Beautiful Disaster, the first novel in this series, took me completely by surprise.
Though I normally don't, I did check out the reviews for the first novel. There was certainly a lot of passion in those readers that didn't like it and those that loved it. The negative reviews made me very curious to read it, and the positive, anxious to get started. And I ended up really liking it. Not because I am attracted to dysfunctional bad boys that fly off the handle, or 'bag' every chick that walks by and smiles, but because Travis Maddox fascinated me. I wanted to know what made him tick. What made him angry. What made him so desperate for Abby's love and acceptance.
When I realized that Walking Disaster was told from Travis' perspective, I was excited to get into Travis' head.
You would think that the same story, even retold from a different POV would be boring. But Walking Disaster was far from that. Seeing it unfold through Travis' eyes was fascinating. This broken boy grew into a broken man; angry at the unfairness of losing his mother at an early age. His assholish ways were really due to his fear of being abandoned by another woman that he loves.
Once he fell for Abby, he couldn't help but mess things up over and over again. His desperation was sadly evident every time that he got destructive, threw a tantrum, got dramatically depressed and emotional. His cousin sure had a lot to deal with, and it's amazing that he stood by Travis through and through.
Travis just didn't know how to deal.
But he does grow in this story, I think. He does understand what love means. And though it goes against his own nature, he does eventually puts his needs last in the end for the woman that he loves, and forces himself to wait for Abby to be the one to decide what will happen next. Even if it means he will no longer be in the picture. Even if it means he will lose her forever.
There have been a few memorable male characters that have stayed with me for years. Book boy crushes if you will. Travis is not one of those 'crushes' but he will stay with me. He was a flawed guy that made mistakes. A guy that was lucky enough to meet a girl that saw through those flaws and found him worth loving. And through her eyes, and those of his family, he finally realized his own worth too.
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