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A story of love lost...and found.

Mia Wells's eco-friendly career goals are about to become a reality-but her life-altering moment is interrupted when an unexpected call ushers in her tremulous past. A man who's never left Mia's memory: Flynn, the enigmatic, passionate man whose disappearance broke h
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Berkley (first published November 23rd 2010)
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Derek
Jan 22, 2012 Derek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, own
I am a 21 year old male who sees my local Barnes and Noble as my favorite store in existence. For, I'd say 13 or so years, my library has consisted of a plethora of YA fiction, mostly in the vein of Potter, Twilight and so on. Every so often, in the last few months, more specifically, I would find myself hurtling down the adult fiction section, spurred by my urge to read an "adult novel" both to expand my literary journey and to make my 23 year old sister stop her "you only read kids books" ...more
Betsy James
May 24, 2011 Betsy James rated it did not like it
This novel, while considerably promising, lacked in character structure and believable dialogue. I found Flynn and Mia to be completely unbelievable from their very first encounter, and the progression of their relationship to be all the more outrageous. Highly recommend this novel to those who are interested in cheesy romance and weak leading female protagonists blinded by foolish and outlandish "love".
Naomi
Apr 28, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing
POTENTIAL SPOILERS..POTENTIAL SPOILERS...POTENTIAL SPOILERS

4.5/5 Stars

I am about 115 pages in and loving this book because of the development of the characters..I know a book is good when you have shake your head moments re: the main character, Mia and want to bitch slap her for stupid decisions and don't like a character who is in a coma! I think the thing that I like most about this book is that it is probably a combination of Womens Lit and Mystery...It is not your typical womens lit book wh
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~Tina~
Mar 23, 2015 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
Mia Montgomery is just your average college student. She always plays it safe, leveled-headed and doesn't usually wander off to the dark side of her existence, but the moment she meets Flynn McDermott she want to be daring and different. See, Flynn is all wrong for her, or at least according to her best friend, Roxanne, he's the kind of guy that would take you to bed, break your heart and never look back, but despite the long hair, motorcycle and dangerous look that Flynn seems to sport, he is ...more
Kaye
Feb 09, 2011 Kaye rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge
For college student, Mia Montgomery, it's just another day hanging out with friends until she lays eyes on Flynn; a scruffy looking, coarse mouthed, motorcycling drifter with a past full of secrets and a future full of nothing but uncertainty. When they meet later on in a bar, it's as if the two of them just knew they were soul mates.

"Silence settled between them as Flynn searched the busy bar for a place to hide his vulnerability. He rubbed his palms over his denim-covered thighs, realizing his
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Susan Peterson
Aug 04, 2016 Susan Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finding faith

Beautiful Disaster is a riveting novel, an emotional roller coaster filled with ups and downs, twists and turns. It is a story about trust and honesty, and believing in a person no matter what they look like, no matter what secrets are hidden in their past, no matter that the odds seem stacked against them. When Mia meets Flynn, he is a drifter on a motorcycle riding through town. Despite her own misgivings, and especially the concerns of her friend Roxanne, Mia can't fight her grow
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Kelsey
Sep 08, 2011 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
CAUTION: CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS! (AS OPPOSED TO COMPLETE SPOILERS.)

You know, I picked this book up on the cover alone. "Different than the minimalist mystery of most modern day novels?? I'll take it!" Plus, it was 60% off...sadly (Borders was going out of business.)I didn't even read the back, skim the pages, nothing. I just took it home.

I started reading it when I got home. My other take that day was a HUGE cookbook, so I really had no choice.

THANK GOD FOR NO CHOICE.

The book is not complex in
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Ashley Drummond
Jun 08, 2013 Ashley Drummond rated it it was amazing
I don't even know if I can put into words how beautiful this book was. There couldn't be a more perfect title than Beautiful Disaster because that's exactly what this story was. Heartbreakingly beautiful. The author of this book is brilliant. She is beyond talented. It takes a great story to make you cry tears of happiness or just from the beautiful touching moments. I didn't even know that was possible until tonight. I never put this book down from the moment I opened it. I now have a new ...more
B.N. Toler
Jul 09, 2013 B.N. Toler rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, wow. Laura Spinella is an amAzing writer. Second, I bought this book by accident and I'm so happy I did. It is a beautiful love story that ends so perfectly, but you don't think it will. I highly recommend this book. AMAZING BOOK!!
Gail
Jul 04, 2012 Gail rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.I could not put it down!! in fact,I read the whole book in one day. Flynn/Mia's story had me on a rollercoaster ride of emotion. It had me hooked from the first chapter. It is a MUST READ for people who love romance novels.
Melody
Dec 28, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it
At first glance of the title (and the cover), Beautiful Disaster looks like a suspense but it is actually a story about love lost and found.

Mia Montgomery's dreams is to be a successful interior designer; not any interior designer but one who focus on holistic design and to promote an eco-friendly concept in her work. She takes pride in her work, and she thinks she is getting there when she received a telephone call from a doctor friend, Roxanne, that Peyton Flynn McDermott is in the ICU due to
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Dee
Jun 24, 2011 Dee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, read-2011, women
As a reader, I love books that leave me thinking about the characters, the plot and why I felt the way I did at the end of the book. Ever since finishing Beautiful Disaster, it has remained in my thoughts as I have discussed various different points of views with other readers and even debated why we felt different ways about the various characters. Thought-out the entire book my feelings about the various characters changed from dislike to hatred, to liking, it just depending on what was going ...more
RomReader *Spoiler Giver*
Interior designer heroine gets a call from her ER-doctor friend that her long-lost ex-boyfriend is in surgery due to a major accident. Hero is in a coma & she spends every free time she has with him & doesn't tell her husband of 2 years about it. She remembers their intense 1-year r/s & his sudden disappearance from her life 12 years ago. Even though she knows nothing of his life since or whether he'll ever gain consciousness, seeing Hero again makes her realize that she never ...more
Jackie Lane
Jun 28, 2011 Jackie Lane rated it really liked it
This was a great debut novel from Spinella.

Mia Montgomery (Wells), who is going to college to be an eco-friend designer, meets Flynn, an older, motorcycle riding bad boy. Flynn is running from something but Mia doesn’t care. She loves being with him through good and bad and he promises never to just leave. He does just that and it shatters Mia.

Mia goes on to marry and is on the verge of realizing her eco-friendly dream when her best friend, Roxanne, calls her to tell her that her lost love has
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Susan


I loved this book!! How could this be a debut novel?? For me, it was perfect! It pulled me right in and never let me go! Mia is a college student when she meets Flynn, an older drifter who is nothing like she would ever go for but for some reason she is drawn to him. Flynn comes with many mysteries and Mia tries to get him to knock down the walls to his heart and let her in.

They have a wild relationship until one day, Flynn disappears. No note, no good bye, no anything! Mia is devastated and she
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Gina
Jun 12, 2012 Gina rated it really liked it
The story is well told as it switches from present to past throughout the book, and it was good enough to make me stay up late to finish it because I absolutely had to see how it ended. The focus is on a college girl who, much to her best friend's horror, falls in love with a drifter. There are several times throughout the story when they refer to the term "beautiful disaster" to describe both themselves and their relationship. Although I was pleased enough with the ending, I did find myself ...more
Susan
Apr 17, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
Laura Spinella is both a very nice person and an engaging writer. Her debut, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, is a wonderfully intense romance that is sure to please fans of relationship fiction. Her hero (or anti-hero, as the case may be!), Flynn, is one tough cookie. Bearded and scruffy, he's riding his Harley cross-country when he stops in Athens, GA, and bumps into beautiful co-ed Mia. There are sparks from the start, even though Mia's best friend, Roxanne, loathes Flynn at first sight. But the chemistry ...more
Maggie Kelley
Apr 17, 2011 Maggie Kelley rated it it was amazing
Laura Spinella's romantic, mysterious story kept me up late until I finished this terrific novel. I loved the central characters of Mia and Flynn, soulmates who will have to endure serious hardship before they are able to love each other. The book is a very sexy read, told in an engaging voice that moves in between the past and present at a brisk pace. Unanswered questions about the hero's traumatic past, combined with a thriller-type murder mystery at the heart of the story kept me turning ...more
Ena Novakovic
Mar 05, 2011 Ena Novakovic rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Coming from a new author, I did not know what to expect, but after reading Beautiful Disaster, I was pleasantly surprised! Laura Spinella transports the reader into a wonderful, captivating romance. As a college student, I found Mia very relatable. Don't we all want to fall for the bad boy with a good heart? Flynn's character made me wish that he actually existed! The way Spinella describes their romance allows the reader to forget the present and fall deeply into the story, experiencing the ...more
Loren
Mar 03, 2011 Loren rated it it was amazing
I read Beautiful Disaster over a weekend and could not put it down. The plot hooked me, but the author's voice kept me turning the pages. Laura Spinella is a romance writer who accomplishes the difficult task of describing intimacy in an elegant way. Her characters have dimension. She also has a natural knack for dialogue. The characters in Beautiful Disaster have a mysterious quality that adds to the suspense of the novel. This book is very well-written.
Jamie Pettyfer
Mar 05, 2011 Jamie Pettyfer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
Being a college student and not having much time for outside reading, I'm really glad I chose this as my once-in-a-blue-moon read. The story of Mia and Flynn just captivate you, making it hard to put the book down. Spinella weaves her way between past and present with incredible tact and skill creating a unique flow for the story that's easy to follow. I highly recommend this book to anyone just looking for a good read.
Barbara White
May 19, 2012 Barbara White rated it it was amazing
This is still one of my top ten favorite reads of all time, and I read this novel over a year ago. I love darker characters, especially romantic heroes. Flynn captured my heart and never let go. I don't re-read many novels--too many great books, not enough time--but this is in my re-read pile. Anyone who enjoys quality women's fiction will love this book. Escapism at its best. I would have given it more than 5 stars if I could. Can we start a Flynn fan club?
Linny Sommers
Mar 07, 2011 Linny Sommers rated it it was amazing
When a book stays with you for weeks after you've read it, what does that say? I think it says it's one heck of a book! Beautiful Disaster has it all, love, passion, suspense, and unforgettable characters! The writing is exceptional, funny at times, compelling, always engaging. Great dialogue... terrific love scenes! Spinella delivers page after page! She keeps you guessing, though I found myself rooting for Mia and Flynn from the first chapter to the very end!
Dana
Feb 12, 2011 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A complete impluse buy, and one I wasn't disappointed with. I'm not sure I knew what to expect going in, but I really enjoyed this. I was completely rooting for Mia and Flynn, in both the flashbacks and present day. At one point I thought I had the book figured out, but was pleasantly surprised. All in all, a decent read.
Nina
Feb 04, 2011 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laura Spinella weaves the past and the present in a seamless love story that grips you from the very first page. To say I loved this story is understatement. Kudos to Ms. Spinella on her debut novel. A definite must read!
Brandie
May 17, 2016 Brandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let go. As much as I was dying to find out what happened and finish it - I didn't want it to end. Beautiful story with wonderful characters. Loved it.
Jeannine J
Mar 03, 2011 Jeannine J rated it it was amazing
Great book! The author weaves the past and present together seamlessly. Romance and mystery meld together to tell the story of enduring love, lost and then found. The characters stay with the reader long after the last page. Wonderful debut novel. Kudos to Author Spinella.
Lisa
Dec 31, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
Full review to be posted on the blog in a few days, but as with many other books this year, it was good while I was reading it and fairly forgettable after. I liked Mia a lot, but found both flynn and Michael a bit unbelievable.
Tracy Hensley
Apr 25, 2011 Tracy Hensley rated it did not like it
My first foray into romance and it is nauseating. Won't be taking this trip again. Came highly recommended by the ladies of my book club who totally did me wrong! Seriously?
Karma
Apr 23, 2012 Karma rated it really liked it
An intense, emotional book that resonated deeply with me. Parts of it broke my heart, but I loved the ending.
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