(Goodreads) 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.
The Short Story? - It goes without saying that if you loved Beautiful Disaster, you're going to love Walking Disaster! The story is even better the second time round, all the romance, drama and danger with the added bonus of a bad boy narrator! Told from the perspective of Travis Maddox, readers get the infamous bad boy's side of this extraordinary tale of romance! Seductive, edgy and exciting, McGuire takes us back into the world of Abby and Travis but this time through the eyes of Travis. Absolutely brilliant, this is definitely my guilty pleasure.
The Long Story? - Walking Disaster is essentially a love story. The undeniable attraction between Travis and Abby is the bigger picture. There are moments of action and danger but ultimately, this is an epic love story. I'm not going to lie, when I first read the blurb for Walking Disaster I thought it was a little cheesy and cliched. I mean, the bad boy falls for the good girl? I have never read that before! However when I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down! There is an addictive quality about the plot, I'm not normally a sucker for romance novels but Travis and Abby have that kind of attraction that really *makes* a novel! Walking Disaster is MY guilty pleasure, I hate that I loved this novel but I did! It was predictable but it had drama and excitement, it was a great love story! Well written, Walking Disaster is for all those readers out there who enjoy a brilliant love story.
It funny how a change in perspective can shed new light on characters. Walking Disaster might be the same love story as Beautiful Disaster but from Travis's perspective - it's almost like two very different books. It's definitely harder to connect with Travis than Abby because well, he's a guy and guys are confusing. However it was so interesting to see his side of the story. Travis is insecure and possessive, his whole bad boy reputation is just protection. He's vulnerable and afraid to love. Then he meets Abby and they have this instant connection. It should terribly cliched but this is a beautiful characterisation, very well done on McGuire's part. Walking Disaster is essentially Travis's book but that doesn't mean we lose perspective on the other characters. It was refreshing to see the same characters from Beautiful Disaster through the perspective of someone else and I seeing Abby through Travis's eyes. Great characterisation!
All in all, Walking Disaster was beautiful. It's the kind of book that affects the readers on an emotional level. Despite how cliched and cheesy the blurb makes this novel sound, this is one of the best romances that I've read. It's powerful, addictive and the chemistry is there. McGuire's Walking Disaster is a fantastic follow up to her bestselling Beautiful Disaster. Addictive and enticing, Walking Disaster does not disappoint!
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