[531]: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Harlequin Teen | E-Galley via Net Galley
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Young Adult | Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Men on bikes are a guilty pleasure of mine. They’re up there with tattooed guitarists, drummers, and lead singers. When I heard Ms. McGarry is tackling Motorcycle Clubs in YA, my brows quirked up. I mean, I have read quite a few books starring foul-mouthed misogynists whose personalities leave a lot to be desired. But. They are freaking hot. I am honest enough to admit that. They tend to fall under a certain stereotype: built, tattooed, the worst objectifier of women…and an organization/brotherhood that has no scruples dabbling in anything illegal. Β They also have lots of sex. And I mean,Β lots.Β So I was doubtful. How was she to pull this off?

Well, she did. Sort of. It was tough. Because she’s working under the constraints of writing the story line under the guidelines dictated by the age of her audience. While she had to forgo all the sex normally found in this trope, she didn’t skimp on the UST (unrealized sexual tension). Oz and Emily oozes with chemistry. It also helps that they sort of have a mutual dislike for each other at first, so when they clash, sparks fly.

The only thing that I couldn’t buy into was the fact that Reign of Terror (Emily’s dad’s Motorcycle Club) dealt with legal stuff. They didn’t do shady business practices. They’re er, security escorts. I thought it was pretty lame. Aside from that tiny misgiving, I quite enjoyed this book. So much so that I’m convinced that this is a series that I could religiously follow (and like ) as oppose to her Pushing the Limits series.

Surprisingly enough, this book inspired one or two sniffles. Both had to do with her ailing grandmother. A grandmother that she hardly knew because of the circumstances surrounding her birth right. I didn’t really understand why at first and I was ready to write off her mother as the villain who upped and left her husband without warning. Of course, there’s more to the story. I like the twist in the end and how it all played out.

For a book that’s a little less than 500 pages, this was oddly a fast read. Leave it to Katie to write something as engaging. Overall, this is a brand new series I could really get into. It wasn’t as heavy on the angst as her PtL series, but I think Razor’s story would more than make up for that. I have a feeling that boy has some pretty messed up past.


  • I’ve heard a lot about this author, but haven’t tried her out yet. I was waiting for someone I trusted to write a review on one of her books. πŸ™‚ Oh yeah, Motor Bike Dudes! Super Hot! ;] Great review Joy!

  • Lol, security escorts? Kudos to Katie McGarry for kind of making the motorcycle gang thing relevant to YA romance, but yeah, it looks like it was toned down a fair bit. I don’t know if it’s particularly my thing, because I didn’t really enjoy Pushing the Limits too much. Lovely review Joy!

    • I wasn’t a fan of her PtL series either. They were too angst-y for my taste. I liked this one even if it’s a bit more tame.

  • I loved this book! I’m glad you enjoyed it too! πŸ˜€ I read the first PtL book when it first came out and I found it an average read, so I was hesitant reading Nowhere But Here but I actually really enjoyed it! πŸ˜€ Great review!

    • I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the PtL series! This book was more my speed. πŸ™‚

  • Aaah, your review makes me sad because I didn’t like this book at all. Atleast one of us enjoyed it though πŸ™‚

    • Aw. It’s okay, we can’t all like the same books, yeah? πŸ™‚

  • Ooh. I read Pushing the Limits (and recall liking it, I think?) but I never felt the need to read any more of the series–or any of Katie McGarry’s other books. But now I think I should try this, because it sounds good. Plus you liked it! πŸ™‚

    • hahah! Thanks, Rachel. I don’t know if you should take my word for it. Lately, I’ve become more and more of a random reader. But I do hope you’ll enjoy it!

  • I think I will like this one more than the PtL series – it’s more my style (mostly bc it has less angst). I’m glad you liked it – your review has me more excited to read it!

    • Yassss! That’s exactly why I enjoyed this one more. I hope you’ll like it, Nicole!

  • I’m so glad that you liked this! I have it on my Kindle and I wasn’t sure if it would be my cup of tea, seeing as I’ve already read all of her other books. Great review! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Marianne. I enjoyed it simply because it wasn’t as angst-y. Lol.

  • Christy

    Did you know there’s an Isaiah connection to this series? I just found that out! I wish I could’ve loved this more. I liked it though.

    • Have I read Isaiah’s story? Hmm…I’ll have to see if I can jog my memory.

  • Great review! I also read it and like it, I like the motorcycle element of it, eventhough IΒ΄m not to familiar with it.

  • Even though positive reviews of this book have been springing up everywhere, I am still unsure whether or not I want this one on my TBR. I love the idea of all the tension and chemistry that is so easy for the reader to feel… I just don’t understand why I am still debating this urgh >> My mind should… make up it’s mind.

  • I find with Katie’s books that you don’t realise how long this book is you whizz through. Mostly because I read them in kindle when I see the paperback, I’m like wow. Lol. I really can’t wait to read this and I’m so pleased to see a great review as well. It’s been a mixed bad of late. Great review. πŸ™‚

    • I’m sorry, my name came out funny on the comment. Lol

    • I just realized that! I mean, I was looking at my copies of her PtL series that I have in my bookshelves and didn’t remember them ever being so big! I think that shows her talent in writing engrossing reads!

  • I’m a big fan of Katie Mcgarry, even with her typical YA crossover angsty characters. She’s one of the few authors that is my auto to buy list. I love the sound of this one and need to make time to read it. I actually like the thoughts that it’s pretty typical YA drama free compared to her PTL series, but what’s the deal with the motorbike gang. I expected at least SOME illegal activity, not security. Wow, that’s a bit of a let down. Clearly they would be better suited to mopeds πŸ˜€

    Wonderful review Joy, can’t wait to read this one <3

    • I read three of her PtL series, but i can’t say I read them in succession. I think there’s one book on my pile that I haven’t read. Angst is something I’m terrified of in books, so if that’s your thing, this one is relatively safe.

  • Excellent review! This is one of my most anticipated reads so I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • Hmm, know what you mean about the legal aspect of the mc, but I actually admired that about them

    • I thought it was palatable enough for the age of her audiences, but really didn’t reach its potential. I enjoyed it,nonetheless.

  • I agree, it was great that this wasn’t heavy on the angst…
    Olivia was entertaining, to say the least!
    This was a great read, I really enjoyed it and I’m hooked to this series now! Bring them on!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

    • Oh I love Olivia. <3 She was a spunky woman, wasn't she?

  • I just finished this one and couldn’t agree more-the pacing was great! I did have a few issues with this one but I liked it overall, just wish there was less focus on the romance since there was so much potential, what with the motorcycle club and the inter-family relationships. Great review!

    • I also thought that they made such a big deal about the threat to her life at first. But then the ‘thing’ happened, so I guess the worry was warranted.

  • I can’t wait to pick this up! I love Motorcycle Club books, mostly of the Kristen Ashley variety. Anything overly gritty is not my taste. Anyhow, I was wondering how she’d pull off a MC book in the YA genre. I’m happy to hear it worked out and that despite the book being nearly 500 pages the story flew by. Fab review, Joy! πŸ™‚

    • Hahah! This is definitely miles away from Kristen Ashley’s spectrum. I have a feeling you’d feel a little underwhelm, but I hope you’ll enjoy it, nonetheless, Rachel. πŸ™‚

  • Since you like this book so much I was thinking about trying her other series you were talking about. I like series books I don’t like standalones so I’m thinking I would really get into these so thank you for letting me know about these. I’m going to go add them to my Goodreads pile.
    Thanks Joy! Lovely review:)

    • Oh Pushing the Limits is so you, girl! You should read them, since you don’t mind emotional torture so much. Hahah!

  • RO

    I go back and forth with biker stories, and while I don’t really read YA, this sounds like a keeper. Hugs…

    • I really enjoyed this one, Ro. I thought she did so well considering the premise isn’t really YA friendly. Lol.

  • Woo-Hoo! Yes —-> “Oz and Emily oozes with chemistry. It also helps that they sort of have a mutual dislike for each other at first, so when they clash, sparks fly.” I’m so getting this book, lol. But, seriously this is going to be my first read by Katie so I’m excited. So glad you enjoyed it and at 500 pages or so, wow, that’s a good size read for YA.

    Awesome review, Joy πŸ™‚

    • I think it’s still up at Net Galley. Yes, yes. You must, Kim!

  • Yay! Glad you liked this enough to continue with the rest of the series. I didn’t love some aspects of it too (like the all boys club crap) but I did love all the rest, mainly the characters.
    Wonderful review!

    • Oh the characters are fun. How about that Violet and that other guy’s story should be a good one. Lol.

  • I would have liked the “lots of sex”! HAHA! πŸ˜€
    I agree though that this was very readable and that she did a fantastic job with the sexual tension. I was definitely a fan of Oz and Emily’s romance.
    I also 100% agree with the MC politics, especially towards the end. It got a little confusing there.
    I’m glad you enjoyed this, Joy!
    Wonderful review!

    • Thanks, Nick! Mutual love for this book. πŸ™‚

  • I’ve been hearing good things about this one. I think I’m actually going to give this one a try. I like the sound of it. Great review!

    • Thanks, Jaz. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too. πŸ™‚

  • Awesome review! I really enjoyed her other novels in the past, so I am glad you liked this one and it’s a series you could get into. I also am a sucker for bad boys and McGarry writes them so well! πŸ™‚

    • I don’t know how she does it. I usually don’t like them, and some are just too maddening for words. But I like McGarry’s version of bad boys, for some reason. Lol.

  • Yay πŸ˜€ I’m so glad you liked this book Joy. I didn’t think I would want to read it at all. But now I’m curious, lol. One day I shall get it πŸ˜€ It seems awesome. And yay for loving boys with bikes πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing. <3

    • Nah. It’s probably not your type of read. Actually, I can’t wait until you’re old enough to read these books. Hahah!

      • LOL πŸ˜€ I wish it happens soon. I do want to want to read them. Hmph πŸ™‚

  • Men on bikes, no thanks. It’s mostly the bikes I hate, the sound, arghhh

  • It’s great when a lonf book is a fast one, it’s a good omen lol. In any case I keep hearing great things about this author. I really should try one day!!!

    • I literally sped through this book. It was insane. Lol.