Series: Thunder Road #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 26th 2015
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.
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book at BEA (Book Expo America) for free.
My Thoughts: I knew pretty much nothing about motorcycle gangs (and they were all gangs to me) before reading Nowhere But Here. I didn’t know there was a difference between the gangs and clubs. There’s a strong possibility that I thought of Sons of Anarchy every time a motorcycle was involved. Granted that means I was extremely uninformed, but the news rarely reports on the good guys riding motorcycles.
I’ll just be up front about it. I absolutely loved Nowhere But Here and it’s taken me awhile to write this review because I didn’t want it to end up as me gushing nonstop about it. It may still go that route though. I seriously loved everything about this book. The characters, the story, the emotions it yanked out of me; I loved it all.
The characters were absolutely incredible. Emily was both tough and vulnerable. She struck a believable in between, which was extremely easy to relate with even when I could only empathize with her situation. The contrast of Oz was kind of perfect while still remaining true to life. That was such a breath of fresh air. Eli and his growing relationship with Emily was a surprising joy to read (surprising for me). I thought I might be a little bored with that story line, but I wanted more! The only character I didn’t really care for was Olivia (oh hey, not all gushing). From an intellectual point of view, I understood her character and her importance to everyone in her family. From a personal point of view, I just didn’t like her. She was too brash and unapologetic for me. I’m pretty sure in real life, that type of character would grow on me, but in Nowhere But Here I just wasn’t her biggest fan.
The story was interesting and kept me guessing for the most part. It was driving me nuts that the family had so many freaking secrets. I just kept reading (when I should’ve gone to bed) in the hopes I would uncover at least one secret. Once the secrets came out I kind of felt like my mind was blown.
I enjoyed reading Nowhere But Here immensely. It’s definitely going up there as one of my all time favorites. I definitely pre-ordered Walk the Edge and am about ready to jump out of my skin because the release date is getting closer and closer! Nowhere But Here is a young adult/new adult contemporary romance, but I would highly recommend it, whether you’re already a fan of the genre or it’s new to you.
5 out of 5 Bookmarks = I want more!