Published by Harlequin Teen on March 29th 2016
Also by this author: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)
Reading Challenges: Contemporary Romance Challenge
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.
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.
I’ve read every single Katie McGarry book. So far, I’ve really enjoyed each of them for different reasons. However, none of them have stuck with me the way that Walk the Edge has. It’s the first book of hers that I’ve given five stars to, and I personally think that you need this book in your life. This is the second book in her Thunder Road series, it’s a companion though so you don’t have to read Nowhere but Here. I recommend that you read it because it gives you more insight behind the history of the Reign of Terror. If you’re looking for a quick read with a smart and memorable MC combined with an insanely swoony book boyfriend, this is the story for you.
All of Katie McGarry’s protagonists have something special and likable about them. There’s never been one character that I blatantly disliked, some I have clicked with more than others, but I still feel like each of them have been extremely well written and developed. That being said, I haven’t managed to connect with any of them the way that I did with Breanna. Personally, I definitely don’t have her (nearly) photographic memory, but I can identify with kids trying to take advantage of you and ask you to do their homework for them. All throughout middle school and parts of high school, something similar happened to me. Guys would befriend me just so I would complete homework for them. So this instantly stuck out to me about Breanna and I was able to get her in a surprising and personal way. She’s a strong character, and I really enjoyed seeing her grow as a character throughout the story.
Alright, can I talk about my boy Razor now? Holy crap, if you’ve read any of McGarry’s books you know that she writes totally swoony boys like nobody’s business. I have to say though, Razor has easily taken the top spot as my favorite of McGarry’s boys, and also of all time. What’s so special about him? First of all, he’s a loyal guy, but he’s also a curious one. He wants to know what happened to his mother, and he doesn’t fully trust his brothers from the Reign of Terror to give him answers. I guess what is so great about him is that you immediately want to give him a hug. Seriously, there were so many scenes where Razor was hurting and I just wanted to take that pain away from him. For someone in a motorcycle club, this guy is extremely sensitive and he also cares so deeply for people. I’m not always a fan of the whole bad boy thing, but the author makes his character much deeper than just that, so he isn’t just your stereotypical bad boy. He does everything he possibly can to help out Breanna, even going as far as putting aside his own feelings in order to keep her safe. He’s just an amazing guy all around, alright?
With these two characters being so well developed on their own, obviously, them combined as a couple is downright amazing. I absolutely love Breanna and Razor’s relationship. First and foremost, the two become unlikely friends, and I enjoy seeing the buildup to them becoming an actual couple. There are so many memorable scenes involving the two of them. The first kiss that they have is beyond swoony. There was a great buildup to it happening, and I was very much relieved once it finally did. So they first team up because this jerk is blackmailing Breanna with a picture he took of her and Razor. Honestly, the picture is nothing super scandalous, but it still can be inferred that the two are together due to how close they are to one another. Anyway, through this, we really get to see the first signs of Razor’s protective side, and it’s seriously a wonderful thing to see. He’s not possessive in anyway, but he doesn’t allow anyone to mess with Breanna, and I love seeing that.
Walk the Edge is finally out today and I highly recommend that you go out and buy a copy! Personally, I didn’t think that books that feature motorcycle clubs are really my thing. Even after reading these books, it’s still not something that I think I’ll read a lot of in general. But Katie McGarry is such a fantastic author that she makes it work in a flawless manner. She makes you completely care about each and every character that appears, even the older guys in the club who are simply in supporting roles. They all have stories that need to be told, and I love how invested I got from reading this book. Serious question though, where can I get a boy like Razor?
“I’m here about your mother.” The asshole knows he has me when my eyes snap to his.
“She’s dead.” Like the other times I say the words, a part of me dies along with her.
This guy has green eyes and they soften like he’s apologetic. “I know. I’m sorry. I’ve received some new evidence that may help us discover what caused her death.”
Anger curls within my muscles and my jaw twitches. This overwhelming sense of insanity is what I fight daily. For years, I’ve heard the whispers from the gossips in town, felt the stares of the kids in class, and I’ve sensed the pity of the men in the Reign of Terror I claim as brothers. It’s all accumulated to a black, hissing doubt in my soul.
It’s what everyone in town says happened. It’s in every hushed conversation people have the moment I turn my back. It’s not just from the people I couldn’t give two shits about, but the people who I consider family.
I shove away those thoughts and focus on what my father and the club have told me—what I have chosen to believe. “My mother’s death was an accident.”
He’s shaking his head and I’m fresh out of patience. I’m not doing this. Not with him. Not with anyone. “I’m not interested.”
I push off the railing and I did out the keys to my motorcycle as I bound down the steps. The detective’s behind me. He has a slow steady stride and it irritates me that he follows across the yard and doesn’t stop coming as I swing my leg over my bike.
“What if I told you I don’t think it was an accident,” he says.
Odds are it wasn’t. Odds are every whispered taunt in my direction is true. That my father and the club drove Mom crazy, and I wasn’t enough of a reason for her to choose life.
To drown him out, I start the engine. This guy must be as suicidal as people say Mom was because he eases in front of my bike assuming I won’t run him down.
“Thomas,” he says.
I twist the handle to rev the engine in warning. He raises his chin like he’s finally pissed and his eyes narrow on me. “Razor.”
I let the bike idle. If he’s going to respect me by using my road name, I’ll respect him for a few seconds. “Leave me the fuck alone.”
Damn if the man doesn’t possess balls the size of Montana. He steps closer to me and drops a bomb. “I have reason to believe your mom was murdered.”
“There’s something about McGarry’s writing that’s totally enthralling. Her characters are vivid, flawed and riveting, making this is a truly amazing read!”
~ RT Book Reviews
“Katie McGarry is a master of her craft! Raw emotion, pure grit, I hang on every word. Her characters are real people with real problems and I cheer them every step of the way. Ready for a new addiction? Look no further than Katie McGarry’s books.”
~ Gena Showalter, Bestselling author of Firstlife
“I finished WALK THE EDGE by the amazing Katie McGarry. It was SO good that now I feel bereft. I already miss Razor & Bre – I need to know more! She is by far my #1 favorite author. She paints a picture with the words, puts you IN the story… LOVE.”
~ Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author
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About Katie McGarry:
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.
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