Review ~ NOWHERE BUT HERE by Katie McGarry
(Thunder Road, #1)
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 found this to be a solid 4 star read for me. My love for motorcycle romance started years ago after watching the tv show – SOA (which really isn’t a romance tv series). I was drawn to the gritty world of bikers. So, when I discovered there were books that were about motorcycle clubs and they had romance in them, I knew I found a genre I’d be reading a lot of.
Emily is a 17 years old who has spent her life in the dark about her mother and biological father’s past. She’s met her father a few times but she’s been indifferent towards him. He gave up his rights to her when she was little and so she’s given up really caring who he is.
Emily’s world is full of secrets she’s not privy to. Everyone around her feels it’s in her best interest to leave those secrets buried except for one person. That person can’t divulge the secret but they become the guiding light in helping Emily uncover what has been kept from her all her life.
I try to avoid books that have cancer in them and when I found out one of the side characters had cancer I was already invested in the story. So, I made the decision to continue on. I appreciated that even though the character had cancer the reader didn’t have to go through all the symptoms of cancer with that character. We never even find out what type of cancer the characters has because it wasn’t about the tragedic effects of cancer but instead how it brought an estranged family together.
This is my first young adult mc romance. For those who like the atmosphere of the club life but want a tamer version of that environment, this is a good one try.
NOWHERE BUT HERE is a young adult motorcycle romance. It’s set in the same universe as Walk the Edge , Long Way Home, and Untitled. Each one can be read as a standalone but the characters are interconnected.
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