Cris: So what’s on tap for tonight?
Jenn: Well Pam said something about a movie night?
Cris: Great that means we are in for…
A loud banging on the front door stops them both
Cris walking to the door lets Pam in
Pam: *bouncing around the living room giving her best Tyler Durden impression* you all ready to fight?
Cris: *looking at Jenn* has she lost her mind? I think all this reading has gone to her head!
Jenn: Pam could you fill us in on why you are bouncing around here?
Pam: *hold hands up* First rule of book club no one talks about book club! *Jenn and Cris just stare* Come on guys! Really! We all just finished Walking Disaster and what better way to celebrate then with a good dose of hot men fighting! I brought Fight Club, Warrior and The Fighter!
Jenn: Ok sounds fun but I thought we were talking about the book?
Cris: I guess we can do both? I will grab the snacks and you guys take a seat. Well that’s if you can stop Pam from running around here like a Jr. Travis!
Pam: *stops mid victory lap* What? It’s fun! Boo! You guys are no fun! *bows head and sighs*
Jenn: Oh stop! Pop in a DVD and let’s get this show on the road!
Cris: So let’s recap *snaps fingers at Pam and Jenn* Hello? Recap?
Jenn: Oh sorry! Can’t you just picture Travis all hot and sweaty like Tyler Duren? Bouncing around the underground fighting rings! *fans face*
Pam: Hey! Book chat! Focus!
Cris: I thought the first rule of book club was not to talk about book club? *pillow flies across the room and lands on Cris’s face* THANKS!!
All laugh till they are in tears
Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.
Pam: Can I just start off by saying that I read Beautiful Disaster like 6 times and I thought there was no way I could love Walking Disaster as much…well I was WAY off!!
Jenn: I know! I can’t tell you how many times I read it, and I had the audio copy as well!! Beautiful Disaster was my absolute favorite book that is until Walking Disaster! Hearing the whole thing from his point of view? I didn’t think it was possible for me to fall any harder for Travis. I was WRONG!
Cris: The feeling is mutual. Beautiful Disaster was one of my first reads, one that really hooked me up in reading. Having a POV from the “hot bad ass boy” Travis was a really great idea. I know a lot of us crazy girls would like to take a glimpse of what’s in his crazy head.
Pam: I have to say that only a truly talented author that can make the same story yet still have it touch you in a way that still leaves you wanting more! I think I yelled EPILOGUE to everyone that would listen! Oh the epilogue was the best!
Jenn: Cris she just kept pm(ing) me on FB and the only word in the message was” EPILOGUE” *snickers*
Pam: Oh come on! I am so right! Cris?
Cris: Oh yes! I was all in tears when he said…
“I had never been in love before Abby, and no one had even piqued my interest since. My Life was the woman standing before me, and the family we’d made together.”
We’ve seen so much of the loving, responsible and caring side of Travis here. He has proven that behind the gorgeous face and MACHO image was a man who loves his family and wife genuinely.
Jenn: Ok I guess since we all know the story and what happens that reading this book was more about a feeling. We learn a lot more about Travis and his view of life and his feelings for Abby. Plus that prologue had me in tears!
Pam: We really needed that! It was like everything made sense after that. It all fell into place. *sigh* Poor Travis!
Jenn: Well when I read, “One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that doesn’t come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting. Never”, I was a goner!
Pam: That Jamie is sneaky! *laughs out loud* Cris what were you over all thoughts?
Cris: Jamie is amazing! It didn’t take long to find myself deeply drawn into the story. The heartwarming prologue did it! And I’m not ashamed to admit that I teared up a few times.
The push and pull relationship between the two still excites me, even though I know exactly what happened, I still felt the intensity of the love lost and love gained in the story. Travis and Abby’s extra ordinary love for each other is like a tug of war… so hard to hold on, but for some reason, they just can’t let it go. But that’s not the only one that excites me! I know it’s weird but seeing/ reading Travis fight again? Ohhhhh so SEXY!!!!
Pam: *bouncing in my seat* I LOVE FIGHTERS!!!!
Cris & Jenn: She’s lost it!
Pam: Now ladies to be honest I don’t think that any of us were playing with a full deck!
Cris: VEGAS!!! It didn’t matter whose point of view Vegas was hard!
Jenn: But so hot when Travis took down those men!
Pam: It was all very “I take care of what’smine” and very alpha male! Do you know what else I loved about this book? We got to see the connection between Travis and his dad.
Cris: Ditto! He has all this MACHO PERSONA, but when it comes to his family…its all the softer side of him. And I also loved how Abby connected with his family. The thanksgiving scene has always been one of my favorites and Jamie did not disappoint in pulling on my heartstrings again. That alone can really prove how much love Travis has for Abby. Awwww! (Grabs the tissue and start crying again!!!)
Jenn: Heck yeah! I loved seeing that part of him. It’s nice to see the love and respect for his father and family, especially from a hot alpha male!!! Kinda sexy in my opinion!
Pam: *gets up and changes Fight Club to Warrior* Ok ladies Tyler is done now time for Brendan Conlon! The only way to get over a book boyfriend is to fill that whole with a different fake boyfriend!
Jenn: I don’t think I will ever get over Travis!
Cris: (still sobbing) me, too! I think I need to read it all over again…
Pam: Ok ladies what have we learned from this book? *both look at each other* Anyone…Bueller? It is safe to say that fighters are hot! You can fall in love with the same stories twice and always bet on love!
Jenn: I am SO happy that we will get more of the Maddox clan soon enough and we can only that we will get more Travis and Abby to go along with that!
Cris: Let’s get back to the movie and skim our TBR list for some more fighter action!
New York Times best selling author Jamie McGuire has penned 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.