28 March 2016

Blog Tour with Excerpt & Giveaway: Walk the Edge (Thunder Road #2) by Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road #2)
by Katie McGarry.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult/New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: March 29th 2016 by Harlequin TEEN.
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.

Reviewed by Kelly

Katie McGarry is one of my go to Authors. I was hesitant to read this series since I’m really not interested in Motorcycle Clubs. So, I cautiously read the first book and really really liked what she did with it. I am a succor for family stories and this definitely fit it. I was still hesitant to read the second book; surely I can’t get two books from MC books that I would like. Silly me, I shouldn’t have worried and just trusted that she would bring it again and she did. I loved it!! Ms. McGarry has a way of writing that pulls you in and makes you think and feel and try to see all sides. I loved the characters and the story line. I can’t wait for Violet’s story.

Being a parent of a few teens, I know how parents want to protect their kids. That thought really made me want to smack myself because I was rooting for the teenagers in the book. Gah! I should be on the parents’ side!

If you’re sad because you’re in trouble,” Elsie says, “then don’t be. I get in trouble all the time, and sometimes after I cry, those are the times Mommy hugs me the hardest and you look like you need a hard hug.” And she does it. Elsie hugs me hard, throwing her entire being, soul and all, into loving me. I hug her back and try to fight the lump hardening in my throat.

I love how Ms. McGarry puts things so they come back to full circle in the end. That’s when the real aha moment comes.

“Bridges are meant to connect. They’re meant to defy drops and distances, but occasionally we lose our way…we fall off, we drive off, we consider jumping.”

Razor (Thomas Turner) is 18 and still in high school. He has been patched into his MC. He is a little volatile and has a reputation. People are afraid of him. His own MC keeps secrets from him because they can’t trust him. He goes out and does things on his own instead of asking his MC family for help.

Breanna is smart. When she sees a puzzle or something that needs to be solved and she can’t get it out of her head until it’s solved. She feels like a freak. She has been quiet and not outgoing because she had been embarrassed over the way her mind works.

Breanna has a large family with 9 kids with her in the middle. Her family expects help from her. They expect more from her since she is the responsible child. She just wants to be a little more outgoing. Her family forgets to pick her up one day after school and they start texting about how she is overdramatizing when she is at school alone with the kids from the Reign of Terror MC looking over Razor’s motorcycle. She is scared. She is especially afraid to be alone with them. But she thinks that Thomas looks very nice. He comes up and tells her that he can’t leave her there alone and says he will be her bodyguard. She is both afraid and intrigued by that. She’s heard rumors. They might kill her after all. But still, he is kind.

The next day at class, Razor sits behind her and watches her solve the code that the teacher put on the board and would give extra credit to if solved by the end of class. He notices that she doesn’t say she solved it. Now he’s intrigued.

Breanna is determined to break out of her shell this year. So she goes to a club. Razor is there too and he rescues her at a bad moment. When he puts her down on the tailgate of a truck, it looks like a compromising position. Kyle notices that and takes a picture. Kyle wants Breanna to write her papers this year so he can get better grades for football college entrance. Kyle blackmails Breanna with the picture. She also knows that if colleges see it she won’t be able to get in.

So Breanna and Razor work together to figure out what to do about it.

The boy everyone sees but nobody knows is with the girl who everybody knows but nobody sees.

Razor’s mother died some years ago and he never really got over it. He wants answers to her death and knows the MC knows something they aren’t telling him. He gets a code from a detective and wants to solve it to maybe get some answers. He asks Breanna for help. Once her brain sees it she can’t forget it until it’s solved. Once Razor realizes that it is too dangerous he tries to get her to stop but it’s too late and she can’t stop until it’s solved.

I didn’t think any of the problems would be solvable with a positive outcome. I was curious how the book would resolve it. It was a fantastic ending! I didn't want it to end!

So if you like twists and turns, family drama, MC Clubs, the life in a MC club, blackmail, trust issues, solving puzzles, feeling hopeless, trains, bridges, gunshot wounds, nurses, dual POV’s, finding an unlikely love than this might be for you.

The colors and sights of the club merge. There’s too many people. Too much noise. A few feet away a trio of girls from school are staring at me—watching me and Kyle. One gestures toward me. The other two laugh.
Nausea knots my intestines. I didn’t mean to be the girl people laughed at. In fact, I craved the opposite. I wanted to be me for once, but to be me without the judgment and hate.
Wetness stings my eyes and I pivot away from Kyle. His fingers circle my wrist and he slides in front of me again. “Don’t be upset. I can make this better. For one year, don’t you want to be someone more than the weird smart girl?”
Sadness sinks past my defenses and creates an ache of pain, but then a flash of anger whips through me like a storm gale through trees. I tilt toward him as if he should be scared of me. “I am not that girl!”
“When did you stop? New clothes don’t change who you are, but I can help.”
He said it. Out loud. My fingers form into a fist. I should hit him. I should throw a punch into his face and hurt him exactly how he’s torturing me.
“Let me get you another drink.” His grip on my wrist lightens and his thumb slowly moves across my pulse point. His touch sickens me. “And we’ll talk.”
“Leave me alone.”
Kyle releases me then sags like I crushed him and I find him confusing. He’s the one causing me to suffer. He’s the one causing the tears flooding the rim of my eyes.
“I’m not trying to make you cry.” He crams his fingers into his hair. “I’m saying this wrong. Doing this wrong. I swear, I’m not trying to make you cry.”
I’m terrified to peek across the room again—afraid the girls from school will be cackling like hyenas. I desperately try to cling to the anger, but it slips through my fingertips.
I turn and there’s Addison. The elation that was on her face wanes as her eyes crazily take me in. “What happened?”
“Nothing.” My lungs burn and I want so badly to curl into a ball and cry, but I can’t. Not in public. Not with everyone gawking.
When she spots Kyle she rolls her shoulders back. “What did he do?”
“Nothing,” I say, and I’m moving. Through the crowd. Past guys who ask me to dance. Past Reagan who’s all smiles and tries to snatch my hand to join her and another friend. Past tables and chairs. I run past my name being called by multiple people.
I need air. I need to disappear. I need out of Snowflake and out of my home and out of this life and out of my skin and just out and with a push of my hands on the door, I am out.
I suck in a breath when my heels click against the blacktop, but then the door bangs shut and my heart jumps. No, I went out a side door. Not the front door. I spin and my fingers graze the smooth steel where a handle should be. It’s a security door and I’m officially locked out.
“Crap!” I shout into the night, but no one is around to hear.
To the right is a Dumpster. To the left is another alley. Both are shadowed. I choose left and pray once I reach the corner there will be light. But as I go to walk the world becomes disoriented. I throw my hand out to the wall when stumbling seems easier.
“Alone again?”
My head snaps back to the entrance and a surge of adrenaline shoots through my veins. Emerging out of the darkness is a large, looming figure. I stagger back. Away from the night of the alley, toward my hope for light, but there’s a crunch of glass under my feet. I trip, my ankle twists and a spasm blasts from my foot up to my leg.
My already bad balance is completely thrown. My arms flail, there’s a pain near my elbow as it connects with the brick and my body topples back.
I close my eyes, bracing for the impact of the ground, but as fast as I was falling, I hit something and then I’m ascending. My eyes fly open and I’m greeted by the most beautiful blue eyes. But then I shiver. Those eyes are as frozen as ice.
“You have the worst luck,” he says.
It’s Razor and he’s cradling me in his arms. As my skin vibrates, there’s a part of me that agrees with his assessment. But a small dissenting voice wonders if, in this moment, I’m lucky.

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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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  1. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

  2. I have absolutely no idea what my Street Name would be! lol!