I’m so excited to share my thoughts on this amazing story! Thanks to Harlequin TEEN Australia, I was able to receive a copy to review…
I’m a HUGE Katie McGarry fan, and absolutely love all her YA novels, so Nowhere But Here was exactly what I was expecting and more!
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.
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My Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
I absolutely LOVE Katie McGarry’s work, so when the opportunity came to review Nowhere But Here, I pushed old ladies out of the way to get my hands on her newest novel!
This story is unlike any of her others (which I’m a crazy fan of! #IsiahFTW) but the details in which she uses to describe her settings and knowledge of topic is PHENOMENAL! I noticed it during her earlier books, and NBH wasn’t any different. I saw what she wrote in explicit detail, as if I was watching an episode of Sons of Anarchy. But this is a far cry from just being about a motorcycle club. First and foremost, this story is about family.
One of the best things about this story are the relationships that are formed not only between the heroine and hero (Oz), but between her and her biological family.
Emily sees her father Eli once a year, if that, and she’s never met her grandmother (Eli’s mother, Olivia), so when Emily’s mother insists they return to her mother’s hometown to attend Olivia’s funeral, it opens up the doors to a whole new other life that’s been hidden from Emily.
Eli belongs to a legitimate motorcycle club called the Reign Of Terror, who are currently at war with a rival gang. Emily’s appearance couldn’t have come at a worse time. When the rival gang hears of the secret daughter’s return, Eli and the club have to do everything they can to keep Emily safe–even if that means she can’t go home with her mom and step-dad.
Things get VERY interesting from here on out.
—Your entire life is a lie and I’m the only person willing to give you the truth.—
There are secrets. Lots and lots and lots of secrets. My urge to need to know what the heck was going on had me reading this in one sitting, so when I say that it was unputdownable, I mean, it was literally UNPUTDOWNABLE!
The secrets that Emily’s parents kept have bled through the years, and they continued to fester and affect everyone around them
—The pain the two of them created was built on secrets and lies and regardless of what they think, the past would have caught up to you. Hiding and denying does nothing but cultivate the fear.—
And when you find out what that secret is…OMFG it will blow. Your. Mind.
Nothing is as it seems. And the relationships Emily fought to form blossom beautifully! To the point that I had tears when tragedy hits…
—This is killing her and that’s when it hits me, I’m not the only one she fell in love with. She also learned to love her biological father.—
Emily has forever been secluded and sheltered from a life and past that’s much bigger than her, but with Oz’s help and a family that she learns to love, she soon finds that she’s where she’s always belonged.
—The club is a brotherhood, a family. It means belonging to something bigger than yourself.—
The main characters didn’t WOW me like I wish they could have, but it was the characters as a whole, especially the secondary characters, that had me loving them so hard, and I can’t wait to learn about the rest of the gang!!!
This really was an incredible story, and I know I’ll be rereading soon!