Nowhere But Here is the first book in the Thunder Road series, the latest contemporary romance series from Katie McGarry.
Emily has lived a fairly comfortable, affluent and protected life in Florida with her mother and stepfather. When she receives a message from her biological father Eli, a member of the biker club Reign of Terror, that her grandmother has died, Emily travels to Snowflake, Kentucky for the funeral. While there, she befriends and becomes romantically involved with Oz. As Emily learns more about a family that she never met, secrets that have been kept from her threaten to destroy everything she thought she new about herself and her family.
To be honest, I struggled to finish this book. A genre that usually would take 1-2 days actually took me two weeks to read. I was really hoping for a romance novel, with angst, sexual tension and tons of chemistry and although the potential was there, in the end Nowhere But Here failed to deliver.
So why didn’t I enjoy Nowhere But Here as much as I was hoping to? I did not appreciate the instant relationship between Emily and Oz. Do I believe in love/lust at first sight? Sure, but the chemistry between these two was just too awkward and their conversations were very stilted, forced and cliched. The writing was frustrating, the writer using a lot of words to tell the reader very little. Secrets were implied and referenced to on many occasions but the revelations ended up being underwhelming and not particularly shocking.
That being said, there were some parts of Nowhere But Here that I thoroughly enjoyed. For instance, Emily’s grandmother Olivia was great, and provided emotional depth, toughness and integrity lacking, or not adequately portrayed in the other characters. Would I recommend it? Let’s just say that it wouldn’t be my first choice in this genre. If you are looking to read a good teen romance, I have to say that there are better options for you out there. Would I read book #2 of the series (Walk the Edge; publishing date March 29, 2016)? Maybe, once I whittle my TBR shelf down a bit, but for right now it’s not really calling to me.
I give Nowhere But Here 2.5/5 stars.
Thank you to Goodreads First Reads and Harlequin Teen for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.