Jun 1, 2015

{Review} of Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Romance, MC, Contemporary


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.


I loved the first two installments of Pushing the Limits, McGarry’s written was brilliant but her character driven plot lines were a hook line and sinker for me. I’ve been straying from the YA genre for quite a while and was intrigued with McGarry’s idea of a more mature young adult / new adult focusing on a motorcycle club. My husband was in a club for many years, there are rules and the ways the club has to follow that I felt McGarry brought to life what I experienced through my husbands world. I loved the intense nature of the family in this story, there were so many secrets and each person really had to learn about the other to fully grasp their situations. I cant wait to see what’s next for the Thunder Road series.

Nowhere But Here, follows Emily who is living a happy simple life with her step dad and mother. But on thing has always been at the back of her mind, her biological father. She is curious about his life and the family she’s never meat. All that changes when world of her grandmother passing strikes an emotion in her mother, they set off to her mothers hometown and back into the life her mother never wanted her apart of. Emily is immediately thrust into the life of a motorcycle club, the dangers of what the family has gone through and what her mother never wanted her to find out.

Emily is a young woman who thought she was living the happy perfect life, but the part of her that her real father left has always caught her attention. She is no where near prepared for her dads world, where she actually comes at the worst time possible. There is a war between two clubs and now Emily’s return strikes danger and her father will do anything to protect her. He tasks his new potential prospect Oz to keep an eye on her. Emily at the beginning is very judgmental of the club and everyone connected to it, her mother created a bad image to her since she was young. It was interesting watching Emily develop a connection to the family she never knew. She discover secrets and missing pieces to her past, I felt like her family should have been more open in the beginning, it probably would of prevented all the chaos that happens.

Oz is an interesting guy, he’s grown up with the club and doesn’t understand why they care for Emily so much after how she has acted with her mother all these years. Over time Emily and Oz start to understand that neither get each other because others have told them the negatives. Oz starts to become his open person, standing up for himself and protecting Emily from herself and the dangers that are coming for her. I loved his devotion towards the club but I liked that Emily opened up his mind to the possibilities that he can be with the club and do more outside of it too.

Overall this was a great story of two opposites connecting, as well as two families work together to help their daughter and themselves see what they have been missing. The romance is sweet and has a wonderful build up from a love hate point to a tight and unbreakable bond. My only real issue is the big secret, it was crazy and I can see why they kept it from Emily but I wished it would have been revealed way sooner. In the end it was quickly over and I wanted more time to understand it. In the end I cant wait to continue the series and enjoy more of McGarry’s fantastic character stories.

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