Published Date: May 26th, 2011
Finished Date: March 10th, 2012
Publishers: Self-published author
The blurb 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.
The Review: "I pounded the mattress with my fists. "You can't tell me what to do anymore, Travis! I don't belong to you!" In the second it took him to turn and face me, his expression had contorted into anger. He stomped toward me, planting his hands on the bed and leaning into my face. "WELL I BELONG TO YOU!" The veins in his neck bulged as he shouted, and I met his glare, refusing to even flinch. He looked at my lips, panting, "I belong to you," he whispered, his anger melting as he realized how close we were."
Firstly...whoa! What a fricken rollercoaster of emotions! I can't even begin to express how I feel about this book. There was just so much...of everything in it.
I've wanted to read this book for so long, and when I decided to pick it up, I couldn't put it down, I even thought about calling in sick just so I could stay home and read this book. I haven't been this involved in a book since I read Fifty Shades. I couldn't get enough, it was just such a fantastic story about love and anger, and jealousy that you're pretty much left reeling after every chapter ending. This book was never dull, there was always something happening on the page and it was just absolutely fantastic to read.
I loved Abby, and although she's as stubborn as heroines come I still loved her. Even though I didn't agree with some of her choices I still managed to connect with her and that's what I liked. Now, Travis, ah Travis. I'm not even sure where to start with him, he's pretty much the biggest and baddest boy of book history, he fights in a floating ring, he has sex with countless women, and yet I fell for his charms, just like every other reader before me. Sure, he's not the sort you want to bring home to meet the parents, he's best off as your dirty little secret, and I'm totally ok with that. The relationship between Abby and Travis, well, lets face it, it's not healthy. Abby is stubborn, Travis has a volatile temper and is possessive as well as jealous on top. Not the kind of relationship you want to be getting into, but somehow it McGuire has managed to create it so that they bounce off of one another, they're each others ying and yang. You root for them, and somehow with all their obstacles they still find themselves in each others/Travis's bed.
Anyway I loved everything about this book, the premise, the characters, the story, the love, the sex, the families, the best friends. Everything, it has everything a book could want. I highly recommend this book but be warned this book does deal with an unhealthy volatile relationship that happens in real life, so if you're sensitive to these sorts of topics or have been a part of a volatile relationship then probably not the best book for you. I also only recommend this book to the older YA becuase of the smoking, drinking, sex and general womanzing.
On a high note, can't wait for this book in Travis's POV and for the book written from his brother Trents pov.