Walking Disaster: A Novel (Beautiful Book 2)

Walking Disaster: A Novel (Beautiful Book 2)

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By: Jamie McGuire

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How much is too much to love? Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

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.
I was so excited to read the story from Travis's point of view that I bought it with one click. What a mistake. I loved Beautiful Disaster. I had hoped this book would explain what he could be such a jerk at times. But it was basically a carbon copy of the original. The writer is so darn lazy!!! I am ticked that I wasted my money on this garbage. She actually copied and pasted certain scenes from the other book. I mean they are - word for word. Apparently Travis POV is the exact same as Abby's. I wont read another book by this so called writer. I wanted to know more about the other brothers but this crap book has deterred me from spending another cent.

- renata_stewart

I was hesitant to read the same story from a different point of view. I thought it would be a waste of time since I had already read Beautiful Disaster and with so many other books out there, why spend my time with this one. Well, Jamie McGuire changed my mind regarding different POV books! I loved this book and may have enjoyed it more than the first book. It was well-written, heart-wrenching and beautiful! Thank you for bringing these characters to life once again! I will continue to be a fan!

- averie_patel

I absolutely loved, loved, loved A Beautiful Disaster & I am soooo grateful she gave us this book that showed us everything from his perspective as well, which also provided new insight on himself & his life.
Travis & Abby are perfect for each other and I thought Travis’s behavior toward Abby was a turn on & actually endearing from the beginning but once you read it from his POV, it makes even more sense.
Jamie McGuire gained a huge fan the second I read A Beautiful Disaster, followed by this & A Beautiful Wedding. She is amazing for simply making their story last even longer.
I look forward to reading the whole series of the Maddox brothers altogether; I have a feeling I’m going to love them all- probably not quite as much as Travis and Abby though.
This is a book I can see myself re-reading throughout the years. I absolutely recommend!

- cooper_mendoza

Walking Disaster is Beautiful Disaster from Travis' POV. There is a lot of the same dialogue from Beautiful Disaster in this book. If you're looking for something completely different from BD then this is not the book for you. I loved Travis in BD and I felt like I had a really good understanding of who Travis was and what he was feeling by reading through Abby's POV in BD. This book just gives you that extra something special with Travis. A beautiful prologue where you get to see more into Travis' childhood and an amazing Epilogue that puts you into the future years later. You also get some conversations between America and Travis and Shepley and Travis that you didn't get in BD. Overall, this was just the cherry on top. If you're a hardcore Travis lover, then you'll enjoy this.

- jameson_jimenez

Walking Disaster is the second book in the love story between Travis and Abby and is told from Travis's point of view. Although basically it was telling the same story, it is important to read it so you can understand who Travis really is, some of the reasons why he is this way and get to know the man behind all the tough guy persona.

The book starts out when Travis is 3, and his mother is dying, and she asks her husband to bring Travis to her and she wants to talk to him and say goodbye, and this is what she says to him;
"First, it’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to feel things. Remember that. Second, be a kid for as long as you can. Play games, Travis. Be silly”—her eyes glossed over—“and you and your brothers take care of each other, and your father. Even when you grow up and move away, it’s important to come home. Okay?” My head bobbed up and down, desperate to please her. “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”—she took a deep breath—“stop fighting for what you want. And never”—her eyebrows pulled in—“forget that Mommy loves you. Even if you can’t see me.” A tear fell down her cheek. “I will always, always love you.” She took a choppy breath, and then coughed.

From that moment on Travis, although loved by his brothers, and his father, misses his mom and he is mad. He does not understand why she left, and his Dad is so upset, he drinks himself into oblivion nightly and his eldest brother Thomas is left to take care of all the boys-there are 5 in all including Thomas.

Travis grows up learning to defend himself, as he is constantly fighting with his brothers, but from all of that emerges an unbeatable fighter that no one can win. All the girls want a piece of him and he gives of himself constantly never worrying about anything. Then one day at one of his fights he sees a girl he actually is mesmerized by. That girl is Abby and as you read in Beautiful Disaster, their road is rocky and it takes many mistakes by both of them to get it right.

Why read the same book -if it is the same book just in the male point of view you say? It is simple- this book gives Travis's thoughts on the same things, it shows you how he feels which makes a big difference compared to everything Abby is feeling and it shows how, through trial and error, how Travis actually finally grows up without so much anger any more and finally understands what his mother told him all those years ago. It shows how a boy becomes the man he knew his mother and Abby would be proud to love. Most of all it shows how h learns to respect a woman and put her needs ahead of his own and be there for her through thick and thin, even when she gave him hell for it: he led the good fight and he won his "pigeon".

This book was really good, and I am so glad I got to read it, I liked seeing the same book written through a male's point of view and I also was impressed with the author's ability to keep the book moving at a good pace, and how well it was written, how the plot went one way for awhile, and then turned back around and completely surprised me.

I gave this book 5 stars and am glad I read it-do not miss out on a good book.

- ruby_ward

So often in romance stories, you only get the females perspective with maybe a chapter or 2 of what the guy thinks. To have a whole book dedicated to hearing a familiar story from the male perspective was enlightening.
I met Abby and Travis in the first book. And, while they were disfunction bordering on crazy, it was a good read. So, to read this book and see their relationship through Travis' eyes explained a lot. Like how much he loved her, why he loved so hard, how could he think of agreeing to work for a shady character; all of it becomes clearer and explains some of his obsession with Abby.
If you have not read the first book, do it. This is truly one where you should read them in order to get the full picture.

- alanna_nelson

I absolutely LOVED Beautiful Disaster & I equally LOVE this version, seen through Travis’s eyes. It gave me a another perspective on Abbey’s & Travis’s love story, explaining his early life and the reason why he does what he does/is who he is. My only “niggle” is that in the Epilogue, I really would have liked a paragraph or two on America & Shepley.....whether their relationship survives the test of time like Abbey & Travis. It would also be interesting to hear the same story from both America and Shepley, how they met, their backgrounds and their future. Also how America & Abbey met, their early life & experiences.
Perhaps that’s another story just waiting to be written ?? I hope so !!!

- malani_lee

Item description:
The item came in perfect condition and safely packaged. The quality of the hardcover was strong and protected the book nicely. The paper inside is thick and good quality. The writing size and font is easy to read and overall the item is really good.

Story rating:
It’s important to note though that this book should absolutely be read AFTER Beautiful Disaster. It is not a stand alone, but rather it completed the story of Beautiful Disaster allowing you to experience the full extent of Travis’ all-consuming love for Abby. OMG this book was amazing. Even though I was reading the same story being in Travis head was an amazing experience. 5+ stars

- emiliano_davis

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