Series: Thunder Road #3
Also in this series: Nowhere but Here
Published by Harlequin Teen on January 31st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley, Blog Tour
My content rating: YA (Characters have sex, but it's not shown)
Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.
It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.
But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.
Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.
I’m telling you right now, Katie McGarry’s writing is downright addictive. This third book in the Thunder Road Series had me completely captivated from start to finish and there was no way I could put it down. Seriously, this is the type of book that gives my blog its name because I found myself falling deeper and deeper into the story and completely ignoring all those real world things that were calling for my attention. They just had to wait.
What Fed My Addiction:
- Violet and Chevy. It helped a lot that I was invested in the romance between Violet and Chevy from page one—they were featured heavily enough in the first two books in the series that I was already rooting for them before I even picked up the book. And I wasn’t let down. The strong bond between these two characters is palpable, and their love and desire for each other is incredibly intense. Of course, this only makes it that much more painful for them (and for the reader) when they face the possibility of truly irreconcilable differences. I wasn’t sure how Violet and Chevy would get past some of the issues in this book, even knowing how much they loved each other.
- It’s all a matter of perspective. The first two books in the series focused a lot on how people misjudged members of the Terror and misunderstood them. But this book feels a little bit different. Violet’s perspective is more critical of the club and the way that they view the women around them. It’s interesting because her dad raised her to be a lot like him, but within the club there isn’t a lot of room for a girl to show independence and demand respect. She has high expectations about the way she should be treated because of her dad, but she often feels overlooked by the very people who helped raise her to be independent and feisty. I love that Violet never backs down from her desire to be given the respect she deserves, but she also learns that she doesn’t need to completely separate herself from the people who love her in order to get it. And Violet eventually learns that it’s okay to rely on family sometimes, but the men in the Terror learn a thing or two about mutual respect from Violet as well.
- Chevy’s decisions. Poor Chevy was stuck between a rock and a hard place through much of this book—he so wanted to make everyone happy, and it was impossible. I felt for him, and I honestly wasn’t sure what Chevy would choose in the end.
- Page-turning action. This book starts out with a bang and never really lets up. The stakes are incredibly high!
- Major revelation. Something is revealed toward the end of the book that took me completely by surprise and I LOVED it! (I’m so glad I didn’t read anything on Goodreads before I read the book because, for some reason, lots of people spoiled this revelation and I MUCH preferred to be surprised.)
What Left Me Hungry for More:
- Maybe a bit melodramatic at times? I mean, I don’t know, maybe this series is a bit of a guilty pleasure and it can definitely be over the top, but considering how completely sucked in I was, I don’t see how I can take away any stars for that. I wasn’t reading this one for its deep philosophical views on life (though, to be fair, the book did make me think about gender roles and loyalty).
If you’re a McGarry fan, you won’t be disappointed with this installment. With heart-stopping action, swoony romance and complicated characters, this book lived up to every one of my expectations. I give it 5/5 stars!
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley and Inkslinger Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About the Author:
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, NOWHERE BUT HERE, and WALK THE EDGE 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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