Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: March 29th, 2016
Series: Thunder Road #2
Source: Library e-book
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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 shockingly un-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.
Walk the Edge, although not as good as the Pushing the Limit books, was a better installment in the Thunder Road series. Like with Nowhere But Here, it took a while for me to get into. The 40% mark seems to be where the plot really picks up; secrets are finally being developed more, The MC's are moving more forward in their relationship, and the MC gang plays a bigger part.
Breanna is the 5th child of 9. She's fiercely smart and independent. Which makes her the surrogate mother to her younger siblings. Her parents throw a lot of responsibility on her. They expect a lot from her because of who she is. Except her outside person does not match who she really wants to show the world. This leads to Razor and Breanna striking up a friendship of sorts. Breanna's family pissed me off to no end. Her siblings treat her like dirt, especially her older ones. Her mom essentially ignores her. And like, you have 9 kids, if you didn't want the responsibility of taking care of them, then don't have 9 kids. Breanna's character growth is pretty great. She slowly learns to speak up for herself amongst a lot of shit and terrible people trying to take advantage of her.
Razor is a cinnamon roll. He lost his mother 8 years ago and has been drowning ever since. He's lost his smile, his laugh and the will to care about anything but being apart of the Reign. Razor's distrust of his dad, his extended family in the MC comes to head when evidence from his mom's death comes to light. Razor has always been lead to believe it was suicide and well, he blames himself for that. Like I said, I can't even with Razor. He's so subtly smart and kind and protective. The Reign is a motorcycle club that has its rules and although they create this family atmosphere, there is a lot of secrets that are kept for the wrong reasons. Like in Nowhere But Here, those secrets and lies create voids where there shouldn't have to be.
Razor and Breanna find solace and trust in each other because of circumstance but also because of a connection. They both find themselves invisible in a big family. The comfort they can offer each other leads to a really adorable relationship.
These books are far from perfect. There's the lack of diversity. A few problematic elements. And well, this motorcycle club is ultimately a boys club. Some of the wives and ladies may be strong women, but the men have control and that's that.
Katie is a great storyteller though. She's able to write dynamic families. She doesn't shy away from a bunch of emotional scenes. And the center of each of her books, a teenage romance with characters from very different lifestyles.
Let's see what Chevy and Violet have to offer next.