Release Date: First published May 26, 2011, Re-releases August 14th 2012 by Atria Books
Pages: 437 (Paperback)
Source: Library Borrow
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Review Date: March 31, 2013
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis:Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, 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 wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, 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’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
I liked the there wasn't any of the dreaded "instalove", you know, when two fall head over heals in love upon their first encounter then they are all over each other for the whole book? Well, it's actually there, but it's so low key that you don't notice it right away. You can tell they both like each other, but they fight it. And I wouldn't call it "love at first sight", more like "lust at first sight", which turned into love after they got to know each other.
I also appreciated that the author added a more reasonable sounding best friend for Abby. America has looked out for Abby even when it seemed like it was unwarranted and really she should stay out of the craziness. I guess old habits are hard to break, when your defending your friend for so long, it comes naturally. It was cute to see the relationship between America and Travis's cousin, Shep. They added a little bit of sanity throughout the crazy up and downs of Travis and Abby.
Overall, I sort of liked Travis, even though he is severely flawed. I kept waiting for him to cross the line of no return and he never did. thank goodness. He's a really violent guy, and that quality unnerves a lot of women, it would absolutely bother me. I do wonder if he'd ever get mad enough to get into a physical fight with Abby. There was one scene where he swore he would never hurt her, but I do wonder. He needs therapy. I almost think Travis would become that crazy stalker if Abby ever left him for good. But that wouldn't happen because Abby loves crazy and that is why they will probably be together forever. Hell, Abby needs therapy too. Maybe they should go together.
Beyond Travis's extreme talents of being insecure, feelings of being not good enough, untrusting toward Abby and others, if he could, he would control everything the girl does. But again, if Abby likes it, we all love it. Because only a certain type of person would be comfortable with that kind of behavior from their significant other.,
This was a fast and easy read. Sort of predictable, but still entertaining. I look forward to reading how this whole relationship develops from Travis's point of view in the next book, Walking Disaster. I bet he makes Abby seem like the more crazy one!