By Jamie McGuire
“Our story might have been typical: Bad boy falls for good girl, but Abby was no princess. She was hiding something.”
If you have read Beautiful Disaster (If not I highly recommend it to get the full understanding of the story) then you know how they met, how they became friends and how they fell in love. Abby told us all but now it’s time for Travis to tell us. It’s his story now…
Travis Maddox is not only the quintessential Bad boy, he’s practically a legend. He’s slept with half of the female population at Eastern. He rides a Harley and fights in underground arenas for money. Everything about him screams heartbreak.
Abby Abernathy is all Good girl on the outside, fresh out of Kansas. But Travis can tell from the minute he sees her in her cardigan and pearls that this girl is a lot more underneath it all. She has an attitude and she’s a lot tougher than most would think.
Unlike most girls that meet Travis she has absolutely no desire to sleep with him. What first is seen as a challenge by Travis quickly becomes a lot more. Travis needs Abby to stick around, he’s never wanted to be friends with a girl before but with Abby he finally sees how important it is for her to be in his life. The more time he spends with her the more he falls for her.
“I decided a long time ago I would feed on the vultures until a dove came along. A pigeon. The kind of soul that didn’t impede on anyone; just walked around worrying about it’s own business, trying to get through life without pulling everyone else down with its own needs and selfish habits. Brave. A communicator. Intelligent. Beautiful. Soft-spoken. A creature that mates for life. Unattainable until she has reason to trust you.” – Travis
Abby however can’t let herself think of Travis as more than a friend. She has come to Eastern to get away from her old life. She wants nothing to do with the one guy that reminds her too much of her past. But no matter how hard Abby tries to keep things in the “just friends” category between her and Travis she can’t deny the pull she feels towards him.
“…The fighting, the gambling, the drinking…it’s what I left behind. When I’m around you it’s all right there for me in an irresistible, tattooed package. I didn’t move hundreds of miles away to live it all over again.” -Abby
Travis can’t stop trying to get closer to Abby even if he knows she’s too good for him. No matter how hard he tries he can’t live without her, she makes him a better person. No one can understand it but everyone can see the changes since Abby has come into Travis’s life. If only Travis could prove to Abby that they belong together.
First they will have to get past his reputation and then they will have to face Abby’s past.
“When we first met, something inside both of us had changed, and whatever that was, it made us need each other. For reasons unknown to me, I was his exception, and as much as i had tried to fight my feelings, he was mine.” -Abby (From Beautiful Disaster)
I am going to be honest, I thinks I did a 5 minute happy dance when I received a copy of this book.
I haven’t been this anxious to read a book in I have no idea how long so it completely made my day. As a huge fan of the first one I was almost desperate to get my hands on this one and I was not at all disappointed.
Getting inside the mind of Travis Maddox was a great way to really get an understanding for the story. There have been a lot of people out there that have questioned whether or not this book was an example of glorifying a destructive relationship. Although I never looked at it that way I have to admit that I could see why certain people may have thought that way. This story is not all hearts and roses, the characters are not without faults and their relationship had been volatile and tumultuous from the get go. However with this look into Travis a lot more of the reasons for his behavior are explained and we are able to see that he is slowly yet steadily changing, maturing and learning as they go along.
This book is a great followup to Beautiful Disaster. Each book essentially tells us the same story however in each unique voice we get something new and exciting. I am a huge fan of Jamie McGuire and Beautiful Disaster has been one of my favorite books, now Walking Disaster has been placed on that list as well.
Jamie McGuire is an excellent author with a great voice. This is the type of book you can read over and over and never grow tired of. I’ve read beautiful Disaster at least a dozen times and am always able to get something different out of it and I am confident that it will be the same with Walking Disaster.
*This ARC was provided by NetGalley for an honest review
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