Series: Thunder Road #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 26, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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.
What I Thought…
• I have been a Katie McGarry fan since I first picked up Pushing the Limits at BEA four years ago. I’ve loved all her books (some more than others) and was sad to see that the Pushing the Limits series might not be continuing, but excited that she was starting something new.
• I was a little leery when I found out it was about a motorcycle club, but since it’s Katie McGarry I kept an open mind and I’m so glad I did!
• I adored Oz. He was unapologetic and knew what he wanted and stood by his values. He has a strong sense of family, and is just a little bit messed up.
• It took me awhile to come around to Emily. She was very naive and had determined not to see the other side of things ever. Eventually she came around, but it was frustrating how she never felt that there was a second side to any story.
• Once she found out the secret though I came around to really liking her. With renewed determination she went to go take care of things. (Despite the fact that there were clues I was totally blindsided by both the small secret and bigger secret regarding Emily.)
• Things unraveled slowing in Nowhere But Here, which for the most part I liked, however I prefer my contemporaries to be 300-400 pages and this one is just shy of 500.
• McGarry allows you to see the Reign of Terror through both Emily and Oz’s eyes and I love that it put them in different light. The side that the public fears and the family that they truly are.
• More so than any of her other books the side characters in Nowhere But Here are so strong and I can’t wait to read more books in this series. There was so much tension between Chevy and Violet and I’m dying to know what happened between them. Razor and Brianne’s story is next though so I might have to wait for that one. (Or she might pull a Beth & Isaiah and not have them be together)
Overall I loved Nowhere But Here and if you loved McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series I strongly recommend this one!