Monday, March 28, 2016

BBReview: "Thunder Road 1: Nowhere But Here" by Katie McGarry

Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary/Romance
Publishing Date: May 26th, 2015
Page Count: 496
Source: BEA 15
Format: Hardcover

Description from
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.
Katie McGarry has managed to suck me in again. Seriously, how did she get so good at this? Everyone knows multiple and alternating points of view are my kryptonite. I can't get enough of them, and of course this is Katie McGarry's go-to move. Ugh, she seriously kills me with her books. I started Nowhere But Here a week ago, because I agreed to review the second book, Walk the Edge, in time for it's release tomorrow. With this book being 496 pages and the second one being 384, this series was just a little intimidating to start, but I don't like breaking my word and opened Nowhere But Here to page one. I was immediately. Sucked. In. I seriously couldn't put this book down. Good girl who isn't afraid to be bad, bad boy motorcycle gang member who's really good? Do you need any more reason to read this book? Needless to say, I finished the entire thing in a day.

I honestly can never get enough of the good girl/bad guy love story and this series is like the epitome of that theme. I found everything about the Reign of Terror to be so interesting and I was so happy to have a guy on the inside (Oz). I'm a sorority alumna so I completely understood the whole secret society, no opposite sex allowed, brotherhood thing. It really drew me in and I felt like I had a deeper understanding of Oz. I also loved how innocent Emily was, but that she wasn't afraid to put herself out there. This girl has serious balls. She is absolutely terrified, but almost outright refuses to let anyone else know that. I absolutely loved her for that.

This book also isn't just a romance. It is full of twist and turns. Seriously scary things happen in this book and it was so refreshing to read. Motorcycle gangs are no joke, whether they are the good guys or the bad. Shit still goes down. On top of that, Emily is the only innocent "normal" girl in this book. The rest of the characters are Reign of Terror members or Reign of Terror family members. Even Emily's grandma isn't a sweet old lady you would normally think of. That is what I absolutely loved about this book. Normally with the bad boy/good girl storyline you only hear about the good girls world, but since the good girl is thrown in the bad boys world, it's all about his world. So refreshing.

I absolutely loved this book! I could not get enough of Emily and Oz's story and I want more! Even though the book clocks in at 496 pages and was super intimidating to start, I finished it in a day. I cannot wait to read more and more from this series. If you love good girl/bad boy story lines, pick. This. Up! You will not regret it.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

**The books cover, description, and info was all found on Goodreads. A link back has been provided. All other work and ideas are of my own creation. This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.**