Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Guest Review: Beautiful Disaster (Jamie McGuire)

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.

Paperback, 437 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Atria Books

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She was raised by her mother Brenda in Blackwell, OK, where she graduated high school in 1997. Jamie attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.
Books published by Jamie include the Providence trilogy, and The New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, a contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, Jamie spends her days letting her four dogs in and out.

I loved this book! It has some very intense moments that I see has caused some debate with other reviewers. I must say that young people sometimes act out of control, especially when love/lust is involved. 

 The book tells the story of a young girl named Abby who meets an older and disturbed co-ed named Travis. Abby, known as Pigeon to Travis, knows she should keep her distance from this bad guy who seems to exemplify everything she tried to leave behind. She loses a bet and then finds herself having feelings she can not escape.

 I will admit that Travis did scare me with his behavior but I think the author was able to capture the true essence of a young "bad" guy in love! Travis is a beautiful disaster! I can not wait to read Walking Disaster and learn more about Travis! There were moments I loved Travis and other moments I hated him. 

 I was seriously in tears more than once for Abby because of what Travis was choosing to do. I loved Thanksgiving at the Maddox's! I could feel the love they had for Abby! It was a great read and I would recommend this book to anyone!

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