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Romance trumps suspense in Spinella's feverishly soapy debut. A phone call from a doctor friend at a Silver Spring, Md., hospital interrupts Mia Montgomery Wells in the middle of her pitch to a potential major investor in her eco-friendly office concept. Mia rushes to the hospital, where she finds her former biker boyfriend, Peyton Flynn McDermott, in a coma in the ICU, the victim of a serious road accident. Thirteen years earlier, Peyton fell in love with Mia when she was a design student at the University of Georgia, but later dumped her because he thought she would be better off without him. As she begins her bedside vigil, Mia flashes back to her turbulent relationship with Peyton, whom she knew to be a dangerous drifter and possibly a serial killer. While Mia realizes her revived passion for Peyton will have serious repercussions for her marriage, she believes fate has given them a second chance to sort out their earlier issues. Some readers may find Mia's actions less than credible. (Jan.)
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"Laura Spinella creates a hypnotically spun tale of romance, mystery and redemption. Warning: Beautiful Disaster will keep you up reading way past your bedtime!"
--Maria Geraci, author of The Boyfriend of the Month Club
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425238601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425238608
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Catherine Jensen on January 7, 2011
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From the first chapter of Beautiful Disaster I was hooked. Ms. Spinella's debut novel will keep you reading, start to finish. She does a masterful job of weaving the past and present while bringing you characters and a story that are equally mesmerizing. I have not enjoyed a novel this much in some time. Although the book features a Southern backdrop, readers from anywhere will be drawn to Mia and Flynn's story. Reading a book where you find yourself truly rooting for the characters is a rarity. Beautiful Disaster accomplishes this and a great deal more. The author's descriptive talents and dialogue are vivid and genuine, adding to this turn paging novel. In a character driven book, the story is also complete with plenty of twists and turns. My only regret is that there isn't another Spinella novel on the shelf!
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Let me start by saying, I am not a huge fan of Romance books. In the case of Beautiful Disaster I am more than willing to make an exception. This book captured my interest from page one and held it throughout the entire book. More than just a romance book, Laura Spinella's debut novel contains an intriguing back story that grabbed the mystery/thriller loving portion of my brain and left me chewing on several theories as the story progressed. While this part of the story was by no means the main event, nor really even entirely fleshed out, it kept me reading through the more formulaic romance aspects of the book. And even that portion of the book was above average. Rather than being one dimensional, Spinella's characters were flawed, which only added to their allure. At some point in the book each character was poised to make choices that left me shaking my head and saying, "What were you thinking????" Did the story contain all the formulaic pieces of a typical romance? Yes, it did. BUT -- this was much more than just a boy and girl meet, fall in love, become estranged, get back together, and live happily ever after story. It was a richly told story about people, they choices they make, and the impact throughout their lives of those choices.
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This is the second book by Laura Spinella that I have read. I didn't think anything would equal Ghost Gifts but Beautiful Disaster was just as good. Well worth the 12.99 Kindle price. I love the way the author weaves two story lines into one complete story. Can't wait to read the next one!
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Beautiful Disaster is a riveting novel, an emotional roller coaster filled with ups and downs, twists and turns. It is a story about trust and honesty, and believing in a person no matter what they look like, no matter what secrets are hidden in their past, no matter that the odds seem stacked against them. When Mia meets Flynn, he is a drifter on a motorcycle riding through town. Despite her own misgivings, and especially the concerns of her friend Roxanne, Mia can't fight her growing feelings for Flynn; somehow she must not only convince herself that she can trust him, but prove to him that she can be trusted with the things that cause him nightmares. Flynn and Mia are complex characters whose emotions and feelings are felt on each page of this book. This is a powerful story, compelling and fraught with tension, but filled with passion and love.
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By flip4em on October 18, 2012
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I stumbled upon this book when I was looking for another book called "Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire. I read that one first but then this one caught my eye and after reading the sample online I decided to give it a try. I rarely purchase books in paperback format these days but the paperback was half the price of the Kindle version, go figure... Anyhow, it worked out well since my husband has confiscated my iPad lately. I read this book in just over a day and it was well worth the wait to get the paperback and the money. It kind of reminded me of the story of "The Notebook" which is one of my all time favorite books that turned into a movie. Love lost and found again, for sure. The story was well written and I plan to re-read it again.
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This is the second book by Laura that I have read. Wonderful in depth characters that you become invested in. She has a wonderfully skillful way of weaving past and present. I highly recommend this book!
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By jmorales on November 25, 2012
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I loved this book. I wasn't sure at first but before long I was pulled into the story and I was unable to put it down. There is tragedy and growth in the lives of the main characters but they keep going forward despite circumstances. The story is told really well and the crucial events are slowly revealed which is great for build up. I really can't recommend this book more without adding spoilers, which I won't do. Lovely story.
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This was a great debut novel from Spinella.

Mia Montgomery (Wells), who is going to college to be an eco-friend designer, meets Flynn, an older, motorcycle riding bad boy. Flynn is running from something but Mia doesn't care. She loves being with him through good and bad and he promises never to just leave. He does just that and it shatters Mia.

Mia goes on to marry and is on the verge of realizing her eco-friendly dream when her best friend, Roxanne, calls her to tell her that her lost love has been in a motorcycle accident that he might not survive and is at the hospital where she works in the trauma unit. Mia rushes to the hospital and keeps vigil over Flynn in the hopes that he will recover.<spoiler>

Mia's husband is away on various business trips while Mia continues to work at Flynn's bedside. Roxanne continues to warn Mia off, but Mia will not listen.

When Flynn awakens and confronts Roxanne about a letter he wrote that Mia obviously knows nothing about, everything begins to unravel.

Can love survive years later after all the pain Flynn has inflicted on Mia by just leaving? Can the friendship between Mia and Roxanne survive?</spoiler>

In the end second chances are possible and love can survive.

I was very satisfied with this read. It has a little bit of romance, a little bit of mystery and just enough intrigue to keep me guessing.

4.5 out of 5 stars
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