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.
Hmmm… I’m conflicted over this book. I love love love Beautiful Disaster. And I knew, going into this, that it was just BD from Travis’s POV, so I feel bad saying this… but that really is all it was. I don’t know that I can really review it as a stand alone because I felt that I hardly learnt anything new.
Our story might have been typical: Bad boy falls for good girl, but Abby was no princess. She was hiding something.
In a way, it’s a testament to Jamie McGuire’s writing in the first place… I already felt as though I knew Travis so well from BD, and I felt that she’d already portrayed his feelings through his dialogue and actions, that I literally felt like I was just reading the same book over again, just with a few extra scenes.
“I’m going to see if I can get Abby on the back of my bike again. It’s the closest I can get to the inside of her thighs.”
Speaking of which, there are extra scenes… there are conversations between Travis and his Dad, between Travis and Shepley and there are the times when Abby left him. So you do find out some more about his thought processes during these times.
I knew the second I realized I’d fallen for her that she was going to rip me apart.
And then there is the ending which, for me, saved the book. There’s a few extra chapters at the end and then a great epilogue, so I was so pleased about that.
I had never been in love before Abby, and no one had even piqued my interest since. My life was the woman standing before me.
But, as I mentioned, the rest was just a re-read… granted, I fell in love with Travis Maddox all over again, I got tingles from the chemistry, I felt sad when things didn’t go so well… but was it enough to create a whole new book? I’m not entirely convinced. I lov Travis and I can’t get enough of him. I’d be happy to read BD over and over again… but was I happy about having to spend an extra £4.99 on the same story? No. I’ve got the ebook, I’ve also got the paperback, I didn’t need what is essentially a third copy.
“I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”
When all is said and done, I love Jamie McGuire’s writing and I adore her characters, so I feel terrible only giving this three stars, but I have to be true to the way I feel and I can’t warrant a higher rating.
I look forward to reading more of Jamie’s new work.
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