Series: Thunder Road #2
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Published by Harlequin Teen on March 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hard Cover
Source: Barnes and Noble
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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 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.
“The boy everyone sees but nobody know is with the girl who everybody knows but nobody sees”
– Katie McGarry
There has clearly been a theme to my reviews lately and its badass biker boys and their clubs. The past four reviews have covered Jacqueline Nicole’s series: The Aces and now I’ve gotten back to Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road series. I also feel the need to mention that I just finished watching Sons of Anarchy for the fourth time on Netflix. That might have something to do with my reading choices.Just like with McGarry’s first novel in the Thunder Road series, this one also takes place in Snowflake, Kentucky. The name of the town always cracks me up but I understand that McGarry is trying to make the town sound so innocent when bad things continue to happen there. This time we get to see some of the high school in the town that we didn’t get to see before, expanding the reader’s view of the town.
I really enjoyed this novel; so much so that I read it in one day. Breanna wants to start her senior year differently than previous years. She wants to be seen. Everyone knows her as the smart girl but nobody really sees her. During the previous summer she spent time updating her wardrobe and making sure everyone would notice her on the first day of senior year. She accomplishes it, but not it the way she had hoped. She gets blackmailed into writing a classmate’s papers for the year and catches the eye of Thomas “Razor” Turner, a member of the Reign of Terror, the local motorcycle club that everyone is raised to stay away from. Throughout the novel Breanna ends up in some very dicey situations and finding herself constantly saved by Razor.
I enjoyed this storyline a lot. Breanna just wants to be seen by people as more than just a smart girl who can help you with your homework. Razor wants answers to a mystery that has haunted him for years. They are brought together when Breanna accidentally hires him to protect her. Razor takes her seriously and offers her protection from the boy blackmailing her to do his homework. In return Breanna helps him unlock the answers to questions that Razor needs answered about his mother’s death.
I found myself relating to Breanna a lot. For years all I wanted was to be seen by people but instead I was the quiet, shy girl who kept to herself. I also related to her home life situation because I have been ignored by family and not seen much by them either, not because they are intentionally ignoring me, but because everyone gets busy and my brother needed more attention than I did.
I love Razor. Behind the tough guy exterior he’s such a sweetheart. He’s hurt by his mother’s death and the fact that the family he has chosen is keeping secrets about her death. When Breanna comes into his life everything changes.
I’m not going to lie, I seriously thought someone was going to end up dead and was really relieved when all of the characters made it out whole, well almost whole. I can not wait for the release of Long Way Home so that I can finally read Chevy’s story.