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.
©2011 Jamie McGuire (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
"Beautiful Disaster is insanely addictive. Beautifully sexy, beautifully intense, and beautifully perfect. Jamie McGuire has written a damn good book." (Jessica Park, author of the New York Times best seller Flat-Out Love)
I really wanted to like this book, it got a lot of great reviews. I hated it. and all I can say is I want my credit back.
Thirty something with passion for books, music, art, science, and Husband!
First Emma Galvin pulled me in with her great' no Amazing Voice Talent, then Mr. Jamie M. Takes you on a ride that aside from a bit of Spoiler : Mob Action, is true to so many lives so full of life and perfect character developement for those of us, even Academic Docs like me, that give you multiple characters to root for and enjoy watching them grow and develope..and the surprise end with the relationship mirrors so much of my life growing up in all parts of the world!! Especially in the southern USA and central America!
It has no peers yet...too many others are too immature or too predictable. This and the sequel from reverse angel pov stand on their own pedestal without a climber in site for this genre!
EVERYTHING. IM IN LOVE WITH HER VOICE! I'll listen to anything she reads!
Laughed, cried, some sad flashbacks to college and some excellent flashes in the pos way to the same time period. My wife andvI were told by All that we would never make it...and now after 13 years and counting and delights and pain beyond belief, we are stronger than ever!
Please keep them coming Jamie and Emma and Dan...you are the most amazing team ever!!
Absolutely. I really loved the characters. The story really sucked me in, I just couldn't stop
Travis, I loved his passion . he never gave up.
Thanksgiving with the Maddox Men.
It would have to be Abbey. I would love to ask her how it feels to be loved so
Thank you so much for this book. I loved the characters. They will always have a
special place in my heart.
I would read another Jamie McGuire book, but I didn't enjoy the narrator of this book.
I don't really have a favorite that stands out.
Probably not. The voice she gave Travis drove me nuts. He sounded like a skater punk... or maybe a young Rocky. Maybe that's what she was going for, but it really distracted me. I was reading it on my Kindle before I switched to the audio version and was able to enjoy the story much more when I was hearing Travis' words in my head, rather than someone's interpretation of them.
Oh Lord, how bout 90% of the scenes in the cafeteria. I don't think I ate in the cafeteria once in my entire college career. Okay, maybe once. The fact that all these college kids met in the cafeteria every day at lunch, and the gossip that flowed like water as if every college student knew every other college student, was very unbelievable. If this was set in highschool I could have bought it, but since it wasn't these scenes wound up looking ridiculous.
Despite the silliness of some of it, and the behavior of the characters in other parts, I'm not gonna lie: this book was super engrossing and I read it in a day. I purchased the audio version so that I could switch back and forth and get something done during the day, but I didn't enjoy the audio version as much as just reading it. It's an addictive book and once you are in, you're going to want to know what happens. I would call it a guilty pleasure, and I really did like it quite a bit, but not sure I would recommend spending a credit on it. You could buy the kindle version and then get the audio for $3.95, which is way cheaper.
I listened to this book twice. The first time was a while back but when the second book came out I wanted to reread the first one so it was fresh in my mind. I forgot how much I loved it the first time around. I love that each book is the same story from different perspectives. The connection between the characters is so intense and relatable. It made you want to know more. The second book really brought the story to closure.
I read or listen to a lot of YA books but this was immature. Fighting, alcohol and too junior high school. They are suppose to be in college not 8th grade. Iwill not get the next one by this author.
Say something about yourself!
Well, I have had this in my library for a week now and have listened to it and Walking Disaster 3 times each already! I loved this book, but when I listened to Walking Disaster it made the story even better!! You need to listen to this one first, but the next one adds even more.
At the apartment after the fire!!!
Travis for sure!! Men act so tuff and to see his story play out, it makes you believe in love!
The title pretty sums it up for me. Beautiful story of a toughie Travis goes sappy over Abby. Disaster in parts when Abby took care of her father's business, i felt the author partly ran away from a solid beginning but recovered well to deliver a very good ending. And as a sucker for HEA, I even forgot this book neither falls under young adult nor chick flick. But who cares, I enjoyed listening till the end. It's a beautiful disaster indeed.
I want to say that I didn't dislike the book. Jamie McGuire creates a few very dramatic and visceral characters that you fall in love with their tormented love affair very quickly. However there are many scenes in this book that have a lot of build up to them and nothing really happens. McGuire had a ton of great ideas but very followed through with the threat and that was where the book lost it's 5 star rating for me.
Emma Galvin is a great Narrator, this is the second book I have listened to her. She really brings a lot to the characters and I am glad I decided to listen to the book over buying the physical copy.
If you are looking for a good book to escape into this is a great pick!
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