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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Killian
  • Palo Alto, CA, United States
  • 02-13-13

Yup, it got to me.

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It was painful to read this, because the artistry of the telling of this relationship was so real, so intense, and so personally familiar. How many times did I want to shake Abby in to reality, show her all the stupid stuff she was doing, but heard the echoes of my own justifications in her thoughts and actions? <br/><br/>*Audiobook*: Excellent reader. Emma Galvin is becoming a personal favorite. There were moments where I felt she was making Travis sound a bit too Jersey Shore, but I acclimated to it.

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Loved this book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It gets under your skin right from the first chapter

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Disaster?

After Abby had been out with Parker and then Travis comes over to take her out on his motorbike

Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope

Any additional comments?

Loved this so much I read it twice in a row and then got the audiobook

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Terrific book!

This story caught me from the very beginning and never released me until I reached the end. The narrator did a fantastic job and brought so much feeling to the story. This story is not one to be missed! I hope to see the audio version of this author's next book sometime this year.

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Absolutely LOVE this book.A++++++

I love this story, I love the author, and the narrator fits perfectly. Buy it!

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Captivating book that keeps you guessing.

I had this on my wish list but a friend was reading it and told me I had to get the book. I am so glad I listened to her. This book is a great read. I cannot wait until the book from Travis's point of view comes out.

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  • Jackie
  • LITTLETON, CO, United States
  • 10-29-12

Amazing! Finished it in just a few days!

If you could sum up Beautiful Disaster in three words, what would they be?

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!

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I AM IN LOVE WITH TRAVIS MADDOX!! NEW FAVOURITE!!

Where does Beautiful Disaster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there! This is my new absolute favourite of all the romances I've read so far.It offers a much fresher feel to the normal romance novel.

What did you like best about this story?

TRAVIS MADDOX!!! *SIGH* I'm completely head over heels in love with him now. He's a bad boy, hot, fit, wild, crazy, unstable and completely messed up but you cant help but fall for him because of the palpable desperation you can't feel within his soul for this girl.Their relationship is completely unhealthy and unstable but you can help but hope it works out because you want him to be happy.Love the way the story has been written, it feels young and appropriate for the age of its characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

ANYTHING WITH TRAVIS IN IT! Mostly the ones where you get a glimpse at the war going on inside his head, where you know his heart wants one thing and his head is fighting it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to it all the way through the first time and started straight back at the beginning the next day, have since listened to it about 4 times all the way through and now just go back to my favourite parts :)

Any additional comments?

I wish the book hadnt ended. I dont really see any way a sequal would work which is dissappointing but looking forward to reading more from the author. It was a refreshing read much different to your average romance novels.

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  • NEW NAME
  • Georgia, United States
  • 09-07-12

Story, narration, everything a PERFECT 10!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Disaster the most enjoyable?

The narrator did a GREAT job, she really nailed distinct voices, but she also nailed emotion. And there was a LOT of emotion in this book!

What did you like best about this story?

This story will take you on an emotional ride....I hate him, I adore him, I want to kill him, I love him. Doesn't that sum up every truly great relationship? The characters have their very own distinct personalities and I have to say it was truly enjoyable to be on the roller coaster with them!

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This book isn't as steamy as 50 shades, but the plot twists truly take you for a ride and it was just a beautiful book to listen to. I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 18...it does have a lot of cursing but it was 100% appropriate! I LOVE THIS BOOK!

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Highly Entertaining

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The narration of the story was AMAZING! I would listen to anything by Emma Galvin! As a literary book I would give it a four instead of 5 stars but as an audiobook it was fantastic; it kept a smile on my face the entire time I listented to it (during hour long workouts) and far surprassed several other audio books I tried to listen to but couldn't stomach. It is a mature young adult book with college aged students that dealt with sex, gambling, fighting/violence...plenty to talk about that was a bit controversial but it was just so entertaining...never short on drama! I'll reccommend this to all of my friends.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Disaster?

All of them but I loved chapter 10!!!!!

Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

Travis and Abby!!

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Beautiful messy story

I've read some of the reviews on this book and knew the characters were very young, however, I'm glad that didn't steer me away from getting it or I would have missed a great story. This up and down roller coaster of emotions and life experiences shows that relationships are not always easy but they can be worth it for the right person. It does have a lot of violence and bad language but that is not unusual for this generation. I found it credit worthy and will listen to it a second time.

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  • mrs
  • 01-02-13

Beautiful Disaster

This is one of the best books ive listened to wow !! What can i say i could not stop listening iam soooooo looking forward to travis pov roll on april ...

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  • sian
  • 12-24-12

Brilliant

Loved it. Very enjoyable romance. Will listen to this more than once. Well read too :)

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