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 needs—and wants—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
I was recommended and gifted this book by Mia Kayla in an author interview I did with her a couple months ago, she mentioned that it was one of her favourites so I decided to check it out! As soon as I started reading it I was hooked and didn’t put the book down again until I was finished!
Abby and Travis are the two main characters in Beautiful Disaster and they have a very interesting relationship. I loved the beginning of it, something about relationships that start out as friendships always seem to get my attention, I like the build up!
Travis is a very intense character, he is possessive and overbearing but he’s also charming and caring. He starts out as your typical bad boy but throughout the book he strives to be better. He wants to be the best man he possibly can be for Abby, and that’s what stood out most for me.
Abby was frustrating at times, consistently changing her mind and fighting her true feelings. However, I enjoyed reading her thought process. While I didn’t always agree with her, I always knew where she was coming from. It was like a constant love/hate relationship when it came to me and the Travis/Abby relationship, but throughout it all I was always rooting for them.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the secondary characters, America and Shep (really looking forward to reading their story). I also enjoyed the parts with Travis’ family.
The only issue I had with this story was that the end was a little rushed for me, the wedding just happened too quickly, but I know there is a novella that goes into the details a little more! Overall, I really enjoyed this read and I’m looking forward to reading more by Jamie McGuire.