Monday, March 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2) by Jamie McGuire

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.

Not what I was expecting.  I knew we were going to get Travis' point of view this go around but I figured we'd get the same scenes with the alternate perspective.  So while some familiar scenes made their appearance, there was so much more and I was expecting or prepared for that.  Between glimpses into a time when Travis was younger, deeper looks at the bonds holding the Maddox family together, and the elaboration of what happens after Travis and Pigeon's second trip to Vegas, I was floored!

McGuire had me falling in love with her characters in Beautiful Disaster, but in this follow up they ended up feeling like family.  I will say there was a little more of a sadness hanging over some pieces in these pages because McGuire shows us Travis' constant internal struggle.  We see more of how Travis' mom's death brought these strong and larger than life men down to their knees and it's heartbreaking at times.  But their ability to lean on each other in order to carry on was also inspiring and amazing.

The romance was back as well as a male's perspective and take of how confusing women can seem to them.  But honestly it was the ending that pushed me over the edge.  I'm so glad McGuire decided not to stop in the same place, but to go further ahead in their story.  There were surprises for sure and I'm anxious to see how readers will react.

I had no doubt this book would be amazing and that I'd love every minute of it, but despite the bar being set oh so high, somehow McGuire managed to surpass even that!  I cannot recommend this read enough, so when April 2nd rolls around, don't walk to the store to get your!

I gave Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2) 5 shamrocks!!!!!

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