Saturday, October 1, 2011

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Release Date: May 26, 2011
Publisher: Jamie McGuire, LLC

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.  - Goodreads.com

I found this book by just trolling the online shelves.  I wasn't sure what to expect at all, but the blurb sounded interesting, the price was good, so I went ahead and took a chance.  I am so glad that I did.  I hadn't heard of this author, or any other books by her, and I see that it appears it was self-published electronically.  Doesn't matter.  This book was a pleasant surprise and was so much more than I expected.

Yes, the blurb is cute, but there's actually a lot more to the story than is covered in the blurb.  It is a very character-driven story and there are, for most of the book, only about four or five characters really.  The story follows Abby, her friend America and her boyfriend, and of course, Travis.  Of course the real story was Abby and Travis.

I've read romances before where you have a protesting heroine who meets a sexy guy who charms everyone else and wow, wonder of wonders, she wants nothing to do with him.  It's not usually believeable, but Abby was serious about it.  And the author did a great job making her protests realistic.  Travis is sexy, interesting, and you just can't help but love him to pieces even though he's a male slut at first.  Abby is his friend.  And things go from there.  The tension between these two was absolutely perfect.

I can't really remember when I've read a more sizzling romance between two characters.  This author did a fantastic job on this story.  It was simple, sexy, and had some really good serious pieces that mixed things up just right.  I loved it.  I hope the author puts out more!!
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