Series: Thunder Road #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Published on March 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
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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 knows is with the girl who everybody knows but nobody sees.
Katie McGarry is my go-to author for YA drama/romance. She writes highly emotional but beautiful stories with fantastic insight into the dramas of mature teenagers, with none of the stupid behaviour that you so often see with younger characters. She never lets me down, and she’s given us another wonderfully romantic and intense story with this one.
This is the second book in the Thunder Road series, featuring a group of teens raised in the Reign of Terror MC. The club is legit, but the boys live the biker lifestyle, and this book tells the story of Razor – son of a well-respected board member and best friend of Oz from [book:Nowhere But Here|23492282]. Razor has only recently fulfilled his life-long dream and patched in as a full member, but a secret from the past continues to plague him, and when knew information comes to light, his reluctance to let it go threatens all he has found with his club.
Breanna is a smart, sensible and responsible girl – the middle of 9 children, she is counted on to help out at home, to the detriment of her having the life that she wants. For years she has lived a quiet, restrained life, but now that she is entering her senior year she is desperate to break free and be herself,
I’m searching for magic – not the Christmas morning type, but the type of magic that can be found by being courageous, being the girl who takes chances, being the girl who will dance. I want to be the girl who is seen.
When Brenna is targeted by a bully at school, fellow senior Razor comes to her defence, and they agree to a deal – Razor will provide Breanna with ongoing protection in exchange for her helping him solve the mystery from his past. Brenna is highly intelligent with an analytical mind and she craves mental stimulation – the puzzle that Razor presents her with is irresistible, and it doesn’t hurt that she finds Razor wildly attractive. Razor has seen that there is more to Brenna that she lets on, and as much as he needs her help, he is also drawn to her and wants to help her, so the deal is struck.
I glance over my shoulder. “Yes?”
Those are two enticing and lovely words. “I will be. I have you protecting me, right?”
Maybe I’m misreading Razor, but his eyes travel my body like he might toss me onto the bed of the truck and kiss me in a way I’ve never been kissed before. “Don’t worry. I completely have your back.”
From the very beginning there is a spark of attraction between Razor and Brenna which is undeniable, but when an innocent moment between them is photographed and taken way out of context, Breanna becomes the target for blackmail and their arrangement becomes something a whole lot more intense as they band together even tighter to find answers, and as the relationship between them becomes something incredibly special.
This is heartbreaking and consuming and addictive. It’s terrifying and peaceful, crazy and serene. It’s a million things in one brief moment and it’s something I don’t understand and never want to live without.
Oh my God, this romance is absolutely gorgeous! From completely different lives, Razor is the tattooed, scary-looking member of an MC and Breanna is the sweet, innocent good girl. But they come together in a way that is natural, honest, and completely open. They trust each other completely, hiding nothing from each other and their gradual fall into love was beautiful to watch.
Most people avoid me, easily leaving two feet between us, and here is this little warrior trudging into battle without armor.
Terrified I’ll break her, I weave my arms around her and hug her back. My eyes shut when she settles furthering into me. I rest my cheek on her head and simply breathe.
But things at home (for both of them) continue to cause problems. Brenna is fighting to be heard and is drowning in the midst of her family dramas, and Razor’s lack of faith in his club over the secrets they refuse to share, and his tendency to look out for himself without asking for help from others leaves him in a precarious position. Together, and individually, Brenna and Razor are on a journey to discover who they are, what they want, and how to find it.
This story is so beautifully written. Breanna and Razor’s individual stories are told from their own POV and with so much emotion, I could feel everything that they were feeling, and my heart pounded through all of their ups and downs. And it just made what they found in each other and their moments together so much sweeter! Sweet, romantic, passionate and all-consuming – you can see how perfect they are for each other. It’s a real ‘against the odds’ type of romance, and it beautifully done.
“I promise I’ll take care of you,” he whispers. “You’re safe with me.”
Razor’s journey in particular ties in really well with the overarching storyline featuring drama within the MC. I really enjoyed watching his struggle to find his place, and I loved the dynamics between him and the other guys in the clubs – friends, mentors and his own father, the relationships were beautifully explored and I really liked the way that whole storyline played out.
The central group of characters introduced in the first book all appear, and again those relationships are written in a way where you can feel the bond between the group. I loved seeing Oz and Emily again, and with a bit more insight into Violet’s story, I am hoping hard that her and Chevy’s book is up next!
I’m loving this series. Emotional and romantic, and a great mix of edgy drama with some great light moments, this was a fantastic read. I can’t wait for more.
Her face is white against her raven hair. Ghost white. I’d bet my left ball she hasn’t breathed since I spoke. Her hand is outstretched toward the busted cell on the ground, but her wide hazel eyes are cemented on me. I turn my head and I’m greeted by the amused faces of my brothers from the Reign of Terror who stand next to their bikes in the parking lot. They’ll be harassing me on this for weeks. Fuck me for trying to be chivalrous.
“You okay?” It’s a variation of the question I asked a few seconds ago, but this one she seems to understand as her body trembles to life.
“Um…” she stutters. We’ve been at the same schools since elementary age, otherwise I’d wonder if she was a foreign exchange student with limited English. “I only have twenty dollars.”
The muscles in the back of my neck tense. “I’m not going to jack you for your money.”
She quits breathing again.
“Nice to know your current bank account status,” I bite. “But I asked you if you were okay.”
Color returns to her cheeks as I pin her with my gaze. She accused me of trying to rob her. I know it, she knows it, and she’s now informed I’m not the asshole in this scenario.
“Yes,” she finally answers. “I’m okay. I mean no…I mean…I broke my phone.”
She did and that sucks for her.
Her eyes flicker between me and the phone like she wants to retrieve it, yet she’s too paralyzed. Saving us from this torture, I swipe the pieces of the cell and lean against the wall.
The distance between us relaxes her and that gulp of air was audible as she tucks herself tight in the corner farthest from me. This reaction isn’t new. I’ve seen it since I was a child whenever my father or anyone from the Terror entered a room full of civilians. To everyone outside of the club, we’re the evil motorcycle gang bent on blowing the house down.
People and their hellish nightmare folklore involving us piss me off. I don’t know why I told the guys to give me a minute. I’m late for plans I made with Chevy and some girls, plus I’m on call in case the board chooses to meet sooner rather than later to discuss Detective Jake Barlow.
But something about how this chick appeared alone and frightened messed me up. It reminded me…The thought stalls and the emotional speed bump causes a flash of pain in my chest. Screw it, her expression reminded me of Mom the last time I saw her—the night she died.
My mom. I shake my head to expel her ghost. One visit from one bastard trying to use me and I’m being haunted by a past I can’t change. That’s what the detective was salivating over—to use me for info on the club. He’s one of too many who believes our club is the devil’s prodigy.
What he doesn’t see is that we’re a family—the type of family that comes when called. Obviously not like this girl’s family.
“Is it yes or no?” It’s damn difficult to shove the battery in now that the frame is bent.
“Yes or no what?” her long black hair sweeps past her shoulders. She has the type of hair that would have to be pulled up if she rode on the back of my bike. Gotta admit, I like her hair, especially how it shines under the lights of the school’s overhang.
“If you’re okay.” I survey the mostly empty area to prove a point. “If we leave, you’ll be alone, and I don’t care of that. There’s some real psychos out there.”
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