I received this book for free from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #3
Published by HarlequinTeen on January 31st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: the Publisher via NetGalley
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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 cannot tell you guys how excited I was when I got the email that I was picked for this tour and received a review copy for it! I’ve been dying to read this since I finished Walk the Edge last March. And if you’ve been around here at all, you know I’m a huge Katie McGarry fan, so I was extremely excited to have this book in my hands and started it as soon as the download was complete!
And I’m not sorry I did at all! I love these books and this one was no different. The book is full of drama and chemistry and friendships and trust and love and danger. If you’ve read the first two books in this series, you know all about the motorcycle club that’s at the center of these books and the group of four friends we follow from beginning to end. Since that very first book, Nowhere But Here, I’ve been dying for Chevy and Violet’s story. I really thought it would be the second book but after finishing this one, it was clear that this one had to be the third. I won’t give specific reasons but a lot of what happens in two comes up in this on and the flow of all three books come together and everything makes a lot of sense.
As always, my favorite part of these books are the characters. I loved Violet in this book. We always knew she was strong and set in her ways and not afraid to stand up to the guys but we see that up close in this one. She knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to say it. In her relationship with Chevy, she tells him exactly what she wants and why it will or won’t work out. She doesn’t wait for him to say what he wants or for him to make the first moves and it’s always refreshing to see that. Sometimes the female characters in these books wait for the guy to save them from whatever it is they’re scared of but not Violet. She leans on Chevy and her friends when she needs to, definitely, but for the most part she’s a strong and independant female character who wants to protect the people she loves and demands to be treated equally and with respect and I loved that. Especially within the motorcycle club when the men dominate the community and think that by taking care of the women they love, they are treating them with respect. And that’s true, of course, but Violet demands more and I love that about her.
Chevy was a good character, too, though not my favorite of the male leads. I did like his character arc and the growth we see him go through this book. I don’t want to give anything about his story away because we learn a lot about him and his past and some secrets that he didn’t even know but about halfway through I loved the realization he makes about himself and how he decides to go about changing it. That and his devotion to Violet and really trying to understand her and be there for her are my favorite things about him.
And of course I loved seeing more of Oz and Razor together with these two. The four of them grew up together and I really loved that they came together so much in this book. Friendships are one of my favorite things to read about in books and this was no exception. These four understand each other and support and protect each other in a way I don’t see often enough in books.
As far as the story goes, I really don’t want to spoil anything about it for you guys. I read this book so quickly and I loved it all and I really hope you guys can have that same experience. The stories from the past two books come full circle, so if you were wondering about just picking this one up, it would definitely be better for you to start at the beginning. We learn more about The Riot and The Reign of Terror and their relationships from the past. And we get a lot of answers to things that were sort of passed over in previous books. Plus, GUYS, we get some really great cameos.
If you’ve been waiting for this book like I have, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all. The book starts with a big scene and doesn’t stop till the end. Stories are brought together and wrapped up and we learn even more about the characters we’ve grown to love. Goodreads lists a fourth book in this series and I have no idea if that’s true or not. I’d definitely be happy with more of these characters but this could also be the end and I’d be happy with how everything was wrapped up. I really hope you guys will enjoy it too!
Here’s an excerpt for you guys to check out!
“Chevy,” Cyrus calls near the entrance, “We need to talk.”
Damned knot in the tug-of-war-rope and I’m starting to feel frayed. Mom doesn’t blink as she waits for me to say something. To tell Cyrus he can wait. To tell her what she wants to hear. But as much as I love her, I’m also drawn to the club. She’s right, I do want both.
“I’ll be back to pick you up later,” I say.
Mom throws the towel she had expertly throttled into the sink behind her, walks to the other side of the bar and the strobe light casts a red haze around her. If I didn’t know her better, I’d buy the flirty smile and the way she giggles in happiness as she leans on the bar to take a drink order. But that’s not her real smile and that’s not her real laugh. It’s part of her job, part of her act, because that’s what working her requires—performing.
With a kick to a barstool, I head for the exit. Cyrus walks out into the night and I follow. Once outside, Cyrus turns to me and his warm breath creates a cloud in the cool night. “We’ve had some trouble tonight with the Riot.”
The Riot would be a motorcycle club north of us in Louisville. They’re pissed at the Terror for myriad reasons, the main one being we’re a legit club and they deal in illegal. They’re also angry at one of our main members, Eli. They feel he stole their daughter and granddaughter from them. Eli didn’t steal a thing. Can’t call someone’s free will in walking away from crazy a crime.
Life sucks for the Riot and I’m fine with that. “Everything okay?”
“Yeah. Everyone’s safe, but we’ve had word that they’ve ridden past the boundary lines we set with them a few months back. It’s all rumor and no one on our side has confirmed it. Could be someone’s overactive imagination, but I’ll feel better knowing you’re off the road.”
I’m under eighteen, still a kid to him. Cyrus used to act this way with my two best friends, Oz and Razor, but both are eighteen and full members of the club now. The babysitting twists my gut, but then again, I’m not ready for the decision eighteen will bring. “How about Violet?”
“I’m on my way now to look for her. She’s also not answering her cell.”
Yeah. A lot of that going around. “If she took Stone to the game, she would have headed straight home. I’ll check on her on my way to Mom’s if you want.”
This gives me the excuse I need to see Violet. Because I won’t be able to sleep without knowing she’s okay. So I can thank her for what she did for me with the note. To gauge whether or not Violet is waving the white flag.
Cyrus lays a hand on my shoulder. “I’d appreciate that. I need to head back to the clubhouse to take care of some business. I’m serious about what I said though. Me and a lot of guys would love to hear about the game.”
I know they would and I’d enjoy being with them, but Mom’s already sore that I walked out on her to talk to Cyrus. “I’m beat. After I check on Violet, I’m crashing.”
Cyrus gives me a fast pat and a hug. We both mount our bikes and start our engines with a growl. My grandfather takes the lead and I follow him as long as I can before taking the path that leads away from him and toward where Violet lives.
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