By Jamie McGuireSummary: INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.
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 wants—and needs—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
Review: This "New Adult" (I am absolutely going to be posting about this new genre later on, so stay-tuned for that) read has recently received some pretty intense reviews online, and I'd like you to hear me out before passing judgement on my opinion of this book and subsequently my review. Obviously, if you haven't read this book yet, then you have no idea why I would give this kind of warning, so let me back track and tell you a little about Beautiful Disaster and the issues that are involved within.
Abby is a college freshman determined to put her past well behind her. She moves away to college to escape her once famous gambling father, who was on top of the world once upon a time, and her own gambling run-in, being one of the youngest poker stars in Vegas.
Travis is the college frat-boy ladies man, who makes rent by entering into secret MMA fights in the college underground scene. Coming from an all male family, having lost their mother when Travis was very young, he has never had a meaningful relationship with a women, and never wanted too. Being aggressive in nature, it shocks everyone when he falls head-over-heels for Abby, even though she wants nothing to do with him.....at first.
Now, this is where things get interesting. After being around each other for weeks, Abby and Travis make a bet that lands Abby living in Travis' apartment for a MONTH. During which time their feelings for each other go on a roller coaster of a ride, Travis being the aggressor for a relationship. Abby on the other hand, does not want to take a chance on a relationship that may end being to intense for it to actually work. After going through some harrowing events, and learning more and more about each other, this book does get its' happy ending. So let me tell you what ultimatly made up my own mind about this book:
- Does Travis have issues? Yes, but so does Abby
- Is he violent at times? No doubt about it
- Are there undercurrents of obsession, abandoment, and broken family problems? Absolutley
- Is this an abusive relationship? I will only answer this question for myself, and my opinion is: No