(Couldn’t decide which cover to post…both is good, right? The one on the right is the UK cover and the one on the left is the US cover.)
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
April 2nd 2013 by Atria Books
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.
3 out of 5
Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for providing me with an eARC copy to review.
Here we go again. The disaster books. Heaven help me to not scream whilst writing the review.
It’s no secret that I did NOT enjoy the first book. Mainly because it was SOOO cliché and Travis was always throwing Abby over his shoulder and she kept running away and they kept having sex even though they were supposed to be broken up and SHOOT ME NOW!
I decided to give Walking Disaster a shot, because HOLY BLUE BUTTERFLY ON HUGE BICEP BATMAN! Plus, I thought it would be different seeing Travis’s point of view. I don’t usually read YA books with the main voice as a guy. It was a refreshing change. Also, I’d read a few teaser excerpts posted on Goodreads and it got me interested in the characters again.
The first chapter of Walking Disaster was very emotional. I teared up. That didn’t happen at all with Beautiful Disaster, so already WD is connecting on an emotional level and not just some romance. I can’t say much more about the first chapter because, spoilers!
Whilst reading WD, at times, you can forget that you’ve already read the book before in Abby’s point of view. I had forgotten about certain scenes and when they came up I wasn’t expecting them. I much preferred Travis’s POV that Abby’s. It didn’t feel strange reading his side of the story, it was just right.
Saying that, I still hate America. Interfering wotsit. (The character! The country is fine! Peace and love, guys!) She just bugged me, always defending Abby and getting in Travis’s face all the time. Urgh! Overbearing (beastie) bestie.
And finally, I still can’t get over the fact that Travis calls the love of his life after a Pigeon. I get the sentiment, but I think a DOVE might have been more flattering. Pigeons are one of the most unloved birds in the world. I think Travis is trying to tell her something on a subconscious level.
Overall, I enjoyed it much, much more than Beautiful Disaster. I also enjoyed the epilogue bit at the end, sweet! If anymore Disaster books come out, I may pick them up. If they’re about Travis’s brothers, I would defiantly have to check them out.
Book One, Beautiful Disaster.
INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.
Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
About Author and LINKS:
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She was raised by her mother Brenda in Blackwell, OK, where she graduated high school in 1997. Jamie attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.
Books published by Jamie include the Providence trilogy, and The New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, a contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, Jamie spends her days letting her four dogs in and out.
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