Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Date Started: August 16
Date Finished: August 18
Format: Kindle ebook from my collection
Abby Abernathy was just trying to start new. After leaving behind a life in Wichita, Kansas where everyone knew her name for the wrong reason, she just wanted a fresh life where no one knew her. That’s why she went to Eastern University with her best friend America. But sometimes you don’t always get what you want. When Shepley Maddox, America’s boyfriend, drags the both of them to his cousin’s fight in the basement of one of the buildings on campus, Abby’s life is turned upside down forever. There she meets Travis Maddox, who can’t help but notice her (well, duh, she has blood on her pink cardigan), and things get interesting. Travis is a player and doesn’t do relationships. So when Abby tells him that she won’t be sleeping with him, ever, he is instantly intrigued and wants to be her new friend.
Things go great. Abby constantly torments him about his sex life. Travis constantly makes is so no guy can even ask her out. But then, she loses a bet and ends up staying with him for a month, while at the same time she starts dating Parker, one of Travis’s fraternity brothers. Things just got confusing.
There is a reason that I don’t like reading books like these in digital format. Why you may ask? Because I get so obsessed with them, that I can’t put them down even though my eyes are begging me to. It helped a little that I was tag reading this with another book, but man, every time my chapter quota was up for this one and I had to switch to the other one, I didn’t want to. Beautiful Disaster was just too damn good. The character of Abby was wonderful; she’s smart, she’s wild, she has a dark past, and the only ‘good’ thing about her is that she is still a virgin. Travis is almost her double, except for the whole virgin thing. He’s actually quite the player and I’m glad that we didn’t really see too much of that side of him when Abby and him were just friends. Even the characters of Shepley and America were fantastic. The constant will they, won’t they in the beginning chapters was wonderfully written and had me flipping pages in earnest. Even when they did officially become a couple, it was still so intense. Between Travis’s jealousy and Abby’s fear of ending up back in her past, it was a whirlwind of craziness. I loved it.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I think what I liked the best for this book is that when Travis was being stupid (which he was a good chunk of the time) Abby called him out on it and didn’t really let him continue with his ways. In most books like this the girl doesn’t really say anything and then the guy keeps being an ass. My only complaint was how cutesy the two of them got. The whole ‘baby’ thing really got under my skin.
Bookshelf worthy? Really glad I own it, and the sequel!