Sunday, December 23, 2012

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful Disaster Series, #1) by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful Series, #1)

Author: Jamie McGuire

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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.

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Review: Guh, this book!

Abby, the new kid on campus, is just looking for a fresh start. New clothes, new attitude, new friends, and things couldn't be going more perfect. Until she meets Travis that is.

Travis is your typical Big Guy on Campus; he's charming, h-o-t, funny, and surprisingly smart. He's a legend around campus for his reputation around the fighting ring. And above all else, he's hopelessly smitten with Abby, despite what she does to discourage him of it.

Now, this story had the makings of a great love story, boy meets girl, girl just wants to escape her troubled past, boy has big time mommy issues but finds true love with the one girl who at first, couldn't like him any less, then after boy puts it all on the line, girl finally admits something to him that she's never been able to tell anyone before. But then the second half of the book happened and it all just went to crap.

Their relationship was volatile, annoying, sex driven and very un-healthy. Abby and Travis were constantly fighting with each other over some stupid thing Travis did and Abby would always just walk out instead of staying and trying to work it out. The book was repetitive and I got the sense that the author was just grabbing for straws where Abby's past was mentioned. But if you over look the crazy relationship of two teenagers trying to make the difficult transition into adulthood, it's actually an okay read. The characters are well written, there's a lot of detail, but not too much where I was getting lost, and a few memorable scenes where I couldn’t help but want to smash Travis and Abby's heads together and yell, "Play nice!"

In closing, I feel like I need to add that this book deals with a lot of abuse. There's emotional abuse, mental abuse, physical abuse. The relationship that these two characters share is a very unhealthy one and if you're a male/female it doesn't matter, just know that abuse of any kind is unhealthy, unnecessary, damaging, just all around wrong. And you don't have to go through it.

Lastly, I just wanted to thank Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read Beautiful Disaster and I wish the author all the best in her writing career. 

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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