Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release Date: June 1st, 2015
Series: Thunder Road #1
Genres: Contemporary, Death & Dying, Family, Law & Crime, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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 neighbourhood. 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.
If I ever want something light and fluffy and filled with feels to read to pass the time, I know to turn to a Katie McGarry book. Her latest novel was no exception to the rule. NOWHERE BUT HERE was an addictive read with more than just romance to keep me entertained in between exam study.
The biggest draw to NOWHERE BUT HERE is going to be the romance. Not even going to lie, it’s the reason I started this book when I did. Nothing’s better than a nice romance to squeal over during study breaks. And oh man did Oz and Em deliver. Overall it’s a slow burn romance that starts of as bickering, which we all know is the best kind ;) There are a few moments where things escalate quickly, especially in the first third, but those are just as enjoyable and intense as the scenes later in the story. There’s an element of forbidden romance to this couple as well, with Emily being the Boss’s granddaughter and Oz being tasked with guarding her. I also have to take a moment to swoon over Oz and everything about his character (except that one creepy line he had that I’ve already forgotten)
It isn’t just Oz’s black hair and blue eye combination that makes him rather attractive. He’s the stereotypical bad boy that’s not entirely bad (as per usual). Oz is very loyal to his family and a genuinely kind person to most people, especially those he loves. He and Emily don’t get off on the right foot at first (she’s a bit argumentative and stubborn) but it was amazing to see Emily slowly become one of those people. Emily herself also grew a lot, becoming more accepting of this newfound family and more willing to push herself and overcome her fears.
Aside from the romance and characters I rather enjoyed the mystery element surrounding Emily’s past and why her mother really left. It’s not until the very end of the novel when shit gets intense that we learn the truth. Was it unexpected? No not entirely. But it wasn’t something I’d really considered too much when reading. Plus it made the entire story and characters feelings/actions complicated as hell.
Sometimes the drama surrounding the mystery and the club could get a tad bit ridiculous. I do admit I may have rolled my eyes once or twice. But I don’t even care because I wasn’t reading NOWHERE BUT HERE for realistic plot lines. And even if the drama was over the top, the story was bloody addictive. Katie McGarry’s writing just has this way of drawing you in and never letting you go. You get attached to the characters so quickly and once that happens you just have to know what happens to them next.
Once again Katie McGarry has created the perfect, light, fluffy romance that was such fun to read with a nice amount of plot and intrigue. Yeah the drama could be a little ridiculous at times but NOWHERE BUT HERE was the perfect book to fit my mood at the time. I‘d recommend NOWHERE BUT HERE to people looking for a fun books with a big amount of romance and a side of mystery.