An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible
Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns into an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.
Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.
No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.
Look for Katie McGarry’s latest poignant and thrilling title in her Thunder Road series, Walk the Edge.
Launching the Thunder Road series, McGarry (Breaking the Rules) takes her signature brand of dramatic YA romances to the edgy world of motorcycle clubs. Seventeen-year-old Emily barely knows her biological father until circumstances force her to spend the summer with him in the small town of Snowflake, Ky. There, she becomes immersed in biker culture her father is a high-ranking member of the Reign of Terror, a club that claims to emphasize family and legitimacy over crime and violence. As things heat up with a rival group, Emily is assigned protection: Oz, a sexy guy who has long dreamed of joining the Reign. If he keeps Emily out of trouble, he's in. Opposites attract, and steamy chemistry overrides common sense, leading to an illicit romance that won't end well if their parents find out. The core relationship sizzles and sparks with every glance and touch, and the underlying plot is solid. However, much of the story revolves around the deliberate and frustrating withholding of vital information from a clueless Emily, instead of straightforward answers. Ages 14 up.
Breathe taking.... It really was a emotional ride and I cried twice.... Kept me wanting more and couldn't put it down.... 👏🏻👍🏻
Great story, poor editing...
Overall: 5 star read, 1 star package. Split the difference and call it 3 stars?
This book is really hard to review... I snagged it on a .99 day because the blurb had me intrigued so it's a good blurb and it is truly representative of the story. There are brilliantly complicated characters that sucked me in from the first page and there's an air of mystery that, is one of those that - when some questions get answered, it only prompts more questions. As someone who predicts everything, I enjoyed this. It kept me guessing. And when I thought I had it all figured out, and it all came out, there was a detail I hadn't seen coming! It's so rare that an author - or anyone really - can surprise me.
Getting through the story and to this point would have been a glorious, 5-star experience... except for the lack of editing. I like a book to be professionally presented. I feel that unprofessional, unedited books are what gives the indie community a bad name, and I also feel that if an author cannot be bothered to put forth a professional-looking product, maybe I shouldn't spend my time on it.
Throughout the book, I felt confident that this author had not used an editor. However, one is mentioned and even thanked in the back of the book so I stand corrected. Poor grammar, lack of punctuation and continuity issues are abundant. If her editor wasn't checking for these things, I'm not sure what she was doing.
Ultimately - I'd give this book 5 stars if it was the fun, fast-paced read it should be... instead, it's work. When continuity issues arise, I look back to see if I'm the one who missed something. When grammar is poor and punctuation is missing, I have to re-read a lot of it, to figure out what's trying to be said.
The characters are likely to stay with me and the book has a profound message in between the lines throughout- that is actually uttered by one MC in the end. I'd like to go on in the series but, reading around this low-quality editing is a lot of work so, I'm undecided at the moment. I feel like reading shouldn't be so much work!
"It's what people do. Judge..." -Oz.
I love this book.....