Author: James McGuire
This was recommended to me and I left it on my shelf for quite some time before I randomly picked it up last night at about 8pm.
Summary taken from Goodreads:
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
OH. MY. GOD! Oh my God. Ohmygodohmygodohmygod. This book was mind blowing. I picked it up last night at 8pm and couldn’t put down until 5 am this morning when I finished it. Then I woke up thinking about it.
Basically its about two messed up people who can’t turn down a dare and then realize, without being able to admit it to one another, how much they cannot live without each other.
Around about page 2 I fell in love with Travis Madox. Here is how I envisioned him.
A little bit of this guy,
And a little bit of David Beckham
Maybe a little bit of this guy too.
Oh and lets throw some Channing Tatum in there for good measure.
And then you have a recipe that will equal Travis Maddox.
A.K.A The sexiest, baddest bad boy, who just happens to be completely messed up. I guess you would call that a Hot Mess. Yes, sounds about right.
By page 100 I was like…”What? This is only page 100? What the else could possible happen? So many things have happened I cannot fathom something else actually happening. This is crazy. I love it.”
By page 200 I was more along the lines of “Oh my god! There is still 100+ pages of this goodness. I have no clue what else will happen but man this is one crazy rollercoaster ride of emotions.”
By page 320-ish. I was crying. I thought that this book was so crazy so far that only something extremely crazy would could happen and I didn’t want to see it happen. I actually cried while my heart raced in my chest. Then I was about to put the book down. I was whispering “No. No! No, no, no! That cannot happen. I can’t read this anymore. This is crazy!” At which point I stopped trying to drop it onto my bed (unsuccessfully) and jumped right back on the bed and got back in there.
This is the best most messed up relationship in the world. At one point I was actually thinking that this was unhealthy and the author was going to do something that drove them away because this was an extremely unhealthy dependent relationship. But then I kept going because I couldn’t see any other way that he could write. In my mind they had to be together…they had to work out their crazy. It took me through so many turns I think I have whiplash.
This was by far one of the best romance novels I’ve ever read in my life. My heart is still racing and my cheeks are still strained from smiling.
How is this not being made into a movie?
Abby Abernathy: First off the name is awesome. Second she is very innocent, independent, doesn’t put up with bullshit and has a plan. Ya that goes flying out the window the moment she meets Travis.
Travis: Crazy. Hot. Crazy hot. An underground fighter. A genius—seriously. A womanizer. Everything Abby should stay away from. Everything every girl should always stay away from. P.S he dances and sings. He also makes the best toast in the world and he is not afraid to hit someone, defend people he cares about, and throw you over his shoulder. *Swoon
Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall the story was fantastic. I’ve never experienced a writer who could pack so much into so little and not have it distract from the actual story. I could not put this book down. I am only sad that it took me soo long to discover it. Now what is going to happen? Now I am going to read her other book. Because how could it not be awesome?
Click here to see some of my favourite quotes from this novel.
Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you love romance. If you loved messed up people. If you love crazy. Then this book will be one you sleep with.
If you liked this you'll probably love:
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantasky—maybe, and probably the Sarah Dessen novels.
Oh my lordy yes.
Make sure to pick yourself up a copy of this!