Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Released: May 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: Yes #1 in the Beautiful Disaster series
Format: Digital ARC
Source: From Netgalley
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Author Site: Jamie McGuire
Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for my review copy, this is in exchange for an honest review.
INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.
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.
Wowzer, that was a heavy book and no I don’t mean weight wise. Heavy as in packed the punch with the rollercoaster emotion it throws at you. I had a hard time reading this and it was totally absorbing, if you’re looking for a light read step away!! In fact just run away now.
I loved the feel of this book and the way it kept the reader on their toes, I wasn’t sure which way it was going. This did keep my interest at its peak. After the 60% mark I could not put this book down, I even stayed up late to finish it and yes it was worth feeling crap in the morning for.
I would recommend this and I will certainly be checking out Walking Disaster. Nearly scored top marks with me, the only reason it didn’t was that I think the emotion just ran too high and I did feel like throwing the book at the wall with frustration. But 4.5 stars is pretty damn amazing.
Very complex in places, but I never felt out of my depth. The story is explained well and I felt a connection with the characters all the way through. Nice writing style which flowed like a fast flowing river. I did have to grimace in places at Abi - as realistically I couldn't see some of the scenarios working out, I think someone would have to be incredibly stupid or naive to not suss things out. But hey if that's the only thing I can knock about the book, well that isn't too bad in my eyes.
A fast addictive pace, leaving you a jumbled mess of emotions. Loved it!
My Thoughts on the Cover:
Simple yet effective. A beautiful creature trapped inside a glass cage.....