Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books

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.  - Goodreads.com


Okay, anyone who loved Beautiful Disaster, the first book, should absolutely fall in love with this one.  I loved Travis Maddox in book one, even though quite a few of his actions weren't exactly nice, and we were all left hopelessly in love with him while still thinking he was a scoundrel.  There were times I wanted to smack both Abby and him in book one... but after reading this story, I pretty much just want to smack Abby. LOL!

No, really, I love Abby, I do.  She's a great character, and I can definitely understand where her issues came from, but in a way, she has just the same types of commitment issues as Travis did initially.  She has a hard time committing to him because he appears to stand for everything she's trying to run away from in her life.  And because some of his actions in book one were questionable, I can definitely see why she tried to hold him at a distance.  She was just trying to protect herself.  In this story, however, as the summary states, we get to see Travis' side of the story... and let me just say, this filled in so many holes for me.

I loved Travis from the start.  Who wouldn't love a story about a bad boy...okay a really bad boy, who reforms for love.  I love it!  In this story, however, seeing inside Travis' head was a really interesting place to me.  Getting to see what he was thinking during some of these events was great.  And getting to hear and see his emotions, his genuine love for Abby, and the way he thinks, was even more endearing.

I love stories like this told from the male perspective, and Travis' perspective in particular was really amazing. We do get to see the major events retold from his POV, but I also liked that there were some new things thrown in.  Like the first book are things that stood out to Abby, whereas this book includes a few different events and scenarios, things that obviously meant more to Travis that Abby didn't think to talk about in her book.  Yes, I'm speaking about them as if they're real, but they really are!

There were times I really wanted to go reread the first book because I wanted to remember what the heck Abby was thinking.  Because again, being able to see inside his head this time made me think she was being too hard on him... so I wanted to go back and remember why she wasn't immediately falling over in a faint every time he came into the room.

I thought the prologue to this story was rather perfect because it gave the reader a reference point for his early behavior, and also for why he changes.  It isn't just Abby...there's more to it than that.  The author did a fantastic job with this book, in making me feel like I was reading a brand new story, without it being a copy of the first with different narrative.  I loved the first and I absolutely adored this one too!  Made me love Travis even more.  Awesome.

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