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About NOWHERE BUT HERE:

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.

 

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From Oz’s Point of View. Set up:  Emily has been separated from her parents and after a long night of worrying, her emotions and exhaustion catch up to her and it causes Oz to have his first fluttering of emotion for Emily.

WIND BLOWS IN FROM THE NORTH AND A FEW pieces of Emily’s dark hair sweep across her face. One min­ute Emily’s a bright flame, then a gust snuffs out her light. Her body sways like a top at the tail end of a spin and I lunge forward.
Emily’s knees give out and her eyes roll back into her head. I catch her inches before she crashes onto the porch. She’s light as I swing her into my arms and her head circles onto my shoulder, reminding me of one of those rag dolls Violet used to play with when we were kids.
“Emily!” Eli’s on top of me, attempting to yank her out of my arms. “Open your eyes.”
Her eyelids flutter, but remain closed as her hand limply clutches my shirt. Eli rams his arms underneath mine and he makes Emily a rope in a tug-of-war. I should let her go. I should want to let her go, but then Emily goes and screws it up for me. “Oz.”
It was a damn whisper, but I heard my name on her lips and so did Eli. His eyes flash to mine and Cyrus’s words repeat in my mind. That girl trusts you. And screw us both for that.
“She’s exhausted,” I say. “Hasn’t slept at all tonight.”
Eli’s expression hardens as he glares at me. I’ve seen Eli throw a coma-inducing punch for less defiance and I readjust the sleeping girl in my arms. A reminder if he decks me now, he’ll be putting his daughter at risk.
Temporarily surrendering, Eli cups Emily’s face in his hands and angles her toward him. “Emily, please open your eyes.”
She does. It’s barely a crack and they’re completely glazed.
“Everything’s going to be okay,” Eli affirms.
“I want my mom and dad,” she mumbles.
“You’ll see them tomorrow.” Eli pushes a strand of hair from her cheek. “You’re safe here. I promise.”
She rejects Eli by curling into me. Her head fits perfectly in the crook of my neck and I loathe the wave of protective­ness that rumbles through my body. Emily’s fingers tighten their grip near my shoulders and the impulse is to shield her from the guys gawking at this intimate scene. Yeah, this is club business, but Emily never asked for any of this.

 

 

NOWHERE BUT HERE Review

* A review copy was provided by the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *

~ 5 Stars ~

This book was filled with Lies, Secrets, Betrayal and Hurt, but it was also filled with Laughter, Friendship, Love, Romance and even a little Steam.

I thought Katie McGarry did a fantastic job combining YA with the MC style story. I would even go out on the line and say this was more Mature YA, because there are some things that I think the younger reader shouldn’t read about. There is no sex in this book, but there are still some pretty steamy scenes 😉

I have loved Katie McGarry’s writing since I was introduced to her Pushing the Limits Series and this series is no different.  She is off to a great start with her new series.   I love that she creates characters that suck you into their lives and don’t let go.  She makes them feel real and relatable.  Most of the time while I read her books I have to remind myself that these characters are only 17 or 18 years old…most have them have lived a lifetime already.

Nowhere But Here is a longer and slower paced book but even with that being said nothing dragged.  I was never tempted to skim just to get to the end or the answers of the questions I had brewing.  She gave us a story that was captivating and intriguing all the way through.  She even threw in a twist and surprise towards the end that I didn’t see coming.  This book will definitely keep you guessing. My only wish for the book would’ve been to have an epilogue. I would’ve liked to seen Oz and Emily a few years down the road, but that didn’t take away from my full enjoyment of this book.

I loved Oz and Emily.  They were both wonderful characters.  Both very different from one another but also so much alike.  I liked watching them break down their walls and let each other in.  I felt the pace the author took their relationship was perfect.  I’ll be honest Oz was a bit of a jerk in the beginning, but that was only because he didn’t have the whole story.  He definitely melted my heart by the end and I loved watching him come into his own by the end of the book 🙂 I also enjoyed watching Emily grow into a stronger more self confident person by the end. It was great seeing her overcome her fears throughout the story.

I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of an MC story, but doesn’t mind that the characters are Young Adults and not older. We get all that an MC story has to offer but without all the vulgarity and grittiness of a more mature MC book. If you are a fan of Katie’s work you don’t want to miss this new series. Nowhere But Here is a MUST READ in my opinion !!!!!

 

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Katie McGarry Author PhotoAbout Katie McGarry:

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, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

 

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