I liked the first half of this book much more than the second. It definitely dragged a bit and the constant I love you, I don't love you, I need time, etc. started to annoy me a bit. That being said, I really love Katie McGarry's characters. She's always able to suck me right in with her stories.
As a whole I like the Pushing the Limit series better but this motorcycle series is fun. Loved the way some of the characters from Pushing the Limits made its way into this book. I'm definitely looking forward to more by McGarry
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
This wasn’t quite the story I was expecting. Long Way Home started with a bang and kept me captivated all the way through! There are also some twists in there that I was not expecting!
I loved that in the first book we got to see Oz’s total devotion to the club, then we got to see a different side to the club and question their actions through Razors story. Now through Chevy and Violets we got to yet again see that no matter what the club only tries to do right by their family, and although they might take it a bit far at times they are only motivated by their loyalty to those they love.
Violet is such a strong female character! She is completely devoted to her little brother and to those she loves but she is not a damsel in distress who needs rescuing and is willing to speak her mind no matter what. Girl power! And of course Chevy is not only swoon worthy but, like McGarry’s many other male leads, he would risk his life for his family and is fiercely protective. I really liked that Chevy could choose a different path and still be accepted by the club.
And then there’s Isaiah! I was so excited when they even just mentioned his name! We didn’t get to see a lot of him or his interactions with his family which it would have been nice to see his reaction to the club and how he fit into their dynamic. I would have also liked to see Isaiah and Chevy get to know each other and how their relationship would have turned out.
I can’t believe this is the last book in the Thunder Road Series, I’m gonna miss all the gang. I would love a story on Addison and the “new member” that has taken a liking to her ;) All in all this was a great conclusion to the series as everything was summed up really well and I can’t wait to see what McGarry has in store for us next!
Another winner! Big surprise, eh? :)
In this, the 10th Gamache book, things are a little more quiet, a little more personal, a little less grand - as they needed to be after the culmination of major series arcs in the previous novel. This felt like a chance to catch our breath as well as see where all our old friends have ended up.
Again, not only do we have the mystery of the missing artist, but we have the mystery of what's going on inside our characters. I love how Louise manages to parallel both threads of plot.
This series really makes me wish I could write in depth essays on books the way some people do, but I can just tell you that I loved the book, loved where the author has taken some of her cast of characters this time, loved the settings and just loved her story-telling voice, period.
I have one more Gamache book in my Kobo and then hopefully the 12th book will have come down a bit in price and then I'm going to be stuck waiting like everyone else for the 13th Gamache tale!
Book: The Long Way Home
Author: Robin Pilcher
Summary (from flap of St. Martin’s Press edition): When Claire Barclay receives news that her beloved stepfather has had a stroke, she’s more than a little shaken. Leo is her last relative, and his own children rarely check up on him. Claire and her husband, Art, leave New York and fly back to Scotland to care for him during the summer. Their visit makes clear that Leo is no longer capable of living on his own, but he is determined to stay in his beloved old house with its wonderful garden. Art comes up with the idea of turning the place into a conference center, thinking they could purchase it from Leo and build him a cottage on the property. But the situation is much more complicated than it seems. Claire’s old flame, Jonas Fairweather, is Leo’s neighbor and trusted confidant. Though Claire distrusts Jonas’s motives, Leo chooses to take his advice to put the house up for public auction rather than sell directly to Art and Claire. Claire is immediately suspicious, and even more so when she finds out that another application has been submitted to develop the property. Does Jonas Fairweather want to knock down Leo’s house and build a development? It looks as if whoever is behind the plan is being driven by financial gain, but there may be an even stronger motive… This masterful novel from a born storyteller offers twists and turns of plot, and of heart, that will keep readers on the edges of their seats, right up to the surprise twist at the very end. - St. Martin’s Press, 2010