Sunday, January 16, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinella



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 hands were sweaty. The attraction, like the tide to the moon, kept pulling the two of them toward each other. "

 Mia's youth, freshness and naivete crumbled Flynn's defenses and brought out his vulnerabilities. Flynn was like no one Mia had ever known before. Despite their obvious differences and against all advice from Mia's best friend, Roxanne, Mia and Flynn began an intense love affair that would change both their destinies almost destroying them in the process. On the other hand, it might just be their salvation.

Flynn was the kind of man that could not be pinned down; it would be like trying  to chain a rainbow or a breeze to earth. Even though Flynn could not promise her any future, Mia had complete faith in him knowing that he would never hurt her. The best he could promise was that he would not leave her. That's why it was so devastating when suddenly he was just gone without a word of explanation leaving Mia to agonize over her lost love and wondering how she would take her next breath never mind getting on with her life.

Now he is back; but not the way Mia would have wanted. Roxanne, now a doctor in the local hospital, has called Mia to let her know that Flynn had been in a motorcycle crash and is now in a coma in the ER. Mia leaves a life changing business meeting to rush to Flynn's side. Oh, yeah, there is a slight complication. In the twelve years Flynn has been gone, Mia married Michael Wells after waiting for years for some word or news  from Flynn.

Along with the main plot line, there is a bit of a mysterious sub-plot going on. College girls have been murdered from the midwest all the way to Alabama and Roxanne, is convinced Flynn was somehow involved. This suspicion on Roxanne's part almost ended her long friendship with Mia.

For a debut novel, this was beautifully written and very enjoyable. In fact, other than one scene in the middle, I had a hard time putting this one down. I was so captivated by the characterizations, southern setting, depth of emotions and plot line that I couldn't wait to see what happened next; I just kept turning the pages almost non-stop. Laura Spinella has dug deep to flesh out her characters' feelings and thoughts. It's as if I had been a close friend of  Mia, Flynn and Roxanne for years and had been through all the heartache right along with them. Highly recommended. 4****

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Penguin Group at no charge to me in exchange for my honest opinion.

To celebrate the release of Beautiful Disaster Penguin group is allowing me to giveaway 2 copies of the book. US & Canada only. Deadline to enter is January 25th at 5 PM (est). Please be sure to include an e mail address for your comment to qualify. 

 As always, bonus entries can be earned by:

+ 2 for following - just remind me how and under what name you follow
+3 for posting or tweeting about contest with a link included - Be sure to leave me the link.

Good luck!

40 comments:

  1. I'd love to be entered! Spinella sounds like a promising new author. I subscribe in Google Reader. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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  2. Darn, US and Canada entries only. Never mind will add to my wish list and hope to one day move country. Only joking. Great giveaway, good luck everyone.

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  3. Wow...now I can't wait to get to my copy! This one sounds great!

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  4. This sounds like a wonderful first novel! Thanks for hosting!

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    +2 follow via GFC (fredamans)
    +3 http://twitter.com/#!/fredalicious/status/26692768696897536

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  5. This sounds like a really compelling read.

    +2 GFC Follower (Rachel Fewell)

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  6. Sounds like a fascinating read!
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  7. GFC follower as Karen B.
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  8. This sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review & Giveaway.
    I follow your blog via GFC & Google Reader.
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
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  9. I follow you (with the name Genna Sarnak). Thanks so much!

    Genna (from gsarnak.wordpress.com)

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway. I am an old follower.

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  11. I think I'd like to read this book! You made it sound pretty good, and I want to know why he left her.

    I am a regular reader (as Jenners) by reading your RSS feed.

    jfligster (at) gmail (dot) com.

    thanks ... and I love that this is from Penguin!

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  12. Count me in!

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  13. This one sounds really great!! I'd love to be entered for it.

    I follow on gfc under the name of Martha Lawson

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  14. Sounds like something I may enjoy even though it's a bit outside of my comfort zone. When i first started this comment I was going to say "Sounds like a great read though no need to enter me". I think I've changed my mind and would like to be entered.

    I'm a follower through GFC as Wordsmtihonia.

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  15. Sounds good. Thanks for the chance!

    +2 GFC follower - donnas
    +3 tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/status/26862478415626241

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  16. Ok, I must admit I was not that interested until you mentioned those dead bodies. (what does this say about me, really?)

    Please toss my name in the hat!
    I follow you on Google Reader and GFC.

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  17. Sounds like a book I would like! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. sounds terrific - count me in please :)
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  19. I follow you on GFC (1)
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  20. Wow, what a thrill to see all the great comments AND such a wonderful review! Thank you to everyone. I hope you'll give BEAUTIFUL DISASTER a read!

    Laura Spinella

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  21. i hope the book is as good as the review. I seems to have a little bit of everything and I am looking forward to reading it. Please, enter me for the chance to win a copy and thanks.

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  22. I forgot, I absolutely do follow your blog on GFC.

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  23. This book sounds like a great one to read in front of a warm fireplace with hot tea! Many thanks, Cindi
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  24. I follow your blog via Google
    Friend Connect...
    Again, many thanks!
    Cindi
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  26. I'd really like to be entered for this book. Sounds very good!

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  27. I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

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  28. Yes, I'd like to be entered. I'm a follower - summergal05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. This sounds good and I always trust and enjoy your terrific reviews! Please include me too and thanks for the offer!

    +2 GFC and Google reader follower - Wrighty
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  30. Sounds like a good read. i like the sub-plot part for some good mystery.

    I follow in via GR as bookmagic. bookmagic418@gmail.com

    I like the new background. Are you thinking if you make your blog look springy it will chase winter away :)??

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  31. Wow, still can't believe all the comments! This site has SO many great followers! For more info on BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, visit my site: www.lauraspinella.net Thanks!

    Laura

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  32. I am entering as I am curious about the one part you didn't like but also that you liked it and that is the best recommendation for me! Thanks for the chance!

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  33. I am a GFC follower +1

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  34. I am a GFC follower +2 (for a long time)

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  35. This looks like a great read!

    I follow via GFC (shanaelyse)

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  36. Thanks for a chance to win this book - it looks like a good one!
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  37. GFC follower (CherylS22)
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  39. This sounds good! Please enter me. Thank you!

    I follow on GFC

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  40. I know I'm too late for the giveaway, but this sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review!

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