Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Publication Date: 14 Aug 2012
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads


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.


I love love love this book, I re-read it 3 times in 4 days – an unheard of phenomena in the world of Emma’s exploding wish-list.

Told in first person narrative from Abby’s point of view. Right from the start you can sense that she is trying to re-invent herself and distance herself from the life she had before college. Full details of her life growing up are revealed in small chunks throughout the book.

Dragged to an underground bare knuckle fight where she first sees Travis, the quintessential tattooed, motorbike riding bad boy. They’re thrown into each others lives as Abby’s best friend is dating Travis’s cousin. Travis’s mother died when he was very young and he has been raised in a male dominated household. He hasn’t allowed himself to get close to anyone.

Travis sees something in Abby that he is drawn to like a moth to a flame. He is literally compelled to get to know her. Abby on the other hand is very wary partly due to Travis’s reputation and partly because he reminds her too much of her past. Tricking Abby into living with him for a month, the story follows their developing relationship, other peoples reactions to it and the barriers they have to face.

An expectant air of impending doom flows from the pages as the plot shows the highs and lows of their relationship. It is immediately obvious that Travis and Abby connect emotionally from the beginning. Their sexual chemistry is explosive. Abby is able to be herself with Travis, but she holds herself back believing that she cant be in a relationship with him because of her belief that she needs something the complete opposite to the life she grew up with.

Abby and Travis are both impulsive, passionate people providing some spectacularly stupid mistakes made in the heat of the moment. This is one couple that will make you both swoon and sob as you follow their relationship.

A continuing theme for me with new adult romance is where 2 people overcome the adverse incidents in their respective pasts by being together. Abby and Travis may be individually flawed but together they are flawless 😀 Once again bringing to mind the concept of modern day soul-mates.

As much as I love this book I do have a few issues with a particular part that reflects with my 4/5 rating rather than the 5/5 it would have got otherwise. Namely where Travis’s father refers to Abby as ‘Sis’ it grates every single time I read it.

This book has a place on my permanent bookshelf. I seriously cannot wait for Walking Disaster told from Travis’s point of view *hops about in anticipation*

Author: Book Angel Emma

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