Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
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.
I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t have read Nowhere But Here if Katie McGarry weren’t the author. One, I’ve grown tired of the YA genre and avoid it more often now. Second, I’m not into books revolving around motorcycle clubs, but not for reasons you probably think. I’m not going to get into all that, though. So despite having two negative marks against it going in, I actually wound up liking it.
When Emily reluctantly goes to visit her biological dad, whom she has only seen once a year for six years, things get a bit sticky. She ends up staying there for a few weeks because she’s in danger from a different motorcycle club, even though she’s not convinced there really is any trouble. She has ulterior motives for complying, though: to uncover the secrets from her parents past that affect her today.
My favorite part of the story is Emily getting to know her dad’s side of the family and discovering a whole new perspective on the club. She had a lot of preconceived notions that were planted by her mom, so it took her some time to judge based on her own experiences. I love her grandma, Olivia, the most. She’s feisty, crass and blunt, but she loves her family fiercely. The relationship and bond they formed was really touching.
Emily and Oz come from different worlds – he’s a bad boy immersed in the club, and she’s a good girl far removed from that lifestyle. I liked these two together, but I didn’t feel the chemistry was very strong. They had their moments, but overall, they were about a six out of ten on the swoon-o-meter. I definitely enjoyed them more when she got feisty and engaged in some banter.
Overall, Nowhere But Here is a good book, but nothing that blew me away. I mean, I liked it more than I had anticipated, and I think that’s because of Katie McGarry’s writing. I’m definitely curious about the next book and getting inside Razor’s head.