Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Nowhere But Here
Series: Thunder Road, #1
Author: Katie McGarry
Narrators: Marguerite Gavin, Sean Pratt

Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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.

Nowhere But Here has been out for a couple of years. I’ve seen it around, and wanted to read it. I just hadn’t gotten to it yet. When I saw it was available as an audio book through my library system, I jumped on the chance to listen to it. I’m really mad at myself for not starting this series earlier!

Katie McGarry is a phenomenal writer. The way she puts words together and the story she tells… I’m trying to think of something to compare those to, and all that comes to mind is chocolate. Smooth, silky, and oh-so yummy. The plot of this book and how it was strung together was perfection. I loved the twists, turns, and revelations that were made. Somehow how Katie McGarry made a story involving a motorcycle gang sweet. That’s talent.

I adored Emily and Oz. Their points of view were so distinctive and had so much personality. Emily was this girl who started out seeming really small and scared. I thought she was going to be a delicate snowflake throughout the entire book, but she wasn’t. Emily had more backbone than I expected, and I loved it. It made for so many fun moments! And Oz…I absolutely adored his character. He was such a mature 18-year-old. He was more a man than a teenager. Honestly, his parts were my favorite. The way he articulated his thoughts was just so cool.

The rest of the cast of characters were just as good as the main characters. I liked Emily’s relationship with her parents, especially her father. Their closeness was sweet. I did wish I got to know Emily’s mom a little bit better, though. I also liked Eli, Olivia and that side of Emily’s family. The entire Reign of Terror group won me over immediately. Their family ways were so cool. I’m excited to read more about them in future books.

Why did I wait so long to read this book??? If you’re like me and haven’t read it yet, you need to bump it up your list. Everything about it was amazing. I highly recommend the audio version. The narrators are so good — especially Sean Pratt. I could listen to his voice all day.

17 thoughts on “Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry”

    1. It’s the only one I’ve read, too. I just got the second book from the library, and I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  1. AAAAH! I’ve actually read this book!! Hahaha I really love Katie McGarry. When I was still in High School, I started Pushing the Limits and I really loved it. When I first discovered the Thunder Road series, I just knew I’d like it too. (I have a thing for bikers apparently?) I am very weird about matching covers though, so the sequel took FOREVER to come out and I still haven’t read it. I bet I will regret not getting to it sooner, like you kind of did with the whole series.

    1. Yay! One we have in common. I can’t wait to read more of her stuff. I love it! I just got the second book in this series. 🙂
      Oh, if you like bikers you should read Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn! It reminds me of Sons of Anarchy. 😉

    1. I think you will love it! It’s YA, so there’s some sexual thoughts and stuff, but I don’t think it would upset you. I got it from my library’s overdrive system.

  2. Yeeees!! So happy you’ve read this book. I must admit I have a soft spot for bikers, but I love how the ladies in this series challenge them with regards to their views on women. If you loved this book then I guarantee you that Walk the Edge (Razor’s book) will sweep you off your feet.

    1. Oh yay! I just got it from the library! I can’t wait to start it. I just need to get through some ARCs first.

  3. I love your enthusiasm about this book and the comparison with chocolate:-) Not a genre that I’d normally pick but I am definitely tempted. Fab review.

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