23492282Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
by Katie McGarry
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Source: Audio from Library
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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. – Goodreads

Katie McGarry seems to be one of the IT authors of YA literature so I decided it was finally time that I read her. Thankfully my library is starting to get the audiobooks for McGarry on Overdrive, which makes my lazy live easier.

Nowhere But Here works as an audiobook as it is told from two narrators. Emily and Oz. Emily and Oz have nothing in common but a motorcycle club. Emily’s sperm donor, Eli, is part of the club and Oz wants to be part of the club. Emily considers her mother’s husband to be her father and calls him that. Oz loathes Emily because he sees Eli being pulled away from the MC, The Reign of Terror, and he hates that because to Oz, Reign of Terror is family.

“Dad is my Dad and Eli is Eli”

Oz and Emily have a lot more in common then they are aware of. For example, they both are really good at judging people before they know them. While this is human nature, when the two of them do it, it reads young.

As Nowhere But Here goes on, it is seen that Emily doesn’t know everything about her past and Oz and the club are able to fill in some of the gaps. This is compounded on the fact that Emily gets separated from her parents when a rival club tried to hurt Emily. Eli doesn’t stand for that and starts to protect her. Emily of course doesn’t want his protection. She just wants her family and not a life that is a TV show.

The thing is, Eli is not the asshole Emily has been lead to believe. Eli is constantly trying and Emily doesn’t understand why he’s trying. Or why he cares. Emily is very into her little bubble and not looking on the outside of said bubble because she’s always right, right? Emily also realizes that her life has been built on many lies and worries about asking her mother because will her mother just continue to lie?

What Emily also doesn’t expect is the sexual attraction to Oz and this goes for Oz, too. Emily is everything that isn’t his normal type and there is electricity in the air. This book took forever to grow on me. At about 85% and I finally started to enjoy this book. The secrets finally opened up and things began to make sense. This book has characters that, if they would just talk, their problems would be solved (which is the problem in most YA books, lets be real.)

While I enjoy the family aspect of the book (LOVED) I didn’t enjoy the fact that Emily not once felt real to me. She felt one-dimensional and never felt like a real human being to me. I guess ultimately, I expected more from my first McGarry book.