Hey y’all…Happy Throwback Thursday, hope everyone’s having a great week so far! I’ve been seriously losing my mind going from doctor visit to doctor visit, then getting my kids registered for school…which includes a tree’s worth of paperwork and shots. GAH!! Ok..I’m done ranting. Do y’all have kiddos going back to school?
So, Throwback Thursday is a meme where I can share some oldies but goodies…books that are older than a year and have been sitting on my TBR for awhile or books that I’ve read & enjoyed from my READ AGAIN E-SHELF. I’ve seen this meme floating around for awhile now so I finally decided to jump on board. Thanks to Renee @ It’s Book Talk who started this meme…if you get a chance, go check out her blog!
Today’s pick is not from my read again e-shelf but it’s a SIGNED paperback copy that I totally enjoyed! Hope y’all enjoy it too…
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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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
NOWHERE BUT HERE is book one in the Thunder Road series. This is my first read from author Katie McGarry.
Emily is a 17 year old “good girl”, content to live her life with her mother and adoptive father. So she isn’t happy to go to Kentucky for her grandmother’s funeral (Olivia), her biological father’s (Eli) mother. There she meets Oz, the 18 year old “bad boy” son of her father’s friend. Oz is hoping to prospect for the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club, the same club that Eli is a part of. From the very beginning Emily learns that nothing is what it seems.
A little background info: I’ve read and FLOVED a ton of MC romances! But I’ll admit that I don’t read a whole lot of young adult romance (especially YA/Motorcycle Club) mostly because it can be very hard for me to connect with the main characters. So I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book!
This story is the standard good girl meets bad boy with a few crazy twists thrown in to keep it interesting. Sounds cliché, I know, but the story is written very well with some pretty interesting characters. I ADORED Olivia, Emily’s grandmother. She was the family matriarch and so strong, maybe not physically but mentally and emotionally. I also loved Oz. He was tough but also sexy, smart, sweet. He wanted to be part of the MC his whole life but in the end, he realized that life had more to offer. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for Emily too much. She grew on me towards the end but for the first half of the book, she was whiny, bratty even downright mean at times. Then again, she was 17…the epitome of a drama mama!!
Like I said before, this book was written pretty well and I liked the first part but I LOVED the second half. It’s relatively clean, meaning that there’s a few heavy duty make out scenes between Oz and Emily but no actual sex. There’s also some cussing but nothing over the top. I think there could’ve been bit more drama, a tad more action to help build up the angst at the end but this was still a super good story about learning to handle your fears, forgiveness, being truthful and about the importance of family.
I’ll definitely be reading more from this author! Told from dual POVs with a bittersweet ending. Thanks to Katie McGarry for my signed copy…I voluntarily read and reviewed this book!
Anybody read this one? Have a good one y’all!