Book Review May 4th
by: Jamie McGuire★★★★★ 5 Stars
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 wants—and needs—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.
What is it about Beautiful Disaster that no matter how many times you read it, it’s always a magical experience? Not to mention the esteemed Travis Maddox, one of the baddest book bad-boys by far.
This was my third time reading Beautiful Disaster, mostly to prepare for Walking Disaster, and even knowing what to expect I still enjoyed every single page.
I love how we don’t know what to expect from Abby as readers when we first meet her. Just like Travis we see an innocent looking girl in a buttoned up cardigan. Not someone who would typically attend underground fights. But alas, Abby is hiding her true self from the world.
I love the whole poker connection, it was different and unexpected and really helped give this story an interesting direction away from typical NA fiction. And the fact that readers are kept in the dark for most of the book makes it all that much more exciting.
I could gush over Mr. Travis (Mad Dog) Maddox all day but until you’ve read Beautiful Disaster, no words will ever do him justice. He has a bit of a temper and is prone to angry outbursts, but he is all bad boy all the time.
I’ll admit that sometimes I wanted to throttle Abby for her self-righteous behavior. She thinks she’s doing Travis a favor when really all she is doing is breaking his heart and crushing his spirit. I’ll admit the whole tattoo aspect threw me a bit, I can never understand tattooing someone’s name on you body, it’s like asking for trouble. But he beyond redeemed himself with the new couch and puppy. I mean how hot is a muscled tattooed covered man holding a Cairn Terrier or any guy and a puppy for that matter.
I could go on and on about the awesomeness that is Beautiful Disaster but this is definitely a book every female should read. Travis really brings it and will leave you panting and aching for more. And if Travis ever offers you a bet, I promise, you won’t hesitate to accept no matter the rules or consequences.