by Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 1, 2015 by Harlequin Teen
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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.
This was my first read of the year and it was a huge success!! I loved it! I have to admit that I wasn’t planning on ever reading this book because the whole concept of the motorcycle business and the forbidden love portrayed in the blurb plus the length of the book put me off completely. I haven’t ever read a book by this author so I didn’t think I was missing out. Why did no one tell me I was beyond wrong?! I was hooked from the beginning and in no time I had reached 34%, then 76%. It blew me away.
I didn’t really had expectations for this story but I did expected lots of violence since the description kind of makes it sound that way, at least to me. It was so much more than that. The motorcycle club, Reign of Terror, was more of a family than anything. Their integration in the story, blood-related and not, was such an important thing that added so much more. I loved all of the characters. Olivia, who’s Emily’s grandmother was the best. She was amazing, everyone respected her and she was such a strong woman that in my eyes, she was bad ass. In a way, she kept the club grounded. My emotions were going on a roller coaster ride since at times I would be smiling and having fun and then all of a sudden BAM, I would be a mess.
The club is a brotherhood, a family. It means belonging to something bigger than yourself.
Emily and Oz’s relationship was rocky at the beginning due to trust issues coming from Emily’s part, which is understandable since her mom led her to believe something her whole life and she’s now starting to see it was all a lie. Still, she refuses to believe her mom would lie to her so she keeps her distance from the club, especially Oz and her father. But once she started to let her guard down, their romance was fun and cute and beautiful and I was so rooting for them!!
I will her to look away, but she doesn’t and I’m secretly proud the girl won’t back down. I hate this connection. I crave this connection. She’s continually messing with my head.
Another character I loved was Emily’s father, Eli. You could really see he was trying to prove to his daughter he hadn’t abandoned her, that all the decisions he made were for her safety. I’m glad Emily got to see that as the story progressed and ultimately see her relationship with her father grow.
The ending surprised me. I was shocked by the plot twist I did not see coming and then something happened that had me on the verge of tears and I couldn’t deal with life!
Love the other people in your lives as if this was your last day because you never know if it is.
Overall, this book was brilliant, emotional and fun. As I had mentioned above, I hadn’t picked this book up because it is super long! I was very intimated by it but I flew through this book. In a blink of an eye, I was already halfway through and deeply enjoying it! It was the perfect read to kick off 2016!
There are places I want to take her. A million ways I long to worship her body, but we have time and Emily is a forever type of girl.
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