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. ~ Goodreads
I adored Pushing the Limits – McGarry’s debut novel but haven’t connected to another one by her since. I keep trying and kind of decided that Nowhere But Here would be the *decider novel*. If I didn’t like it I would just throw in the towel with this author.
The males in her books are pretty much over protective, arrogant shits that treat girls like glass in need of body guards and that's what has turned me off so much. Even though this is a motorcycle club series, and actually about a guy whose job is to protect the heroine, the men are surprisingly less misogynistic than any of her previous books. The hero, Oz, is a truly good guy who respects Emily, and women in general. I was kind of blown away by and impressed by that.
Emily has a lot of fears and is the your typical innocent McGarry heroine – paired with the more experienced hero but overall, Emily is a well developed character that doesn’t come off as a special snowflake that everyone wants to hit on or deflower. I really liked her. Despite screaming BAD BOY FALLS FOR INNOCENT GIRL tragedy setup, I’m happy to report the romance was good! It’s not at all like the summary suggests. Oz and Emily are probably the two most level headed people in the whole book.
And that’s where things went south for me. *face palm* – the adults in this book have lost their ever loving minds! So many lies and ridiculous cover ups and nonsensical *clues* to chase!
Emily’s whole life with her mom and adoptive father is a lie. Then another lie brings her face to face with her biological father and his family. Then more lies, meant to protect her, almost get her killed.
Then certain people want her to know the truth. Instead of just telling her – they want her to figure it out on her own - sending her on a wild goose chase that only puts her in more danger. It was just crazy! Stay with your father – it’s safer. Go home to your mother – it’s safer. Make up your f*cking minds already!
I really only hung in there to find out the secret. It is a big reveal but nothing that couldn’t have been revealed over an extended breakfast and an extra cup of heavily caffeinated coffee.
Then there’s the motorcycle club element. McGarry has the characters bend over backwards to explain why this isn’t one of those bad biker clubs and sure they have a legitimate business but that’s a bunch of hooey. It’s a controlling group where you have swear allegiance, need protection, no girls allowed crap, lie to the cops, and get kicked out if you violate any rules. Everyone is always in danger because of their lifestyle. Whatever. It’s just not my thing.
So…I was completely surprised by and enjoyed the hero and romance but the adults and their secrecy made me want to throw things and the MC thing isn’t for me. I think I need to accept that PTL was a one time thing and move on.
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