Monday, May 4, 2015

Review: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
by Katie McGarry
Release Date: 5/26/2015
Harlequin Teen
Genre: New Adult/Young Adult Romance

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 Rating: 5 Coffee Cups

If you've read any of the Pushing the Limit series by Katie McGarry, you fully know what to expect. She pulls at your heartstrings, she makes you chuckle and she adds just enough romance as to not make it unbelievable or cheap. She makes you fall for her characters while they are falling for each other. And this is absolutely no different. 

Let me start by saying that this isn't your typical Motorcycle Club book. Now, don't get me wrong I love me some gritty, bad boy, probably on the wrong side of the law, dominant MC guys. And as The Reign of Terror have some of these qualities they are about so much more, which really makes me love this book that much more.

Emily is happy. More than that, she's content. With her life in Florida, with her friends, with her family. She's had a couple of bumps in the road of course (one of which causing slight PTSD-like symptoms), but all in all she is a (gasp!) happy 17 year old girl. But then she gets a letter. 5 words, 3 lines that start the complete upheaval of her happy life.

Oz is content. He is a few days away from becoming a prospect in The Reign of Terror MC. And with that earn a spot in the club's security firm. Something all of his family is a part of. He's about to graduate high school. But then a girl that steals his breath away walks into his life and throws a wrench into all of his plans.

Emily is Eli, the prince of the RoT's (yeah I had to shorten it, sorry!), estranged daughter. They only see each other once a year but that is enough for Emily. Her step-father is all she's ever needed. But when they get a letter announcing the death of Eli's mother- a grandmother she has never met- Emily's mother insists on going to Kentucky to see Eli and pay their respects. Once Emily lands in Kentucky is when the story starts. And it starts by her throwing up on the very much alive grandma's shoes. And a pretty scary encounter with a baddy MC.

So what happens to someone who desperately wants to become a member of an MC? Babysitting duties. And man-oh-man does Oz hate it, or at least he thinks he should. There's something about Emily that makes him want to protect her. So, you get the love-hate-love between Emily and Oz. You love Emily's fire and stubbornness, you love Oz's fierceness and general a-hole-ery. And little by little you love the two of them together, all the while trying to uncover the true story behind Emily's mom and Eli's past.

Besides Emily and Oz the character I can almost guarantee you fall in love with is Olivia. Emily's newly found grandma is the matriarch of the RoT family. She wears tight clothes, she smokes, she cusses, she's blunt and she loves with such a ferociousness it hugs my heart. She's also funny as all get out.

"We might have to prohibit ass conversations. Emily's redder than a fire truck."

"I am not." I so am.

"I'm considering telling everyone we'll have to be conservative while she's here," she continues like I hadn't spoken. "I was even weighing whether or not to bake cookies."

You get to know her as Emily gets to know her and you wish she could be your grandma too.

The one thing about this story is one re-occurring theme: Family. From beginning to end you see everything stems from the love of family. You see it in the MC, you see it in Oz's life and you most definitely see it in Emily's.

This story will have you laughing, "oh no!"-ing, loving and wanting. Wanting more. We get Razor's (you'll meet him, no worries) story next and I simply CANNOT wait.
"Know this. Cherish this. Love one another and be courageous enough to live your life and love more. Don't let fear trap you."

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