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I read another hundred or so pages filled with nothing but belly button fluff, and then the proverbial towel is thrown in again. Bonus points for Travis trashing the apartment like a fucking gorilla in heat after Abby leaves in the morning without saying goodbye.
Bonus bonus points for having Abby apologize for his appalling, violent, frightening behaviour. Hour four: Insanity sings a siren song. I am barely able to hold on to my mind as a huge convoluted plot involving Vegas, poker and "cronies" springs up out of thin air.
Abby and Travis break up because Travis wants to join the Mob??? Hour five: Abby and Travis fuck each other over again, constantly pussy-footing around the truth and their feelings.
However, hilarity ensues when one realizes that they have broken up and Travis is stuck with "Pigeon" tattooed on his wrist. What a fucking idiot. It is a very, very bad idea to tattoo another person's name on your body. This is pretty much a renowned fact. Tattoo artists everywhere will strongly advise against it. Abby and Travis fuck again in his father's house??? Hour six: The plane has entered Canada and the end of the longest flight in history appears to be in sight.
However, the book refuses to wrap up. There is more misogyny to be had, more violent behaviour from Travis, more pussy-footing, and a reunion which oozes with cheese. Side characters America and Shepley continue to be aggressively boring. Hour seven: Motif of weird fizzling subplots emerges and it becomes apparent that there is no plot to this book, only an abusive and codependent relationship and its hurdles.
Nothing actually happens except a few immature and bratty kids behaving like dogs in heat, spattering period blood all over the floor and pissing on strangers' pant legs.
They are the most inconvenient, self-absorbed and antagonistic group of people who all need a good, solid kick in the pants. Bonus points for pretending to be inclusive by having a gay character.
Yes, pretending. Book is not inclusive when book portrays a gay character as an extreme and commodified caricature with absolutely no expression of sexuality, no agency, and no reason for existence outside of consoling the main character when her straight romance breaks down. Hour eight: Travis and Abby are married!!! Cheesiest scene in the history of the universe proceeds, along with fifty pages of surrounding filler. Book seems to drag on forever - chronicling Abby and Travis as they check in at the airport, as they drive somewhere, as they hug, and as they recycle the same conversation filled with sweet nothings that they have exchanged at least twenty times before.
I am crying inside, begging for this ordeal to be over. When it is, a tsunami of relief washes over me. I arrive home, go to bed, and do not awaken for eleven hours.
In conclusion: This book is just a disaster. View all 58 comments. Jan 06, Dd rated it liked it. Shake in your boots,boys,and drop your panties,ladies! I give you: Travis 'Mad Dog' Maddox! The lean muscles stretched under his tattooed skin. Here go my ovaries!! Can I get pregnant from this? Okay,now the storyline!! Abby Abernathy has a secret. She has a past. A dark past. An Shake in your boots,boys,and drop your panties,ladies!
And to escape it all,she makes a new beginning at Eastern University,with her best friend America. I was as indistinguishable as any other wide-eyed,over-achieveing freshman on their way to class; no staring,no rumors,no pity or judgement. Only the illusion of what I wanted them to see: Cashmered,no-nonsense Abby Abernathy. Now,coming back to the story,America has a new boyfriend Shepley.
He takes them watch a ring fight. And there Readers,we are first introduced to Travis,room-mate and cousin of Shepley. He can't be beaten. He can't be ignored.
He never backs down from a challenge. He is a walking one-night stand. Now,I wish I could tell only good things but it won't be fair if I don't tell that he is also A jerk,temperamental,impulsive,has anger-management issues,immature,at times downright stupid,and also has a little stalkerish tendencies!!
Now,Abby's whole life goes topsy-turvy when she becomes Travis's Pigeon. Their attraction is instant. But Abby is not ready to become yet another conquest. And Travis is not ready to back down from such a refreshing challenge. Are you a man-hater in general,or do you just hate me? I didn't say you're a bad person. I just don't like being a foregone conclusion for the sole reason of having a vagina.
You are killing me. That's it. We have to friends. I won't take no for an answer. But are they destined to be just friends or something else,something more? Readers,they are insane together. They are out of control. You're trying to save him and he's hoping you can. You two are a disaster. When it's good,Kara Now you must be wondering 'Why 3 stars then?
I'll say once again-- Please do NOT read this if you have not read this book already!! Okay,my greatest complaint about this book was I was actually loving and enjoying this book when I watched in horror the events unfold. How could Abby not know that Travis was in love with her?? I don't blame her for trying to keep Travis only as a friend. And she accepted to go on a date with Parker that very day.
And after that He called me yesterday. Because you slept with him even though you knew you were leaving and he's crazy about you!!! I stood my ground,staring straight into his eyes. Over, and over and over," she sighed. He ripped his sheets off the bed, and threw them away, threw his pillows away, shattered his mirror with his fist, kicked his door Be the Travis who never backs down from a challenge and say Now,this was just the beginning.
After sometime I felt as if I was watching a ping-pong match!! Abby fucks up. Then Travis fucks up. Then Abby fucks up again. Then Travis never backs down from challenge,remember? Oh God!
When they broke up and were saying good-bye during Thanksgiving She had already dumped him. And then she realized her mistake,and wanted to get back with him. But when he was letting her go and saying Whatever it takes. He was giving me an out,and it was exactly when I didn't want it. I could have told him that I had changed my mind and he would take back everything he'd just said,but I knew that it wasn't fair to either of us to hold on just when he had let go.
Their last make-up was weird too. I'm still trying to figure out how that happened!! I know that you are still thinking about Well,frankly,I gave it 3 stars because I am biased. And because no matter how much they fucked up,there were several moments when I absolutely adored them. Travis,you are a disaster and immediately need a shrink!! In the end, I want to say that I can empathize with people who gave it 5 stars,as well as with people who gave it 1 star.
That's all for now,Readers. Sep 04, Kat Kennedy added it. Can't do it. It's just too horrible. I've reached my max saturation point of stupidity. Jul 02, Kristen rated it it was amazing Shelves: In many ways this book is everything I hate in a Young Adult romance, but I still found myself enthralled, giddy, and starry eyed, regardless of how annoyed I became at time. In fact, I felt like I was at odds with myself during most of it.
There was my latent teenage self, all starry eyed and idealistic, 5 stars with a caveat, and by far my most difficult review to write to date. There was my latent teenage self, all starry eyed and idealistic, who loved everything about this book, warring with my more mature and realistic year-old self who knows better. It became quite exasperating. I found I liked all the characters in this book. Not once did I become annoyed with them- shocking for a Young Adult story.
The characters were multi-dimensional and authentic. I was easily transported into their world of college drama although, frankly, it felt more like High School.
Right from the start I fell head-over-heels in love with Travis. He's such a lovable jerk. He epitomizes the charismatic, lackadaisical, tattooed, sexier-than-all-get-out bad boy over whom most young girls swoon. He's volatile, tough, flirty, compulsive, charming, aggressive, shameless, intelligent, domineering, proud, and nonchalant. He also has a tenderhearted, kind and vulnerable side that makes it impossible not to love him. He really is the ultimate fantasy. Our book begins with Abby, our level-headed and strong-willed heroine, attending an underground college fight club where Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox is the undefeated champion.
Unimpressed with his slick and smooth talking manner, she brushes him off, wanting nothing to do with him. Only too familiar with his type, she knows he means trouble.
Travis, intrigued because Abby is immune to his charms, all but stalks her, wanting to win her over. Eventually he succeeds. What begins as a genuine friendship slowly blooms into an all consuming, passionate, and frankly, obsessive and codependent relationship.
I really liked Abby's character. I was braced to dislike her as the story progressed, fearing she would become little more than a doormat because of the codependent and obsessive relationship she had with Travis. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how level-headed she remained throughout the book. The thing that makes this story both intriguing and appalling, is Travis' obsession with Abby. He is consumed by her. She becomes his everything. Exhilarating in theory; unhealthy in reality!
His obsession, at times, becomes disturbing and worrisome. In the end Travis makes some behavioral changes, albeit more surface than substance, hoping to win Abby back. He succeeds, and Abby returns to the relationship. In doing so, some readers may believe in the misconception that one person can change another. While a part of me knows better I still loved so much about this book. I am a girl, after all! Would I want my 17 year old daughter to read this? Very few teens have either the experience or maturity to distinguish between fantasy and reality.
But will I read this book again? Oh dear, this makes me a hypocrite! View all 94 comments. Feb 11, Angela rated it did not like it Shelves: I haven't been this pissed off reading a book since Bad Romeo.
Beautiful Disaster was a cluster eff of a read managing to throw everything I hate in a book into one novel. My first issue with this book are the characters.
Our leading lady is Abby Abernathy. Then there's our leading man Travis Maddox. I can capture my feels for both of them at the same time. Actually that really undersells how I feel towards them but whatever.
Abby is DUMB! I have never wanted to tear a characters hair out more than hers. She is such a plain character that turns out to be more boring than watching paint dry. It's clear that the writer wanted to make it out to be that Abby would be this special snowflake but it was the fail of fails. Her sub story is that she comes from this terrible up-bringing Even though the premise behind her tale was set up to be a success it too failed!
This brings me to Travis Oh God I don't even know where to start with this this Patrick Bateman in training. This boy was two shakes of lambs tail away from cutting Abby up and making her into a skin suit. I would gladly let " Mr. Grey see me now " then let him touch me with a ten foot pole. He is creepy, abusive, controlling, scary, unattractive, cocky, and bizarre.
This dude is beyond unstable. McGuire writes it so that Travis is this womanizing-college frat-man whore. Girls vagina literately bust out of their pants every time they see him. This causing me to roll my eyes so hard that they almost dislodged from my head!
This leads me to p roblem two and three with this book. Maybe it's just me doubtful but maybe but if I was about to hook up with a dude and I opened his bedside table and there was an endless amount of condoms and KY Jelly I would fly out of that room so fast that boy would think he was Dorthy Travis has major bipolar, drinking, jealousy, and personality issues.
Travis also manages to keep Jesus abs the whole time without ever working out HA NO! View all 77 comments.
May 08, Colleen Hoover rated it it was amazing. I read this book right after shameless plug I wrote my first book, Slammed.
Speaking of Slammed, who do you think would win in a fist fight between Travis Maddox and poetry teacher, Will Cooper? Let's look on the bright side. Will Cooper would write a really kick-ass poem about his hospital stay. View all 20 comments. Jamie McGuire's "Beautiful Disaster" is the worst adult contemporary romance novel I've had the displeasure of reading.
I'm imagining I've raised a few eyebrows with beginning this review on that note. You might be thinking "Well, aren't you being a little melodramatic, Rose? It's just a book - it can't possibly be that bad , right?
I hesitated reading "Beautiful Disaster" because I was informed of issues with the book long before I picked up the e-galley and took the task of reading it in full. Books that glorify abusive relationships, especially if it's veiled abuse and doesn't give proper context nor knocks down the manipulative behavior, do not sit well with me. Nor do those that champion misogynistic ideals and present women in a negative light. Granted, as I mentioned before, I like a good romantic read.
I also like books that deal with tough subjects and push the envelope when it comes to tackling a tough subject matter. I don't mind those things, especially if they leave me with things to think about long after I've turned the last page of the book.
Developed, rounded characters in the mix are a bonus as well. Prior to reading this book - what I'd read of Travis was that he's a condescending, patronizing, controlling jerk who gets away with a lot in this book. I could describe him in more crude terms, but I'm trying to keep that at a minimum in this reflection. And it's not necessarily knocked down by the passive heroine who actually does have another guy who cares about her and treats her well, but the portrayal is never equivocated because all the while, Travis comes up as the obvious horse in the love triangle race.
If one could even call it a true triangle. And the heroine never focuses on the wrong that Travis does, but rather focuses on all the other external elements other women, etc. I could open the floor and ask a simple question: I ask that question sincerely in a manner of discourse, because I don't understand the attracting factor of someone who would go to such lengths to control what a woman wears, who she sees, where she resides, and practically throw a fit if she deviates from those restrictions.
People argue that Travis is not abusive, but there are more dimensions to abuse than just physical context despite the fact that he tears up a room in response to the heroine's actions in one scene of the book.
What little I had skimmed in BD's snippets and also read in other reviews had abuse of another sort - mental and emotional.
The heroine keeps being drawn back into Travis's influence, though it's clear on several counts that there are moments when she wants to get the heck away from him, but then turns around and commends his behavior in implied gestures.
It's not made okay by the fact that Travis starts singing in the middle of a certain setting "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" or the fact that he downloads her a puppy. He might have moments of good, but the larger impressions of the novel were that his influence is negative and the heroine desires him in light of that negativity. That was the initial reason why I passed on this book for content rationale. My experience with McGuire's first novel in her "Providence" trilogy didn't sit well with me either.
But curiosity has never let me lie in peace when it comes to a book. So when I saw this available as an e-galley, I decided to swallow my qualms and go for it. The experience was worse than I'd initially believed it to be. There has been debate with this novel as a self-published work as to what genre it fell under, given its respective thematic and the frank content of Abby and Travis' relationship. McGuire herself had stated that it was once a mature YA title which I would adamantly refute given the strong language, sexual, and discretionary content of the book.
It's been since marketed as an adult contemporary romance. There's also a question that I think might raise a few other eyebrows that I'm going to explore: Is it really a romance novel?
The knee-jerk reaction might be akin to: What else would it be? It's showing a dysfunctional relationship between two trainwreck lovers who are meant to be together and weather all kinds of hardships and such to ultimately be one. When the dysfunction becomes more than the love, where is the line drawn between it being a romance or a staged drama in prose form?
It's true that people do crazy things when in love and act in the veil of desperation - sometimes going through something akin to the five stages of grief before coming to terms with the heart of their true sentiments and there's plenty of that to go around in this book.
Yet when it becomes so manufactured that the people inside the story don't act in the way that the character would act given their personality traits and knowledge in the book, and the author's obviously playing the puppeteer strings to skew it to a certain result, it can make the experience sour faster than week-old milk. And while I would say in romance literature, many may see the experience as escapist Which is why I wasn't downloading what "Beautiful Disaster" sold.
Abby Abernathy is a college freshman who meets Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox at a fighting match in which he's a participant. To say their relationship gets off to a rocky start would be an understatement.
Abby's quick to push him away because of his reputation, perception of his tattoos, and perceived sexual promiscuity. And Travis, bad boy extraordinaire, can't help but be drawn to Abby in her innocence and challenge to shove him away. Their relationship is further drawn together since they know people in the same circles.
Abby's friend America Mare and America's boyfriend, Shep, are just two examples. America has to be the most inconsistent best friend I've read, because she goes back and forth between passionately wanting Abby to be a part of Travis's life and thinking Abby is the only one who can "right" him, and also thinking it's best if Abby stays the heck away before she gets hurt. That normally wouldn't bother me in a romance novel. It happens even in real life. Given the context of this novel, however, I was horrified and made numb by it.
Abby is a passive heroine crafted in the guise of proactive by her incendiary attitudes towards Travis. There's really very little to no background given on her to round her character. It took me five chapters to realize what she was studying at her college, let alone a good bit of the novel to know anything about her family and when that comes to light, it's fairly reminiscent of McGuire's other, latter penned novel "Providence" - heroine has father issues, father's associated with criminal activity, etc.
I think that disconnect was what made it hard to truly sympathize with her, aside from some harrowing moments where she's desperately getting away from her relationship with Travis and facing some antagonism from other sources a near rape, a fire, etc.
Travis - again, I do not understand why he's a desirable male lead. He takes on the typical "bad boy who's hurting" trope, and while I actually do tend to like alpha males who are in pain and sometimes lash out for genuine reasons, Travis never has any kind of development to justify his actions, let alone does he face the repercussions of them.
It's clear he has issues like his boiling anger, propensity to hit anything that gets in his way or offends "his girl," and some jarring examples of insensitivity to anyone but himself and his needs. There are moments penned where it's made to seem like he's being cute, but the majority of the time he's creepy, clingy, needy, and self-absorbed. There's a false guise of self-awareness given in the book when he acknowledges to Abby that he's "messed up", but never seems to learn from his actions.
There's a part of me that wondered if he was suffering from and I'm being very serious here a mental disorder that made him as such. It would've been helpful if maybe McGuire had the insight to delve into that part of his character more, but it never shows.
Not once. Travis's actions are often glorified and made okay by Abby's abrupt about face. No expansion given.
Here are some: He walks into the bathroom one scene while she showers. Abby's horrified one moment and then suddenly finds the gesture cute. He calls her Pidge - it's given as a nickname which she isn't initially affectionate toward and is supposedly a reference to the Disney film Lady and the Tramp, but that's never given in the context of the book.
Very rarely does he allude to her real name, and when he does, it's often to mock her or mock someone else discussing her with the effect of guilt tripping her. He totals his apartment after Abby leaves the day after a bet they made together expires requiring her to stay at his place for a month. They just so happened to have sex the night before, and she leaves the next morning without telling him. She's blamed by pretty much everyone that she was the cause of his tantrum and she accepts it.
Travis also gets desperate and chases her back home after a stint in Vegas and wanting to fight there for a mobster in order to obtain money. Abby's upset by it because her father was involved in that line of work and she doesn't want to go through the hurt and pain she endured from her father's involvements. Travis tries to restrain her, storms into the apartment with her roommate, and she has to hide from him until he "calms down. How is that respect? There are other factors to consider here as well.
Let's take it from the perspective of the man who, for a time, is set to be the "other" love interest in this novel. Meet Parker - a high achieving, Med-school aspiring student who seems like a nice guy, even if he seems like a bit of a Gary Stu initially considering his wealth and intelligence and the diamond bracelet gift does seem a bit presumed as Abby's birthday gift for the duration of their initial relationship.
But one can tell he's genuinely attracted to Abby - he treats her well, is even patient when he's sidelined by her. You can't help but feel bad for this guy after a point because he's pretty much a pawn in the "Travis and Abby" show. It's not realistic. What frustrated even more is that I felt McGuire's authorial voice often intruded with the relations between Abby and Parker where Travis was used as the comparison. It was as if it were set up to failure from point one. The way Abby treats Parker broke my heart, because either there's a hateful comment he makes that's decidedly out of character and McGuire's intruding voice in an attempt to make Travis look like the better guy, or there's a point where Travis or Abby completely skewer the guy for trying to use reason, or for just being who he is.
The only two characters I can say I actually liked consistently through the work were Finch and Kara, though their respective roles were very small in the overarching novel. The events of the novel themselves are problematic, but let me take a moment to discuss the writing and thematic. I mentioned misogyny in this novel, so I'll go a bit into it as well here.
It's one of those reads that can be quickly digested, but it's poorly written. Awkward dialogue tags other than "said" or "asked" , stilted dialogue, choppy phrasing - all things that could've been avoided with thorough editing. The thematic of this book bothered me considering the misogynistic language that's prevalent in this. If not just for the events themselves i. Travis dropping a woman from his lap after she insults Abby or Travis saying that he wouldn't want his future daughter to open her legs for a man so easily , then the language left something to be desired with frequent slut shaming, causal throws of "bitches" and "hos" and such.
I'm not a stranger to crude language in a work, but some of these were championed for obvious humor purposes, and they didn't come across as humorous or realistic at all to me. So, in sum, I think "Beautiful Disaster" didn't contain much beauty to it at all. I'll end on the note that after reading the book, I see the symbolism of the cover with a butterfly being kept in a jar. The sad thing about is that, when you think about the image in a sense, a romanticized version of it may mean that it's beauty captured and contained from the rest of the world.
But the reality, the longer that butterfly is contained from its habitat and not left to wander free to experience the world, it suffocates, withers, and dies. I think that Abby and Travis's relationship is, indeed, a suffocating presence that doesn't have any true romantic notions at all, and I deign to think it represents anything that could be construed as healthy or desirable.
Overall score: View all 47 comments. This book isn't beautiful, it's just a complete disaster. Travis is psychotic, abusive, and overprotective. I cannot believe shit like this gets published. View all 23 comments. Nov 12, Brittany rated it did not like it Shelves: Jamie McGuire. Putting the woman's movement back years. It saddens me that someone from my own gender is writing such shallow and mindless dribble.
I know the economy is bad, but damn have some pride! If you were able to get through this book without throwing up I have to applaud you.
I had to stop reading at page because I was becoming physically ill. It wasn't the subject that sickened me, it was HOW the subject was being written.
The characters and their reaction to Travis' obsessi Jamie McGuire. Literally insane! How Abby's friends could encourage her to date such a loose cannon is beyond me. Anybody with common sense or any real friend would tell her to run for the hills- this guy is mentally unstable! I know books aren't meant to be realistic, but I think they should be rooted with some truth.
I don't need to like all the characters I'm reading about, but it's nice to understand where they are coming from. Here I did not like the characters nor did I understand their motives. View all 12 comments. Jul 29, Abbi Glines rated it it was amazing Shelves: I rarely review books unless the author is a friend of mine.
However, I thought I'd say something about this one. I put off reading this because I'd read the reviews and the ones that complained about the editing issues worried me. I don't like reading a book for enjoyment and find myself mentally editing it the entire time. OMG, I am so glad I gave in and read it. It's insanely good. Yes, there are errors but honestly I was so wrapped up in the story I didn't care. It is really edgy and I would I rarely review books unless the author is a friend of mine.
It is really edgy and I wouldn't call it YA. The sex scenes are too explicit to be considered YA. Must read for lovers of the alpha male. It's truly addictive. Don't start late at night like I did. It will rob you of your sleep! View all 6 comments. No one. I read this because it tops so many lists here on Goodreads and I wanted to see what the hype is about but it sadly didn't even begin to live up to my expectations.
I actually believe this may be the worst book I have ever read. The characters are poorly developed, the writing style just appalling, I never really understood their motivations and the narrative never gave them time to react to situations. This felt like it had been written by a twelve year old to me. This takes place over 2 semeste I read this because it tops so many lists here on Goodreads and I wanted to see what the hype is about but it sadly didn't even begin to live up to my expectations.
This takes place over 2 semesters at college. Travis is a manwhore student who earns his money by bare knuckle fighting. He treats women terribly - very much wham bam thank you ma'am and kick her out the door 2 seconds later. Inexplicably, the moment he sees Abby, he falls in love and calls her pigeon - a rather scabby rodent like bird. Abby has a past she wants to escape - her Father was a successful poker player whose luck ran out when Abby turned 13 and so he hates her now!
I soooo didn't get that either. The characters make decisions that just had me all WTF?? It just doesn't make any sense. It's possibly the worst character development I have ever seen in a novel. Anyway, the story stumbles from situation to situation - Travis is goofily in love and will savagely beat any guy that looks at Abby sideways. We have descriptions of him holding someone on the floor and repeatedly smashing his fist in their face more than once.
That's not protective - that's downright violent and could actually result in a serious brain injury. And this is aimed at a YA readership with Travis cast as a 'hero'?? The sex scene where Travis takes Abby's virginity is absolutely forgettable.
I know she begs for it but he just ruts away on top of her with no thoughts of her pleasure or even preparing her to make it easier for her. He's pretty shit in bed to be fair and I was quite shocked he didn't have more pride in his performance given that he's had so much experience.
Travis appears to be harbouring some serious schizophrenic tendencies - perhaps he has actually sustained a serious brain injury in one of those fights? That might well explain his truly ridiculous character and decisions and reactions to situations - or could that possibly be just do to the poor character development on behalf of this writer. Travis is not one of the good guys. He is not a hero. There is nothing endearing about his character at all.
He is one of those nasty, jealous, possessive, violent guys that will beat the supposed love of his life senseless just because she glances at another man or he glances at her. Abby's future is likely to be fraught with peril, on edge constantly with what Travis will think about what she is wearing, who she is talking to and what she is doing. She will be so scared of upsetting him, it will totally rule her life.
Someone needs to tell Abby to get out and to get out quick before he beats her to a pulp because he surely will. To think that a girl of Abby's age could think that Travis is some kind of romantic hero is pretty scary and a pretty appalling message to be sending out to this book's target demographic. I'm real sorry that I didn't get this - I can see that this story is so well loved by so many here but it really wasn't for me. To this day I just cannot even begin to understand why so many people here that I respect have given it 5 stars.
What in the world do you all see here that I just can't? It completely baffles me. It's not even halfway good. I'd like to add that it's really not often that I leave reviews like this but I felt so strongly that this book is sending THE most appalling message of accepting violent tossers as heroes to it's young readers that I felt compelled to speak out against it.
View all 53 comments. Sep 08, Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing Shelves: You literally feel compelled to keep turning the pages. You just can't stop. No joke! Abby and Travis meet in college. He's a tough, charming, insanely hot, tattooed badboy who also is a womanizing A student who fights in a ring at night and once he meets Abby, he's just captivated by her.
Abby is a good girl, no drinking, no swearing, pretty much just his complete opposite. Despite their differences, they are somehow drawn to each other other. It was just you. They become friends before they become lovers but its clear that they are meant to be together.
Travis thinks to highly of Abby to initially be with her. He doesn't feel worthy of her. And in the book, we get to watch that change as it becomes more and more impossible for them to not be together. His eyes lost focus. I couldn't get enough of this book!
I fell in love with how fiercely protective Travis was of Abby. He may have gone overboard a few times but it made me totally swoony! This is a book after all, and in books we accept things that may not work in real life but that, in a story context, just make your heart race! He stomped toward me, planting his hands on the bed and leaning into my face.
He looked at my lips, panting. He was flawed, oh so flawed, but his heart was in the right place. I love a guy who is sure of who he loves, not afraid to defend them, and will try as hard as he can to prove himself. This book is fast paced and action packed. There are no slow or dull points. The writing is smooth and sucks you right into the story - puts you right there with the characters.
It is heart racing and heart breaking and has a HEA. Go home. I'm unfortunately writing this review months after I originally read the book but all I know is that this book is sitting on my favs shelf and will definitely be re-read at some point. I'd definitely call this a MUST read for any fan of badboy romances. View all 38 comments. Jul 03, Torie rated it really liked it Shelves: There were more typos than I could count, the dialogue is just so cheesy it's cringe-worthy, the boy is such a Gary-Sue, BUT I was so grossed out by myself for liking it, my boyfriend was grossed out by me liking it, but I couldn't pull myself away!
He's a bad-boy that's superb at fighting, but he's still a genius that doesn't have to work towards school.
How convenient! No one can beat him at a fight and no girl can pass him without shamelessly throwing herself at him. The only flaw he really seems to have is his inability to control his anger and his violent tendencies which apparently make him all the more appealing , but other than that, he's pretty peachy keen. He has a sob story, which isn't really all that sad, but McGuire was trying to fault him somewhere--anywhere--and his lack of a mother seemed good enough. He says all the right things, that are so incredibly cheesy, and it makes me wince every time I read them.
The girl is a special little snowflake. I didn't really hate her, and I didn't quite love her, but since I was saddled with her, I chose to quietly accept her as a narrator.
Her decisions were so stupid sometimes and so ridiculous, that it was unbelievable. Like, I wanted to hit her and say, "Really? Why are you such a wuss? Why are you so weak? Why do you keep running?
I did not sympathize with her at all. It was such an absurd sob story that I like really could care less. The cliches run so rampant throughout the book!
The only girl who refuses the sexy bad boy is the one he wants the most. I don't know! Nothing really stands out about her other than she wears short dresses and gets drunk a lot.
I guess that's hot for boys. I'll take note! The foil to the boy was horribly developed. He did not prove a strong antagonist because all Abby would describe him as is "rich, cute and charming," so we don't really learn much about him other than that. Like, what are we going to do with the fact that he's going to go to Harvard?? It's too obvious that he's supposed to be the polar opposite of Travis' "wrong side of the tracks" lifestyle and supposedly the right choice for Abby , and therefore makes it too obvious who she's going to choose.
Sometimes I enjoyed her quips, and I sure as hell enjoyed the smutty scenes Mcguire, you sure can write some good smut! Loved America!
Though, to be completely honest, I've never heard of a blonde girl named America before. I love when girls actually have supportive girl friends rather than destructive ones. It's a refreshing change and I loved it. Shep was really minor and off to the side, so I can't really talk about him since he just pops in when it's convenient. I like the whole fighting idea and some of the plot turns were really fun to read.
Still, I enjoyed it and I absolutely hate myself for it. View all 43 comments. Sep 27, karen added it Shelves: 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 think about. You're all I dream about. You're all I want. Travis rounded the corner in a pair of boxer shorts and yawned. He looked at his guest and then patted her backside. You'd better go. He's Travis Fucking Maddox! He is famous for this very thing, and every time they're surprised! Hard day? I should have known that he expected this conversation. It only made me less inclined to hold back. How can you just use someone like that and treat them that way? She offered her number, I declined.
She didn't stipulate a relationship before she spread-eagled on my couch. What if, down the line, someone treats your daughter like that? She's an adult, it was consensual…she was a little too eager about it, if you want to know the truth. You act like i committed a crime. She didn't tell me up front that she expected a relationship any more than I told her I expected sex with no strings.
How is it any different? SO many. I belong to my beloved, and my beloved is mine. I closed my eyes. I think you're just obsessed with the thought of owning me more than anything else. I love you more than my life, Pigeon," he said, hurt. That's crazy talk. It's the truth. Your boyfriend is a prime example, which is creepy considering he went from having no respect for women at all to thinking he needs you to breathe.
When it's good, Kara The girls here are shameless," America said. Finch shook his head in awe. I think it's the bad-boy thing. They either want to save him or they think they're immune to his wicked ways.
I'm not sure which. Knowing you'll be used for sex? View all 81 comments. May 20, Sana rated it did not like it Shelves: View all 80 comments. Oct 30, Katya added it Shelves: I have a little dilemma with reviewing indie books. On one hand, I get it why authors might prefer to go down the self-publishing road. With an industry that gives us Halo and Hades, I'd be disheartened too. The thing is, indie writers face a lot of difficulties getting their stuff out there and making a profit, because the general assumption is that self-pubbed books are poorly written, poorly edited things that no agent wanted to take on.
So I was very conflicted about reviewing t review: So I was very conflicted about reviewing this book. EDIT But not anymore. There's a difference between engaging in discussion and blocking your ears to criticism entirely. I will not, in any way, support an author who allows their fans to attack anyone who disagrees, and then blocks the voices of those who object.
Now that I have this out of the way, let's look at "Beautiful Disaster".
The plot: I'm attracted to a guy who smokes and fights and is basically horrible for me. I'm going to wear you down with my wit and charm and sob story.
I'm not good enough for her, I'm not good enough for her, so I'll let her go on this date with another guy, but then I'll get shitfaced and make a scene.
If that doesn't tell her how much I love her, I dunno what will. More sex. Any resemblance to actual people living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental. The more I tried to ignore it, the more unbearable it became: an itch that needed to be scratched, a scream bubbling to the surface.
My father said that the urgent need to run when things were about to go wrong was a like a tic, a defense mechanism inherent in the Abernathys. I'd felt it moments before the fire, and I was feeling it now. Sitting in Travis's bedroom, just hours after the fire, my heart raced and my muscles twitched.
My gut pulled me toward the door. Told me to leave; to get away, anywhere but here.
But for the first time in my life, I didn't want to go alone. I could barely focus on that voice I loved so much describing how afraid he was of losing me, and how he was close to escaping when he ran in the opposite direction, toward me. So many people died, some of them strangers from State but some were people I'd seen in the cafeteria, in class, at other fights. We somehow survived and were sitting alone in his apartment, trying to process it all. Feeling afraid, feeling guilty.
My lungs felt like they were full of cobwebs and flames, and I couldn't get the rancid smell of charred skin out of my nose.
It was overpowering, and even though I'd taken a shower, it was still there, mixed in with the mint and lavender scent of the soap I used to scrub it away. Equally unforgettable were the sounds. The sirens, the wailing, the worried and panicked chatter, and the screams of people arriving on the scene to discover that a friend was still inside.
Everyone looked the same, covered in soot, with identical expressions of bewilderment and despair. It was a nightmare. Despite my struggle to focus, I did hear him say this: "The only thing I'm afraid of is a life without you, Pigeon.
Even in a dark corner of Vegas, being attacked by Benny's goons, we somehow still had the advantage. Travis was invincible. But being a part of the Circle, and helping to organize a fight in unsafe conditions that resulted in the deaths of countless college kids. Our relationship had withstood so many things, but Travis was in real danger of going to prison. Even if he didn't know it yet, it was the one obstacle that could keep us apart. The one obstacle that we had no control over.
I didn't think it was possible to feel so much for one person. He had protected me. It was my turn to protect him. Turns out it wasn't something about you at all.
It was just you. I loved him. I loved him, and I had to do whatever I could to keep him safe. Whatever it took-no matter how crazy. All I had to do was talk him into it. I leaned against him, pressing my cheek against his chest. Nothing makes sense unless we're together. Have you noticed that? I've been telling you that all year!
It's official. Bimbos, fights, leaving, Parker, Vegas. Our relationship can withstand anything. In that moment, the most insane plan formed in my mind, but the idea made sense as I stared into his warm, brown eyes. Those eyes made everything make sense.
His face and neck were still covered in soot mixed with sweat, a reminder of how close we had come to losing everything. My mind was racing. We would only need necessities and we could be out the door in five minutes. We could download clothes there. The sooner we left the better. No one would believe two people would get on a plane right after such an enormous tragedy.
It didn't make sense, which was exactly why we had to do it. I had to take Travis far enough away, for a specific reason. Something believable, even if it was crazy. Luckily, crazy wasn't that far a leap for Travis and me, and it was possible the investigators would second-guess the dozens of witnesses who saw Travis fighting in the basement of Keaton Hall that night-if they had proof that we were in Vegas hours later getting married.
It was absolutely insane, but I didn't know what else to do. I didn't have time to come up with a better plan. We should already be gone. Travis was staring back at me expectantly, waiting to unconditionally accept whatever came out of my crazy mouth. Goddammit, I couldn't lose him now, not after everything we'd fought through to get to this moment. By anyone's standards, we were too young to get married, too unpredictable. How many times had we hurt one another along the way, screamed at each other one minute and fallen into bed together the next?
But we'd just seen how fragile life was. Who knew when the end would come along and sweep one of us away? I looked at him, resolute. He was mine, and I was his. If I knew anything at all, it was that only those two things mattered. He furrowed his brow. Travis chasing America's car when he realized it was over was still fresh in my mind. He was going to fight for Benny in Vegas, and I wouldn't go back there. Not even for him.
He had gone through hell while we were apart. He'd begged me back on his knees, and I was so set on never returning to my life in Nevada, I'd walked away. I'd be a complete asshole if I asked him to go back. I half expected him to tell me to get the hell out for even mentioning it, but this was the only plan I had, and I was desperate.
We just needed to be somewhere else. He looked around his bedroom, searching the darkness for what he thought I wanted to hear.
I didn't want to be that girl, the one who wasn't forthcoming and caused a huge, stupid misunderstanding. But I couldn't tell Travis the truth about what I'd just proposed to him. He would never agree to go. He probably thought it was a test, but the only thing I wanted was for him to say yes. His mouth parted, forming a silent gasp. I waited lifetimes until his lips curved upward, and he sealed his mouth on mine. His kiss screamed a thousand different emotions.