Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Respect the Rules Tour featuring Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry with Excerpt, Giveaway, and Review

    “When can I talk to Mom and Dad?”
“Soon,” Eli says. “They’ve moved locations. Once you get some sleep, I’ll take you to them.”
“Take me to them now.”
“You’ll see them in a few hours. Chill and go back to sleep.”
“Yay for your plans. Take me to them now.” I stare straight at Eli and he stares straight back at me. My biological father should scare the hell out of me with his glowering, but I’m too tired to be smart enough to worry. People obviously don’t talk back to him. My instincts must be right that he doesn’t have any other children. Or at least not ones he interacts with.

There’s a hard set to his jaw when he yanks his cell out of his back pocket and tosses it onto the bed. “They’re worried. I told them you had a rough night and were asleep. You’re so tired you passed out. You should be sleeping, not talking on the phone.” ~ Emily, NOWHERE BUT HERE

Respect the Rules. Respect the Club.
9.  Stand up to things bigger than yourself.

Standing up to things bigger than yourself is a huge part of what it means to be a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club. Whether it’s keeping a dangerous rival club from doing bad things or lending a hand to a fellow club member in his time of need, the Terror members live by a strict code of honor. Over the course of the summer she spends in their midst, Emily gets a crash course on what it means to think beyond herself and her own concerns. She’s lived a very sheltered life up until this point, and then one moment tosses her right into the middle of a storm. Being surrounded by rough-looking, incredibly macho bikers—even if they are technically family—would make any teen girl uncertain, but Emily doesn’t buckle under. Her summer with the Terror teaches her to stand up—first for herself, and then for people she never thought she could love.

(Thunder Road #1)
by Katie McGarry
Published:  May 26, 2015
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

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. 

Respect the Rules. Respect the Club. Tour Schedule:
June 3-Reading Teen

My Review:  As a Katie McGarry fan, I have been so excited about Nowhere But Here, the first book in her new Thunder Road YA series. I can truly say I was not disappointed, and in fact, was totally captivated by the story. I love biker-related novels, but this is the first one I've read that involves younger characters, and Katie McGarry couldn't have done it better. I totally fell in love with Oz and just couldn't get enough of him. He is the epitome of the hot, badass, kind of guy that I love in a book boyfriend, but he was also so much more, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching his character unravel and evolve as the book progressed. I really liked Emily also, she was a great female lead. Then there were the secondary characters. Olivia was one of those people you just really wish you could meet in real life. I thought she was pretty amazing. 

The romance was beautifully done, causing you to swoon and sigh, with enough hot mixed in to get your blood pumping, while still keeping things appropriate for YA/mature YA readers. Things ended on a really good note as well. I was sorry for things to end, and would have liked to have had more of Oz and Emily's story. I can't wait to read the next installment, and look forward to Razor's story. I also hope we get to have a glimpse into how things are going with Oz and Emily as well. This is a great story and a really great beginning for what is shaping up to be a wonderful series. Definitely grab this one.

About 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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