Release Date: March 29, 2016
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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.
Katie McGarry is one of my auto-buy authors. I’ve read all of her novels, and I’m impressed by how real and different each one is. Katie’s Pushing the Limits series was incredible and her Thunder Road series is so promising. The Thunder Road series begins with Nowhere But Here. I liked Nowhere But Here, but I definitely did not enjoy it nearly as much as I did Katie’s other novels.
Walk the Edge blew me away. I was immersed into Breanna and Razor’s story right away. Breanna is the fifth child of nine. She’s too young to be considered one of the “older siblings” and too old to be a part of the younger crowd. As the oldest in the house, Breanna is tasked with taking care of her four younger siblings while her parents work, even when it means putting aside her own needs. Not only that, but Breanna’s brain works differently from everyone else because she basically has a photographic memory. Because of all of this, Breanna doesn’t fit in with her family.
Razor is a part of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club. He’s the only member still in high school but since he’s eighteen, he was allowed to be pledged in. Razor had the longest prospect period in the club because he’s unpredictable, which makes others nervous. A lot of this is due to Razor’s mother’s death. When he was ten, she was in an “accident,” which most people believe was actually suicide. Since then, Razor has closed himself off and has trust issues, especially when he finds out that the club may have been involved in his mother’s death.
Breanna and Razor’s lives meet when Breanna is forgotten at school and Razor’s bike breaks down in the parking lot after the senior class’s orientation. Believing all the town’s gossip, Breanna is scared for her life and accidentally insults Razor. She tries to cover herself by hiring Razor as a “bodyguard,” which he takes seriously and ends up helping her out the next weekend. They have an intimate moment, which is captured and used as blackmail against Breanna so that she’ll write the star football player’s English papers for the year. Razor teams up with Breanna. She’ll try to break the code that involves Razor’s mother’s death and the club for Razor, and Razor still wants to protect her. When Razor finds out about the blackmail, he’s beyond angry, especially when he realizes that one of his best friends was also blackmailed by these same guys over the summer.
I felt so much for both Razor and Breanna. I actually teared up during parts of the book because I was either so frustrated or heartbroken over their situations. I literally just wanted to step into the story and slap some sense into Breanna’s parents (and siblings for that matter). It’s totally not fair how they treated her. Also, watching Razor’s relationship with his father and his club brothers fall apart due to trust issues was hard too.
I think one of the reasons I didn’t enjoy Nowhere But Here as much was due to an overload of motorcycle club stuff. The focus of that novel was on the club, and while Walk the Edge does deal with the club, I liked how it wasn’t focused on as much in this story. There was just the right amount of motorcycle club, which was perfect.
The romance between Razor and Breanna was so, so swoon worthy. Honestly, I didn’t know how I felt going in after reading the synopsis. I was really curious about Razor after reading Nowhere But Here and excited to read his story, but I just didn’t know if I was going to like Breanna, the good girl, and Razor, the bad boy, falling for each other. Oh boy, was I wrong. I absolutely adored and loved their romance so much. And, Razor, oh my. Just all the heart eyes.
Overall, I loved Walk the Edge, which is now tied with Dare You To and Take Me On as my favorite Katie McGarry novels. I can’t wait for Violet and Chevy’s story, which is the next installment in the Thunder Road series. I highly recommend Walk the Edge and Katie’s other novels for fans of contemporary romance that are swoon worthy while still dealing with tough issues at the same time.
*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through InkSlinger PR in exchange for a honest review.*
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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Jessicasays:March 29, 2016 at 11:02 AM
Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR
Jordansays:March 29, 2016 at 1:46 PM
Thank you for putting on an awesome tour! I’m so glad I was able to participate in it!
Brittsays:March 29, 2016 at 3:25 PM
Aw, dang. I don’t have Facebook so I can’t enter the giveaway. But this book sounds really awesome! Thanks for the review! <3
Jordansays:March 29, 2016 at 4:40 PM
I think you should be able to enter even without having an account. I believe you can just click on the link, visit the page, and then click the button on the rafflecopter saying that you visited! And thank you! <3
Lyra @ Defiantly Deviantsays:March 29, 2016 at 7:16 PM
Walk the Edge was SO good, wasn’t it? Like you, I really think that what WtE better than Nowhere but Here is that it focused less on the issues of the motorcycle club, and more on Breanna and Razor. And YES I get what you mean when you say that you were so heartbroken and frustrated when reading about their situations – I felt the same way, especially when they interacted with their respective families. Katie did such a marvelous job in writing this book!
Great review, Jordan! 🙂
Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant
Jordansays:March 29, 2016 at 9:41 PM
I know!! I was so impressed by this story, and I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in this series now!
Maggiesays:July 18, 2017 at 12:57 AM
Thank you so much for linking up your review! 😀 I’ve never read a Katie McGarry novel, but now I want to! I never read contemporary romance until reading Kasie West and discovered I love it, so Walk the Edge sounds like it’s right up my alley! Happy reading! 😀
Jordansays:July 18, 2017 at 8:56 AM
If you love Kasie West, you’ll definitely love Katie McGarry! I suggest starting with her first series, Pushing the Limits, which I actually like more! 😀