Nowhere But Here – Review


Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry is another book that has been on my TBR for what feels like forever, and I’m so excited to finally check it off my list. It has been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a YA book as much as I did with this one. I honestly thought I needed to move on from the genre, but this book showed me otherwise. I chose to listen to the audiobook and it was a great choice, with the alternating male and female narration.


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 didn’t know much about this book going into it since I hadn’t read the blurb in years. When I started listening, I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy a YA biker romance. I was definitely a little prejudiced, much like the main character, Emily. To me, it seemed like this could easily be a cheesy trope, but I actually enjoyed the rough-around-the-edges storyline. Katie McGarry’s writing style made these characters human and downright fun to learn about. I enjoyed the suspense, the secondary characters, and the angst between Emily and Oz.

I was surprised by how much mystery this story contained and I was constantly eager to put my earbuds in to see if I could piece together the family drama at the heart of the story. I hoped things could be resolved between Emily and her father, whom she’d always had a rocky relationship with.

My only issue with this story were the constant descriptions of Emily’s “hot little body” from Oz’s perspective. I can understand a few of these moments of attraction, but it felt overdone and honestly, a bit gross after a while. Nonetheless, I was entertained by this story and was glad to find a winner in the YA genre after a long drought.

Rating: 4 stars

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol says:

    I love an occasional YA! 🙌😍

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    1. Yes, I can’t stick with the genre consistently, but once in a while isn’t bad. 😊

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  2. I have it on mt TBR since it was published. Maybe I should give this one a try. ☺️

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    1. For sure!! Worth a shot!! ❤️

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