Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster

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: 3/5 stars

My review:

I kept hearing a lot of hype about this book, and I kept telling myself I needed to read it. Although it wasn’t as fantastic as everyone made it out to be, it was still entertaining.

Abby is a pretty conservative girl, so it’s interesting to see the book open up with her at one of Travis’s fights. Abby’s roommate/best friend is dating Travis’s roommate/cousin, which is convenient for Abby and Travis to see each other on a regular basis. When Abby and Travis make a bet, and Abby loses, she has to spend a month at Travis’s house. Abby swears up and down she’s not attracted to Travis’s disgusting PDA displays, fights, or the fact that he’s a heavy drinker. And while the tension—yes, there was some thick, sexual tension—between these two had its moments, I can’t say that I was rooting for either character. By the time I reached the end of the book, I still wasn’t attached. Apparently, I’m the odd duck. The majority of readers really enjoyed Abby and Travis’s story, so don’t let my decision discourage yours, but the constant back and forth of their relationship really started to wear me down. I understand every relationship has its highs and lows, but for whatever reason theirs began to annoy me.

Overall, if you enjoy serious drama, then read this book.

Because this book is independently published, you can also see my review at Dark Horse Indie Books. :)

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