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Beautiful Disaster (The Bet series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Francette Phal
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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Book Description

They created the game but eighteen year old Nicholas Grayson mastered the rules.

They are young and entitled and utterly bored with their lives, so they play games to entertain themselves. They call it the “bet” and new girl Ellie Holbrook is their latest target. Ellie is not the kind of girl Nicholas dates, but she is pretty enough to be his next conquest and so he sets out to seduce her and claim a nice little prize at the end. But her seduction proves difficult when she openly rejects his advances. In his dogged pursuit of her he slowly finds himself in her small circle of trusted friends and meets her two year old daughter, Sophie.

Life takes a startling turn for Nicholas when he realizes his happiness now lies with the young mother and her daughter. Falling in love with Ellie isn’t something Nicholas ever thought could happen to him and he’s completely frightened at how fiercely she makes him feel. But before he can further examine those emotions and clearly process them, enemies from Nicholas’s personal circle of friends conspire to tear them apart and he must now decide whether their love is worth saving or allow his friends to take away the greatest thing that’s ever happened to him.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2747 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 150079273X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UH3YAM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Raw - An Amazing Story October 23, 2012
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This book is the epitome of dysfunctional. It is a truly amazing story but be warned that it is raw, gritty and downright nasty. At the same time, it is about love, loss and grief. It is about battling your demons and finding your soul only to have it ripped away and shredded right before your eyes. It is about power, jealousy, vengeance and guilt.

The theme of the story is not unfamiliar but the execution certainly is, in my experience anyway. It is explosive, with characters, both teenagers and adults, who are utterly depraved, deeply troubled and morally destitute. It is extremely well written - the author has a fluid and clear writing style that draws you in and firmly holds your attention. The book contains very heavy drug and alcohol use, some racial disharmony and extreme sexual situations that are not for the faint of heart or younger readers.

The story begins with a bet. Can Nicholas seduce Ellie? No one expected this time to be different, but it is and his friends don`t understand why. Jealousy fuels rage and rage fuels stupidity. Lives spin out of control and everyone becomes vulnerable.

I will not easily forget this story. In fact, it was left open ended and I will snap up the sequel the second it is released. This book is incredible and I highly recommend it to those who won`t be put off by the blatant honesty of the story. It is gripping and unforgettable and there is nothing pretty about it. Very well done.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It sucked! March 23, 2013
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This was the biggest pile of crap and a huge waste of time. The characters were horrible. The actions of the book were so out of left field and sometimes it made absolutely no sense whatsoever. The author would focus great thoughts on pointless/throw away characters which was such a waste of time. Why would anyone care what random nurse #4 thinks of a character? I know I didn't care but I was forced to read their thoughts. Maddie...just no. I can't even begin describe that train wreck of a character. The "hero" did a complete 180 in five seconds and turned back to the uber douche we were introduced to in the first chapter but worse. It made no sense and I wish I could get my money and time back. It was just uuuuuugh. Not a fan of this at all. I wish I could give this crapfest negative 5 stars because it was that bad.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Disaster Yes... Only If No Follow Up! November 13, 2012
By Curry
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What happens when you make choices you know are wrong? When you ingnore your inner voice warning you about something or someone? When you are in love and it's not returned? When you've told so many lies they become the truth. When you choose sadness and self-pity over happiness and love? Beautiful Disaster is just that a Beautiful Disaster. Life is full of choices and with those come consequences.

All of the charaters in this book are raw, vulnerable and filled with pain. Some wanting/looking to be loved and some not. Then there are those hell bent on making someone's/anyone's life like miserable. This book will take you on an emotional journey of several characters lives.

Warning it ends on a cliffhanger. One can only hope there is a fast follow up with the next book. To many holes left with all the characters. It's still very much worth the buy to read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A baby for everyone!!! July 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book lost me from the beginning. With the way it starts off, you'll swear it's really a transcript for an episode of Teen Mom.

"I'm a parent, but I'm a teen too! I should be doing teenager things!"

Seriously? Stop worrying about prom and open a book.

The characters (main AND sideline) were really boring and some of their lifestyles just a little too over the top for my taste. Who lives like this? It was reaching, especially considering these were only high school aged kids.

(Spoiler) What drove me absolutely out of my effin' mind insane is that there is ZERO mention of protection/pregnancy prevention in this book. NEIN! You have a main character who became pregnant at a young age, repeating over and over how she won't make the same mistakes, YET SHE NEVER MAKES HER BOYFRIEND WEAR A FREAKING CONDOM! Really? It didn't ring true. It's like the idea never even popped into anyone's head and there's a whimpering toddler in the next room.

The weird story with Matt and "Nicky's" (I hated that nickname) father and then the uncle who lived "in the manor"... lol... What the hell is going on in this town?
It's also never explained why Ellie's uncle was in prison for 10 years. PRISON. You might want to ask before you move in with him.

Anyway. You know its going to end on a predictable note. Maybe not book 1, but the series for sure. I'm not sure why I'm torturing myself, but I think I'll actually read book 2.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your time. December 18, 2012
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If you searched beautiful disaster and got this book, I'm guessing you really wanted the one by Jamie McGuire. GET THAT ONE!!! What a stupid f'in book. I read the whole flipping thing thinking there may be some redeeming qualities. Rarely do I hate a book so much. The issues: SPOILERS.

1. I can get over that they are all whores ( men and women alike), because I like a good sex scene as much as the next person, but seriously not one mention of protection especially when this is geared towards the very impressionable YA. (Sorry if I'm showing my 34 year old age) Ellie has already been knocked up once and Nicholas is a total man whore, but one redeeming quality could have been that he never didn't not use protection.

2. The nickname Nicky for someone who is supposed to be a gorgeous sex god. Kept thinking it was a cats name. Enough said

3. SOOOOO many grammatical errors and missing words.

4. There was an entire chapter that the author meant to have as a "flashback" near the end that was done so bad it just appeared to be put in the book in the wrong place. if anyone had done any sort of editing job before it was released this things would have been picked up on.

5. I honestly don't know the authors name because I don't even care enough to look, but I was trying to determine if he/she was from the states or not. Parts were so American and tried for "big words to sound smart"' yet there is a line that Ronnie (a 100% completely unnecessary character, along with Terran who were both introduced more than half way through the book) said about not being able to wait to take Gabe's surname. WTF???

6. The ending.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars That was unexpectedly dark and good
This book is so much darker than I realized it would be. I thought some of the sub-plots were stretching it a bit and some of the wording became overly flowery and the super-rich... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a heart wrenching story!
WOW! I'm normally not into teenage stories, but this one was really different. It deals with teen pregnancy, drugs, betrayals, alcohol etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Oh come on! one more page man...
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
I love dark and twisted books and this one didn’t disappoint. As a matter of fact it took me on a whole new level of just how twisted a human mind can go when determined to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T London
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 5 star book! !!
I loved the way she wrote this story of the lovely Ellie and Nicholas Omg from the beginning I was freaking out all the way to the end! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alisha Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
This book was an emotional roller coaster the entire way through. It had so many ups and downs and crazy people, I don't even know how to rate it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Relationship drama to the max!
Rating: 5 Stars

The story of Nicholas (18 year old high school student, rich, reckless, as*hole) and Ellie (18 year old high school student, mother of Sophie, reformed... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Monique R
2.0 out of 5 stars It Started Out Better Than How It Ended
This book started out good but then two-thirds of the way in the book gets way too complicated and just too much going on. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer R. Shiels
5.0 out of 5 stars What just happened here?
Holy Crap! Have you ever read a book and when it was over you just sat there staring at it like it was a big dream and it didn’t really happen that way or give it the big friendly... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stephanie-The Boyfriend Bookmark
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it....
I understand that not everyone is going to like this book. That being said I LOVED it. It was cruel and gritty but underneath there was great love and beauty. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars This book blew me away.
This book was a complete surprise to me. After reading a good review about this I decided I had to read it even though it came out over 2 years ago. Read more
Published 7 months ago by psee
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