Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, goodreads synopsis: 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.
I went into the story simply because it highly intriguing, I didn’t know anything about this book, nor had I heard about it before! (Apparently, I was living under a rock) I was happy and glad to read this book with nothing tainting my thoughts… I could dig into this story blindly! And Oh My! It was a hell of a ride.
Ups and Down – Butterflies and Tornados
The whole story centers around the very intriguing violate relationship between Abby and Travis. Both, never knew what love ment before they meet. Yet, they have a hard time trying to work this love into a real lasting relationship.
And they fail. A lot!
They struggle! A lot.
They are insecure! A lot.
They are stubborn! A lot.
But… they love each other deeply and with a fierceness that feels like a thunderstorm of love. This book tells their story, it tells how their past affected them so much that it sometimes seems impossible to get past this.
And.. sometimes you have to make a choice! Do you want to go for save, or would you risk everything you believed in for an all-consuming love you probably find only once in your life! Some things are worth fighting for…
Abby – Cute, with a shell of innocence but a lot of fierceness inside the shell!
Abby was a great heroine as she resembles the typical college student who just begins to take her life into her own hands. She tries, and she fails a few times. I found Abby to be truly and genuinely real! She has flaws and doesn’t trust her own heart which made me furious at some points. But, tell me one person who is without flaws, because everyone is flawed no one is perfect and so is Abby. But, she tries and she has a big heart! Her problem was that she desperately wanted to change, but sometimes you cannot change who you truly are and you have to accept this. I admit, that Abby often enough irritated me and I couldn’t understand her actions – but I wholeheartedly admit that this was one aspects I truly enjoyed about this book! Beautiful Disaster managed to stir my emotions on so many levels!
Travis! Oh Bad Boy! Violent, man-whore, but … there is a big heart hidden!
Travis was phenomenal! He is the perfect example of a bad boy with heart! In the beginning all we know is, he’s gorgeous, he sleeps with every girl who is stupid enough to let him, because he only sleeps with them once! Also, Travis earns his money with fighting and beating everyone in their college fight club. He’s bold, strong, fierce and violent! This all changes when be befriends Abby. There is something about her, that melts this cold heart and suddenly Travis falls in love. Something he never expected….
Just like Abby, Travis is far from being perfect and he’s truly flawed and broken. He has control issues, which often lead to a lot of violence. Travis is definitely not someone who talks first, no he hits first. But underneath all these flaws and issues, Travis has a big heart which only opens around Abby.
Intense! Emotionally draining and a heartbreaking love story!
It was heartbreaking intense!!!! Travis was intense! The Relationship was intense – their Love was intense! There was nothing in Abby’s and Travis Relationship that was not intense, but it was their relationship, their love and their life and that’s how they work.
I was glued to the pages! Literally glued! Sadly, I couldn’t read it in one sitting, so was thinking about those two whenever I had to stop reading. I couldn’t get enough from them, I wanted to see them succeed! I wanted them to be happy, and I wanted them to work out their problems! And, whenever a book or characters managed to occupy my thoughts for so long – it is an incredible book! I did have some minor issues with some scenes and with some of Abby’s decisions, but this didn’t taint my love for this book!
Beautiful Disaster was intense in so many ways. It was emotionally draining and Abby’s and Travis relationship was driven with a fierceness that it’s seldom to be found in other stories. This is a book that explores the depth of human relationship in an edgy and dark way, yet there is beauty within this epic love that shines so much brighter than the darkness. Jamie McGuire wrote a brave story that was nothing more than spellbinding…
Also, I’d like to make some things very clear. There was nothing abusive about this relationship! All violence in this book was never toward woman, it was the way Travis dealt with his anger, yet he never ever touched a woman! Is that is the perfect way? No, I do not think so – but I know that there are people like this out there, so this story hits a reality that might not be mine or your reality but it certainly is real for some others. Abby and Travis were good for each other. I strongly believe that love can conquer so many things, and their love was all-consuming and intense! It will heal them in the end….
And… Jamie has a Pinterest Board with images of Travis-hottness-Maddox!
Note: This book contains violence (man-on-man), sexual content and language.