Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 432 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in
Published: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1476712042
ISBN - 13: 9781476712048
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Beautiful Disaster Chapter One Red Flag EVERYTHING IN THE ROOM SCREAMED that I didn’t belong. The stairs were crumbling, the rowdy patrons were shoulder to shoulder, and the air was a medley of sweat, blood, and mold. Voices blurred as they yelled numbers and names back and forth, and arms flailed about, exchanging money and gestures to communicate over the noise. I squeezed through the crowd, following close behind my best friend. “Keep your cash in your wallet, Abby!” America called to me. Her broad smile gleamed even in the dim light. “Stay close! It’ll get worse once it starts!” Shepley yelled over the noise. America grabbed his hand and then mine as Shepley led us through the sea of people. The sharp bleating of a bullhorn cut through the smoky air. The noise startled me, and I jumped in reaction, looking for the source of the blast. A man stood on a wooden chair, holding a wad of cash in one hand, the horn in the other. He held the plastic to his lips. “Welcome to the bloodbath! If you are looking for Economics 101 . . . you are in the wrong fucking place, my friend! If you seek the Circle, this is Mecca! My name is Adam. I make the rules and I call the fight. Betting ends once the opponents are on the floor. No touching the fighters, no assistance, no bet switching, and no encroachment of the ring. If you break these rules, you will get the piss beat out of you and you will be thrown out on your ass without your
From the Publisher
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 wants-and needs-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.
"Characters, backstory, goals, motivations and conflicts are a great mix of angst, crippling inner demons and harsh real life. The pace has a rhythmic beat of two steps forward, four steps back as Abby and Travis grapple with their fierce attraction. Jamie McGuire writes with no holds barred. She writes with honest reflection on young people who move through life by their own rules...The entire cast lives hard, fights hard, and certainly loves hard. Deliciously intense."