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ARC Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2)
   by: Jamie McGuire

Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC received from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count:448 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3/5 stars

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.

                               -goodreads.com description

I read Beautiful Disaster a while back, and while I didn't think it was mind-blowing, I liked it enough that I read it a couple times through. So when I heard this book was coming out, I was super excited. And when I heard it was from Travis's POV, even MORE excited!

Upon finishing the book, I just felt unsatisfied. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the epilogue. Best part of the whole book. Wanna know why? Because we got something fresh and new. I guess I went into this book thinking we were going to get more than we actually did.

Walking Disaster really is just a retelling of Beautiful Disaster through Travis's eyes. I was hoping we would get some new scenes, but instead we got the exact same ones (for the most part) except some were fast forwarded. (And I felt because of the fast-forwarding, something was just lacking) I did like being in Travis's head, because I love Travis. He's the ultimate bad boy and seeing his transformation is really awesome.

I will tell you: this book made me dislike Abby even more than I did in BD. If I were Travis, I NEVER would have put up with the crap Abby put him through! Yes, he made mistakes, but at least he realized them and tried to correct them. I've heard the saying that in relationships there's always someone who loves more, well that someone here was Travis in my opinion. I don't know, I guess I was irritated that he fought and fought for their relationship and to be with her and I felt like all she did was run away.

I did really enjoy the interactions of Travis and his family. The beginning scene was sad, but it also set up the book really well and helped you understand why Travis was the way he was. I'm interested in reading her future novels about the Maddox boys.

Overall, I'm not upset that I read this book, but I won't re-read it like I did BD.

*Thank you to Atria Books for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.*

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  1. Oh. Nice review. I want to read WD!
    But now I will be prepared. Seems like I should not have any high hopes for new scenes but well we get to see things from Travis' POV. Good enough! :)
    Epilogue? Cannot wait!

    There are going to be more novels about the Maddox brothers?

    1. Yes! It was so much fun to see things from his perspective. I love how passionately he lives and loves. It's so great. And oh yes the epilogue! I wish the story would have guided us to that point! I think I read/heard there were going to be more books, but from their perspective.


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