Title: Nowhere but Here
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Description: 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.
Thoughts: The description starts with “An unforgettable new series…” and I think it stands true. Now I saw this and yet this is the first book that I have read by Katie. I have heard that her Pushing Limits series is a wonderful read and I think she did a wonderful job with this one. By the end of the book I had tears streaming and I loved the book. I find myself wanting to go back and read certain parts again and again.
I love the relationship that Oz and Emily have. Yes, this series has motorcycle clubs and I could compare it to the TV show Sons of Anarchy but only in the sense of the family feel. This is a family that you are pulling for and want things to work out and everyone to end up safe and happy. There is a family secret that you are trying to figure out right along with Emily and trying to understand why people are keeping it.
This story is almost 500 pages and not once did I feel like the pacing was slow. Katie has a wonderful way of writing that kept me pulled into to Emily’s story through to the end.