Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

June 28, 2015 Review 20 ★★★★

Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 464
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’ 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 received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.1

20 Responses to “Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry”

  1. Kezia

    Glad you loved this book, Bec! If I’m not mistaken, Alise didn’t like it as much hahaha. I do like fluffy romance but the drama is definitely something I find hard to tolerate. I’m on the fence about reading Katie McGarry’s books because they don’t seem like the type that I’m currently in the mood for but maybe one day?
    Kezia recently posted…Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

    • Bec

      I tend to be more patient with books than Alise haha. Plus I was in the right mood. I’d definitely wait until you’re in the mood for something light/romance-y before trying them. That’s the best way to read them.

    • Bec

      He was super sweet! The mystery was really interesting and added mostly to the drama haha. Thanks :)

    • Bec

      It is a similar formula, but you know what there’s nothing wrong with that. This formula is why I saved it for when I was in the mood for that exact type of story.

    • Bec

      Light fluffliness (relative to what I normally read) is the main reason I read it. Sometimes you just need those romance books as a break from things.

  2. Kirsty-Marie

    Yup, that is definitely the best kind of romance, so glad it delivered! Ha, yeah, but sometimes those kind of “bad guys” is just what you need (and to be honest, totally prefer). Okay, the drama and believability might be a problem for me, so it depends all on the characters and how much I’m loving it, but glad you didn’t mind it.
    Kirsty-Marie recently posted…Review: Tiny Pretty Things

    • Bec

      Definitely prefer those types of guys in my YA! Well usually. If they’re not written well they can be annoying.

      The characters are great!

  3. Haniya

    I have literally been reading raving reviews of this book… I think I should read this book… Katie McGarry seems to be everywhere! :D

    • Bec

      Katie McGarry is a really good author! Definitely recommend her stuff if you’re a fan of YA contemporary romance :)

    • Bec

      Glad I could give you some good news! Hearing lots of negative reviews for books you’re excited for is really disheartening.

    • Bec

      She is my go to author for contemporary romance. I can always count on her! Definitely rebel XD

  4. Faye M.

    I’ve given up on this author’s other series, but this is one of hers that I will definitely pick up again because I heard it wasn’t as over-the-top with the angst as her previous one, and that the romance just gives you FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELS. I want feels, dude, along with some family mechanics in there!
    Faye M. recently posted…ARC Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

    • Bec

      Pushing the Limits is good, it’s just starting to go on for a tad too long. These fresh characters though! There’s still angst and drama, but I can’t remember the others to comment on if it’s more over the top or not. There’s so many family feels!

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