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.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Harlequin Teen (US & Canada).
Nowhere But Here is an unexpected glimpse into the world of the Motorcycle Club from the kids who were born into the legacy and will grow up to be members.
- Emily is torn between the girl she feels compelled to be and the one she could become. Level-headed and determined, Emily is the quintessential good girl who never gets in trouble and has serious plans for the future. Emily’s dad’s side of the family, the MC side, is a dark blemish on Emily’s perfect image, one she tries to avoid at all costs. When Emily is forced to reconcile with that side, she grows exponentially. Emily discovers that everything she thought she knew was nothing compared to what it could be. Emily is feisty and moral. She likes to get her way and isn’t above manipulation. Emily’s sassy side is bold, fierce temptation. When Emily opens herself up to new experiences it’s exhilarating and hits with the force of epiphany.
- Oz is HOT. Torn between a future he thinks is inevitable and passion for something that seems out of reach, Oz is idealistic and rational, he doesn’t dare to dream and limits his potential. A total sweetheart despite his rough exterior, harsh words, and brute force, Oz will sneak into your heart and take it hostage.
- Together, Oz and Emily are fire and ice, constantly at war with each other and made of sexual tension.
- The lies and secrets behind Emily’s mother’s past propel the plot forward. The reasons for leaving are cloudy and full of blatant danger.
- The energy picks up substantially towards the end of the book. Adrenaline-filled and action-packed, an unexpected twist will leave you slack-jawed and shocked. Did not see that coming.
- Secondary characters are unique and memorable. Their subplots are interesting and complex. Nothing is what it seems on the surface.
- The MC is more tame than I was expecting and kind of dull. When there’s so many expectations of how a MC should be, when it’s not, it rings false, even if it is the more accurate picture. Insight into the reality of the MC was muted, so much of the story was meant to be covered up to protect Emily that getting a clear picture was impossible.
- Scenes that should have been edge-of-your-seat, terrifying fell flat. The fear just wasn’t there.
- The drama between Emily’s parents, the rival MC club, and territorial wars were built up so much that when the truth was finally revealed, it didn’t seem as bad as it was made out to be.
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