Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful #1

Source: Borrowed

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 belong to my beloved, and my beloved is mine.”

Beautiful Disaster turned out to be a disaster for me, but it was hardly beautiful.

The plotline is simple, implausible and not that interesting. A young woman stays friends with a man who treats women like crap, fights for money, and who has little redeeming characteristics. On a bet that makes no sense at all, she has to stay in his apartment for a month. They sleep in the same bed. This is ridiculously unrealistic. During that time they bond in various ways - he obsesses over people she dates, she overhears him having a threesome on the couch in the living room, her friends tell her that he's in love with her, and he claims that he's too good for her but they --- not surprised - eventually get together.

The story, while weak, could have worked as a more interesting offering if the characters were likable. Instead Abby is irritating. It's unrealistic how she's a pro gambler because of the overdone storyline of her father, she has crappy friends who aren't consistent with their support, and she badmouths the woman Travis uses by calling them STD machines and sluts. She has no sympathy for their young and vulnerable situations. She also has no issue when Travis breaks peoples noses and fights them in the ring for money. Yeah, what's the appeal? To me fighting like that is a turn-off, but clearly not for Abby dearest.

Travis is supposed to come across as a conflicted character who has "issues" until he finds love. I see nothing about Abby unique enough for her to be the one who changes him and makes him actually treat her decently. I guess he's popular because he beats people up well and has some sense of rebel style?

By the way, people don't generally - or shouldn't - lose their virginity like its no big deal because they want to end a relationship. That is another thing that just doesn't make sense.

Simplistic writing, silly premise, unlikable characters and annoying friends made this one fall flat.

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“I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.”

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