Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Read more...
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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 into 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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Launching the Thunder Road series, McGarry (Breaking the Rules) takes her signature brand of dramatic YA romances to the edgy world of motorcycle clubs. Seventeen-year-old Emily barely knows her biological father until circumstances force her to spend the summer with him in the small town of Snowflake, Ky. There, she becomes immersed in biker culture—her father is a high-ranking member of the Reign of Terror, a club that claims to emphasize family and legitimacy over crime and violence. As things heat up with a rival group, Emily is assigned protection: Oz, a sexy guy who has long dreamed of joining the Reign. If he keeps Emily out of trouble, he's in. Opposites attract, and steamy chemistry overrides common sense, leading to an illicit romance that won't end well if their parents find out. The core relationship sizzles and sparks with every glance and touch, and the underlying plot is solid. However, much of the story revolves around the deliberate and frustrating withholding of vital information from a clueless Emily, instead of straightforward answers. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (May)