|Gifted by The Reading Room for review.
I went into this book the second one in the “Disaster” series not knowing what to expect as the first book left me with a feeling of thinking Travis is some kind of crazy stalker that had many, many issues. The issues part was correct but as for the crazy stalker goes it could not be further from the truth. I honestly started to wonder if I had indeed read the first book correctly and I was seriously thinking after finishing the book that maybe I should go back and read Beautiful Disaster again to make sure. I have to admit and I will openly do so that I had Travis Maddox all wrong, very wrong.
From the very beginning you get to see the whole picture of this man and what made him the way he is when Abby walked into his life and changed it forever. Travis had a hard life from the loss of his mother at an early age to growing up with brothers that helped shape him into the fighter he became. I openly laughed several times whilst reading this book as I love the way that Travis interacts with those around him, something that was sorely missing from Abby’s side of the story. I truly got the feeling when reading that the author has a softer spot for Travis than she does for Abby whether this is true or not I have no idea but it seemed to me that she put more emotion and more feeling into writing Travis’ side of this crazy intense love story.
One thing for me that has stayed the same in both books is my dislike of Abby’s friend America, although she helped her move away from a former life of tragedy and torment her attitude towards Travis and Abby’s relationship was not one of caring in my opinion. There will be many that will probably disagree but we all see things differently, the thing that sealed it for me was her childish behaviour towards Travis when they returned from the airport after their second visit to Vegas. Those that have read the book will know what I am referring to.
I absolutely love the fact that the author ended the book the way that she did giving us all answers that some authors would have just left hanging, I think the way it was done did a credit for the story as a whole, I was very surprised and even a little bit shocked at the little twist that was thrown in. All in all a delightful book and one that definately will get a re-read from me in the future. I also think and yet again this is just my opinion that the books would have been better released in reverse order. I think I would have got a better understanding of Abby had I seen things through Travis’ eyes first.
I would highly recommend this book with no reservation. In fact I would go as far as to say that if you do not read these books then you are definitely missing out on something wonderful.