Saturday, December 19, 2015

Review: Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry

Title: Nowhere but Here
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #1
Genre: YA/Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: June 1st 2015
Edition: Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Source: Library

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.


This is partly why I read Contemporary Romance, and particularly Katie McGarry books. I love her books, reading the Pushing the Limits series is an experience. That being said, I am now having a hard time deciding which series I love more. Also I read CR books way faster than any other genre. I read this book in a day.

Emily and Oz, what can be said about them? They were great characters, and I really enjoyed their chemistry. They were cute and the way they felt about each other, it felt real. It didn't come across as rushed or forced. And while a lot of people will think that a month is a really short amount of time to fall in love with someone, it's actually really plausible and realistic. Even more so considering their situation.

The romance wasn't the focus, and it was nicely woven into the rest of the plot, one never out shown the other. I liked that I felt that I was learning things along with Emily, and I really do love CR books written in dual perspective. I think they are just all around better since you get to see what both parties are thinking from the start, you see the way they feel for each other grow with both of them.

The only thing that I am kind of bummed about is that the next book will focus on different characters, but at the same time I would love to get to know the rest of the characters in this world. As long as Oz and Emily get page time in the rest of the series I'll be happy.

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