Friday, April 5, 2013

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. 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.

Beautiful Disaster was such a stunning and at times disconcerting read for me that I was genuinely curious to know the story from Travis’ point of view. In my previous review of Beautiful Disaster, I had mentioned that while I enjoyed the story, I also had slight reservations about certain aspects of it mainly Travis’ control issues and temper. It just seemed like Travis and Abby were destined to spontaneously combust from their constant push and pull. So reading it from Travis’s perspective was a helpful eye opener into the mind of a pained and confused individual.

From the moment he meets her, Travis becomes obsessed with Abby. He fully admits that he sleeps with girls and discards them immediately. He’s not the boyfriend-type and makes no apologies for it.  He delights in his bad boy rep and enjoys the attention. So when Abby doesn’t instantly bow to his awesomeness and , he’s immediately taken with her. What starts out as him wanting to take her to bed ends up being him wanting to actually get to know her and become friends, all the while hoping for something more.

I’ve said it before: Travis is intense but knowing where that intensity comes from makes his actions less creepy-stalkerish. Now his misguided deeds just come off as endearing. He's so completely clueless as to how to woo a girl or keep things platonic that you can't help but smile at his attempts. Still when he screws up - and he screws up royally- you just want to slap him upside the head (Gibbs-style if you're familiar with NCIS).

I came to like Travis a lot more this go round. Jamie McGuire did a splendid job giving him his own voice so even if you've read the previous book, it feels like you're living the events the first time around. His vulnerability and willingness to clean up his act make him more sympathetic. Their sexual tension is just as fantastic as it was in Beautiful Disaster.  It's just so sweet to see how much he grows to love Abby and want to take care of her.

So I say Walking Disaster is a MUST read and if Beautiful Disaster made you swoon then spending all this time with Travis will certainly leave you a puddle.  

~ Bel

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