“No-where But Here” (Thunder Road #1) by Kate McGarry (2015)
Genre: Contemporary, YA, Romance
Page Length: 496 pages (hardcover edition)
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. (description from Goodreads)
So first off, this book was so amazing!
I felt that everything about this book was on point. The characters were well written and developed over the course of the novel, there was detail to landscape, an exciting plot, and most of all there was no insta-love! Sure the attraction between Emily and Oz was definitely there at the beginning of the novel, but it took time for them to develop a relationship with each other.
This novel broke down some stereotypes of the “typical motorcycle club”, that is portrayed in a lot of novels. Their appearances they may look intimidating and tough, but throughout the story you see beyond their exterior and into their hearts. They truly care for one another, and they are one big family that protects their own.
I commend Emily for being so tough in visiting a brand new place with people she doesn’t even know. Even though she is pretty much scared of everyone she does a good job of holding her own. But she doesn’t want to let any of her relatives in (emotionally), and she’s too prideful to let her guard down in front of everyone.
Emily and Oz (the bad boy with a heart) start out with this pride and prejudice scenario in the beginning of the novel. Oz is definitely prejudiced against Emily, and thinks she’s a spoiled, bratty girl, who abandoned her family, because he doesn’t realize that she doesn’t know her own past. By guarding Emily, Oz develops a relationship with her and they learn to break down barriers and trust each other, and the romance is just sweet.
A great start to the series, well-written stories, and characters. a perfect summer read! I’m looking forward to the next book!
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