Book Review: Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2) by Jamie McGuire
Publishers: Simon & Schuster UK
Published: 16th April 2013
Genre:New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Travis, Abby
Date Read: 9th April - 13th April 2014
Blurb: 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.
“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”
I bought Walking Disaster back when it was released over here in the UK without reading the first one and without reading the blurb. When I found out it was the same as Beautiful Disaster but from Travis's POV I was put of reading it, however as soon as I read Beautiful Disaster I knew it wouldn't take me long to pick up Walking Disaster and on the plus side I loved it maybe even more than Beautiful Disaster.
I'm not a huge fan of this cover and the only reason is because I much prefer the American version so for me this one is a bit of a let down. I do like that it's in keeping with the first book though.
As soon as I started to read Walking Disaster I knew that I was going to love it as it was the same as Beautiful Disaster yet different at the same time. I loved that we got to see some of the same scenes from Beautiful Disaster but in Travis's POV as I felt we understood more about what on earth he was thinking about and even better we find out why Travis calls Abby Pigeon. There was also some great new scenes that we didn't get in BD but I did know when some of my favourite scenes in BD was missing which is the only thing I can think of from being perfect. I felt more involved in this book this time around and I think that has to do with the fact the build up of the story was in BD. What I loved the most was that we got to see a different ending in WD by going further into the future which I am always a fan of books that do that.
“A toast” I yelled, climbing onto a chair. On my way to the top, I stole someone’s beer and held it out in front of me. “To douche bags!” I said gesturing to Brad. “And to girls that break your heart.” I bowed to Abby. My throat tightened. “And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her. ”
I thought I would have the same views on the characters as BD but surprisingly I never. The only character that I had similar feeling as BD was Travis but even he was so much better this time around which is most likely because we knew how he was feeling and he seemed so much sweeter because of it. Abby went down in my estimations in this book but I guess that has more to do with knowing how she kept hurting Travis. I thought I would like Shepley more this tim around but if anything he got on my nerves even more as to me he felt a bit too selfish. I loved that we got to see more of Travis's brothers especially Trent they where great and has me very excited for their own books.
Overall this book is one of my new favourites even more than Beautiful Disaster which I didn't think was possible.
“I took a deep breath, and shut the bedroom door behind me. Even though we'd put each other through hell, we'd found heaven. Maybe that was more than a couple of sinners deserved, but I wasn't going to complain.”