You saw this coming, didn’t you? Actually, quite a few asked me for this list, and I just couldn’t put it off any longer. I’ve finally amassed an impressive collection of worthy suggestions for you (and most are truly comparable, at least *feeling* wise to Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster). I think you’ll be delighted!
“Ok so Beautiful Disaster is now my favorite book and I wanted to know what you think would be equal to it?”
“You should have an “after BD page” like you do for Twilight…”
“Beautiful Disaster really did me in that I haven’t been able to find another book that is even close to it.”
We all went so Travis-crazy, and I was intent on keeping us in that reading “frenzy”. But you know how it is… even though a book has a “bad-boy” character (and an angsty premise), it doesn’t mean it’s going to affect us like Travis did. Am I right? So I read and we read, and we *squee’d* and we “meh’d” over over so many books, together since July.
But we lucked out on quite a few didn’t we?!! Some that gave us that *almost Travis* feeling, and a few that gave it to us in spades, but all are worthy of making my “What to read after Travis” list. ‘Cause let’s be real. We just want that feeling over and over again. That on the edge of your seat, heart racing, adrenaline pumping, tears occasionally flowing, so sad and so happy elation. We want bad boys with a kick! Not just hot looks and steamy scenes but actual, real feelings, angst, game-playing and heartache, romantic moments and angsty moments, prolonged… in detail. Nice and slow, each detail exposed, every hesitant moment played out, torturing (and titillating) our very souls until we hit “The End”. The books that make us pine for ’em. Those that don’t just “give” it to us right off the bat. We love the thrill of the chase.
Famous rock stars, actors, messed-up millionaires or even that hot tattoo artist, their unattainable hearts and don’t-mess-with-me attitudes have us swooning. What makes them even more fun? They may give *some* things away (over and over again), but they keep their hearts out of it until we… I mean she comes along 😉 Then it’s all uphill and downhill from there. Why do we love these books so much? Well aside from the obvious, they allow us “play with them”, bond with them, without getting burned. Oh sure, we feel it all, but it’s only temporary (safe… yes, but it’s easy to forget the “safe” part when we’re in the midst of all that drama). Of course we miss ’em when we’re done, but all we need is another intense bad-boy book to sway our attention, right? And we’re good to go! Us? Fickle? Nahhhhhhh! Tee hee!!!
So what do I recommend for those looking for that “feeling” again after Beautiful Disaster? After Travis? This was actually an EASY list to compile, because I DID get that “Travis-rush” with these. These are the books that had me feeling (infuriated, elated, heartbroken and nervous), had me staying up late into the night, had me talking about them for days. They are not necessarily in order of my favorites – some are equal to me in awesomeness, and I will keep adding to this list as I find more.
Oh yeah!! Check out my review (check out the original cover ——->). I’m keeping the old “mouth” book cover for nostalgia’s sake.
Walking Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire <— THE OBVIOUS “What to read after Beautiful Disaster” choice is the full-length book in Travis’s perspective!! It’ll be out on April 2nd 2013 (and I’m reading a review copy now and let me tell you. I LOVE HIM!!!!!) LOVE!!! I won’t say anymore ’cause i’m saving it for my review, but THANK YOU Jamie for this treat!!! The perfect compliment to one of my all-time favorite books ever!!! And it stands perfectly on it’s own.
Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines NEW Update as of February 2013
While “Rush” may not be a cage fighter, he is every bit the bad boy we love. Girls-a-plenty, on his couch (and everywhere else) and he makes no apologies for who sees him in action. But there is that one girl that he’s trying so very hard to resist. ‘Cause you see, he’s got a secret that will tear them apart before they ever really get it together. And just like every bad boy who’s SO into that one girl, his protective side comes out in it’s full glory around her, and his heart does, too. I LOVED it!! Check out my review.
Bad Rep by A. Meredith Walters NEW Update as of February 2013
While at times, the heroine’s drama (and personal self-doubt) was a little over-the-top, the hero… well, without giving away any spoilers, he really fits the theme of this list. Gorgeous, coveted by all women, self-assured and stumbles all over himself when he meets her. And when it really counted, OMG he totally made me swoon, and my heart break. Some very emotional, heartbreaking scenes in this one that were reminiscent of that Beautiful Disaster feel. Check out my review.
NEW Update as of August 23rd 2012 Fall From Grace by Christine Zolendz WHOA!! This was an GREAT mix of Beautiful Disaster & Thoughtless/Effortless all in one! Local (but kind of famous) singer of a rock band (total player w/ lots of groupies) finds himself intrigued by the one girl that just won’t give in to him. That’s okay. He likes just being friends. 😉 So he keeps telling her. But she has a secret that he might not understand, and she is looking for someone that she once knew. Her soul mate. Buuutt… Shane’s bad-boy behavior/hotness has her both leery yet tempted. Will she give in to her attraction, or will she continue on her quest for her one true love? An emotional angsty ride for sure, with a paranormal twist! Check out my review here.
NEW Update as of May 27th 2012 – Easy by Tammara Webber!! College based, has that “Beautiful Disaster” feel (sororities, parties, sitting near the hot guy in class, best friends who stand by you when you need it…) But the best part is the gorgeous, brooding, tattooed and pierced loner and his focus on the new girl, who just got dumped by her hot rich boyfriend. And while Lucas doesn’t go off the handle like Travis does, he does share some very similar qualities. Loved it. He doesn’t take Travis’s place for me (Travis’s intensity is hard to beat) but he is DEFINITELY one hot and worthy hero in my book. In fact, he’s simply perfect. Read my review here.
UPDATE as of March 2012 – I MUST add this book (Sempre (Forever) by JM Darhower to THIS list!! I LOVED this book and it gave me the intensity and the excitement that I was looking for in another great, 5 star read. We can’t stop talking about it on my Facebook page:
Maryse’s Book Blog: this book will surely be in my top 2012 (I was hooked for 3 days).
Sandra: okay how much romance is in this? I know mystery….
Maryse’s Book Blog: Lots! Just no detailed “steamy” scenes. Except for one…but again not very detailed. but it doesn’t shy away from bad-boy behavior and words and such. But along with the life issues and struggles, the romance is intense, even in it’s tame way. I’d like to even add… romantically indulgent. I was satisfied and read quite a few parts in slow motion (not on purpose.. it just affected me that way).. everything just slows down every once in awhile and took my breath away. In fact, I’d say Carmine sort of reminds me of Travis.
Jamie: You guys have got to put down whatever you are reading and start this book. It has everything…..well…not a lot of steamy sex but you still get butterflies in your stomach during some of the intimate stuff. Loving it!
Maryse’s Book Blog: So – I just realized, I MUST add this to my “What to Read After Beautiful Disaster” page. MUST. I mean, didn’t Carmine’s bad-boy behavior and his intensity remind you of Travis? I would say he is the closest thing to Travis I’ve read so far.
Gitte: Yes definitely Maryse…that’s how I felt reading it!!!
Yanira: I’m 25% in and YES Maryse, for me is already up in that category of Fifty and Thoughtless. I’m in total love with these characters and my poor heart…♥♥♥♥♥ it
Intrigued, aren’t you? Check out my review here.
“Will” may not be a bad boy, but the romantic angst and intensity is strong in this one. HUGE HUGE emotional connection to this book with a somewhat taboo subject. Lots of angst, lots of “family/friends” feel, and a slap in the face that will shock you (and thrill you!!). ‘Cause once it happens you know you’re going to be in for some serious fun and drama.
Oh. And tears. YES. I cried and cried. Because the romantic angst isn’t the only issue…
ALSO once you’re done, you’re going to want to immediately move onto book #2 Point of Retreat (Slammed series #2) (which some say is even better). I LOVED ’em both, but I always enjoy a real shock in a book, and #1 gave it to me.
Next I want to recommend TWO Trilogies (actually, at the time I’ve written this list, each trilogy is only two books deep so far, but more to come). I’m starting us off with trilogies ’cause it extends our time with these particular characters. The longer, the better right? Well that’s my motto, anyway. BOOKS people. Books!! Sheeeesh *blush*
Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
Now I don’t know if it is because I just finished book #1 & 2 of this series that it has made it to the top of my list right now, but OMG, this book tried to kill me with anxiety, and book #2 totally did! And I will admit… this “premise” or the underlying “intimacy issues” of this book had me frowning a bit at first. It was recommended, there were tons of positive reviews, and still, I hesitated. I didn’t see how I could possibly like this one as much as Beautiful Disaster (even though I was told, that I might end up measuring up heroes to the one in this book, instead of Travis!) Whaaaaa? NO WAY!! YES WAY!!!! Christian Grey is now my new favorite. Wait WAIT!!! I still heart Travis to death, but this guy. You. Just. Wait. And. See. Oh yes, you are going to resist his “master ways” (LOL! Yup, I just got ya with that one, didn’t I?) Tee hee! Believe me. It’s not necessarily all about that, and not what you might “expect” one of “those” books to be. I promise. IT IS SO SO DEEP. Check out my review.
Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
Book #2 of the Christian’s “Fifty Shades” and this one… WOW. LOVED it even more than book #1. I didn’t think it could be possible at first, but then something happened that totally made me FREAK out, and then it didn’t stop wowing me after that.
Like I said to my Facebook readers:
“You’re going to hit something BIG!!! at some point – you’ll know what it is when you get there…”
And boy did you guys ever hit that spot!! Loved the comments!
My Facebook friend Yanira said: “Finally finished Darker, I didn’t think it was possible to love Fifty more, oh I was so wrong. I loved these books so much, it had everything, I was angry I was sad, I was angsty, in love, and also LOL with the Internal Goddess and the emails”
My thoughts exactly, Yanira! These books had EVERYTHING! Check out my review.
Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens
This one is the closest I’ve found in terms of that angsty, promiscuous bad-boy, college feel. But it’s got a serious kick! A twist that is very different from Beautiful Disaster. While Abby “dated” someone lightly while hanging with Travis (so there was a touch of a “love triangle”), Keira (the character from this book) was deeply involved with her boyfriend when she met Kellan, the rock star. Her boyfriend’s best friend. This one sends you on an emotional roller coaster that doesn’t let up. We were all in a frenzied state the entire time. In fact, despite LOVING this book to death, I needed to wait a couple of days before starting book #2, so that I could catch up on sleep, and emotional rationality.
Jessica told me:
“I was up until 3:30 again last night and finished Thoughtless. You were right Maryse, so so good and Kellan is very “Travis” like. I am so tired but can not go to bed without at least starting Effortless. I am very nervous for them.”
Also available in print (the paper back version is on Amazon here)
Check out my review
Effortless by S.C. Stephens is book#2 in this S.C. Stephens series, and also holds a special spot on this list. I won’t tell you why 😉 because you’ll need to get to end of book #1 first. BUT you’ll be dying to read it once you finish Thoughtless.
Yvette posted this one my Facebook page:
“I was up and down those books had me on the edge of my seat!!!!!!”
Check out my review
Love Unscripted by Tina Reber
Ryan Christensen may not be a “bad-boy” but he’s an “it” boy and he’s 100% unattainable. A famous actor, gorgeous, and pretty much… perfect. A good mix of good boy charm, strong family support and yet part of the Hollywood limelight. Every woman wants him (actresses and fans alike), and all he wants is a bit of his old, comfortable life back.
Stalked and chased into a local pub, he get’s a taste of just that when the pub owner helps “hide” him, and now he can’t get this pretty “normal” girl off of his mind. And of course, Taryn can’t stop thinking about him either – THE Ryan Christensen, so laid back and sweet, and he’s calling her!! A fairytale for sure, but reality sure smacks them in the head a few times! Oh you delicious angst, how I love thee!!
A sweet slow friendship and tentative love progression, perfectly paced to keep you craving and waiting and anticipating… And then!! Probably the BEST kiss, and do I dare add “love scene” to melt you into that couch your reading on. OH yes!! There are only a few “firsts” that have burned themselves into my memory, and this is one of them. But it’s not all candy and flowers. Not. At. All. Which made this wild ride all that much more exciting!
As I mentioned to my friend: “Lump in my throat throughout…. I completely feel her though. Where she is coming from, her fears. All legit – I would be exactly like her in the same situation.”
Check out my review
Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn
Ahhh this one keeps making all of my lists, doesn’t it? Okay, maybe he’s moved down my “top hero” list a bit… hrmmm. Wait a minute! I’m second guessing here, and I still want him to be at the “close-to-the-top” status. He, without a doubt, remains in my top three hot, steamy, emotionally addicting heroes of all my bad-boy books. He may not be rich and famous, but he looks and acts like a rock star, and his tattoos and devil-may-care attitude had me from the get go. This hero was perfect in that non-perfect way. He had a few commitment issues, but then… well. Maybe things change ya know? *sigh* Brian… Enough said 😉
Oh! Except Michele had this to say:
“I LOVE Brian. He is up there with my Kellan & Travis!!!”
Hey! Those are MY top three… oh wait. Christian Grey is at the top too, now. Whoa! So glad these guys are just fictional 😉
Check out my review
Hearts In Darkness by Laura Kaye
This one’s a shorter story but very poignant. It’s effective despite the “done in a few hours” read. Two people get stuck in a dark elevator together. They can’t see each other, but bond in the long, stressful and stifling hours. This is when two people, without knowing what the other looks like, simply let go and let the “chemistry” between them do all the work. And when the lights come on? Yippee!! Hot tattooed pierced guy and pretty red-head! But where do they go from here?
It’s one thing to be alone and vulnerable, forced together in an awkward situation. Once the real world comes back to life, does that chemistry sizzle or fizzle?
Check out my review
How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo
This one has already made one of my top lists too, but there is NO denying this book!!! He is not Travis, no not at all. BUT! He’s a rock star bad boy for sure (you know what that means… groupies, and revenge sex!). But at the same time, he’s a hopeless romantic that didn’t realize he had that in him. The artistic, kind of a weirdo type. But I adored him! And better yet, I adored the angst and drama the main couple put me through. And BETTER YET STILL. I cried my eyes out. Sobbed. Like a baby. Other than “The Host” I have NEVER cried so much while reading. Was it a good kind of crying? Heck NO!!! It tore me apart, made me blubber and I made an internet public nuisance of myself.
But was it worth it. OH YES!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK’S GUTS (I’d say “pancreas” but you’ve got to read it to get that analogy 😉 ) So GUTS it is!
Kelli emailed me this:
“You are so right about How to Kill a Rock Star! I have not stopped since I started last night…. OHMYGOD!!!! What a great book, I was so tired of the predictable love angst and this is refreshing torture.”
Yup!! Anything that makes me feel that strongly has to make my MUST READ list. And here’s the thing. I read this one AFTER I read Beautiful Disaster (when I was still struggling to find a book that would make me feel like Travis did). And this one, in a slightly different way, TOTALLY did. This one’s deep and intense folks!
Hehee. SO SO good, so heartbreaking, and so intense!!!
Check out my review
Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3) by J.R. Ward
I’m taking a paranormal twist here. THIS book is still one of my all time favorites, and THIS hero ranks above all for me. Yes, Sherry. I know you’re just sitting there biding your time, waiting for one of these human heroes to take his place. I know you ain’t touching MY vampire!! Tee hee!!! *hug*
Most of you have read it, but maybe some of you are new to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. “Z” (aka Zsadist) is the ultimate in tortured heroes. He is angry, crass, rude, and practically obnoxious if a woman (strike that… ANYONE) dares look at him. Plain old SCARY! He is gorgeous beyond belief (after all, he IS a vampire, the ultimate predator) however, he is horribly scarred, due to a horrific past. Tattooes (forced upon him), physical scars, and worse yet, emotional scars have fractured his very existence. Volatile, and always on the edge, nobody messes with him. Not even those closest to him. Not even the other warriors. All women are warned. NEVER be alone with him.
Pooooor Z. Horribly misunderstood. Even HE doesn’t “get” him. As scarred as he is, as damaged as he will be forever, the only thing that could possibly… MAYBE heal him would be the love of a woman of worth. Someone that could handle his insecurities, his aggressive demeanor, his hatred of life. Someone strong enough to show him that love is worth living for, and that he deserves it more than anyone. Z may be scary, but in love, his angst, his hesitation, his fears (and he fears NOTHING) makes him real. Tactile. The one vampire that no other vampire can beat (well at least for me 😉 )
But here’s the catch (and it’s a GOOD catch). You MUST read the first two books in the series (Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) and Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2), before reading his. His character is eased into the series before his book comes to life, and at the end of book #2, his appearance in it will scald you! You will be dying to read his book. And once you’re done with him, you may as well consider yourself an honorary Black Dagger Brotherhood addict, and read the rest, cause it is almost guaranteed, you’ll be hooked 😉 And… ’cause you still got “V” (Vishous) to get to (and I hearted him too!!). Tee hee!!! By the way. Zsadist would eat Travis for lunch. Not that I’d want him to. Just sayin’ 😉
Check out my review
Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts) by Stacia Kane
All the books in Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, especially #2 (Unholy Magic ) & 3 (City of Ghosts). Wow. These had me on the edge of my seat, with a hero so NOT hero-like but totally and utterly… WOW. “Terrible” (yup, that’s his name) is not so terrible at all… if you’re on his good side, that is. Not what I expected to fall for, but OMG did I ever! A paranormal series (the heroine is a witch and evil ghosts lurk everywhere) but the hero (actually… two heroes) are all-human, right down to the core. The flaws, the insecurities, the rough around the edges lifestyle. Bad boys taken to a whole new level, as they are essentially the thugs of a new society. But. Whoa. Talk about deception, heartbreak, and payback… Exhilarating and devastating but oh so good!!
Check out my review
And an “honorable mention” that is on the super-steamy side and all about fun…
Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour) by Olivia Cunning
I’m going to end off (for now… I’m on a never-ending quest to keep us in a “book-frenzy” and will add to this list) with this very sexy, steamy, kind of somewhat sexually obnoxious 100% guilty pleasure. This one is raunchy (and sometimes corny), but the underlying romantic tension, and hero had my heart (and that of many of it’s readers).
Another hugely famous rock star guitarist named “Brian”, (hey! I can’t stop at just one, ya know 😉 ). He’s a bit of a player but also a hopeless romantic. But Brian’s got a fantasy-chaser on his hands, and even though he’s falling for her, she’s just not sure where she’s going with this. What!!? I know right!? He wants her, and she’s all… whatever. Sorta. Anyway, get ready for a few “tear-your-heart-out” moments (along with alllll that steamy stuff. Oh and there is TONS of that). Still though, this was my first foray out of the paranormal world and into the bad-boy world, and it got me good! Maybe re-reading it would change my mind now, but when thinking back, I remember how I felt, and while it may not have been Travis-intense, it was certainly something I talked about for days.
Check out my review
NOW…. I want to know… Have you read any MUST-READS, that you think I might have missed? This is an important call to all of you out there! I’m dying for more “Travis-like” material (or really – anything that is impossible to put down). I’m looking for my next frenzy-inducer! Can you help me?
Here are some other suggestions from my readers – stuff they’ve read since Beautiful Disaster, and they highly recommend (which means, I have a LOT of reading to do!!) – If you’ve read any of these, chime in!
Perfect Chemistry (and the books following it in the series) – these look promising!!
Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers 1)
Meh… I read this one. Not my cup of tea (a bit young for me) but I hear #2 (Always Been Mine (The Moreno Brothers 2) is full on adult (his older brother and supposedly GOOD!)
Across The Hall (I was just contemplating this one yesterday and already it’s been recommended by a reader!) I know what’s next on my list!!
Laid Bare Lauren Dane’s Brown Siblings series (rock stars and bad boys a-plenty in this series). I’m halfway through book #1. Good, but not Travis good (for me yet). I hear they get better?
Oh and if you’re new to Beautiful Disaster and don’t know, yet, what all the fuss is about… check out my review.
Check out my other “favorites” lists: