Welcome to my stop on the tour for Jamie McGuire’s WALKING DISASTER!!
Read on for my review and a giveaway, from yours truly, for a paperback copy of Walking Disaster .
AUTHOR: Jamie McGuire
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: 2nd April by Atria Books
SOURCE: Review copy received from publisher via Net Galley
RELATED POST: My Beautiful Disaster review from June 2012
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.
Do you know what? I am SO torn over this book! I LIKED it and I WANT to give it full marks but I CAN’T 🙁
It has been so hard to sit down and write this review but here’s what I think …
Like a lot of other people I loved Beautiful Disaster and was eagerly awaiting Walking Disaster from the moment I heard about it. I just checked Goodreads and I added it to my TBR list on there in July last year, and I think that was the month that it was announced. So yeah, it’s been a while in coming!
What I Liked
When I sat down with my Kindle and began to read the prologue I had tears in my eyes pretty much straight away as I worked out what was going on in that scene. You soon get to realise how and why Travis has become the man that he is. How his early life has shaped his present life. I liked how in such a short part of the story Jamie McGuire did a great job of summing Travis up and explaining why he’s closed off and doesn’t “do” long term relationships. The thing that happened in the prologue affected his WHOLE LIFE from that point forward.
I loved getting inside Travis’ head and reading things from his POV. There were some certain parts in Beautiful Disaster that I was desperate to hear from Travis’ side, like their first meeting, their first time, when Abby left him, and I wasn’t disappointed. I got to read about his conflicted feelings, his passion, his temper, his despair.
I liked reading more about Travis’ close relationship with his dad and his brothers. For all the brothers all used to beat the c**p out of each other , they were close and there for each other when they needed to be. I think Abby’s presence in their house was something they all needed, she was a calming influence for all of them, not just Travis.
I loved the writing. Just like in Beautiful Disaster, Jamie did a perfect job of getting me inside Travis’ head and keeping me on the edge of my seat about what was coming next. I know, I know, I KNEW what was coming next, but with Travis you’re never quite sure what he’s thinking or how he’ll react and that was part of the fun.
The epilogue! OK, I admit, I had to read the first part of the epilogue a couple of times before I could get my head around it and understand it! It just came so completely out of left field, that’s my excuse! Once I understood it though I thought is was genius and I could never have seen that coming. I loved the epilogue, it left everything just where I would’ve liked it to be. I don’t think I dare say more than that for fear of spoiling it.
What I Didn’t Like
I felt like huge chunks of important storyline were either missing or very, very briefly mentioned. I know that (at least in my opinion) Walking Disaster is a companion book, and not a standalone, and you could argue that Beautiful Disaster gave you all of the important details as well as Abby’s POV, but I would’ve liked to have read more about Travis’ thoughts during these events. Like what were his thoughts when he decided to get the tattoo. What was going through his head when Ethan assaulted Abby? I know that there was a lot for Jamie to get through in Walking Disaster, and at a finished length of 433 pages Walking Disaster is already a lengthy book, but I just felt like there was something missing without hearing these events from Travis’ side.
I LOVED Abby in Beautiful Disaster. She’s strong, she keeps Travis (mostly) in check, she’s brave – would you take on Benny and his big guys?! – and she’s loyal. In Walking Disaster though, I didn’t feel ANYTHING about her. We just didn’t really hear much from her. I’ve said it already, and I’ll say it again, I KNOW it’s Travis’ book but in that respect it was hard for me to see why he was so completely transfixed by her in some parts.
I know this will sound a little crazy after I just pointed out what I disliked about it but If you haven’t read Walking Disaster then I definitely recommend that you do. It is worth your time and money 🙂 and the two things I disliked were small compared to all the things I DID like. My Walking Disaster paperback will still sit proudly next to Beautiful Disaster (once I get my new bookcase!)
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She was raised by her mother Brenda in Blackwell, OK, where she graduated high school in 1997. Jamie attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.
Books published by Jamie include the Providence trilogy, and The New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, a contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, Jamie spends her days letting her four dogs in and out.
OK, so I’ve decided to offer a paperback copy of either the
US cover of Walking Disaster or the UK cover of Walking Disaster.
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