Series: Beautiful #1
Published by Atria Books on August 14th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from 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.
If I could, I would’ve given this a rating of 1.5, but, even then, I’d still wonder if that’s too generous.
I can certainly understand the appeal. There’s the whole man-slut bad boy who is finally reformed by the good girl with bad past. That, however, doesn’t detract from some aspects of the book that seem inherently wrong.
Travis is made to portray that super strong, super smart playboy. His relationship with Abby just brings out the abuser/ stalker in him. There’s nothing that can make his insane jealousy okay. Lurking beneath the surface is the fact that one day it won’t just be the other guys getting hit, but Abby herself.
Abby isn’t exactly little-miss-innocent either. She’s an irrational teenager who knows the inherent wrongness of her relationship, but goes back to him anyway.
Ms. McGuire knows the relationship isn’t healthy. There are plenty of refenences made by other characters in addition to Abby.
Yet, that isn’t enough to make this unhealthy relationship end.
The characters in the story all felt so contrived and one dimensional. They’re thrown in to fit what the author wants to see play out between Abby and Travis. But they aren’t made to feel like real people.
This isn’t a book I can recommend in good conscience. If you’re looking for a bad boy reformation romance, read Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts. Classic.
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