Thursday, July 7, 2016

Book Review: Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry

Nowhere but Here (Thunder Road #1)
By Katie McGarry
Release Date: May 25, 2015
Source: Book Depository
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 to 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.

I have had this book on my shelves for sooooo long but had never gotten around to actually reading it. I absolutely adore Katie's YA contemporaries, but for some reason I just never picked this one up. When I drew this title from my TBR Jar for May, I could not have been more excited. I read it and ended up loving this book even more than I thought i would! 

Emily has a pretty good life with a great mom and stepdad who are always there for her. At 17, she's used to only seeing her birth dad once a year. While she's always been curious about him, Emily knows that she'll never be a part of his world. But when word comes that her grandmother has passed away, Emily finds herself back in her parents' hometown and falls head first into her father's motorcycle club world where everything she's known might not all be the complete truth. Throw in the crazy things she's feeling for Oz, the recruit assigned to look after her while she's with her father, and Emily is definitely in way over her head. 

I recently read my first adult motorcycle romance book and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to enter this YA motorcycle world. Oz's character is definitely an interesting one; he's been working his whole life to earn his cut for Emily's father's club and will do anything, including protect Emily, to earn his place. You can imagine the conflict he feels, then, when he starts to feel things for Emily, who is basically the boss's daughter. I loved their relationship and how they started off not really liking each other and then started to play with each other to get what they wanted. Emily may have never known the world her father was a part of, but she sure could hold her own there!

While I definitely loved the romance in this book, there was some mystery and danger in this book that had me very intrigued. So many of the characters were hiding things from Emily and wouldn't tell her in order to protect her relationship with certain people. We're just as in the dark as she was, which was infuriating and intriguing at the same time. What was the huge secret about her past?? The whole motorcycle family was very close and, while they did have their secrets, I enjoyed seeing how loyal they were and how close Emily grew to them by the end. 

If you couldn't tell, I loved every second of this book. The romance was through the roof between Emily and Oz and there was also a very strong family dynamic that was really important to the plot line that I really enjoyed. With mystery, danger, romance, and some hot motorcycle men, you can't go wrong with Nowhere but Here.

1 comment:

  1. Ahh, this is also a 5-star read for me! It's completely amazing and Katie McGarry is a contemporary romance queen! <3

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