“to girls that break your heart," he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. "And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”
BEAUTIFUL, SWEET and ADDICTIVE
This book is engaging from the get go, very easy to read and I genuinely liked ALL the characters.
I give it 4.5/5 Pigeons
Let’s start with Travis: Travis Maddox is a complete chauvinist, yes it’s true. He is aggressive by nature, lost and confused, he has never let anyone close enough to uncover why and enjoys the simple pleasures of life; sex, alcohol, and cheap thrills. He grew up in a dysfunctional home that lacked a soft nurturing hand, therefore struggles to find appropriate outlets for his behaviour.
I feel like I spend a lot of time reviewing the reviewers... I am just always completely thrown by the nonsense some of them write. Apparently many of Travis's actions are not believable... one reviewer mentions the moment that Travis smashes his phone when (no spoilers… something happens ...). This reviewer says ‘that would never happen.’ I couldn't disagree more. I mean REALLY? I can’t think of a single friend who hasn’t snapped their sim-card or thrown their phone against a wall during a moment of teenage angst… My life and this reviewer’s, obviously differ somewhat. Travis is deep, loyal, often funny, protective, misunderstood and passionate.
“I know we're fucked up, alright? I'm impulsive and hot-tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don't deserve you...but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I loved anyone or anything ever. When you're around, I don't need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands...”
Negative comments: (Just to be subjective.) Travis is aggressive, possessive and volatile. He goes, rather quickly I might add, from being a complete womanising bastard… to being a real gentlemen. But, that is what this readership want in a book. The alpha male with a singular interest in the heroine. For god-sake, if it's what they want then just give it to them. And Mcguire does just that.
Now for Abby Abernathy: Abby is not exactly a peach herself, she can really roar when she wants to, and has her own complicated and unorthodox past. She grew up in an environment where men were fierce and greedy, and women were commodities. So after running from that past she is now desperately seeking a knight in shining arm, someone who is easy, will make her smile and will put her first when she has always been last.
“The love of my life will be a woman with my last name.”
But… she isn’t drawn to that guy! How can she be? All she has ever known is the opposite.
“He continued to stare out the window. "I meant what I said before. You need to walk away, Pidge. God knows I can't walk away from you.”
Negative Comments: (Just to be subjective.) Sometimes Abby really annoyed me, however, not any more than my own best friend would in the same situation. I understand why she did what she did, and didn’t do what she should have. I think we often expect the heroine to response perfectly, but she is dealing with her own niggling insecurities. In theory.
As readers, we are often happy to accept the faults and misdemeanours of the male protagonist, but when it comes to the leading female… my god we are hard on her.
The dialogue in this book rocked my world. Some of the profound things Travis Maddox says just floods my heart. His erratic and passionate behaviour slithers into other aspects of his life, and he fulfils the perfect literary alpha male to a tee.