WALK THE EDGE
Thunder Road #2
By Katie McGarry
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN (March 29, 2016)
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One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.I am still working to collect my feels from the burning pile on the floor. This book destroyed them ... again. Katie McGarry has a talent like I have not read and for that, I thank her.
Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of -Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.
Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.
And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.
This is the story of Razor and Breanna. Razor is the unstable one of the Reign of Terror group, known for being a walking powder keg. Razor has a huge chip on his shoulder, blaming his father for his mother's death, which has reeked emotional havoc on him. In the midst of dealing with his issues, he befriends Breanna. Breanna is the super smart, incredibly shy brainiac at school that is constantly picked on. Breanna is number 5 of 9 children and is constantly being forgot about by her entire family. That is how her path crosses with Razor. Breanna's parents forget to pick her up after a parent/teacher conference one night and Razor is working on his broken down bike in front of the school. Against his better judgement, Razor offers to stay with Breanna until someone picks him up because he is concerned for her safety. Razor has spotted Breanna in school and is incredibly interested in how her brain works and everything else about her. Sure, Breanna has heard the horror stories that surround anyone belonging to the Terror, but she finds that she is drawn to Razor not just for his looks, but for the fact that she feels noticed by him. Things between Razor and Breanna develop into more than a mutual friendship and Razor defies the club by asking Breanna to help him find out what really happened to his mom a decade ago. Razor is so sure the club is hiding secrets from him, keeping the truth from him, that he is willing to throw everything away to find out the truth.
When I first started this book, I was a little hesitant because it gives the story of Breanna being blackmailed by another classmate, and it almost felt like it was more juvenile than the first book, if that makes sense. The first book in this series, Nowhere But Here, dealt with more serious issues, like parents lying to their children about their biological dad and about what their past really was. Breanna's story was that of one being blackmailed into writing papers for a school jock. He was going to blackmail with a photo of Breanna and Razor in a truly innocent moment, but the perception was something more. I felt bad for her, I really did but I kept wondering how this would tie in to a motorcycle club and Razor with his issues. I am happy to say that it all comes together in the end with a beautiful bow. It makes me incredibly anxious for the next book in 2017!
One thing I really like about this book is that she allows her characters to grow and develop as the story moves along. That is refreshing to read and I hope she continues this. Razor learned that he needed to let people in, to trust them, in order to help himself heal. Breanna had to learn that being herself is more than enough, and that she does not have to carry everyone's burdens. This is a quick read kind of book, even though it is over 400 pages. I could not stop thinking about this book when I was not reading it. I simply had to know what happened.
You know I cannot say this enough - you want this book. You need this book. You want to read the steamy scenes between Razor and Breanna because McGarry has such a way with words. That is why I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.