Published by Harlequin, Harlequin TEEN on May 26, 2015
Genres: contemporary, Love & Romance, Motorcycles, Social Issues, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher
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.
Nowhere But Here is the first book in a new young adult contemporary series by Katie McGarry, called Thunder Road. 2015 is the year where I finally start to read some new- but-insanely-popular-YA-authors. Because guess what? I haven’t read a Katie McGarry book yet. Craziness! I know. But when I saw that she had a new series coming out, I thought this was the perfect time for me to jump on the bandwagon and experience what all the ya romance hype is about. And I get it, people. I really do. I have never been one for motorcycle books. I know it is a huge trope out there, but I could never really get into it. Until now. I absolutely loved the family and brother ship that Katie McGarry painted with the Reign of Terror. Trust me, their name is way meaner than they actually are.
Nowhere But Here is told in dual narrative between Emily and Oz. Oz is the son of one of the big ups in the Reign of Terror and he has been itching to join the business, well, since forever. Emily is the long lost daughter of the head family of the chapter. And her past is shrouded in deep dark mysteries. I really liked the mysterious aspect that surrounded Emily and her mom. It was a fun element that I wasn’t expecting in the story. I was fed up right along with Emily as she tried to sort out all of the lies and secrets that everyone was keeping from her.
But the main focus on the story is Emily and Oz. Oz is assigned to protect Emily from the ongoing riots between a forced rival of a motorcycle gang. And this other gang, seems like the bad kind. I liked that Katie McGarry distinguished between legit motorcycle groups that do things “legal” and aboveboard, and the other gangs that don’t care so much about following the law. The romance between Oz and Emily was a wonderful slow burn romance. They certainly did not like each other at first glance, but rather what they felt built and evolved over time.
Katie McGarry has created a fantastic group of characters with a wonderful romance between Oz and Emily. This book had me bawling at the end. Full out bawling. I just loved it so much. I get what all the fuss is about with Katie McGarry. This lady writes seriously great romance. She made me fall in love with everyone, even the secondary characters that I didn’t initially think I would care much about. This is a really great book for young adult fans, new adult fans and adult fans alike.
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