Welcome to the Philippine blog tour of Katie McGarry's newest novel, Nowhere But Here! Check out my thoughts about the book below and a giveaway!
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Nowhere But Here
by Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #1
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Published May 26th 2015 by Harlequin Teen
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.
*This review is based on advanced reading copy. There might be some changes with the finished copy.
I am familiar with Katie McGarry's writing style even though I've only read one book from her (Pushing The Limits) and reading Nowhere But Here is both familiar and new. Nowhere But Here, like PTL, has major issues, hot romance, but it has more angst that it turned out to be more mature.
Being not personally and emotionally attached to her biological father, Emily doesn't care or even interested to get to know him or his family more even though she doesn't have choice by having a "vacation" with them. I saw how she hates her father for leaving them and to his family when they don't want her and her mother. She's a little brat towards these people but turns out to be understandable because of how she sees them. What she didn't know is that in this vacation opportunity will she find out the truth about her and her parents' past. I like that she didn't remained as she was on the beginning. She had character improvements which is really good.
Oz has one goal in life: to be part of Rein of Terror, a motorcycle club he's looking up for all his life. But when Emily arrived, trouble followed their lives. Oz is your typical bad-boy-got-soft-side kind of guy. He's all man (and hot) as described by Emily, he rides motorcycle and wants to be part of a club with 'Terror' in their name, but he cares deeply for his family and also kids.
Nowhere But Here deals mostly about the truth (or finding out about it) and family. Integrity. It also has hot romance in a Katie McGarry kind of way. There were only little info about the motorcycle clubs compared to I was expecting. It only kind of stated the facts but wasn't shown greatly in the book, they are all names and patches and leather black jackets but nothing major happened. Except they danced around the truths and lies.
I like Nowhere But Here because it shows the importance and beauty-ness of [having] family despite how at some points they become untrue. I like how from nothing, there came love and caring between the characters and how almost everyone grew and matured. The romance was undeniably hot and with chemistry but I feel like it lacks foundation. Maybe because the physical attraction came first than the getting-to-know-each-other. Anyway, Katie McGarry fans would love this. And if you haven't read anything from her, you give this a try and fall in love in the process as well!
*Thank you so much Harlequin UK for the review copy in exchange of an honest review!
- ARC of Nowhere But Here
- open to PH residents only