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

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

Summary: 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.

Source: I received a digital copy via NetGalley

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Nowhere But Here was such an addicting book. I started out feeling vaguely interested, but unsure about reading a book involving a motorcycle club. I don't know, I guess I just don't find bikers all that attractive or interesting. I like motorcycles, but not MCs in general. But I should have known that Katie McGarry would have me glued to my seat, unable to stop reading. At one point, I was so engrossed that I somehow dropped my Kindle in surprise during one of the scenes. I was in public. It was embarrassing.

The book was simply amazing. Not only was I totally engrossed in the characters and the way they went from disliking each other to falling for each other, but I loved the plot. Emily was the kind of character who needed to learn about herself. She had some issues with change and I didn't want to see her end up boring, bland, and not really happy. And when her mom gasped at the obituary of her biological father's mom and made Emily attend the funeral, I knew that it was a pivotal moment for Emily. Oz was a difficult character. He was probably the complete opposite of Emily, yet somehow almost exactly the same. They both needed to find themselves, stand up for themselves, and take risks, despite those risks being completely different for both of them. Watching them grow together and accidentally fall for each other was just the icing on the cake.

I knew Emily's mom and adoptive father were lying to her about something. It was quite obvious that her biological father's family and motorcycle club were keeping her in the dark. Olivia was the only person willing to drop hints, but it was up to Emily to figure it out. I thought I knew what the big secrets were, but the author really surprised me. The hidden secrets weren't as simple as I originally thought and I found myself dropping my jaw multiple times.

Katie McGarry switched things up with this series, but I found myself addicted and I kept wanting more. I can't wait to read more from the author in this new series. I didn't think I would like the whole motorcycle club angle, but I was proven wrong and I crave stories from many of the club members. Who are they? What are their fears and wants? I love that the author took my original hesitance and turned it into curiosity!

I highly recommend Nowhere But Here, especially if you're a fan of Katie McGarry. It's a contemporary romance with some darkness, secrets, and character growth, much like the author's other novels. It's a must read for any contemporary romance fan! Despite being the first in a series, it can also be read as a stand alone, as the next book will feature a side character. (I swear, that's my favorite thing about contemporary novels!)

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