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)
it's the best way to spend a working day, and i'm thankful my job is one where i can listen to books all day long.
typically i read books with sequels or that happen to be trilogies. i usually get lucky and find a good series where i'm able to get the first two books right away, only having to wait for the third for a couple months. with Beautiful Disaster i was thrilled to find out that it had another book coming out from Travis' POV but annoyed that i'd have to wait until next SPRING to find out more about the lives of Abby and Travis. boo.
this book took me right in, telling me about the characters lives and leaving little bits to keep me wondering what would happen as it went along. of course, there were a few parts where i was rolling my eyes in some of the scenes simply because these two young lovers were overreacting about silly nonsense. i was married young and i look back on my life then and think, "would i react that same way today?" and the answer is a profound, "no. absolutely not." i wouldn't get carried away like these two did, but you have to remember that they're barely 19 and i remember acting like an idiot at 19 so don't judge them too harshly.
i wanted more as i got to the end of the book. i wanted to know about their lives. i envisioned them having adventures and finally settling down to have a family. i wanted them to find their Ever After. as i got to that last 10 minutes of the book, i found myself excited to start it over, immediately... which i did, twice. sometimes i listen to a book a couple times before i let the characters go. this was one of those books i really fell in love with the Abby and Travis.... and i think you will too.
the narration was superb, and i found this book because i'd listened to Divergent, same narrator. fabulous.
In the top 3 for sure!
It is just a great story. I have read 50 Shades and Bared to You. It doesnt have all the love scences but the story is so entertaining it makes up for that.
Very good story teller.
Travis, he is the guy that every girl dreams of having.
Very good book listened to this book within 24 hours.
I have read the book previous to the audibook and it is more enjoyable being able to hear the story now that I know what is coming.
Travis....because he is Travis
Its a spoiler
Abby Abernathy, quintessential good girl meets and is challenged by quintessential Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand and bad boy Travis Maddox. And then the fun and heartache begins.
This is one of my top favorite books of all time! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
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Beautiful Disaster is intense and over the top but it’s certainly a gripping story.
In Beautiful Disaster, Abby and her BFF America go to college together at Eastern University. Abby is trying to escape from her dark past and start a new life, and America fully supports her. Abby doesn’t want any drama, and works toward being a model student. When she attends the local fight club with America and her boyfriend Shepley, she meets Shepley’s cousin, Travis “Mad Dog” Maddox, fight club champion, and just the kind of trouble she wanted to avoid.
Travis has a reputation as a lady-killer, and is a tattooed, smoking, drinking, motorcycle riding badass with a volatile personality. And, he’s set his sights on Abby. He’s exactly what Abby doesn’t want in her life right now. But, he’s relentlessly persistent, and she decides to give friendship a try. When Abby loses to Travis in a bet, she has to live with him for 30 days, which fast tracks their relationship.
A lot of the book is about the dysfunctional, crazy relationship between Abby and Travis. He is obsessive, jealous, and possessive and Abby alternately loves it or runs away from it. Part of the mystery is her past, and once we understand where she’s coming from, her reluctant attraction to Travis makes sense. Though if this were real life, I think her friends would say, “Run away, Abby!” because their relationship is very unhealthy. I was strangely fascinated by the back and forth relationship though, and absorbed with each dark turn. I wasn’t crazy about Travis’s nickname for Abby though – he calls her pigeon constantly.
The secondary characters America and Shepley help to keep the story grounded. Both are very good friends to the couple. And Travis’ dad and brothers also entertain. The tumultuous twosome even get a dog, Toto, who I found myself worrying about due to Travis and Abby’s frequent absences.
Audiobook narrator extraordinaire Emma Galvin reads the audiobook. I swear she’s a chameleon, and can transform her voice to suit any character. She brings sass and personality to the characters, and delivers a spot-on reading for the Travis and Abby characters. Galvin reads with intensity that ramps up the drama of the story. Though the story is crazy at times, I was addicted to the audiobook.
I can’t say this book will be for everyone, and the mature content may offend some readers. But if you like edgier, new adult, or contemporary romance, I think it’s worth a read.
Yes, I would definitely listen to BEAUTIFUL DISASTER again. I've had this book in my kindle library and I fell in love with it the first time I read it. Now listening to it has brought it all back to life for me.
I'm like that with any book, listening or reading. I hate having to stop in the middle so yes, this is a book I wanted to devour in one sitting.
In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!
I really enjoyed this one! Emma Galvin was a great narrator choice. She has a knack for showing that “tough” and “feminine” can go perfectly well together, which was just right for Abby.
I loved both the main and secondary characters, and the love story was addictive. I’ll definitely get the next book. This could have used a tiny bit less angst about three-quarters of the way through, but what do you expect from a juicy soap opera set on a college campus? I can’t say it ruined the experience since I was happy to see that the next book is longer than the first. ;)
That said, there were more than one or two times I had to ignore my inner voice of logic while I was listening. OK, I get that this was a tiny college where everybody knew everyone else’s business, but were there no security guards anywhere? People can jump up on the lunch tables and shout, or break out into fist fights in the dining hall without a security guard or attendant ever being called. 50+ people can routinely break into classroom buildings at night to hold fight clubs, and apparently leave no trace. (And why the heck didn’t they just hold those fights at a frat and skip the B&E?!) And it’s hard to discuss this without leaving spoilers, but there were some times when I could not see anyone letting Travis’s behavior go and getting past it. He’s known for being extreme, but Travis crosses some serious lines.
So basically what I’m saying is that, yes, this is over the top and unrealistic but I’m happy I went for it. It’s gossipy and gooey and a lot of fun if you can leave your Reality Check at the door. Tough exterior, soft and nice on the inside. In many ways this is more young adult than new adult, so if maturity matters to you than skip this one. If it doesn't and you're after a beach read, jump in.
This book was very entertaining. It wasn't life changing or earth shattering, just an easy listen. I related to the main character, Abby, and I think that most people could. It was a love story that could really happen. I liked how their love story started and progressed, and how it wasn't always perfect. As soon as I finished listening I bought Walking Disaster and listened to the story again from the eyes of Travis. I enjoyed BOTH and I loved seeing it from both perspectives.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
Engaging Young Love Story with an essence of “Twilight” sprinkled throughout this very “Beautiful Disaster”...
OK, I admit it…I was a Twi-Mom! Not to the extent of many other Twilight fans, but I Loved the series and thoroughly enjoyed reading it aloud with and to my, then, teenage daughter. She is now 21, and slightly older than the heroin of “Beautiful Disaster”, Abby Abernathy.
While I would absolutely discourage either of my daughters, (or any other young woman) to participate in the type of relationship/behavior described on these pages, as a fictional novel…I loved it!
The emotional experience provoked by the author’s words is very similar to that of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. Book II in this series is written in the voice of the hero, similar to the novella by Stephanie that she offered online in the voice of Edward. (I love to read the same story through his eyes/voice…very good idea and technique). BD is very well written. It does contains a lot more sexual content as well as vulgar language, which was absent in the Twilight series. I would not encourage young girls to read this series.
That having been said, BD is the story of college student, Abby Abernathy, a smart beautiful girl who is focused on improving her life by making good decisions and working hard to attain the high goals she seeks to accomplish. She longs to have and keep her stellar reputation intact. Crossing her path enters Travis Maddox, the dark, brooding, bad boy of Eastern University. His reputation is dangerous, and violent. The girls flock to him, and he uses them for his own selfish entertainment; discarding them without a second thought. That is, of course until he meets Abby…and the beautiful disasters of their lives begin.
Beautiful Disasters is a “can’t put down” story that you will love.
Definitely credit worthy! Enjoy…
Love dogs, reading and listening to audible books too
Yes of course. I read the book and listen to audio and I love it more ( love,romance, tragedy, drama and a super dreamy hot guy)
Travis he is sweet, hot, impulsive, hot temper he had everything )
The perfect voice to the characters and their feelings
I did; I cry, laugh got angry and happy. I m waiting for "walking disaster ", which is the book from Travis point of view.
To me this book is like Romeo and Juliet but with a happy ending
"Bad boy love story that's excellent"
Yes, it's so gripping wanting so bad for them to get together but not knowing if it'll happen
Had to be Travis. Broken but wanting to be loved
Don't want to give it away but the moment he brought two girls home!
"Beautiful, heart warming, endearing"
Such a sweet story. Wouldn't it be great if there were more men in the world like Travis Maddox? He's frustrating, adorable, gentle, aggressive... How can you not love him and want one for yourself?
It is a standard boy meets girl with various obstacles to their happily ever after story but the characters are endearing and the quality of the writing is above average.
Of the two, I preferred Travis. Pigeon is a bit much, really. Besides, how cute is his nickname for her?
The narrator is above average. Overall, it's an above average audiobook.
You need to read this one before Walking Disaster for it to make sense.
I usually do not listen to audiobooks again, but I am certainly going to listen to Travis' point of view in "Walking disaster" as I loved the story so much. The story is well-written and does not progress too slow or too fast.
Both Travis and Abby were my favorite character; they are impulsive, vibrant, young and surprising. I liked the way Abby grew in the book.
The book is full of bloodcurling scenes, which makes it very addictive to listen to and difficult to tear yourself away from listening.
Yes! I did not want to stop listening. I even skipped my work duties to listen to the last hour and a half.
I really really loved this book!
"Romance with an edge"
Good story. I loved the main man Travis - flawed but exciting. Abbi could have done with a shake but I still liked her.
Well worth a listen to.
"Couldn't stop listening..!!"
WOW - this book is absolutely fantastic; I simply could not stop listening...!! The story is brilliant and the characters are enchanting. Sometimes I found myself wanting to shout at Abby, but the 'will they, won't they' tale of the book was so compelling, I couldn’t turn off! I fell in love with Travis.....I wish I was someone’s Pigeon!! I immediately downloaded Walking Disaster, and although it the same story, it just as captivating!
"love it and cant stop listening"
this is great listening, obviously it is a romantic mushy book but well written and inthrallingly read
it's just awesome with capital 'A'!!!!!!!IT HAS SUCH REALISTIC STORY ABOUT YOUNG VOLATILE RELATIONSHIP AND YOU GOTTA LOVE TRAVIS.
I absolutely love this book, the characters are adorable, I fell in love with travis and Abby's story. Best book I've read/listened to since 50 shades.
I have listened to this about 10 times through audible and read it 6 or 7 times on my kindle I love it that much. Xxx
I loved this story, have listened to it so many times! Well done to Jamie Mcguire for another wonderful story. Check out all her work , her books are beautifully written which makes you read them time and time, thank you.
I enjoyed this book so much, and I really didn't expect too as its a bit of a chick flick book. But I fell in love with travis, and everything about this book. Def worth a listen too!
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