New Review – NOWHERE BUT HERE by Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry has a new book out tomorrow!!! Psst–the paperback is cheaper than the kindle edition! Check out my review for Nowhere But Here, and pre-order so it hits your Kindle at midnight.


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.


If you help her, you’ll save her. If you help her, then maybe you’ll find yourself.”

Guns, drugs, violence, profanity, sex. All things you will find in abundance in typical biker related books. But not when written by this author. McGarry gives a refreshing perspective and insight into the word of fictional motorcycle clubs, and takes us to the core of what MC life is really about, without all the grit and gore–a brotherhood.

The Thunder Road series has taken off to a fantastic start. If you think that you’ll be missing out on anything because it lacks the aforementioned “typical biker book factors” then think again! This book not only sets itself apart from the rest, but it packs one heck of a punch while doing so.

Nowhere But Here was bursting at the seams with everything that makes a novel great. A gripping, compelling storyline. Charaters that easily (and some not so easily) work their way into your heart. Unexpected twists that have you turning the pages even faster than before. And enough emotion to fill your eyes with tears, and leave you with a heart that’s heavy one moment and soaring the next.

I usually like to say something about the two main characters in a book, but this story is about so much more than just Emily and Oz. It’s about family, both blood and the club. It’s about respect, and loyalty, and opening yourself up to something more. It’s about the ties that bind us, and the lies that can break us. It’s about love. The love of a parent with the intent to protect, the love of a gandparent with a wish to save, the love of a club with a code of honour, and the love of the young with a whole life to live.

As I was getting closer to the end of the book, there were three characters whose stories I desperately wanted to read as the series progresses. Two of those character (hopefully!!!) come together, and their storyline is already set up. But the quiet, mysterious, troubled character who really piqued my interest, thankfully has the leading role in the second book in the Thunder Road series, Walk The Edge.

Simply put, Nowhere But Here is a book that should most definitely be read.

“I don’t know who I am anymore.” She scratches her arm and I frown at the red welt forming on her skin. “Life used to be simple and now it’s confusing and complex.” I settle a hand over hers, preventing her from making the hive bigger. “You’re Emily. The girl who stormed into my world and changed it forever.”


*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

NOWHERE BUT HERE – Out Tomorrow!
Goodreads | UK eBook | UK Paperback | US eBook | US Paperback


KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website,, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.


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