this is one of the rare cases when the series rating probably won’t make sense when compared to the book ratings. while as books these were beautiful as a series this was a disaster. in my opinion sequels should really add to the story and i did not feel as though this quite added enough plus reading one of them spoils the other no matter which way you read them.
Series Rating 2 stars
Beautiful Disaster ~ Jamie McGuire
Rating 4.5 Stars
Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
I figured i would like this book ever since i read the blurb and when i saw the beautiful cover for the sequel i knew i had to bite the bullet and start this series, although now knowing that the second book is just Travis’s version of this one i am wondering if i maybe should wait to read it.
Despite the unnecessary conflicts arising in this book (from people not just admitting how they feel… although we have all done that) this book was great. Travis may have been a bad boy but he had a heart of gold, while at first this may only seem to be with Abby when you are first introduced to him properly he is quick to defend America as well. Abby may look like a good girl but she is not as good as she wants everyone to believe although i have to admit her secret was not quite as dark as i was hoping for. together the chemistry between these two was explosive and while some of the sex scenes seem to travel very fast (particularly the first one) i must congratulate McGuire on keeping her sex scenes tasteful without removing them entirely. despite how much i was cheering for both of them in real life i would be warning them away from each other. this is not a romantic book (despite being a romance) their relationship is sick and twisted and completely unhealthy he is the controlling, overprotective and violent boyfriend of my nightmares and she is the scared commitment-phoebe who is way to worried about what everyone else thinks. and yet somehow they work so incredibly well and the only reason given is love, but i guess that’s how it works.
“I wish you and Travis would just get your shit together! You’re a goddamn tornado! When you’re happy, it’s love and peace and butterflies. When you’re pissed, you take the whole fucking world down with you!”
“You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”
“I knew the second I met you
that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it
wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.”
“To douchebags!” he said, gesturing to Brad. “And to girls that break your heart,” he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. “And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”
Walking Disaster ~ Jamie McGuire
Rating 3 Stars
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.
while getting a view into Travis’s head was interesting i felt that this book did not actually give me much more than the last one. while i loved the epilogue the rest of it was all expected and some sections were rushed through. Now i know that as this book actually takes place DURING the last one … and is actually just the same story. i was expecting to be told more about his time away from Abby instead it was mostly comprised of their scenes together (kind of expected in a romance) but as Travis says most of what he is thinking i was not given much insight into his mind, this is more likely praise for the first book for being so well constructed than criticism for this one but it does beg the question was this book really needed? i am not entirely sure who this book is meant to entice. while the cover was pretty enough to make me want to read it and therefor the first one so much is suggested that you may not understand if you had not read the first one, yet there is not enough new material for those of us that have. Despite reading this from Travis’s POV i was still very much given the feeling that this was Abby’s story which gave the tone an interesting touch. while some of these chapters i was interested to see from Travis’s POV it almost seems like the original book could have just been told from a split view (as is so popular these days) maybe even with some overlap and i would not feel as if i was missing all that much.
“Her expression turned serious. “In another life, I could love you.”
I watched her for a moment, staring into her glassed-over eyes. She was drunk, but just for a moment it didn’t seem wrong to pretend she meant it.
“I might love you in this one.”
“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”
“There’s a girl, Dad.”
He smiled a bit. “A girl.”
“She kinda hates me, and I kinda…”
“I don’t know. I don’t think so. I mean…how do you know?”
His smile grew wider. “When you’re talking about her with your old dad because you don’t know what else to do.”
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