Review & Contest: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher:  Atria Books
Pages: 444
Source:  NetGalley

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, 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 needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, 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’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.


Review: Jamie McGuire hit one out of the park with Beautiful Disaster. This was a wonderful coming of age story and Travis and Abby along with their friends America and Shep had a lot of angst to work through. Travis and Abby’s past colored their present life and how they acted and the choices they made. Travis was a bad boy all the way but Abby was the one who could tame him and he became a different person around her. Unfortunately being only 19, Abby didn’t always want that role. The give and take between them, their friends, fellow college students and their own families brought many emotions out to me as the reader – horror, concern, fear, tears, laughter, anxiety and caring. Travis also surprised me by being an extraordinary student with good grades and was willing to tutor Abby for her to get through her classes and get good grades too.

There was a happily ever after that was given nice closure in the epilogue. There was also romance and love. I have not read books by McGuire before but will definitely be adding her other books to my TBR pile. I look forward to reading them especially if she can bring out my emotions like she did in Beautiful Disaster.




We are excited to be a part of Jamie’s blog tour for the re-release of Beautiful Disaster.  We’d like to share with you Jamie’s playlist (taken from her website) for Beautiful Disaster and a contest for a signed copy of the book, provided by Atria Books.


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19 thoughts on “Review & Contest: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

  1. Chris Bails says:

    I think what attraches me to bad boys is the hope of reforming them. I also don’t think it always fun to be good all the time. As the saying goes “Be good only if being bad ain’t more fun!” Some good bad boys are Bones-Jeaniene Frost, Vishous-Black Dagger Brotherhood, and Johnny Riggs-Kat Martin.

  2. Maria D. says:

    I think that what attracts women to bad boys is the element of danger and the forbidden which we seek….we know our parents won’t like them and we hope they have experience in all kinds of things and are willing to share the experience with us…

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Molly Frenzel says:

    I think what attracts women to bad boys is the forbidden. And the wicked gleam they all seem to have in their eyes.

  4. I don’t know what it is–maybe it’s a secret desire to be bad ourselves. I don’t really want a bad boy, though. I only want one who seems bad, but is good on the inside.

  5. Na says:

    Bad boys are appealing but they need saving. If they can be reformed they can learn some useful lessons and that is inspiring.

  6. Crystal Newman says:

    I think that since bad boys are something your parents usually tell you to stay away from, well your going to do it. They are just so exciting and make you want to break all the rules and just be reckless.

  7. Jolene A says:

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book!!! I love bad boys and I love bad boys in romance. There is something darkly sexy about a bad boy

  8. Chelsea B. says:

    I think it’s the adventure of it all. We all want to be swept away by that one perfect person– to be excited.

  9. Jen B. says:

    I think we all like to think that the bad boy can be reformed or that under the hard surface is something sweet and cuddly. It certainly makes for good fiction. I don’t think it’s so good in real life.

  10. Andie Wardlow says:

    I think what attracts me to bad boys is the challenge…that you will be the girl to reform his bad boy ways…

  11. Maria Malaveci says:

    I also agree with a commenter who said the challenge, because you get to try and change their bad boy ways…

  12. Patti P says:

    I think we really are drawn to them because we yearn to heal them. We want to show them love and affection and in return we want them to share some of the excitement, danger and power they possess. At least that’s how I recall it from my high school days. 🙂

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