“You need to walk away Pidge. God knows I can’t walk away from you.”- Travis Maddox
It’s all over the blogosphere that this is the watered down version of Fifty Shades. I think it stands on its own two feet.
I had started reading Beautiful Disaster a few months back but didn’t get into it. After much harassment from Schedar, I finally caved and finished it.
The plot is well developed. McGuire did manage to create a world that’s relatable with characters that stand out.
This is the story of Abby Abernathy, an all around good girl trying to put her dark past behind her, she moves away for college with her best friend America to a fresh start.
The last thing she needs is bad to the bone Travis “Mad Dog” Maddox to come barging into her life, interfering with her plans of a trouble free future. He’s everything she’s trying to escape. He’s a womanizer and heavily tattooed underground fighter. Her attempts to stay away from Travis are unfruitful because his borderline obsession with her keeps sucking her back in. As much as Abby is attracted to Travis, she does a good job of not succumbing to his charm. She keeps forcing herself to not fall for him. It’s an exhilarating read that makes you root for the guy you never pictured yourself falling for.
Travis’ love for Abby is so strong and undeterred that you can’t help but root for him to get his HEA. His words and actions are absolutely capturing. They make you wish for a love like that. They make you wish for a Maddox of your own, because “when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever.”
I do have some mixed feelings about this book though. There are definitely a few chapters I could have lived without. It was a bit annoying for Abby to be such a tease with Travis and not even realizing or seeing how wrong it was of her to be that way. Sometimes hers and America’s characters came across slightly immature for being already college students.
Nevertheless, it is character flaws that make books that much more interesting and compelling. My reluctance towards this book has definitely became my obsession, because I can’t seem to let Travis go and I don’t even have the strength to ask him to walk away from me. I will forever remain beautifully hooked.
“To douchebags!” he said, gesturing to Brad. “And to girls that break your heart,” he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. “And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.” – Travis Maddox
Overall I believe it is an amazingly written story that keeps you wanting more. I definitely can’t wait for July and “Beautiful Oblivion”, more Maddox brothers is definitely what the Doctor ordered.
Giving this book Five Stars doesn’t do it justice, it was that good! Please don’t waste any more time and get it now! You’ll be forever grateful.
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