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Saturday, July 13, 2013

[REVIEW] Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster

Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: sequel to Beautiful Disaster
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: April 16th 2013 by Simon & Schuster UK
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How much is too much to love?

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. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

“You know why I want you? 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.”

I read Beautiful Disaster two years ago and have almost forgotten how much I loved that book. WALKING DISASTER reminded me again why I adored Abby’s and Travis’s story.

Reading the story for the second time and from Travis’s POV was just amazing. I got to see things through his eyes and it was different from when Abby was telling the story. It was intense reading just how deep Travis’s love for Abby was. It was almost unbelievable to imagine someone like Travis Maddox to fall hard. But it was kinda cute and touching. Travis knew his mistakes and weaknesses and in all fairness, he did his best to be better for Abby. Both thought they weren’t good enough for each other but in the end, they proved that their love can withstand anything.

What I liked most about this version of the story was that it highlighted some characters, like Shepley and Travis’s family. Every scene with them was hilarious. The Maddox brothers all had foul mouths but they’re so funny and caring. I admired their closeness to each other and the way they looked after Travis. They also accepted Abby with open arms and it was cute how protective they are of her.

Shepley’s actually my favorite character. For one, he’s funny. His and Travis’s bantering were always a delight to read. Shepley was also a good cousin and a great friend. He kept an eye on Travis and wasn’t afraid to tell him the truth. He’s the voice of reason amidst Travis’s scattered thoughts. He always maintained a level head and that’s why I admired him. It was easy to just agree and sympathize to everything Travis said but Shepley forced him to the truth however brutal that is and God knows that’s what Travis needed. It was good that Travis had a good deal of respect for Shepley. Never once did I get the impression that he considered his cousin beneath him.

The epilogue was a bonus. I really liked it that the author gave us a peek of Abby’s and Travis’s life eleven years after. That’s something to look forward to and I’m glad the story ended the way it did. It was sweet and awesome. I don’t think I’m going to stop grinning about this book anytime soon.

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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