Monday, 25 May 2015

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

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (26 May 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0373211422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373211425
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 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.

Cover:  I love this cover.  Vibrant and a perfect match for the book.

I love Katie McGarry.
Her Pushing the Limits series is one of my all time favourite YA contemporary series.
So I was looking forward to the start of a new series by her.
And I really enjoyed it.
I think I had it on a pedestal because of the other series, so it had a lot to live up to.
And it didn't quite blow me away the way that Pushing The Limits or Crash Into Me did, but I did still find myself drawn in this new world.
A world of motorcycle clubs, and a girl that suddenly finds herself in the middle of one.
Motorcycle club books are something I've been enjoying lately, but they have all been adult books.  Rather graphic books.  So it was interesting to go from that to a YA version.
Emily has a normal family life in Florida.  Straight A student.  She sees her biker dad once a year.
But she suddenly finds herself in danger and having to live with her biological father.  Which leads to her spending time with family she's never met.  As well as spending time with Oz.
A hot guy that can't wait to become a member of the club.  And can't understand why Emily can't see how great the club is.
But he is drawn to Emily anyway.  And the amazing chemistry that flares between them.
I loved the relationship between Oz and Emily.  It's never quite love/hate- but they do push each others buttons, and don't take any crap from the other.  Forcing each other to admit things they would otherwise have run from.
They're opposites...but they work.
I liked how their relationship built.  It wasn't insta-love by any means.  It wasn't even insta-friends.  
4/5 stars.

Read from 03 to 06 April 2015

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