Book Review: Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

Long Way Home (Thunder Road, #3)
Long Way Home
Thunder Road #3
Author: Katie McGarry
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Review Source: Harlequin Teen

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

 I've been in a horrible reading funk and nothing seemed to be getting me out of it. Real world was just intertwining into my books and I just couldn’t seem to concentrate. I whole heartily gave up the last two month of last year because it got that bad. If you asked anyone what was pushing me to get back to reading they would’ve told you Katie McGarry’s new book is coming out and that’ll be the one to push her over the edge. They were not mistaken! Ten long months ago I finished Walk The Edge and read that we were getting Chevy and Violet’s story. I can’t even begin to tell you how insanely excited I was. They’ve been the two characters that have had my attention since book one so the fact that we were finally getting their story— my expectations were extremely high. I’m happy to report that McGarry delivers. As always.

When you group up being a part of The Reign of Terror motorcycle club you are treated a certain way highly respected if you’re part of it or extremely feared if you’re an outsider. Violet feels like she is neither. She doesn’t feel like she belongs with the Terror because she no longer trusts them. Chevy on the other hand is the grandson of the leader and has basically grown up thinking he would one day join the club. Life throws you things unexpectedly, sometimes you’ve been set a course that you still don’t feel like it is yours other times things aren’t really what they seem. Together they must face what comes next.

Chevy and Violet’s story literally had me on the edge of my seat. I finished Long Way Home in less than 3 hours because I was so absorbed in their story. Ever since Nowhere But Here I've wanted to get inside of Violet’s mind. She is so headstrong, independent and takes absolutely nothing from anyone I absolutely love that! Violet might be hard headed at times, but she is a breath of fresh air. I feel like we need more heroine’s to take charge and say “Hi, don’t worry I can take care of myself!” Chevy, *swoon* can I please have one in real life? I loved his character development. Sometimes the men in our lives think they have it all figured out so it was nice to see McGarry throw in that little tad bit that hey maybe we all have to learn from one another. Not everything is the way one thinks it’s meant to be.

Overall, I think Long Way Home is a perfect addition to the Thunder Road series. Everything flows very simultaneously and ties together effortlessly. I’m not 100% sure if this is the last in the series, but if it is I am so satisfied with how everything turned out. I highly recommend starting this series if you haven’t already.

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