Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry


To be honest, this book didn't grab me immediately. It was fun and interesting and I was shipping the two characters pretty hard, but I wasn't wowed. It wasn't until about 250 pages in that I was addicted and desperate for more. So yes, for Katie McGarry novels, this is slow. But it was still awesome. And to be fair, I had really high hopes after Nowhere But Here. That book rocked my world, and this book didn't quite live up to it.

Katie McGarry writes her males so incredibly as well, and I loved that this series is focused on her male characters, and they are featured on the covers, rather than dressed up girls or couples almost making out.

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.

I really liked Breanna and Razor as characters. Breanna was insanely smart--and I mean that almost literally. Her brain is "wired" different then everyone else, and she is able to remember facts, no matter how uninteresting, but it made her a target for bullies. She's misunderstood and hiding from everyone, even her family. She feels like she doesn't belong, that she can never truly be herself. Who can't relate to that? And Razor was so multifaceted. He's smart and curt and intimidating, but he's broken and vulnerable. He blames himself and everyone else for his mother's death, and that blame cripples him. I have to admit, I craved being inside of his head more than Breanna's because of his complicated conscience.

And just as I liked them apart, I loved them together. Their chemistry was amazing, and their love was slow and fast at the same time. The thing about Katie McGarry novels, is that often the characters fall fast, but in the course in the novel, it feels so natural. It doesn't feel like instalove at all--and it's not. It's beautiful and beautifully planned.

They both had intense and crazy relationships outside of each other as well. Breanna's family was just...terrible. They were selfish and judgmental and just straight-up mean. She was an outsider within her family, and that is something that should never be. Razor struggled with his Dad as well, and with the Reign of Terror MC as a whole. He didn't trust them as he should have--as he was supposed to. It was a driving force in the novel, and done very well. I like it when books are not just about the relationship between the main characters, but their families as well.

The writing was true McGarry style: simple, well executed, and full of curse words. God, I love that her characters swear--and swear a lot. It makes me so happy. She also writes love and lust like no one out there. The scenes have me fanning myself and grinning like a fool.

As I said earlier, this isn't my favorite of her novels, but it's still very enjoyable and captivating.

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