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Beautiful Disaster: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jamie McGuire
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,294 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The new 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.

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""Beautiful Disaster" is insanely addictive. Beautifully sexy, beautifully intense, and beautifully perfect. Jamie McGuire has written a damn good book." --Jessica Park, author of "New York Times" bestseller "Flat-Out Love"

About the Author

Jamie McGuire is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Hill, Walking Disaster, Beautiful Disaster, and The Providence trilogy. She and her husband, Jeff, live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with three dogs, six horses, and a cat named Rooster. Please visit

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329 of 397 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and fulfilling June 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book centers on a new college student with a hope to stay out of trouble. Of course the first thing that happens is that she catches the eye of the school "bad boy".

I enjoyed the dynamics within the first half of the book, even how the sexual tension between Maddox and Abby was sometimes unbearable.

This is not a book about perfect love, and happily ever after. Don't get me wrong, the ending wrapped everything up with a pretty little bow. However, the relationship was so raw and emotional that the rollercoaster that was their relationship became quite stressful. By the end of the book I just wanted them to stop fighting! I believe the ending was a bit hasty, and the epilogue a bit silly.

However, the plot about Abby's past is truly creative and unexpected. I am not used to books about dysfunctional and unhealthy relationships. If you are sick of Twilight harmony and love, this book encapsulates everything human about a relationship. The love, tears, sex and fights. There is a relatively good understanding of reality, with some strands of a life that most of us are unaware of.

If you like lust, illegal college fight nights, poker and of course good sex, I would tell you to take a chance on this one.
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167 of 206 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Offensive to women on so many levels December 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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No, no I will not start this off with a memorable quote or particularly witty comment from the book because besides the fact that there is nothing remotely memorable or witty in this book I will not give it the satisfaction. I am sorry and must make a disclaimer here. As a rule, I am not mean about books, I do not enjoy being rude about another person's work but this book I could not let slide. Preview: I found it offensive, degrading and overall a complete slap in the face to women everywhere which is why I will be so heated in my thoughts on this. I read this book roughly a week and a half ago and I am still enraged that I wasted my time. In fact, the more I think about it the angrier I get because I know people who love this book and that fact alone gives me the urge to go into a blind rage.

Anyways, I will write this and let out all my aggression and then be done thinking about this. WARNING: SPOILERS HERE...YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.

This book has so many things wrong with it I do not know where to begin so to summarize; Abby is a freshman at college, Travis is a sophomore and the resident guy who sleeps with everyone on campus. He fights in an underground fighting club where he beats the living daylights out of random other students for money. Classy guy already, right? So Abby is best friends with America who is dating Travis's cousin/roommate Shep, thus they meet and for some unknown reason after banging 90% of the student body he becomes enthralled with Abby who is immune to his, erm, charms? She tries to fend him off in a complete mature and rational way...when she sees him she purposely wears pajamas, no makeup and, ok?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Firstly, I will admit that I was consumed by this book (in a self-deprecating kind of way), and I couldn't seem to put it down (much to my chagrin). Because of this I gave it more stars then I would have otherwise.

If you can remember what it's like to be young, passionate (albeit stupid) and in love this book is tolerable if you like A LOT of teenage angst... If you can keep reminding yourself what it's like to be young, impulsive and in a dysfunctional relationship with a narcissistic co-dependent with rage issues.... then this book can be very enjoyable I'm sure. But, if you find yourself having a difficult time relating to such scenarios, I would save yourself the frustration and irritation.

My second issue with this book was the length. The Editor could have shaved off about a third and it wouldn't have hindered the story in the slightest. It was also full of typos, which always amazes me... The back and forth and back and forth of a tumultuous, unhealthy and immature relationship starting to get old after the first 200 pages... But wait... for your reading pleasure... there's another 162 pages of the same dribble...

At 33, I think I might be too old to find this book appealing. Considering the reviews, I guess I have a different view of what constitutes "romance".
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540 of 686 people found the following review helpful
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I was shocked and disturbed by BEAUTIFUL DISASTER for many reasons. The hideous cover wasn't a good way to start!

I can definitely see why this book is appealing to the Twilight crowd, and perhaps now the adolescents who were swept away by that series are looking for something a touch more grown up. There're definite similarities between the stories - and that's not a good thing.

Though I could go on forever about my problems with this book, I'll just give you some dot points:

* Under no circumstances - none whatsoever - is it okay, cool, or admirable to beat people to a bloody pulp because they looked at your girlfriend the wrong way. It is NOT romantic - it's a crime and Travis deserved to be in prison for his behaviour. The fact the `heroine' encouraged him to behave that way was equally as shocking.

* This guy is a maniac. Ignoring his unhealthy, obsessive attachment to Abby (which is, apparently oh so romantic when you're a teenager of the Twilight generation), his own issues with anger management and manic-depressive behaviour desperately need to be addressed. This man is sick in the head, and he needs psychological help, not a girl to obsess over and treat like a possession.

* You cannot seriously think it's okay to accept a diamond bracelet from a man you're dating, and then spend every night sleeping in another man's bed. What human being would behave that way, or expect someone to put up with it?!

* Yet another Young Adult read where the heroine is a Mary Sue. There's nothing remarkable about her - in fact I found her a very unlikeable character - and yet every man around her thinks she's the greatest thing ever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book!
I have read previous book by Jamie and this is by far my fav! I was looking forward to the next book and they are just as great. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by cheeksgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
I'm not a huge reader, but I LOVED this book. It pulled me in right from the start and kept me hooked through the last one. A must read.
Published 19 hours ago by Dmh25
3.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
I couldn't put this book down despite the rampant use of cliches and the sometimes unbelievable characters. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Brittany A. Schumann
1.0 out of 5 stars Soooooo much drama!
I like angst, some drama. There is such a thing as TOO MUCH though. I like a tough guy possessive alpha. This guy Travis is just a punk. No redeeming qualities. Read more
Published 1 day ago by RDW
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK Disaster
Not the best book I've ever read, but certainly not the worst. It starts off great, I was pulled in, couldn't put it down and was very absorbed in the characters (who have... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Faymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Beautiful!!!
Beautiful Disaster had it all romance,comedy,tragedy, heartbreak and love.
I felt this book was beautifully written and much thought was given to the characters with in... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Fran Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars 💛😍💛
💙This book!!!! So awesome and a good length, I loved the characters even if I wanted to smack them sometimes
Published 1 day ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fav books ever
This book was completely addicting. I couldn't put it down. His POV in Walking Disaster was equally addicting. Get it, you won't regret it.
Published 2 days ago by lovetoshop
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute MUST read!
A friend of mine suggested that I read this book. As usual, I sad "Ok" and then forgot about it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by E. Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I thought this book was great and I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Published 2 days ago by Lindsay Medwin
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New York Times best selling author Jamie McGuire has penned the Providence series and contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children. She is an RT(R), a graduate of Autry and Oklahoma Northern College, and a full time writer.

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Was Beautiful Disaster originally a Twilight fanfic?
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I also received the same email and I agree with you. Why should I send back my perfectly good copy that I paid 2.99 for so I can turn around and buy it again for 7.36? Is it because the book is so popular that now they want to get more money out of us?
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