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)
If the characters had matured over the course of the book.
Constantly pressured speech.
Everyone but Finch.
Trying to come off 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy (both written and audible - I did both multiple times) I went to Bared to You - while interesting...they were "50% of 50 Shades"
No more..worth reading, but I was looking for "more". Beautful Disaster was that, was touching and it just grabbed me in a visceral way. You felt again with reality young love with the emotional roller coaster of this age group! I read it first and had to get the audible! LOVE both! Travis & Pidge are unforgettably real and you just fall in love with them! I can't wait for Walking Disaster (Travis' POV)!!!! Audible, don't let me down! I'll look forward to listening to this as well!!!!!
I bought this book to listen to in the car on one of my longer trips and though I had already read it, I was pleasantly surprised to listen to it with another's inflection. Emma Galvin made everything completely believable and enjoyable all over again.
Travis is such a wreck but absolutely irresistable in his desperation to be loved!
Admittedly the relationship between Abbey and Travis is like a demolition derby but angst and emotion and bad boys in love will win me over every time!
I listened to this book in one sitting, starting it on a 5 hour drive, then staying up late into the night to finish it. I found myself loving it and hating it at different parts, but I honestly think it meant that I was really invested in the book. When the characters were having problems, I was upset, and when they were good, so was I. I also give credit to the performance for that too. And I loved Travis, he had problems... But the author does well with character development so it worked out.
A lot of reviewers have mentioned the "abusive" nature of their relationship, and I personally feel that this is a little bit of an exaggeration. He throws temper tantrums (trashes his bedroom when she leaves him at one point), but he never did anything that would actually harm Abby. He's pretty much the same "over-protective bad boy who falls fast for the plain girl, brings her into his scary world, is super broody and dangerous, and eventually becomes a softie because of some magical taming quality that only she has the power to use." ...with way more complexity and no paranormal element.
Overall, I think this book is pretty unrealistic, but if you just remember that it's fiction, it's a "black tar heroin addiction" of a read and I thought about the characters and love story for days afterwards. In fact, writing this review makes me want to listen again...
I've already recommended it to a few friends. Try it!
*sidenote* The author is currently working on the publication of the book from Travis' perspective. I'm ridiculously excited to read this, because there are a few parts where I wanted to grab Travis and shake him, yelling, "what are you thinking?!" Now, I will know, and I think I'll love Travis and Abby even more!
yes I love it!
Travis he is awesome!
yes she did a great job!
I love it I cry and laugh with this book it was awesome!
can't wait for the next book so exaited she is writting it!
I loved this book! I loved the relationships and the growth of Remy. So relatable. Maybe not the fight club but still the college experience. I absolutely loved it. I can't stop thinking about it!
EG is a awesome narrator. I've long been a great fan of this book. JM is a commendable writer. It's a book centered around solid character development. It's doesn't have a time in place that you could particularly zone in. I think part of the genius about this book is that it could happened in any collegiate setting of your choice. Travis Maddox is probably the most complex intriguing male hero I've ever read by far. He is the bad boy, genius golden boy next-door complete with tattoos and bulging muscles. It's worth the read and the listen.
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I enjoyed this book. Its YA, mad, crazy love....i have to be with you at all times. It was not a once of a kind story, but overall, i think it was all right. I actually heard the lasts chapters a couple of tmes.
Lets say that ....I like happy endings....
The male voices.
i would have liked the second book to be available right away, as soon as i finished the first one be able to keep involved with the story. i really really hate when i read a book i like and then i have to wait months even a year to know what else happens. It is really annoying.
The ending was great but I wanted more.
Her performance was great. She did an excellent job with the different characters voices.
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. The characters were entertaining and the story kept me wanting more. This book was more of a romance and thriller all in one. Now if you're looking more for a Fifty Shades of Grey type of book...then this book is not for you. There were sex scenes but nothing like the Fifty books. You would not be disappointed with this one...it was a great read.
Very Beautiful Story
Travis because of his sincere love for Abbey and how sweet his character actually was.
She performed all of them very well. Especially Travis. I loved the emotion that she put into him and how realistic he was. She made his character come to life.
I think that the name is perfect for the book.
When I first started to listening to the book, I did not know if I could relate to the characters but after the first chapter I could not stop listening. I spent the past two days listening to the story because I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. The characters were so realistic and Emma Galvin performed the voices and the feelings that each of the characters felt so well. I felt as if I was watching a very sweet, sad, happy love story unfold and that I was right there. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys love stories that have more than just sex in them. This story had excitement and true to life feelings from the characters. You couldn't ask for anything more from this very wonderful book.
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