Saturday, April 6, 2013

BOOK REVIEW...Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2) by Jamie McGuire

Title:  Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2)
Author:  Jamie McGuire
Publication Date: April 2nd 2013 by Atria Books (first published 2013)
Goodreads URL: HERE
Plot:  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.

 “One of these days you're going to fall in love, son. Don't settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that doesn't come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting. Never.”

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 First of all... read "Beautiful Disaster" BEFORE you even think of picking up this book. Beautiful Disaster follows the plot through the eyes of our heroine, Abby Abernathy. Walking Disaster follows the same plot but through the eyes of our Cassonova, Travis Maddox. Of course, there are added scenes that the first novel didn't include. In other words, these are the scenes where Abby wasn't involved. Even the revisited moments with our lovers do not seem redundant. McGuire has a beautiful way of unfolding a story that she has already unfolded. 

Travis Maddox. The name just melts on your tongue like wafer chips. In all the books I've read, there are only two men that I've fallen madly in love with -- Carmine DeMarco (Sempre by J.M. Darhower) and Travis Maddox. 

For those of you who questioned his actions in the first book, this novel is a must read. The illustrations that McGuire etches in your mind of his thoughts, fears, dreams forces your heart into those "ohhh and ahhh" moments. It's cute how Travis tries to subtlety add in sex-talk with Abby. 

Abby, his grey-eyed savior, comes into his life bringing a fresh breath of air with her. Abby is unlike any other person he's met before -- she's intelligent, honest, and beautiful. She's worth fighting for. I love her character because she doesn't take crap from him like the other women who he basically tossed aside. The quote mentioned above was told to Travis by his mother as she lay dying. Women came and went into his life too easily. Abby because the one he'd have to fight for and continue fighting for. 

Travis calls Abby, "Pigeon" to which he explains,“I decided a long time ago I would feed on the vultures until a dove came along. A pigeon. The kind of soul that didn't impede on anyone; just walked around worrying about its own business, trying to get through life without pulling everyone else down. With its own needs and selfish habits. Brave. A communicator. Intelligent. Beautiful. Soft-spoken. A creature that mates for life. Unattainable until she has a reason to trust you." 

 For those of you die-hard "Traby" fans, I must warn you that McGuire includes all the aspects of his life -- including things he has done with other women. It's obviously that he is not a virgin but Abby is. However, the moment when they finally make love is definitely worth it. It's clear that he has fallen head over heels in love with her. On a side note, I love the family elements that were included in this novel. He has four brothers who he's extremely close to. I feel that because he lost his mother, he was afraid to let someone into his heart but then Abby walked into his life.

My Rating:

-Overall : 9
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 9
-Characters : 9
-Cover : 9

Where to get your copy!:
Barnes and Noble

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