Review: Beautiful Disaster (#1, Beautiful) by Jamie McGuire - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

This post contains affiliate links, meaning I’ll receive a small commission should you purchase using those links. All opinions expressed are my own. I receive no compensation for reviews.

Review: Beautiful Disaster (#1, Beautiful) by Jamie McGuire

My Thoughts

Sweet, romantic, engaging and brimming with palpable angst that made the story incredibly addicting. I loved every word of it and I loved our flawed, but big-hearted bad boy, Travis Maddox.
A true must-read.

5stars

Synopsis

beautiful disasterINTENSE. 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.

My Review

I write this review subsequent to the second experience of reading this book. I discovered Beautiful Disaster on Amazon before I started blogging and I’m glad I finally have the opportunity to jot down my thoughts on a book that’s become a classic in the Indie community, and a book I treasure as one that not only gave me an unforgettable story of two unlikely people falling in love, but one that also served as the gateway drug to my addiction to countless other books that led me to doing what I’m doing now… writing about the books I love.

So, what can I say that hasn’t already been said about this book? I was consumed by it. Enthralled. I fell in love with it. I was totally sucked in, even a second time, to the intense story of Travis and Abby.

Bad boy Travis Maddox fights in The Circle–an underground fighting ring at Eastern University. Fearless, bulging muscles, covered in tattoos and known for the gobs of women surrounding him, he is infamous at Eastern. Always the player and never the one to settle down, Travis is defined by the punches he delivers and the volatility that his life entails. That is, until he meets Abby Abernathy at one of his fights. A girl in the crowd. She wasn’t supposed to be there. Her pink cashmere sweater now splattered with blood.

Abby came with her BFF America, who is the girlfriend of Travis’ roommate, Shepley. As their eyes connect across the swarm of students, Travis goes after her. In their first conversation, he calls her Pigeon. There’s just something about her and soon Travis confirms that she is indeed different. She’s not like the other girls that throw themselves at him. In fact, Abby is doing everything possible to make him leave her alone. But Travis is relentless as he begins to lay down the charm…. THICK.

“I’m not impressed with your tattoos or your boyish charm or your forced indifference, so you can stop the antics, okay?”

Travis is completely amused by Abby.

“I can’t figure you out. You’re the first girl that’s ever been disgusted with me before sex. You don’t get flustered when you talk to me, and you don’t try to get my attention.”

When Travis seems to be going nowhere, they agree to become friends. I loved seeing their banter, their push and pull, and how they come together, slowly relenting to their mutual attraction. They spend so much time with each other–studying, going to parties, snuggling in bed–that the unlikely pair just seem to be right. The angst in this story consumed me!

“It wasn’t just me, and it wasn’t just him, it was what we were together that was the exception.”

The comes a bet. A bet that would forever change their lives. Abby loses it and has to stay with Travis for one month and of course it’s during that time that they really fall in love. And I too, really fell in love with Travis. I adore just how fiercely he loves Abby. He’s crazy, insanely, intensely over-protective. Typical? No. But Travis? Yes. Despite his rough and overly domineering ways, he’s expressive and honest about how he feels, despite him feeling unworthy. They are both flawed for their own unique reasons, but you can’t help but feel they have to be together. Abby continues to push him away as her past begins to resurrect insecurities.

“I know we’re fucked up, all right? I’m impulsive and hot-tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then you need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don’t deserve you… but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I’ve loved anyone or anything, ever. When you’re around, I don’t need booze or money or the fighting or the one-night stands… all I need is you… You’re all I want.”

But as the story progresses, Travis’ tendency to mess up prevails and Abby’s stubbornness and fear of the past breaks them apart. These were some tough parts to read because I just wanted them to be together!!!

“…To girls that break your heart… And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”

This is simply an unforgettable romance between two unlikely people. They share a love story that is defined by drama, conflict, volatility and as the title alludes… a disaster, but together they are better than apart. It works. They work. Even upon the second time reading this book, I loved it and couldn’t put it down. There’s just something special in this story and it’s a definite must read for any book lover.

“It’s just you and me against the world, Pidge”

 

Subscribe for Updates:

Share This Post

Related Posts

2 Comments:


  1. gabidaniels said:

    I’ve read this book three times. LOVE! Another great review Vilma!

    Reply

  2. sassyjax said:

    Loved your review!! I read this book a few months ago within a span of hours – I never wanted the story to end! I loved every second of this and walking disaster!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

On Facebook

SuperWebTricks Loading...

On Twitter

Boot season is upon us (yaaaayyyyy!) and this week on the blog I’m sharing my favorite, summer-to-fall transition booties! These are all versatile yet different, so your shoe closet is set… https://t.co/VPi5izxQHc

🎉 𝗚𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗬!!! 🎉 We just got home from vacation and one of the things I took with me is THE PORTFOLIO from @commoditygoods—these are 15 unisex fragrances (about 30 sprays in each) from the… https://t.co/C34oD2mwBV

"Poignant and witty with an enemies-to-lovers thread that felt all the more fascinating and consuming with the wild Alaskan backdrop. It’s a compelling story of family, forgiveness and love that unravels with both emotional depth and delicious, romantic tension." ~ @vilmairisblog

My review for Kat Von D's LASH LINER is finally up! I know a lot of you have been waiting for this one and I gave myself two weeks with it before I wrote this review up. It's the… https://t.co/NjKfZLY02q

Okay, any historical romance readers here? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ They are my favorite escape. I adore them! Recently I devoured all six books in the Victorian Rebels series by @Kerrigan_Byrne… https://t.co/bTWrxl3AWA

Exclusive excerpt: Vilma Iris Gonzalez aka @vilmairisblog shares a sneak peek at thriller Pieces of Her by @SlaughterKarin, coming Aug. 21. #romanticthriller #policeprocedural #mystery #suspense @WmMorrowBooks @HarperCollins https://t.co/E7UhXxHO1i

Exclusive excerpt: Vilma Iris Gonzalez aka @vilmairisblog shares a sneak peek at thriller Pieces of Her by @SlaughterKarin, releasing Aug. 21. #romanticthriller #policeprocedural #mystery #suspense @WmMorrowBooks @HarperCollins https://t.co/E7UhXxHO1i

Forged in Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle slips into the notorious cat suit to reign as the city’s fierce, new anti-hero in one of my new faves by @SJMaas’—𝗖𝗔𝗧𝗪𝗢𝗠𝗔𝗡: 𝗦𝗢𝗨𝗟𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗘𝗥. Loved… https://t.co/eOK5ffeAJC

Exclusive excerpt: Vilma Iris Gonzalez aka @vilmairisblog shares a sneak peek at thriller Pieces of Her by @SlaughterKarin, arriving Aug. 21. #romanticthriller #policeprocedural #mystery #suspense @WmMorrowBooks @HarperCollins https://t.co/E7UhXxHO1i

Review: The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by @Kerrigan_Byrne! Obsessed with this book! @StMartinsPress https://t.co/2gG29ok9n5

5 Fall Booties You Need In Your Closet! https://t.co/cnj4SVCV6K

Review + top rec: Catwoman - Soulstealer by @SJMaas! https://t.co/cyZRpIUfgv

Review + Top Rec: Pieces of Her by @slaughterkarin! @duttonbooks https://t.co/Q7zWXcbYZa

Lately I have been reaching for the new milanicosmetics palettes: SOFT & SULTRY and PURE PASSION. The shadows are sooooo pretty, with both mattes and shimmers. SOFT & SULTRY touts gorgeous… https://t.co/ovIuDkAq7N

Lately I have been reaching for the new @milanicosmetics palettes: SOFT & SULTRY and PURE PASSION. The shadows are sooooo pretty, with both mattes and shimmers. SOFT & SULTRY touts gorgeous cool neutrals that are... https://t.co/ulv1ss0at2

I'm sort of obsessed with the gorgeous cover of THE CHASE—the new book from @ElleKennedy and the first standalone in the Briar U series. I am so excited to read this! 👉🏻 Has anyone already… https://t.co/XNXtxMV6ki

Come spend #nationalbookloversday with @colleenhoover and me tonight at @bookpeople at 7 pm! I’ll be moderating her tour stop here in town!!! So excited and hope to see you there! 📚… https://t.co/M7jDF3eFPE

Imagine coming home and running into strangers moving into 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 house… the house you definitely didn’t sell. On top of that, your estranged husband is nowhere to be found. That’s the… https://t.co/Rq1spRgrQ1

Major 📚 release day with some really great books coming out today! In case you didn’t know, every Monday I have a post called THE WEEKLY EDIT which shares all new 📖 releases, along with… https://t.co/ehJ2WgFYB6

Load More...