- Paperback: 444 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1466401885
- ISBN-13: 978-1466401884
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5,715 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New York Times best selling author Jamie McGuire has penned the young adult paranormal romance, the Providence series, and contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children. She is an RT(R), a graduate of Autry and Oklahoma Northern College, and a full time writer. Learn more at Jamie's website: jamiemcguire.com.
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At first I liked Travis. Most girls have a thing for a bad boy with tattoos, sadly. I even liked the whole “act like you aren’t interested and immediately they will become interest” because that s*** is real! I loved how Abby wasn’t affected by him. Then she caved. And instead of me being like “Oh, wow, he’s changing for her” I was like “This s*** is getting creepy… FAST”! He is on the fast track to becoming a wife beater and/or murder. Like, about 70% of the time I was reading, I was just picturing Mark Wahlberg in Fear. I’m seeing all these poles where girls are voting him “hottest book boyfriend” and now that I’ve finally read this I’m over here like “WUT!?” Travis = Bats***. End of story! PS – Pigeon is the stupidest nickname ever! (It had to be said!) Stage three creeper things Travis did off the top of my head: 1) trashed the apartment and ripped the door from the hinges the night after she gave him her virginity (Anna Steel Style), 2) The tattoos, 3) The grabbing her ass while staring down other guys interested in Abby, 4) Redecorating his room with pictures and items from times with her (FEAR STYLE, AGAIN), 5)Having a wedding ring picked out, just chilling in your night stand 6) Beating up everyone in a killer like manner that so much as hints about his little pigeon in a negative light.
Abby, oh Abby where do I even begin with you? At first I liked you, I really did. How did you slip so far? She would get upset over the most stupid things, then contemplate going back with him (after he stepped way over the bats*** bar) and then he’d act normal and she wouldn’t be interested. I was so confused through have the book. I am a girl, and I went to college, and I dated lots of guys. I have never even heard of a girl acting like this. I just think she is a masochist that likes to cry and be in pain. Then the whole time I’m thinking it’s because of her big dark secret! Then it surfaces: She’s the daughter of a famous poker player who went broke and blames her. Again… WUT?! And I couldn’t have been the only person to think she was ALWAYS going to get pregnant every time they had sex, either!
I thought the author wrote well, and this book was a very easy read, but it should have taken place in a high school instead of college. Even at a small private college rumors do not circulate like that. People do not always eat lunch together, at the same lunch table, in the same seats, every day in college. Especially the “I sit at the table with the football players” s***! My lord. And what kind of school has this underground fight club where tons of people show up and a tatted up bad boy who is constantly beating everyone who looks at his best friend/girlfriend into a bloody pulp, and NEVER have any cops/teachers/author figures at all notice?
My biggest problem with this story is I really never knew what direction the story was supposed to go it. I think if she would have ended the story at the 40% mark, it would have been a cute little story that high school girls swoon over. Sexy bad boy, smart girl that doesn’t give in the peer pressure and have sex with him, fun friends, cute parties, smart girl shows bad boy there is more than sex and that love is better, the get together, the end. But no no no, after the 40% mark I was thinking that 1) she was going to get pregnant and make this into a lifetime movie real quick, or 2) he was going to snap and kill someone and go to jail, then 3) he was going to get a tattoo that says “PIGEON 4-EVA” on his chest, kidnap her, and the whole time while torturing her he would mutter to himself “if I can’t have you no one will!”
The best part of the whole book was when Abby got close with Travis’ family, his father especially. The whole “mommy issue” he has is very sad and tugged at my heartstrings. It also explained to me why he is so bats***, where Abby really doesn’t have an excuse. But the Thanksgiving at this house was one of my favorite parts of the whole book.
One last thing, I could not have been the only one that thought that tattoos where almost the craziest thing in the book? I love tattoos, I am very attracted to men with tattoos, but if I dated a guy for a few weeks and he got a tattoo about me, I would see that as a red flag. I thought she did too, but she got an even creepier tattoo! The ending felt so thrown together and rushed it was unreal to me. The wedding really did come out of left field. I hated how she picked Vegas after that whole stupid side story, when she could have just as easy gone to a courthouse. Then she didn’t invite his family or her friends? They couldn’t wait two days? It was just the bats***cherry on this whole crazy sundae.
I read all the other Maddox books and wanted to know more about Travis and Abby's story, but this was a disappointment.
Much to my grown-up dismay, as the clock struck 4am, 5am, then 6am, I realized I had made a huge mistake by clicking on this book. At 7am, my alarm would go off, alerting me to my grown-up responsibilities to get out of bed and make a living.
At 7am I got out of bed, panicked that I would have to spend the rest of the day pretending I was focused on work, when all I kept thinking about was running home to finish this powerful love story.
I am now more than 24 hours sleep deprived because I had to finish it. I could-not-put-it-down. McGuire understands, she knows what build-up is, we need the tease and chase and then we need the pain to bring us home. For every wild romantic, this story will have you howling at the moon. A tale of love, regret, passion, rage, yearning, suffering and exhilaration. All I can say is wow.
Imagine my cries of happiness when I found out there was more. Love crazy? You won't be disappointed. For every bad girl wannabe, this story will have you crying for more. Literally, I think I shed about 2 hours of tears.
Thank you Jamie.
I really don't have any complaints besides the unnecessary drama (which wasn't too excessive I suppose), but I do have a small irritation with the lack of hangovers. I don't care how much practice you at drinking... a supposedly average weight young girl cannot drink 15 shots of tequila and be as functional as Abby was the next day. 15 shots... you are not leaving the bed with that kind of hangover.