Was your biggest problem with Fifty Shades of Grey that there wasn’t another book that was the exact same story from Christian’s perspective? If it was (and we’re led to believe there are actually people who feel this way, so, yeah, look out for them), then we have exciting news for you, because we’ve solved the problem! Bad Books, Good Times is reading a new erotic romance, because we’re pretty sure if we choose to not read at least one erotic romance novel at any point in time, this will happen to us:
So we’re reading Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Diaster, the tale of a good girl who gets caught up with a bad boy. And we’re reading the sequel, Walking Disaster, which is the same story from the guy’s perspective. It’s the same love (?) story told in parallel by the man and the woman involved in it. And, hey, would you look at that – the people who run this blog are a man and a woman.
So Ariel’s reading the story from the female character’s point of view, and Matthew’s reading the story from the male character’s point of view. And yes, we will be petty and take sides. It’s the battle of the sexes, from the bloggers that don’t even give a shit!
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.
Ariel says: I’m going to hate this bitch! She doesn’t drink OR swear?!?! Those are two of my favorite things to do! CARDIGANS?!? Oh my God. One thing that interests me is that this is a College Romance! We’ve been so focused on adults with big careers or recent graduates who fall into a life of luxury (literally, actually) that we forgot erotic romance can happen while you’re still in college!
Because I’ll never pass up the chance to side about ridiculous things and passionately defend them until the end, I will (reluctantly) take the side of this Abby person and be personally outraged when she falls prey to this Walking One-Night Stand (is that similar to the walking dead in any way?). I will also be personally outraged when Matt defends this predator.
Matthew says: Predator? Please. He has a tattoo of a butterfly. That is apparently coming to life. Maybe he’s a wizard. I think this is a college wizard erotic romance.
Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.
Matthew says: As a similarly dangerous man/sexual tyrannosaurus, I can’t wait to read Travis’s side of the story. Fuck Beautiful Disaster. This is a story about bitches and hoes. Wait, how do you pluralize “ho”? Is it “hoes” or “hos”? “Hos” doesn’t look right. I will have to consult with other dangerous men/sexual tyrannosaurs that I know next time we go motorcycling and shaving. But this is totally the real story, right here, whatever it’s about. This is a story about dangerous men/sexual tyrannosaurs for dangerous men/sexual tyrannosaurs, to be read between sets while lifting at the gym or sleeping with a vast multitude of women, as dangerous men/sexual tyrannosaurs such as myself as wont to do.
Dear Girlfriend, I know you’re laughing your ass off right now.
Ariel says: Matt likes to tell you guys about his life on here, and it’s all like job this job that, but he has this fantastic girlfriend he failed to mention. And she is 100% Ariel approved!