I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #1
on May 26, 2015
Source: the author
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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 to be honest with you. I kinda hate biker romance. I’m not really a fan of overly aggressive bad boys. BUT as much as I dislike biker romance, I love Katie McGarry more. I have loved every book of hers that I have read, so I just had to give this one a shot. Now I suggest you all do the same!
This is where I tell you that this is NOT your typical biker story. The Reign of Terror is NOT a biker gang at all, but a club, and its members are not abusing or trafficking drugs, committing crimes or starting random brawls. There is a sense of community and family that I wasn’t prepared for, and I longed to be a part of it all. None of that can save them from getting into trouble though…
The pace is slow, but the tension more than made up for it. I kept expecting something major to happen, with all of these perfect opportunities for mishap and danger. What’s really ironic is that when the big climax finally happened, I didn’t see it coming! Way to keep me on my toes! 😛
On top of the constant foreshadowing, the tension between Emily and Oz is absolutely delicious! The characters can make or break a story, but in this case, they ARE the story. Emily is the kind of person I can relate to. She’s down to earth, hiding her vulnerability behind a calm exterior. Her sense of loyalty is fierce and throughout the book, she grows into herself in a way that left me feeling proud. Oz is stubborn, but equally loyal to his Terror family. Together, they have some of the best chemistry that I have ever found in a book. It’s realistically physical, even while their personalities clash.
My feelings about this book have evolved over time. I read it voraciously, tore into it as I rarely do. Days after finishing it, I found myself returning to the characters in my mind. Now weeks later, I feel a certain fondness for them, like family members that I only get to see on special occasions. Nowhere But Here feels familiar and comfortable, and I love that! Katie McGarry has announced another installment in this series, and I can’t wait to visit my new family again. xoxo
WIND BLOWS IN FROM THE NORTH AND A FEW pieces of Emily’s dark hair sweep across her face. One minute Emily’s a bright flame, then a gust snuffs out her light. Her body sways like a top at the tail end of a spin and I lunge forward.
Emily’s knees give out and her eyes roll back into her head. I catch her inches before she crashes onto the porch. She’s light as I swing her into my arms and her head circles onto my shoulder, reminding me of one of those rag dolls Violet used to play with when we were kids.
“Emily!” Eli’s on top of me, attempting to yank her out of my arms. “Open your eyes.”
Her eyelids flutter, but remain closed as her hand limply clutches my shirt. Eli rams his arms underneath mine and he makes Emily a rope in a tug-of-war. I should let her go. I should want to let her go, but then Emily goes and screws it up for me. “Oz.”
It was a damn whisper, but I heard my name on her lips and so did Eli. His eyes flash to mine and Cyrus’s words repeat in my mind. That girl trusts you. And screw us both for that.
“She’s exhausted,” I say. “Hasn’t slept at all tonight.”
Eli’s expression hardens as he glares at me. I’ve seen Eli throw a coma-inducing punch for less defiance and I readjust the sleeping girl in my arms. A reminder if he decks me now, he’ll be putting his daughter at risk.
Temporarily surrendering, Eli cups Emily’s face in his hands and angles her toward him. “Emily, please open your eyes.”
She does. It’s barely a crack and they’re completely glazed.
“Everything’s going to be okay,” Eli affirms.
“I want my mom and dad,” she mumbles.
“You’ll see them tomorrow.” Eli pushes a strand of hair from her cheek. “You’re safe here. I promise.”
She rejects Eli by curling into me. Her head fits perfectly in the crook of my neck and I loathe the wave of protectiveness that rumbles through my body. Emily’s fingers tighten their grip near my shoulders and the impulse is to shield her from the guys gawking at this intimate scene. Yeah, this is club business, but Emily never asked for any of this.
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.