Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry
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've been wanting to read this book for a while. I love the author's writing style and this book grabbed me from the first page. I'll admit, my favorite part of the book occurs in the beginning. Specifically at the "funeral." People who've already read this book know what I'm talking about. It was hilarious and unbelievable and so wrong to laugh at yet so funny.
Initially, I wasn't sure that I would like Oz. I know motorcycle club books are popular lately in adult romantic fiction but we all know what people say about those kinds of clubs. I can't honestly blame Emily for her initial impression of Eli's friends and family. I think it's a little unfair for Oz to judge Emily right off the bat because honestly - how can he not see things from an outsider's perspective? His lifestyle is far from normal.
As usual, the author created a story and characters that you can't help loving. I think Emily showed a lot of growth throughout this book, seeing her go from not wanting anything to do with the people in her biological father's life to allowing herself to let them love her and loving them in return.
I kind of assumed the truth about Eli and Meg's doomed relationship from the start, and my suspicions were confirmed but I loved Emily's journey to find the truth about her past all the same.
I loved Oz and Emily's chemistry - it was steamy and off-the-charts without being too mature for a young adult novel. Watching them grow from dislike to like to love was a seamless transition and by the end of the book, I saw that they fit together perfectly.
Overall, I loved this book and if the other two books in this trilogy are like this one I'm going to love immersing myself in this world!
4.75 of 5 Stars!