Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Beautiful Disaster was a bit of a love it or hate it book but I really enjoyed it. I was super excited to see things from Travis' POV. Readers have been pretty hard on Travis and while I definitely think he has flaws and has made many mistakes I wouldn't say he is any worse than many other fictional characters. He probably wouldn't be my first choice to date in real life but I'd much rather date him over Will Herondale and a ton of other beloved fictional characters that I think are scum. LOL But moving on to the the actual book...
I think you definitely have to read Beautiful Disaster first. The relationship felt a bit rushed in this one. I understand that the author probably didn't want to repeat every little thing and I was looking forward to new scenes but I think it made the relationship suffer a little bit. If you read the first then it shouldn't matter too much. I loved getting extra scenes with Travis and Shepley and Travis and his brothers. Some of the repeat stuff was a little tiresome at times.
While in Beautiful Disaster I kind of thought Travis over reacted to things, in this book I felt what he felt so it seemed kind of like a normal reaction. True that when you are hurt and mad you probably shouldn't go out and drink and find someone else, but I admit when I'm hurt this is sometimes my reaction. Travis completely owns up to his mistakes and anger and violence. He knows he royally f*ucked up by bringing those two girls back to his place after Abby said those hurtful things about him. But people make mistakes.
Abby was rather annoying from the other side. I didn't completely hate her in the first book but I did think she played too many games and went back and forth on her feelings way too much. Seeing it from Travis' side I really can't blame him for being totally confused! One day she's into him the next she is pulling away. He just knew what he wanted and tried to fight for her I think. Like with the first book, at times I was annoyed with the overly dramatic but it was just as addicting to watch their disaster romance unfold again. I loved the extra scenes and the extended ending and epilogue. I still kind of want to get back into their beautiful disaster love story. Dysfunction or not it is just fiction and I enjoyed the ride of both books! I definitely came out of it understanding Travis more.
"You, Mad Dog, are exactly what I came here to protect her from. But you know what? We're all broken some way or another. Even with your epic fuckup, you just might be exactly what she needs. You get one more chance," she said, holding up her index finger an inch from my nose." Just one. Don't mess it up...you know...more than usual."
"I'll never love anyone the way I love you, Pigeon."
"Now that it's over, I wish I could have all the bad stuff back...just so I could have the good."
"I need to hear you say it. I need to know you're mine."
"I've been yours since the second we met," she said, begging.
"And crazy is exactly the way I like it," she said, leaning up to kiss my lips.
"Obviously," America muttered under her breath.
"Even though we'd put each other through hell, we'd found heaven. Maybe that was more than a couple of sinners deserved, but I wasn't going to complain."