Review: Nowhere But Here
Published by Harlequin on July 24, 2015
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
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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 into 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 have read and fell in love with Katie McGarry since she came out with her Pushing the Limits series. I knew when I was able to by this book that I was not going to be disappointed by it and I knew that I wanted to start right away, and oh boy was I shocked.
I have to be honest, the book was a rough start for me. I don’t know why I could not get into it but I felt so weird about it. I do not know if it is because of the world building and the introduction of characters but I saw myself constantly looking away and pausing my reading where I was. I did feel like taking a break but I wanted to keep going and thank goodness I got through whatever I was going through because the middle picked up so much and by the end, Katie McGarry had me in tears, in smiles, and a wreck full of different emotions.
The book is spilt between two people, Emily and Oz. I know that writing a book from spilt perspectives can be tough but I do feel strongly that Katie has got it perfectly crafted. Emily lives in Florida and is currently going to Kentucky to attend her grandmother’s funeral, or so she thinks. Getting a bit of a surprise, her world is flipped around when she must go under the protection of her dad’s motorcycle club. In come Oz. Trying to earn his place here in the club, he is given a task to watch over Emily but what he doesn’t plan on doing is falling in love.
This relationship is kind of one where it is forbidden because of Emily relationship to the club. And although things start off on a bad footing you can clearly see that there love is genuine and sooner or later they will become inseparable.
The ending was an oh my goodness moment and this is where Katie had me tearing up a bit. This is the part of the book you look forward to in a way that it will leave you wanting to find out what happens. Overall Katie once again made me fall in love with her words and I encourage you to read her work and find the magic that it has to offer.