Saturday, July 13, 2013

Same Book, Second Look - Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire


Published: August 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 418
Copy Provided by: NetGalley
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:

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.

Review:

Many moons ago I downloaded this title from NetGalley with the intention of reading it right away but then of course my TBR pile sky rocketed exponentially and things got out of control.  When I finally had time again to read, I thought I'd give it a shot and I truly could not put Beautiful Disaster down.  Jamie McGuire's words create a streak of fire between Abby and Travis.  The magnetism between these two is electric and jumps off the page!  I don't know how Ms. McGuire does it but she mastered these characters and molded them into polar opposites and then fused them together.  There are not many coupled characters that I have read with so much intensity.  It was an excellent introduction to the complicated relationship of loving someone so fiercely and letting them go.  Be prepared for high drama and an the emotional roller coaster called love.

In terms of recommending this book to readers, I would aim for a more mature teen audience.  The characters are university aged students.  Be forewarned that there is sex, violence and drinking involved. Probably best left off your recommended reading list for a tween.  I'm certain that our adult YA following would enjoy this one.  I mean, who doesn't like falling for the bad boy?  Think Patch from the Hush Hush series...but without the wings and supernatural abilities.  :)

Jamie's second book in this series is entitled Walking Beautiful and has reserved a spot on my e-reader already.  Can't wait to dig into it!  Looking for another opinion?  You might want to check out Curlypow's first impression review here

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