Series: Thunder Road #2
Also in this series: Nowhere but Here
Published by Harlequin Teen on 3/29/16
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Source: Blog Tour, NetGalley
My content rating: Mature YA (Characters have sex; Some more mature language, situations, etc)
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 cyberbully'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.
When I saw that another book was coming out in McGarry’s Thunder Road Series, I was so excited. This series is incredibly unique because of the biker culture – it’s hard not to be fascinated, even by the parts of the lifestyle that make me raise my eyebrows a little.
This installment focused on Razor (who we met in the last book) and Breanna, one of his fellow classmates. Razor is struggling to trust the men in the club when evidence surfaces that his mother’s death wasn’t an accident – he can’t let the past go and can’t escape the feeling that the people who are supposed to love him have been hiding things from him. Meanwhile, Breanna just wants to escape from her small town and huge family, but that’s threatened when one of the guys in her class takes an incriminating picture of her (with Razor) and threatens to post it on the internet if she doesn’t write his papers for him. Razor and Breanna end up working together to try and solve both of their problems – but, of course, that isn’t so easy.
What Fed My Addiction:
- Breanna’s desire to be truly known. Breanna’s story focused on her family life and her desire to escape – she was a middle child in an extremely large family and her parents relied on her way too much to hold the family together. Even worse than that, she was almost completely overlooked and taken for granted. Breanna wanted someone to see her and to understand her, and Razor, who seemed like the unlikeliest of people to fill that role, finally did.
- Breanna and Razor. At the beginning of the book, Breanna had so many misconceptions about who Razor was just based on rumors and the fact that he was part of the club. It was really kind of fun to see all of those misconceptions get blasted away as she got to know him more. I loved that Razor saw everything good about Breanna – this wasn’t a relationship built merely on attraction – Razor saw how strong and smart and independent Breanna was and he helped her see those things about herself. And, even more, believe that she didn’t have to hide herself. These two were perfect for each other, and I was rooting for them throughout the entire book!
Could Take It or Leave It:
- The cyber bullying/blackmail storyline. This part of the book actually wasn’t my favorite part because I felt like everyone was blowing the picture that was taken of Breanna and Razor out of proportion a bit. I didn’t understand why the picture was being held up (by everyone) as something that could ruin Breanna’s life – really, schools would pass Breanna up because she was in a picture in a possibly slightly compromising position with a boy? I liked that the message was given about how the internet can be used as a weapon (and how kids need to be careful about what gets posted since there’s never any getting rid of it), but I thought that the picture was blown out of proportion a bit. BUT I have to say that I was very pleased with how the storyline played out in the end and how everything was resolved. So, while this part of the book bugged me a little bit, in the end, it ended up being a positive for me!
There’s something about this series that’s just so enjoyable to me – McGarry takes the standard YA romance and makes it new for me. This book was a fantastic example of that. I give it 4.5/5 stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Inkslinger PR and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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.