Monday, July 10, 2017

Long Way Home - Review

Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3)

By: Katie McGarry

Published: January 31, 2017 by Harlequin Teen

448 pages

Source: Kindle version, Borrowed from Sandy

(Goodreads / Amazon)

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.
Just a week ago I reviewed the digital sampler of Long Way Home that I had received from Netgalley. The next two paragraphs below were recaps from that review here.

Violet is the daughter of a Reign of Terror motorcycle club member who was killed. Ever since his death she has been convinced that the club is the reason he died and she wants nothing to do with it, or with her now ex-boyfriend, Chevy, who at 18 will become a prospect and eventually patch in to the club as well. It's not a life she wants for herself, her mom or her brother. She does everything she can to avoid the Reign of Terror, even though her heart still loves Chevy.

One night her car breaks down and she and her brother are stranded alone to figure out who to call to help them. None other than Chevy drives up on his motorcycle. Before Chevy can do much to help her, a rival club called The Riot, come driving up, and through force, kidnap both Chevy and Violet. The Riot is involved in illegal activity and don't have any morals when it comes to the treatment of them. Locked in a dark room with no way out, Violet only has Chevy to depend on for safety...however their safety is an illusion because she knows, even though he promises he will do what he can to protect her, that they are in a very dangerous situation.

What transpires from there is blackmailing of Violet from the Riot to get revenge they feel is owed to them. The problem is that she doesn't trust the Reign of Terror or the Riot and is really put between a rock and a hard place. It seems no matter which path she chooses, someone will get hurt and someone, or likely more than one person, will be betrayed.

This series is cleaner than most Young Adult series dealing with the same or similar storylines. There are still a fair number of F bombs and other mature language throughout the story but graphic content is minimal.

Check out my reviews for the earlier books:

Book one, Nowhere But Here (5 stars)
Book two, Walk the Edge (4.5 stars)

I've enjoyed this series and highly recommend it for those who enjoy motorcyle clubs, hot guys in motorcycle clubs, or just hot guys. The one thing I enjoyed about Violet in this story is that she doesn't want to depend on a man to do things or to feel secure. She wants to be strong enough to protect herself and her brother and to face challenges without the Rein of Terror coming in to "save the day". However...there are instances when being a female can be a downside. Violet has to learn to be strong and yet trust and depend on Chevy more than she has allowed herself to in the past.

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
Days like today I wish I could go back and slap the girl I was in high school. Tell her to take school more seriously. Tell her to take the advanced math course over the basic. Tell her that boys weren't the answer, but really the problem.

She's always been a ferocious storm, but her bursts of anger were like short downdrafts that could do damage but then quickly recede. She had the temper of a child, but now she shines with a light that only comes with maturity, with growing up, and before me is a gorgeous warrior holding her head high as she readies for battle.

Sometimes it takes a woman to do a job men can't accomplish.

"No matter which way this plays out, I promise to love you and do my best to make sure whatever path we go down together or separatley will be the one that hurts you the least."

"We're like fireworks, Violet. Beautiful separate, but phenomenal when put together. Of course, you can't have all of that without a few explosions."

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 4 stars


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