travis!
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