Nowhere But Here

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Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Source:  BEA

Goodreads:  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.

Ope’s Opinion:  If you like Katie McGarry you will like this one.  It is another one of her good girl meets bad boy and can’t get enough of him.  This one centered on bad boy (Oz) bikers, which her ( Emily – MC ) father is one of them.

The secrets were revealed so slowly that they lost their impact on me.  Of course for me the language was too much – I think you can get your point across without all the foul language.


Crash Into You

Author: Katie McGarry                                               crash
Publication:  Harlequin Teen
Genre:  Young Adult
Source:  Library




Goodreads:  From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

Ope’s Opinion:   As always Katie McGarry knows how to write a book that captures you on page one and keeps your attention through to the end.  

The story made progress by seeing things from alternating point of view of Rachel and Isaiah.  Beth, Ryan, Logan and others make an appearance in this book.  It is good to see some of their relationships move along.

This book has similar angst as her other books.  There seems to be a common thread in her books of one person coming from a family of privilege and another from a difficult family.   They meet and fall in love.  The other common link in her books is the constant use of the “f” word.  I understand that it is part of the vocabulary for some people, but it is over used in her books.

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.


Dare You To

Author: Katie McGarrydare
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Pages:  456
Genre:  Young Adult
Source: Purchased




Goodreads:  Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all…

Ope’s Opinion:  Oh My Goodness … This was an awesome read!  At times I found myself holding my breath, not being able to read fast enough.  I am a slow reader, this is a long book and I read it three days!  I recommend you don’t start this book unless you have time to finish it.

As usual, Katie McGarry wrote deep characters with a lot of depth to their personalities.  Beth frustrated me a few times during this book.  Because of her back ground, she struggles trusting people.  Ryan isn’t what he seems at first.  It was good to see he had his own issues to deal.

My only problem with the book is the language – which I understand was probably a part of their lives, but I thought it was a bit over used.

Rating:  Five Chairs – This book is so good it will be passed on and on and on….

Crossing the Line

crossingAuthor:  Katie McGarry
Publisher:  Harlequin TEEN
Pages: 67
Genre:  Young Adult
Source: Purchased

Goodreads:  Katie McGarry captivated readers with her “riveting, emotional”* Young Adult debut, Pushing the Limits. In this gripping novella, she tells the story of Lila and Lincoln, who discover that sometimes it’s worth crossing the line for love…

Lila McCormick, Echo’s best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.

Ope’s Opinion:  This book would have been five chairs, but I did not want it to end so soon!  It was very short and sweet, yet the characters were well developed.  Even though it was short, I felt like it was a complete story.

I was swept away in the story line.  I want an update.  I want to know where they are now!

This is my second Katie McGarry book and I intend to read more of her books!

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.