Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cover Reveal: Just One Cup

Today I have the pleasure of participating in the cover reveal for Just One Cup by Cassandra Giovanni, which will be released on June 20, 2013. This is one I cannot wait to read. Keep reading to find a delicious sounding excerpt and description:)
And here is the cover!

Book Description:

Emma Walker was a writer who'd lost herself to someone else's anger--who had given up on ever feeling like herself again.
Evan Levesque was a rock god--the one all the women wanted, but he'd never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life.
With just one cup of coffee they'll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan's fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma's checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts the edges of her memories, threatens to make everything implode on them when Evan takes matters into his own hands.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words...they'll destroy my soul--Can Emma handle being put back together and facing who she's become because of it?

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance


     When he came off the plane he was wearing aviators, a black button-up, dark wash jeans and those Converse shoes that I hated on anyone but him. He lifted he sunglasses and broke into a smile as I ran into his arms. He dropped his bag and spun me around as soon as I was in his arms.

     "How did you know?" he asked as he set me on the ground, his hands tangled in my hair.

     "You told me what flight you were on."

     He shook his head and held my chin in his hand. "I've always wanted to have someone to wait for me--to spin them around and then do this."

     He pulled my chin up and tilted it until our lips touched--soft at first and then the reminder that we hadn't kissed in two months came over us. The only thing that could pull us apart was the whistle that echoed through the terminal and then the incessant flash of cameras.

     "Crap," Evan hissed, his forehead pressed to mine with his hands on either side of my face so they couldn't get a good picture of me. "You don't want them to know who you are yet, do you?"

     I shook my head but said with my voice shaking, "I knew the risk."

     He swallowed and then smiled. "Tilt your head down so that your hair covers your face from view."

     I did what he said and then felt his hands slip the glasses over my eyes. As I looked up his cocky half-smile made me laugh.

     "They look a hell of a lot hotter on you," he teased, throwing his duffle bag over his shoulder and wrapping his arm around my waist so that his fingers were in the front pocket of my jeans.

     "I don't think that's possible," I replied, breathless from the feel of his touch as my t-shirt rose, exposing the flesh of my hip to his warmth.

     "It's very possible with you," he whispered into my ear as we made our way past the flashing cameras. "I can't wait to see the tabloids on this one."

     "It would be much better if we did something dangerous, like locked ourselves in a public restroom."

     He looked down at me through his eyebrows. "Really? That's not all that clean."

     "I haven't seen you in two months," I said, turning and stopping in front of him. "I've thought about you every single day. Do you know what that does to a girl? Especially when pictures of you half-naked are strewn across the internet."

     "I see you found those." His voice was edged with amusement, but his face was red in embarrassment.

     I pulled on the collar of his shirt before leaning up on my toes and whispering into his ear, "I need some real ones."

     "What do you need pictures of when I'm here?" he answered, his breath hot on my chin, voice seductive.

     "I need you to burn the images into my mind then," I said before gently biting his ear.

     His free hand drifted down the small of my back to my rear pocket. "I thought I already had."

     "Mhmm...I need more."

     "I have to admit I kind of enjoy this." He smirked down at me. "But teasing me like this is just cruel."

     "Does the rental car have blacked out windows?" I asked over my shoulder as I turned.

     I watched his Evan's Adam's apple rise and fall. "I sure hope so."

Author Biography:

Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra will also release her first New Adult novel, Just One Cup, in the Spring of 2013.

Cassandra is a freelance professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios, a photography and publication marketing company that designs covers and marketing materials for authors utilizing the company's photography. She is currently studying to receive her associates degree in marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review: True

True by Erin McCarthy
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: May 7, 2013
Received ARC from the Penguin Group through Net Galley
for an honest review.
Description from NetGalley:
A captivating New Adult novel from New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy.
When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…
My Thoughts:
I had mixed feeling about this story. When I first started reading it, I was worried it would be all about Rory losing her virginity. Thank goodness it was much more than that. It is about a romance that started out as intrigue, then friendship, then more attraction, and finally love.
Rory hasn't had much, if any, experience with boys. She is a book smart girl. But one night out at a friends' house with her roommates, she is rescued from a dirty scoundrel by Tyler. He offers to get her home safely, especially since she had a little too much to drink, and from there he knew he wanted to know more about this girl that was inexperienced, yet smart. He semi-slowly gets to know Rory, and they realize there is more to their now friendship, and that they both would like more out of the relationship.
Tyler warns Rory in the beginning that she will regret the relationship, but Rory is adamant that he let her decide for herself. Even after she meets his dysfunctional family, it only makes her love him more, seeing how he cares for his brothers, Jayden and Easton, and how he handles his drug dependent mother. But of course like any great story these days, there had to be obstacles in the way and trials to come between them.
Some things I enjoyed were how they fell in love. The relationship felt real, and I loved how they didn't have instant love. At first Rory couldn't even understand why Tyler was paying her any attention. She was funny, and always looked to the logical side of everything. But she learned love isn't logical and passion can not always be understood. It just is.
I also loved the meaning behind the book title, True. I am not going to give it away, except to say it has to do with family. I love when stories have simple things like this to bring more meaning to the story.
What I didn't like was what Tyler had happen to him near the end. I did not think it was necessary to take the obstacle in the story in that direction. It actually makes me a little angry, and I don't feel like it came to a conclusion to bring me peace over it. I am not going to spoil it, but I really think it could have been something else that didn't feel like it ruined a hopeful future.
The end rounded up nicely for Rory and Tyler, and maybe sometime there will be a sequel written to help make a more happy future. If that is the case, I will read it, and if not I will probably skip a future book.
This story does contain some strong language and bedroom scenes.
My Rating: 3 stars 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World

The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World
by Christine Fonseca
Genre: Children's Nonfiction, Teens and YA
Release date: May 1, 2013

A big Thank You to Prufrock Press and NetGalley for giving me an ARC for a completely honest review.

When I heard about this new book by Christine Fonseca I was right away intrigued. Being a mother of 3 girls, and one of them just turning 12, had me wanting to find out more. As a mother it is important to me to help my daughters feel important, and to try to give them the tools that can help them become better women in the future, and to grow up making wise choices. And as a mom sometimes I need help with this teaching business. After reading the description I decided to request an ARC to see if it was right for my girls, and could also be a tool to help me. And what I discovered is a great guideline that Christine has written for growing girls, and a help to parents.

The Girl Guide offers advice, guides, quizzes, exercises, worksheets, and goals to work on the help young girls make wise choices. There is help and advice for working out problems with friends and school. There are exercises and charts to fill out and make  to help realize goals in life and what you can do to make them come true. It is a great book on helping teen girls find their own voice. And it has great quotes of wisdom spread throughout.

Some of my favorite things were when it explains how to make a Dream Poster. I think this is a great idea for everyone. Writing out your dreams and posting up pictures can help kids stay on track. And it is great idea to have it displayed as a reminder everyday. Another topic I loved was the explanation of rules. I have found it hard to get my pre-teen to understand that a lot of rules are for her safety, and this was explained very well for younger people to hopefully understand.

My most favorite idea in the book was keeping a gratitude journal. In a world that is becoming so negative and hard to survive in, I believe this is a great idea for everybody. I plan on getting all of my children a little notebook just for this that they can write a few things they are grateful for in it everyday. Hopefully this will make my family's lives more positive.

I found this book a great tool and plan on buying it for my daughter as soon as it is published.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

An Acrostic Poem

In the YA Buddy Readers' Corner group on Goodreads, they had a challenge this month to write an acrostic poem using the title of a book we have read with a minimum of 12 letters. What is an acrostic poem? you may ask. I will try and tell you:) It is a poem written about any subject, and you put the subject down the side of the page to use those letters as the first word of that line of your poem. So I decided to write mine on one of my favorite books that I have mentioned before. I chose The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, and here it what I wrote:

Taken away
Everything SHATTERED. Now
Silence. An
End to music.

A Boy with no
One left.

Fragile. He may be
The hope I need while
Running from my past.

A chair.
Now Belonging.
Quiet Acceptance.
Until the past returns.

I wanted revenge.
Let go instead.
I forgave.
Then I finally healed.

You gave me a better story.

The Sea of Tranquility is a mature YA contemporary. You can check it out here.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Review: The Bane by Keary Taylor

The Bane
by Keary Taylor
Publisher: Keary Taylor Books
Genre:  YA, Sci-fi, Dystopia
I received an ARC of The Bane from Keary Taylor through NetGalley, and this is a completely honest review.
This is one of those books that I have debated on reading for awhile now. It was previously published as Eden, before it got revamped and republished. I must admit what held me back was the old cover. It just looked so alien:) So when I saw this new cover I reread the blurb and decided I better request it while I had the chance. And I am glad that I did. Dystopia is a genre that I have really come to enjoy and love.
Here is the description from NetGalley:
Before the Evolution there was TorBane: technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter.  It had the ability to grow new organs and limbs, to heal the world.  Until it evolved out of control and spread like the common cold.  The machine took over, the soul vanished, and the Bane were born.  The Bane won't stop until every last person has been infected. With less than two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction.
Eve knows the stories of the Evolution, the time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name.  But she doesn't need memories to know this world is her reality.  This is a world that is quickly losing its humanity, one Bane at a time.
Fighting to keep one of the last remaining human colonies alive, Eve finds herself torn between her dedication to the colony, and the discovery of love.  There is Avian and West – one a soldier, one a keeper of secrets.  And in the end, Eve will make a choice that will change the future of mankind.
The Bane is The Terminator meets The Walking Dead with a heart-twisting romance.
My Thoughts:
I found this story quite enjoyable. The idea of cybernetics taking over and turning humans into a sort of robot is very fascinating and made for an exciting story. The way the "infection" was spread made for some exciting fights and action. It was sad how everything had been taken over so quickly with so few survivors that had to live in hiding and on the run.
Eve was a great character. She was found wandering around and was taken in by a human colony named Eden. Here she becomes family, especially to Avian and Sarah. Her days were filled with helping with the garden that keeps them all alive, and being on watch for the lookout of Bane that may wander out and find them. She is a kick butt character that always headed out on missions to sneak into the city for more supplies that may be needed. And then one day what she thought she knew about herself all changed when she discovered a group of three humans that had been on the run in the woods. One of them is West, and he will change everything she thought she knew. He knows the secret to her past that she has not been able to remember. And it is a big one.
I really enjoyed Eve, Avian, and West. Their relationship was an awkward triangle. Awkward because Eve was just discovering what feelings were, and trying to figure them out. This was a great story with a million trials, a bunch of heartbreak and sadness, and a big blast of an ending. I was happy with the choices Eve made, and how things have turned out so far. The ending did not work out perfectly, so I look forward to a sequel to see where Keary takes everything next. There were a few parts that seemed to slow down, but overall I really enjoyed it:-)
My Rating: 4 stars
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: Prophecy Girl

Prophecy Girl
by Cecily White
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal

A big thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for giving me a digital copy in exchange for a completely honest review.

Description from Goodreads:
Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.

I was born to slay Crossworld demons.
Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.
Then he shows up.
Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?
Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.

My thoughts:
This book was a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, hating and enjoying it, the whole way through. One minute I found myself enjoying trying to guess what would happen next. And then the next moment I was screaming at it to not do something stupid. And unfortunately I was a little disappointed with some stupid moves.

Amelie is the main character of the story. I found her amusing and just like a teenager as she should be, and some teenagers are annoying. Her character wants to kick butt and save the world, but she is ill equipped to do it. But there comes a very good reason why she has been the only girl in school that could not get her powers to work right, often ending in disasters. She has been given drugs to hold her back most of her life. I found her to be very oblivious, impulsive, and frustrating. Yet something about her makes me not hate her completely. She tries to be strong and save the day, so that gives her points in my book. But she could shut up and listen for a moment.

Jackson was my favorite character. He just tries to do what is right and follow the prophecy he has been taught to follow. He also puts up with Ami, and keeps her as safe as he can. He was easy to fall in love with. He did angrify me near the end and I almost threw my iPad with how the writer was taking the story. But the end redeemed it for now.

One more character I need to mention is Luc. He is a vampire. He was slowly brought into the story, but ended up having a big role in the end. I love how he was a vamp with a grumpy attitude. Yet he was loyal to Jack who is like a brother to him. I am very interested to see where the next book takes his part in the story.

I think this was a good start to a series, that is definitely geared toward young adults in high school. There was enough mystery and fighting to keep the pages turning, and enough left open at the end to have me waiting for book 2.

My rating: 3 stars

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review of The Sweetest Dark

The Sweetest Dark
by Shana Abe
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: April 2, 2013

I would like to thank Random House Publishing group and Bantam for giving me a digital copy through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

Book description from NetGalley:
For fans of Lauren Kate and Libba Bray, The Sweetest Dark is filled with thrilling romance, exciting adventure, and ancient magic. Shana Abé brilliantly captures the drama of post-Victorian England, while unfolding a passionate love story that defies time.
"With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I'd have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I'd ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach."
Lora Jones has always known that she's different. On the outside, she appears to bean ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora's been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she's far more than what she seems.
England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England's southern coast. Iverson's eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.
Jesse is the school's groundskeeper-a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she's only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.
Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.

My thoughts:
I loved this story! And I just love this beautiful cover! I was so frustrated that life got too busy for me to finish it quickly, but I guess this way I got to savor it. This story is set in the early 1900's with war going on and London being bombed by the Germans. Eleanore is a young orphan girl that has grown up in an orphanage home called Blisshaven,  and has been treated for psychotic issues at the Moor Gate Institute. She hears songs in the stones and metals. And since no one else does so she must need therapy. But one day part of the school is bombed and so all the children are sent away, and Eleanore is being sent to The Iverson School for Girls as the new charity student sponsored by the Duke of Idylling.

Here Eleanore, also known as Lora, meets Jesse and Armand. And what she learns from them changes her life. Here she learns there is nothing wrong with her, and that she comes from a lost line of Dragon. She is drakon. And Jesse is her star. What ensues is a very sweet, hidden relationship between them as Jesse teaches and loves her, and helps her reach her full potential. I absolutely fell in love with Jesse. He is sweet, quiet, attentive, and caring, and calls to Lora with his own song. But he also knows what is coming because the stars talk to him. And he holds some of his secrets in. Lora loves him with all her heart.

Armand is the son of Duke Reginald. He is the opposite of Jesse. He is drawn to Eleanore and doesn't know why. And he finds little ways to get close and talk to her. Their little banter was fun and witty and had me wanting more of him. And he has a secret that he doesn't even know about or realize that leads to some great twists and turns. He had a wonderful part in bringing the story together.

I loved Lora's character. She has bright and witty and a fighter. She did not take any teasing and bullying from the spoiled rich girls at Iverson. She was quick with fun comebacks, and could protect herself. She was brave and beautiful. But she also had these strange morbid thoughts sometimes that showed you she could be evil, yet wasn't.

I have only read a few books with dragons and this one has moved up to favorite. Great characters, beautiful writing and descriptions, lovely romance, and a very bittersweet ending that, even though it broke my heart, it also seemed to be perfect. I am very excited to read the next book in this series.

My Rating: 4.5 stars!

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Free Prequel for The Testing

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau releases on June 4, 2013. So to get you excited for this new sci-fi/dystopian adventure, you can now get the prequel, The Testing Guide, for free! That's right. Free! I am so excited to have the chance to read an ARC or The Testing and tell you all about it. Watch for it at a future date:) And until then be sure to go get your free download! Please click on the link, and not the banner because I could not get it to work. Happy reading!


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Review: Reaper's Novice by Cecilia Robert

Reaper's Novice
by Cecilia Robert
Genre: YA paranormal fantasy
Received a digital copy from the author for an honest review

When I first saw this book, I knew I just had to check it out. I mean, look at that cover! It is gorgeous. And then I read the description and that sealed the deal:) Thankfully, I was not disappointed. I was drawn into the story after reading just one chapter. Cecilia Robert's writing is very descriptive and I needed to know more.

Here is the blurb:

17- year- old Ana Maria Tei’s life has always been perfect: loving parents, good grades, and a future so bright it outshone the sun. But now words like “separation” and “divorce” are sending her world plummeting to hell. Determined to keep her family intact, Ana plans a family-bonding trip from Vienna to Tuscany. Except fate has other plans. Ana’s parents and siblings are killed in a car accident on their way to pick Ana up from school.

Enter Grim, aka Ernest. He promises to relinquish the four souls if Ana agrees to trade her soul for theirs and serve a lifetime as his novice. In order for Ana to graduate from her Reaper’s Novice station to a Soul Collector graduate, Grim puts her to test. To her horror, she finds out becoming a Reaper’s Novice didn’t happen by chance. It was preordained, and she is forced to make a choice: save her family’s souls or come to terms with who she really is and complete the task set for her.

My thoughts:

This was a story of great characters and a ton of surprises. Ana feels she cannot live without her family, so essentially gives her soul for theirs. But in return she is now the novice to Grim Reaper. She has 13 months to train and be tested to free her family's souls. And she has the help from my favorite character in the story, Siegfried, also known as Zig. His flirting and actions made the story a lot of fun. Especially since it was just in fun since Ana finds her soul is tied to 2 different guys. You will have to read to discover who the guys are because I do not want to give a few shockers away.

All is not as it seems as Ana finds herself in conflict with an evil that is slowly revealed. All headed up by Sinteler. Sinteler kidnaps souls for his own twisted plans. Ana is on a battle to collect souls before his evil minions can get to them first. But he also has another plan in the works. And Ana is at the center of it as the tool to collect Elias' sons' soul, or Sinteler has promised to start taking more souls. Elias is the opposite of Sinteler. He is his brother and is the good to his bad.

There is a lot of underlying secrets and maybe even blackmail going on that was only hinted at in the end. But the author left me knowing enough, yet needing the sequel to get all my answers. Very sneaky. This was a great beginning to a series that holds your attention. I found it very enjoyable and look forward to future books by Cecilia Robert.

My Rating: 4 stars

Purchase at: Amazon       

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Facebook for Obsessive Readers

So I was comparing what I had read last year to what I have read this year so far, and guess what I found out? I have really slowed down with my reading. And this is totally unacceptable! Haha. Just kidding. Things change in life that don't always allow us to read as much as we would like.

But I don't think busy home life is the problem. The problem is Goodreads. I am addicted to Goodreads. It is like Facebook for the obsessive readers of the world and I am one of them. I update what I am reading, talk about books and chracters, stalk my friends for updates LOL. And before I know it, time has flown by and I have got nothing done. I check back periodically throughout the day for notifications. I mean, what if I miss learning about the best book I will ever read because I was not checking in and browsing??

Okay. So maybe I could cut back a little and do something more productive with my time. Like chase my 3 year old. Thankfully reading is one addiction I do not need a cure for.

Maybe I could use one for caffeine, though.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review of Walking Disaster

Walking Disaster
by Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Atria Books
Received ARC through NetGalley for an honest review
Published: April 2, 2013

It seems like I read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire so long ago, so when I saw a chance to read an ARC of Walking Disaster, and to learn more about Travis, I jumped at the chance. I always enjoy a story from another characters point of view, and Travis was for sure an intriguing character to learn more about. You can check out the blurb here on Goodreads.

Walking Disaster is pretty much a repeat of Beautiful Disaster with the added bonus of a new prologue and epilogue, which I loved. Travis leads a life of drinking, partying, and women that he has no commitment to. His life is full of one night stands. That is, until the night he meets Abby at an underground fight. She is the best friend to his roommates girlfriend, America. He is totally taken by her, and knows that this girl is different than any he has met before. This is not just someone he wants to take home for the night. Abby knows his reputation, and is not up for being his next conquest. But she is intrigued by him and can not seem to stay away.

Travis knows he is not good enough for her, and will not admit to his feelings. So instead he decides to befriend her to keep her close. And the perfect opportunity comes when the boilers break at her dorm and Abby and America are stuck rooming with him and his roommate, Shepley. He will not let her sleep on the couch of one too many nights with the ladies, so he gives her his bed. With him in it. As friends. Then to keep her there longer, he finds the perfect bet. If he wins the fight she stays with him for 30 more days. If she wins he gives up sex for a month. Of course he wins, and Abby willingly stays as his roommate. What ensues is a whirlwind relationship. What started off as friends just may become the best relationship to happen to them, if they can work out their problems, and admit to their feelings. They may just be perfect for each other.

I am glad that Jamie McGuire decided to write this. While Travis came off as a basketcase waiting to happen in Beautiful Disaster, Walking Disaster has him coming off as more a man deeply in love, unable to confront his feelings, and willing to do anything to protect and love Abby. He is not perfect. He is probably not someone I would be attracted to. He is a man quick to anger and fight. But by the time you finish his story, you know that he will never hurt Abby, and has learned from his mistakes, especially with Abby to keep him in line and not take any of his crap. The epilogue was wonderful in helping you see his growth and a glimpse into their future.

This book is perfect for New Adult book lovers, and those that loved Beautiful Disaster. There is sex, strong language, and drinking, so it may not be for everybody. Reader discretion is advised:)

My rating: 4 stars

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