Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 26th 2015
Series: Thunder Road #1
Genres: Death & Dying, General, Love & Romance, Motorcycles, Social Issues, Transportation, Young Adult
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.
My worst fear about McGarry’s books might be coming true: I think I am getting tired of the same old song and dance. The characters in NOWHERE BUT HERE reminded me of the characters in the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, and not just a similarity here and there, even the basis of their personalities were the same. The motorcycle club aspect puts a unique spin on the plot but if you take that out this novel introduces nothing new.
I like a good romance, but I dislike when said romance takes over the entire book, especially when there is so much potential for more. We are talking about a motorcycle club here-the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, all the cool stuff seems to happen in the background and we are just kind of told these things are happening rather then them actually taking part in the plot.
You can tell the author did a lot of research about the topic, and getting to know the inner workings of such a club was really interesting, although some elements rubbed me the wrong way. There were a few references to how the women belonged to the men and how some were just treated as conquests.
There was a part towards the end I was really emotional about and I’m like okay, this will be good, better get the tissues but it is basically dealt with in a few paragraphs and shoved aside for a love scene because apparently View Spoiler »your grandmother dying really puts you in the mood. « Hide Spoiler
NOWHERE BUT HERE is a large book but it did have great pacing. However, that was in part due to the writing, but also the fact that I was always waiting for the action, on the edge of my seat just waiting for that badass “this is it” moment but it never really came, another thing overshadowed by the romance.
I would recommend this one for those who might be new to McGarry or love YA contemporary romance in general.