Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster (2011) is also receiving a lot of attention from the fans of romance novels with obsessed, domineering, damaged male leads and female leads with seemingly no sense of self-preservation and a serious lack of life experience.

From the book description:
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.
Yes, more time on my part spent thinking, "Run, please just run."  Again, so relieved these aren't real people, though I really hope there aren't younger women reading these current books and hoping to find the same sort of real-life romance.

While I'm not at all excited about this couple and their relationship, I really want to read the story of the relationship between America, Abby's best friend, and Shepley, Travis' cousin/roommate.  *They* actually seem to have a healthy relationship--at least when not being derailed from the fallout related to Abby and Travis' "romance."

Anyone else read Beautiful Disaster?  What did you think?

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