The new 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.
If I could sit and read this book in one sitting I totally would have. This book sucked me in from the very first page. I could not put this book down I had to force myself at one point to stop reading so I could go to work. Though I really was considering calling out to finish. It made me excited and extremely happy to read something that I truly enjoy. I could go on and on and on about how much I loved the story.
I loved both Abby and Travis, yet they also made me so angry.
Abby (a.k.a. Pigeon or Pidge) is a sweet, kind and anxious girl who ran away from her past and wants to make sure that nobody finds out who she truly is. She wants to make sure that her life turns out a certain way and she doesn’t get caught up into things that would turn her back to her old life. There were many times throughout the book Abby did and said things that made me question what she was doing. She ALWAYS wanted an excuse to make sure that her and Travis’s relationship wouldn’t work out. She would flip out over the littlest things and make a run for it as soon as it got hard. Travis is a hearty and ruthless player who doesn’t give women more than one night, that is until Abby of course. Underneath his rugged exterior and his bad temper Travis is a sweet and kind guy who really just wants to be loved. He is honest and will let you know exactly how he feels no matter the consequences. There were two things that really bugged me about Travis. One was when he would fuck up something with Abby (mostly on purpose) and then he would be so quick to apologize. I would question why he would be doing something, because I know it would make her mad or upset. The second thing was how controlling and possessive he was over her, even when they were not together.
The banter that these two have throughout the book was perfect. After Abby establishes that she will not be sleeping with Travis they become such great friends and spend every moment together. I was rooting for the two of them no matter how many times Abby pushed Travis away and when Travis pulled her back to him. I constantly felt like a tug-of-war between the two of them they both wanted to be with each other but at the same time and they knew that they weren’t good enough for each other.
Shout out to basically every After fan who has recommended this book. I Never knew that this book existed and if it wasn’t for you I would never have read it. I don’t know if it’s because of the types of books that I’ve been reading recently or what have you. This book really shoved me out of my reading slump. When I wasn’t able to read the book, I was obsessing over it and what was gonna happen next in the story. These are the kind of books that I live for and I really question why I don’t strive to read more things that make me as happy as this book did. I was giddy the entire time reading the story and it felt like I was using some kind of drug that I just couldn’t get enough of. I am really excited to read the next two books in the series to see how their story ends as well as more from Jamie!
Solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars from me!
Have you read this book before? If so do you have any other suggestions of books like this one that I should read next? Leave a comment down below if you have one!