Additional: This review is based on the first 222 pages as I did not finish the book.
Synopsis: 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.
200words (or less) review: I saw Beautiful Disaster in the supermarket and I admit it – I love the cover. I’d heard a little about the book beforehand and was sorting into the same pile the books which I love reading when I’m having one of my four-day headaches and want something to entertain me with a guaranteed happy ending.
The first few chapters grated me, the writing felt lumpy. After a while I either got used to the style or it improved, by that stage I was dealing with Abby and Travis and the writing wasn’t my main issue.
I really didn’t like Abby, I might have persisted more if I’d cared about the main character but she just irritated me so much. None of the other characters are particularly endearing either and as boyfriend material Travis would have had me running for the hills.
To be fair I read the first 200 pages of Beautiful Disaster in one go and while I didn’t love it I didn’t mind it either, but once I put the book down and thought about what I’d read I just couldn’t face picking it back up.