Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

HOT MESS! Triple The HOT & Triple The MESS

Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #1
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: May 25, 2011

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, 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.

Warning: This book is a drug, and it will suck you in, bleed you dry, break your heart, make you fall in love and then at the end you’ll be left empty, and doing exactly what I’m doing now, re-reading this book, making it difficult to say goodbye to this Beautiful and glorious Disaster.

Have you ever read a book before that felt like an autobiography of your embarrassing, and painful, yet exhilarating and the most romantic memorable moments of your life? Well Beautiful Disaster was that book for me. From the moment I began reading, I was hooked. It was like I became addicted to these characters, for a whole 24 hours of reading they were my drug of choice, and two days later I’m still in awe of this beautiful story of two of the most dysfunctional characters I’ve had the pleasure to read about. See for me that was the instant attraction with this book. Anyone that is familiar with  my preferred reading taste knows I am infatuated with tumultuous, codependent, and self destructive characters in love, most likely because I can relate to those volatile relationships most. Instantly this book brought me back to my early 20′s in college, living in a sorority house and partying at out of control at the fraternity parties, and loving life so hard.

“I like the Au natural thing you have going on. Girls don’t come over here like that.” ”I was coerced into coming here. It didn’t occur to me to impress you,” I said, aggravated that my plan had failed. “Im already impressed. I don’t normally have to beg girls to come to my apartment.”

This book is classified as YA but it is so NOT YA, and it contains everything from jealousy, drunkenness, frat parties, sex, gossip, and dramatic misunderstandings that left me wanting to slap some sense into them, however if we didn’t have those misunderstandings then we wouldn’t have Beautiful Disaster and it’s on my list of favorites read during 2012.

“Shake in your boots, boys, and drop your panties, ladies! I give you: Travis Mad dog Maddox!”

Travis Maddox

Abby Abernathy whom I will later refer to as “Pigeon” (OMG I love this nickname) in this review and you’ll understand just why later has traveled far away from her Kansas hometown with her best friend America (whom I absolutely adore) to start a new life, forget past childhood horror stories and experience college life as a freshman. So when America asks Abby to accompany her and her boyfriend Shepley to a secret fight club match to watch TravisMad DogMaddox (also Shepley’s cousin and roommate) a bare-knuckle, gorgeous, tattooed, Smart, undefeated fighter, Harley driving man whore champion yet another fight.


It had always been a dream of America’s for us to date friends, and roommates-slash-cousins, for her, was hitting the jackpot.

Abby stands out as she’s the only one wearing a cardigan to such a barbaric event, but she’s enamored instantly by the atmosphere in the rink, and never does she guess that the shaved headed, tattooed, ripped muscled, ruthless fighter and mouthwatering sex pot such as Travis would even be interested in anything more than “bagging” with her “on his couch” and then never to be used again, because lets face it; with his gorgeous looks and bad boy charm all the college co-ed females are basically pushing each other aside just to remove their panties for Travis, because while he may be undefeated in the rink, he’s off the charts un-denied and undefeated with the ladies on his couch as well. *sigh*

“Oh my God! You’re killing me! That’s it. We have to be friends. I won’t take no for an answer.”

So when she meets Travis she has no intention of ever giving him the time of day much less a friendship because she’s determined to turn over a new link. She’s from a family of alcoholics and her father is an overzealous gambling addict that has no issue with using his daughter to settle his gambling debts, so she decides without even a second glance that she needs a “nice guy”, charmer that can give her the “normal” life she’s always wanted. As deluded as she was with her fantasies of a normal life, I can almost see her point except on in the first chapter we meet Travis Maddox and I’m immediately, swept away by everything and I mean everything about him. But I’m sure you can easily see that with Abby’s determination and Travis’ charm that this book is going to be filled with angst, and emotional turmoil that leaves me with a heavy chest at many times during this read. Remarkably I survived those moments, and I’m left to tell you that this is the book to read if you love emotionally codependent characters, who have irresistible charm and can’t walk away, yet can’t just meet in the middle.

“I meant what I said before. You need to walk away, Pidge. God knows I can’t walk away from you.”

Travis is a heart-breaker, oblivious to his effect on women because well lets face it, he’s infamous amongst the college co-eds as the undefeated bare knuckle fighter, with a flock of females relentlessly following him everywhere, doting on his every move almost as if he’s a rock star, yet they each seem to be surprised and upset when he doesn’t ask for their phone number after randomly hooking up with him on his couch! For reals? His reputation proceeds him, so this should come as NO surprise yet, it always does.

Here is an example below of his man whorish ways….

Travis rounded the corner in a pair of boxer shorts and yawned. He looked at his guest, and then patted her backside. “My company’s here. You’d better go.” She smiled and wrapped her arms around him, kidding his neck. “I’ll leave my number on the counter.” “Eh….don’t worry about it,” Travis said in a casual tone. ”What?” she asked, leaning back to look in his eyes. “Every time!” America said. She looked at the woman. “How are you surprised by this? He’s Travis Fucking Maddox! He is famous for this very thing, and every time they’re surprised!” The girl narrowed her eyes at Travis, and then grabbed her purse and stormed out, slamming the door behind her. Travis walked into the kitchen and opened the fridge as if nothing had happened. Travis stood behind the breakfast bar, crossed his arms over his chest ”What’s wrong Pidge? Hard day?  ”No, I’m thoroughly disgusted.”  ”With me?” He was smiling. I should have known that he expected this conversation. It only made me less inclined to hold back. “Yea, you. How can you just use someone like that, and treat them that way?” ”How did I treat her? She offered her number, I declined.” My mouth flew open at his lack of remorse. “You’ll have sex with her, but you won’t take her number?” Travis leaned on the counter with his elbows. “Why would I want her number if I’m not going to call her?” ”Why would you sleep with her of your not going to call her?” ”I don’t promise anyone anything, Pidge. She didn’t stipulate a relationship before she spread eagle on my couch.” I stared at the couch with revulsion.

He’s instantly captivated by Abby, because she doesn’t go out of her way to impress like all the other females, actually she does the exact opposite of them, and that just charms her way into his heart faster, the way no other before her has. She has made it clear to him that she is not interested in being one of the girls “spread eagle” on his couch, so when he offers her a friendship she reluctantly accepts, and they become the cutest more adorably charming best friends ever. I just love their friendship. This friendship becomes a shock to everyone at school and the highlight of the daily gossip because Travis doesn’t have “female friends” and yet they’re inseparable and he nicknames her “Pigeon” (oh be still my heart) you’ll love that nickname and the reasoning behind it, hopefully as much as I do. He actually refers to her as “My Pigeon” *swoon*

They’re daily routine consists of eating lunch together daily, at every female on campuses dismay, partying together, study partners (surprisingly he is a straight A student so basically he’s her tutor ;) )below is an example of his enthusiasm for her getting top grades in her classes after he tutored her.

He tossed me over his shoulder, making his way through the crowd behind us. “Make way! Move it, people! Let’s make room for this poor woman’s hideously disfigured, ginormous brain! She’s a fucking genius!”

She becomes his good luck charm at fights, he says wherever he goes Pigeon goes, and he’s falling for her fast AND hard, yet the two involved (Travis and Pigeon) are reluctant to make any moved that will dissolve their precious friendship. Especially when she often reminds him that their friendship better be based on friendship and not an elaborate scheme to get her into bed.  Ahhhhhh the angst in this book nearly killed me!

But this is just the beginning……

After being so close over the past two weeks, he makes a bet with Pigeon (unbeknownst to him she cannot resist a good wager) that if he can go an entire fight without the huge monster of an opponent getting one hit on him, then she must move in with him for one month (in a way to ensure their friendship remains) and if he loses then he must remain abstinent for one month. Oh boy, this is where the excitement begins and I’m left wishing I could erase about ten years off my life and experience the college life once again. As a matter of fact my friend Cimmaron said the same exact thing to me once we had both read it. She and I discussed and reveled in the idea that we should get us some fake ID’s, Botox, and enroll back into college as undergraduates just to experience this lifestyle and maybe a Travis Maddox for ourselves.

“I don’t want to sleep with you Pidge. I like you too much.”

He admires Pigeon, and she’s the only female that can “put him in his place” make him crazy with jealousy, he’s overprotective over her, and well I always love that in my heroes, but she is so dense that even though she is resisting his charms outwardly on the inside she is caving because she is catching feelings for him along the way (can you blame her? he’s incredible) she takes his overprotective behavior for being a “big brother” factor when in reality, it’s goes beyond that and he’s trying to hold back with her because he made her a promise that they’re friendship would NOT be a ploy to sleep with her, yet he’s slowly unraveling and can’t picture his life without Pigeon as his girl forever.

“I’m sorry, Shepley.” 

He froze and wheeled around, with the face of a man that had reached his limit. “I wish you and Travis would just get your shit together! You’re a goddamn tornado! When you’re happy, it’s love and peace and butterflies. When you’re pissed, you take the whole fucking world down with you!”

This is an example of how their tumultuous relationship causes not only for them to suffer but everyone around them suffers including Shepley (Travis’ cousin and devoted boyfriend to America) and you can’t help but feel for him, as he suffers as he winds up in the middle of this beautifully disastrously charismatic relationship I fell in love with. Enter Parker, that’s the only introduction he needs Yuck because I don’t like him at all and Pigeon begins dating him right in front of Travis, oh and we get to witness the tragedy unfold. I especially grow fond of America, shes the ideal best friend, completely loyal, full of drama, yet sincerity and she is simply a delight though out the entire story.

“You’re not jealous, are you, Pideon?” “Jealous of what? The STD-infested imbecile you’re going to piss off in the morning?”

Over the time the lines between friendship and lovers gets muddy and it’s not only an emotional roller coaster to read, it’s also so much fun too.

“But I…..that wasn’t the only reason I took you to the fight. I wanted you there with me, Pidge. You’re my good luck charm.” ”I’m not your anything,” I snapped, glaring up at him. His eyebrows pulled in and he stopped dancing. “You’re my everything.”

 I can think of a couple times I had to put this book down and walk away just to get my motions under control because the brilliant way that Jamie McGuire writes this story made me feel like I was the person involved in this romance. Travis tries hard to be a good boy, but he can’t help it he’s jealous, has a temper, and he does a few things that will once again cause that lump in your throat or heavy feeling in your chest to resurface, while he breaks her heart and she breaks his heart. I cried so hard in public at the gym nonetheless that when a woman accosted me in the bathroom as I fled the stationary bike much to my embarrassment, when she asked what was wrong, I was left with no other choice but to lie (I mean c’mon am I supposed to tell her that my book boyfriend in the book I’m reading started to cry and so I’m crying for him? I didn’t think so) and say my boyfriend has broken up with me and that I’m sorry to have disturbed her with my bathroom freak out (at the gym *gasp*) she proceeds to pat me on the back and tell me to cheer up, and things will work itself out….Well now that the sweet unsuspecting woman has no idea that I’m actually crazy LOL, I went back to reading and didn’t put it down until I finished! And then I re-read it again while writing this review.

“A toast!” he yelled. To Douschebags!” he said. “And to girls that break you’re heart,” he bowed his head to me. ”And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”

This moment made my chest heavy once again, and put my stomach in knots again……

So despite Travis charm, and confident ways, deep inside he’s vulnerable and not sure how to proceed considering he’s never been in love, unsure of himself but all he knows is that without Pigeon by his side, his life will no longer be complete, now that he’s realized, his life was meaningless before her. He’s my favorite bad boy and I couldn’t resist his charms ever, and surprisingly because this rarely happens I blamed the Pigeon for the majority of their problems because shes a “runner” and even though he’s the “bad boy” his vulnerability with her leaves me broken for him a bit more than I was for her, even though many times my eyes watered for her, I was shocked that the times I was most distraught was when he was hurting the most!

His fingers lightly grazed my cheek. “I didn’t know you before. When you’re not there, I can’t concentrate. I’m wondering where you are, what you’re doing….if you’re there and I can see you, I can focus. I know it’s crazy, but that’s how it is.” ”And crazy is exactly the way I like it,” I said, leaning up to kiss his lips.

When I finished this book all I wanted to do was tell all my book buddies that if they have yet to read this then they must!!!!!! But I must warn you, this book is NOT for the faint of heart. It’s for those of you that wish to spend the entire day in angsty romance that will hold onto you relentlessly even days after you finish reading it!

“You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”

Most everyone knows I’m a HUGE Fifty Shades of Grey, and Bared To You fan, and while these books are very different than Beautiful Disaster yet it’s recommended for fans of those two books because the relentless dysfunction of characters in love are displayed with very similar when you think of insecure, confident, powerful, hot mess of totally dysfunctional characters, so if you can handle and enjoy a good emotional read that tugs at your heart strings the entire time you read it, yet at the end your left wanting more but the ending is completely beautiful nonetheless?

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

Well if you can then please read Beautiful Disaster. Travis might be the boy your momma warned you about but I can assure you, he will leave you breathless and looking for key to his heart immediately upon reading this. If you like bad boys…..and lucky for me, I revel in them. This book is one of my ultimate favorite reads of 2012 and it was disastrously beautiful!!  Please do me a favor when you do, and come back to share your love for this book with me.

“WELL I BELONG TO YOU!” The veins in his neck bulged as he shouted, and I met his glare, refusing to even flinch. He looked at my lips, panting. “I belong to you,” he whispered, his anger melting as he realized how close we were.”

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64 Responses to Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

  1. Precious Mae says:

    your travis maddox is worth swooning over. gaaah.. unf..

  2. braine says:

    Haven’t read this but i am loving the tats on this Maddox guy!

  3. I loved this one and glad you enjoyed it too! Loving the pics! I can’t wait for Walking Disaster!

  4. Shelley Bagby says:

    After reading your review, I just purchased it and can’t wait to get started!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Shelley!!! Yay!! Please come back and share your thoughts with me, and give me updates!! Lol ;)
      Hope you love it!!

  5. Oh man, I should not have read this… This is so bad. Now I just have to go back and read it again and I really should stop doing that. It’s going to be about the 50th time if not more if that I’ll be reading this and every next time I love it a little more.
    When I finished it the fist time I basically opened the first page and started it all over again. It was the middle of the night and I had school in the morning but I couldn’t bring myself to go to bed and to leave the book. I was obsessed with it for a few weeks and then I moved on to Fifty shades trilogy (that held my attention for a month or two, re-reading it again and again) . I’ve read it a few more times since that whole fiasco but I really try not to pick it up again.
    Reading this review was a bad, bad idea.
    I need to check out more of the books you review. We seem to have similar tastes in books and if you love Fifty Shades trilogy and BD then I’m sure there are a lot more great books I could obsess over.
    Awesome review!
    I can’t wait for the book from Travis’s P.O.V to come out next year and then the book about Trent..

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Martina :)

      I’m telling you the same thing happened to me and my friend Cimmaron too!! We were obsessed with Fifty, so we read it over and over and was sucked in, then you must read Bared To You by Sylvia Day, that book sucked us in and now Beautiful Disaster!!! Yes I’m obsessed too. Lol…..I’m totally excited to read Walking Disaster so we can hear Travis’ POV squeeee! Thank you!!

      • I still get sucked in every time I see one of the books or read a review. It doesn’t end. I’m reading BD now, again!
        I will see Bared to you.. I haven’t heard of it but I’ll look into it and I’ll read it. Enjoy your obsession!

        • MissVain says:

          Martina :)
          Bared to You by Sylvia Day, is a series for lovers of Fifty, and Gideon Cross is another entrepreneur tortured bad boy, and so the premise is similar to Fifty except there’s no BDSM involved. The next book comes out in October I think. Trust me, you will love it. All my friends and I that are obsessed with Christian are also obsessed with Gideon!:) Hope you enjoy your BD re-read, lol sorry for bringing that on!:)

          Click Here to view Bared to You review

          • Thanks for the info. I’ll see where I can find it and I’ll give Gideon a chance to win my heart. And don’t worry about bringing on the re-read, it’s always a pleasure to go back and act like I don’t know what’s gonna happen!

  6. Jamie says:

    I cannot wait to read about Travis Maddox ;-) It’s next up for me. Great review ♥

  7. Cimmaron says:

    I will say it again, SO GLAD YOU FINALLY READ THIS! I knew that you would. This book really was a throwback to college days and that’s why I loved it so much. As dysfunctional as these two were I really enjoyed them together and Travis is just so swoon worthy. I was already in love with him as soon as he’s described as this tattoo covered MMA fighter type of guy.

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Cimmaron, yes!! I’m glad I finally read it and we loved it so much!! Did you noticed I tagged you in my review?? Right up there with our going back to college escapades!!:) Oh boy I just can’t get Travis Maddox/Nicholas Lemons out of my head.

      • Cimmaron says:

        Yes I did notice but i was trying not to laugh because I just got my botox shots and didn’t want to get any more wrinkles on my face. LMAO!

        • MissVain says:

          LMAO!!!! Yes it’s best to protect our Botoxed up faces because if we don’t, how can we expect to pass as college undergraduate co-eds……:( Proect the botox and don’t laugh!;)

  8. Great review!! Love this book!! Travis *sigh*!! LOL :)

  9. oh wow why do you always read these tear-jerker books? Now I have to go read this and of course subject myself to that emotional rollercoaster! As if BYD wasn’t bad enough I feel like this will just be worse. Even from reading your review I don’t like Abby much. What’s with all these girls that refuse to just admit their feelings and stop ruining other ppl’s lives? lol

    I’ll definitely have to check this one out!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Ning,

      I torture myself because that’s what I love to do! Lmao! Don’t worry if you’re on an emotional roller coaster, you know where to find me and I would totally love to chat with you about it. This is worse as far as an emotional roller coaster and turmoil than BTY, sorry!:) See I was always getting angry with her, but after reading it again, I can kind’ve see her point. ;) Just wait until you read it!!:)

  10. Noelle says:

    OMG your review nailed it on the head.

    I loved it as well. Perhaps it is the “bad boy” image + I was living my college days all over again.

    Nicholas Lemons is HOT! When I was reading I pictured Parkers Hurley as Travis =D

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Noelle,

      Thank you!:) yes for me it was also the bad boy and college frenzied life!! I loved that!:) Yes Nicholas Lemons is totally hot, but my friend also pictured Parker Hurley too, I mean he’s definitely hot too!:)

  11. Cat R. says:

    Great review! This makes me want to drop what I’m reading and start this right now! You’re messing up my review schedule, Miss Vain! ;-)

    • MissVain says:

      Thank you Cat!!:) You know what’s funny, is that I’m not sure you would love this because you might not enjoy the angst like I did!:) If you read it, I’d be curious to know your thoughts, but I’m on the fence with you..;) Yes, these books do interfere with my reading schedule too, but if I don’t read pleasure books, I will go insane! Lol.;)

      • Cat R. says:

        *sigh* Are you saying that because I didn’t like “Bared to You”? It’s only because Anna grated on my nerves. I love the angst. I love tortured, self-destructive characters. I very much dig this type of story, aye? ;-)

        PS I’ve read Chess & Terrible’s sex scene three times since I finished Chasing Magic. How freakin’ hot was that?!?!?!?

        • MissVain says:

          LMAO yes I said that because you didn’t like BTY (which btw her name is Eva not Anna ROTFL, Anna is in Fifty) ;) But I know you like angst, however this book is contemporary romance not paranormal so I wasn’t sure if you would enjoy it……but I do think you would enjoy the angst!;)

          Ps. Isn’t that scene incredible?! It’s scorching hot, I’ve been guilty of re-reading that scene a few extra times myself! Dig!;) Love Terrible & Chess sex!;) I’m glad you came back so we could clarify this, are you going to read it or no? ;) I hope you love it like I do!:)

  12. Annmarie says:

    First: Great review! I’ve read Beautiful Disaster and I LOVED it but reading your review not only brought back how much I enjoyed but now I want to reread it again. Second: I’m so glad you loved it! A lot of people have been trashing this book and it honestly was making me upset because it’s one thing to not enjoy the book but you don’t need to insult it every time it shows up anywhere. I also cried reading this book but fortunately I was home by myself so I didn’t need to explain myself. You picked some really good quotes! I feel like I could go on forever about this book and I can’t wait to read Walking Disaster :)

    • MissVain says:

      Hello Annmarie :)

      Thank you!!!:) I also had to re-read it again, and I can totally see myself doing it again soon. ;) Glad we share a love for this book! You know what I’ve noticed a couple people trash it because they’re a co-dependent couple and that really rubs me the wrong way because why can’t two co-dependent and damaged couples find love? Why can’t we read about their tumultuous journey along the way? These kind’ve couples are my favorite to read about, and it reminded me so much of my college experience!? Why are they trashing it?? Is that why? Very disappointing because I agree you can dislike a book without totally slamming it. LOL, count your blessings you were at home crying…;) Thank you so much, I rambled so hard on this review but I truly loved this book SHOUTY capitals!;) YES!! Walking Disaster is going to be epic! ;)

  13. Jade says:

    I’m so happy you liked this book Ms. Vain, it’s one of my favs.
    So funny the restroom situation lol. Your Travis is very sexy. Great review!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Jade,

      Thanks for stopping by! Long time no talk :) I know tell me about what an idiot I was in the bathroom at the gym, LOL….I cried a lot with this book, but I LOVED it so much, SHOUTY capitals!;) His name is Nicholas Lemons and I wish he were mine, hehehehe!;) It’s one of my favorites as well!!:)

  14. Bianca says:

    I have not read this but I totally need to now!

    • MissVain says:

      yes Bianca it’s a must read, SHOUTY capitals!;)

      • Bianca says:

        lol I guess that means I must read it very soon. Ugh. I hate being broke but I am thinking as soon as I have some extra money I will be ordering it. You have very excited to read it.

        • MissVain says:

          Hi Bianca :)

          I would loan you my kindle of it but it’s already loaned out, but it’s only it think $2.99 so that’s a plus on Amazon and it’s well worth the money! I’m not sure if it lets me loan it out twice but if it does then I’ll totally loan to you!:)

  15. Shelley Bagby says:

    Ok I finished the book today. It was amazing! I loved it! I don’t know what all the negative buzz is about! It fiction. It’s fantasy. It’s designed to be over the top. If it was like everyday life, who would want to read it? I’m so glad you recommended it. I read on her blog that she’s writing a book from Travis’s POV. I can’t wait for that! You wouldn’t have any extra copies of Jennifer Armentrout’s Onyx or Deity laying around I could borrow? Thanks again!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Shelley!!

      So happy you loved it!!:) It’s awesome! I’m also excited for Travis’ book next year Walking Disaster its going to be amazing!!!:) My copies of those ARC’s are digital and the publisher doesn’t allow settings to send them to people without their consent to send it. Sorry.

  16. Mariya says:

    This book sounds so emotionally draining! Haha! Maybe I”ll try it soon-ish! HOpe I”ll like it as much as you! ;)

    • MissVain says:

      Hiiiiii Monster!!!

      It’s totally draining but you know I love those angsty tumultuous reads!!!:) I hope you love it, tell me before you read it!!:)

  17. Samina says:

    I love you Travis. But I don’t about the girl. Too pretty it should have been me.

    • MissVain says:

      Oh Samina!!!

      Isn’t my Travis just super sexy??! His name is Nicholas Lemons and when I’m not cyber stalking David Gandy I’m stalking him!!:) Ya I wanted to insert my picture into the role of Pidge as well!!;) I don’t blame you for not liking her!!;)

  18. renee says:

    Ok so I’ve never ever commented on any site. However…Idk why I’d be reading reviews AFTER I’ve read the book, but I just cant stop thinking about it. Thank you so much for your review. It was dead on. I’m 41 years old and I dont even read romantic type books. I’m always into a murder mystery (my motto was: no corpse=not reading it.) However, this book did something to me, like lighting a fire that I didnt know existed. I swear, it makes me want to go back 20 years and find a Travis. The absolute perfect bad boy. He’s flawed and flawless as the same time. Amazing!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Renee :)

      So glad you stopped by and said hi, and I was your first blog you commented on! Please stop by and say hello again because I loved hearing from you!:) Okay so I totally know the feeling because I used to only read books with paranormal elements in them only and that was until I read Fifty Shades of Grey earlier this year and fell in love and so when Beautiful Disaster showed on a “if you loved Fifty Shades” recommendation then I knew I need to read it! I’m so happy I loved it and I realized my fascination with these contemporary romances were the angsty, tumultuous, emotionally disheveled relationships that they involve are my addiction of choice! I enjoy nothing more than getting wrapped up in those and Renee I’m 31 and so I’m just like you wishing I could go back to college and live my glory days all over again with a Travis Maddox of my own ;) LOL. No worries about reading the reviews after because I do the same exact thing except I take it further and I stalk the authors website lol and guess what I discovered; She is writing a novel releasing next year called “Walking Disaster” and it’s the entire book Beautiful Disaster however it’s in Travis’ POV and I think it’s going to be epic!!!! I’m so excited! I hope you are too.;)

      • renee says:

        Hold. It. Another book?? In Travis’ POV?? Oh hell yes! idk how to pre order from my nook but I’m gonna figure out in about 3 minutes. And…I have bookmarked your page because its awesome and I’m sure I’ll be referencing it ;) Still not sure about Fifty Shades, I understand Christian is the priviledged rich type with a S&M side, and that doesnt seem like my type so I guess that’s my hold up. Honestly I want the tattooed, motorcycle-driving, bad ass (Travis). I may give in and try Fifty Shades just because it seems mandatory at this point lol. Thinking of buying Knight, as the reviews look pretty dang good. I think I have a new obsession, as Beautiful Disaster totally consumed my attention, resulting in massive sleep deprivation but trust me I didnt care! Cant believe a book can have this effect. Wow. Thanks so much for the site, its great! :)

        • MissVain says:

          LOL! Yes another book Renee! I cannot wait to read WALKING DISASTER!!!:) Yes Travis’ piv is going to be incredible, I hope!;) Thank you so much for bookmarking my page and the blog <3 ;)

          Okay so Fifty Shades has minor BDSM to normal standards, buts it’s more erotica, but the relationship is so angsty like Travis and Pigeon’s. I cried while reading both books. If you enjoy a good tumultuous relationship with tortured characters then I highly suggest Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Here’s my Fifty Shades of Grey review HERE and another Fifty-ish book without the BDSM but it’s better written is Bared To You by Sylvia Day click HERE for my review. Also another Mature-YA read is Easy by Tammara Webber, for my review click HERE All of these books are relative because they are such crazy relationships with ups and downs, and I loved them all.;) Maybe one of these would peak your interest!;)

          I read Knight and it was awesome, I hope to post my review on Friday for it. I’ve managed to accidentally delete it a few times, lol. But Knight does have some BDSM like Fifty! Fifty and Bared to You were huge favorites of mine. If you want more books with so much craziness that you loose sleep over then you MUST read Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy SHOUTY capitals!! Lol and Bared To You by Sylvia Day! I was left obsessing over both series and still do with my friends that also loved Beautiful Disaster!;)

          Thanks :) Goodluck choosing which to read!);) Be sure to let me know how you love them after you read them!!;) Thanks for visiting me!! Your always welcome!:)

  19. Oh, this is another of my favorites!!! I love love love this book!!! Travis *sigh*
    Love your review and pics!!! :)

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Mariann, this book is one of my all time favorites!!!!! I was obsessed with this book! My friend Jamie is reading it now and texting me updates and just thinking about it is making me smile, and my chest feels heavy too, but I’m also jealous she’s reading it for the first time! Thanks girlie, glad you enjoyed my pics as well.:)<3

  20. Alexa says:

    I first saw this book over a year ago but passed it up way back then. Now it seems like this is becoming really popular and by your review I can already tell that I would possibly love this book! Now I’m upset that I put it off for so damn long! I’m seriously going to have to get this on my Nook.

    Thanks for the awesome review! All of your reviews are amazing but this is probably the best one you’ve ever done!

  21. vanessa Hernandez: says:

    Omg I loved this book it is my new favorite I. Finished n I can’t stop thinking about it n I haelve to wait till April Alford the new one I reccomend. It to anyone who had a greaat teen life I felt like I was 19 again GREAT READ

  22. Amanda says:

    OMG!!!! The image of Travis still flashes through my head every now and then this book was amazing!!!!!!!! It will only be mad better when part two come out and we get to enter the very dirty mind of Travis. I can’t wait , but i will. This book is definately one to swoon, sigh, cry, and laugh over. THE PERFECT READ!! I loved it.

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  24. Victoria says:

    OMG! This review, I’m in love. I’m reading Beautiful Disaster for the first (and definitely not last time) right now. I just finished the part when Abby makes her decision after Travis says he’s going to work for Benny and she’s talking with Finch. I had to put it down, I seriously could not keep reading until I got myself in check. This book has me so obsessed that I feel like I’m losing my mind! I’m afraid to keep reading because I’m afraid there won’t be a happy ending! WHAT DO I DO?!

    • MissVain says:

      KEEP READING VICTORIA!!;) I cried so hard at that moment and wasn’t sure I could finish but please do, you will be happy!!! Promise Victoria!

  25. Sarah (AKA - Mrs Travis 'Mad dog' Maddox) says:

    I am a huge fan of Beautiful Disaster, am waiting on the edge of my seat for Walking Disaster. I love my troubled characters & even more so than 50 shades, because of the fact that they both have issues makes the story richer.

    I read paranormal romance, romance & erotica. The thought of reading takes over my life, I love fairytale & fairytale endings. But more so they must be adult with them, I live a normal life so when I read I want extra to the normal, I want it all. This book delivered this in spades. This year for me has been the best to date with my reading. I have found the time to read more, but also found the content to relight the brain cells that I think were slowly dying.

    I’m not of college age, way off. So for a book to bring me so easily into a lifestyle that I believe I am there with them & feel everything along with them. Touche’, well done & thankyou for introducing me to my book husband.

    I don’t remember a year when I have found so many books, full of troubled characters that I end up falling for. The content of some of the books I’ve read have been way out there & at times the thought of people really doing these things can be scary. You want disaster relationship, read The Siren & The Angel, my god that is truly out there.

    Still waiting on Reflected in you, now Gideon there’s a man to save. Oh what a world to live in with Travis.

    Bravo to the books of 2012, best year ever.

  26. Marie says:

    HUGE fan of this book and Travis Maddox for that matter….just happened to stumble upon it one day and started reading and couldn’t stop…read the book twice in 3 days…Definitely recommend it to any and everyone! Very touching story….I could dream about this man all day…I’m thinking about transforming my boyfriend bit by bit…he’ll never know ;)

    • MissVain says:

      Hahahaah!!! Would love to hear how the transformation with turning your BF into Travis Maddox turns out, lol!!!!! I’m always happy to meet fellow Beautiful Disaster/Travis Maddox fans out there. Now if Walking Disaster would hurry and be released I would be very happy!!! :)

  27. Ashley says:

    omg i love your review and i totally agree with you this book was like a rollercoaster ride but i loved it. And is my favorite book i’ve read this year i totally loved your pics of Travis and seriously cant wait for walking disaster

    • MissVain says:

      Thank you Ashley!!!! :) I cannot wait for Walking Disaster either ;) it’s going to be an even more exhilarating ride than Beautiful Disaster I predict ;) Thank you!! I loved Nicholas Lemons for Travis as well. Hehe ;)

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