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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