(summary from Goodreads)
Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighbourhood. 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 am a massive fan of Katie McGarry and have read every single one of her books that I could get my hands on. I was so excited when I heard that she was starting a new series, and a biker themed one too!
This is not the first ‘motorcycle club book’ that I have read and it is a theme that I really enjoy reading and I found this book very easy and enjoyable to read. I can imagine that the setting of an MC could pt some people off, not knowing if they would enjoy reading a book which is set within this kind of club. As someone who has watch the entire series of Sons of Anarchy (which can get very violent) I found this book to be at the tame end of the MC world, so for newbies to this type of story it is a good place to start to ease yourselves in.
“This is your family … If you learn to love us then you will forever have our love in return…”
Emily had me feeling quite conflicted throughout this book. I liked her, but there were times when she didn’t half annoy me. It didn’t put me off the book though, and as her character developed through the book I found myself liking her more and more, which is the way it’s meant to be! There are times when she comes across as a total wimp and her nativity about the world outside her bubble is very obvious right from the start, but she also has a subtle strength about her that shows during some of the more intense moments in the book which is when, in my opinion, the real Emily starts to show.
“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.”
I LOVED Oz, right from the start and I think a bit part of what I loved was the dedication he had to his family, which was a trait that he would have learnt growing up with the MC. It’s not that he’s had a particularly troubles past/childhood, but his past has given him a slightly softer edges and I loved his relationship with Olivia (kind of like his surrogate mother). Some of my favorite scenes in the book were between the two of them. I really like Oz’s development through the book and how his priorities change as he started to realise what is important in his life and the type of person he wants to be.
“You’re beautiful,” I say, and the honesty of my words stings. “You’re beautiful inside and out. I like how you challenge me. I like how I can never figure out what you’re going to do or say. I like how we’ve thrown weird shit in your direction and you take it like a pro.”
The romance in this one, yes was predictable but totally intense and full of chemistry! YA Romance is Katie’s thing, and she proved her talent with this book and the romance that can’t help but get your heart racing. It starts as an maddening attraction but becomes something so much deeper as the situation they are thrown into brings them closer together. It’s romance with a ‘coming of age’ story thrown in there and all tied up nicely with a little bit of mystery and family drama.
“All that TV bull about how anyone who rides a bike is a felon – they don’t understand what the club stands for. The club is a brotherhood, a family. It means belonging to something bigger than yourself.”
One thing I really love about MC stories is that feeling of family. It’s not all about blood relations, it’s a brotherhood built on trust, loyalty and respect. Most of the MC books I have read feature ‘Outlaw MC’s’, the types of clubs that engage in illegal activities like selling guns or drugs. This club is tame compared to those other clubs and is totally legit with strict rules for all it’s members.
“I like how you smile and how you laugh. I like how you love and defend your family and I like how you’re trying to love mine. I love how you trust. But mostly, Emily, I like how I feel when I’m around you.”
Shit. My heart bursts as the words tumble out.
“I’m falling for you.”
I have very recently (as in 5 minutes ago) become aware of the link between characters in this book and Isiah from Katie’s Pushing the Limits series, in particular Crash Into You. Apparently (and don’t hold me to this!) Isiah’s father was a member of the MC and their are still blood relatives of his in the group who are present in this book. I’m not going to lie, I am defiantly going back and reading everything about Isiah in the Pushing the Limits series to check this out because if it’s true then there is the chance that we get more Isiah in the Thunder Road series, which would be EPIC! And if not, well then I’m still excited for future books in this series!
This is not my first book set in the MC world, but it is defiantly up there with the best of them. Katie McGarry can hold her head high, and then get straight back to writing as she has already promised us another book in this series. Cannot wait to get my hands on it!
Re-Readability: Yes! Yes! Yes!
I would recommend this book to fans of: YA Romance, MC stories, The Hades Hangmen Series (Tillie Cole), close families.