Long Way Home

Long Way Home

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...

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Title:Long Way Home
Author:Katie McGarry
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:448 pages

Long Way Home Reviews

  • AJ
    May 07, 2015

    I am a mad fan of all things Katie McGarry, and I love this series. Set in the world of a legitimate motorcycle club, and telling the stories of the younger generation – those who were born and raised in the club and who are now approaching adulthood. From the first book of the series I fell in love with Chevy and Violet, who grew up together, became best friends, fell in love and then lost it all. I have been so excited to get their story, and thi

    I am a mad fan of all things Katie McGarry, and I love this series. Set in the world of a legitimate motorcycle club, and telling the stories of the younger generation – those who were born and raised in the club and who are now approaching adulthood. From the first book of the series I fell in love with Chevy and Violet, who grew up together, became best friends, fell in love and then lost it all. I have been so excited to get their story, and this book did not disappoint. It’s a heartfelt second-chance-romance, and a wonderfully written coming of age story. It was everything that I wanted, and I absolutely loved it!

    Chevy and Violet have shared a strong connection for as long as they can remember, but that all changed when Violet’s father died and her grief, anger and fear for the safety of her family saw her turning her back on the Reign of Terror MC and the people she had called her friends and family for her entire life. Chevy’s father died before he was even born, but as the Grandson of the Club President, the Terror has been Chevy’s whole life, so when Violet left that life, she also left him behind. He has been without her for over a year, but that doesn’t mean his feelings have changed, and it tears him up to continuously see the girl he has always loved, yet to have the foreign and heartbreaking distance between them.

    But one terrifying night is about to change everything, when Chevy and Violet are thrown together in the worst of circumstances – clinging to each other and fighting for their very survival, each of them discovering secrets that will change their lives.

    I love the way that Katie McGarry weaves her stories together – giving us two strong characters and showing us their personal journeys, and then weaving those two storylines together into an honest, real, raw and emotional love story, and that’s exactly what she’s given us with Chevy and Violet. The book is written in dual POV, and I could understand where both of them were coming from – Chevy struggling to figure out who he is and what he wants, torn between his love for his girl and his love for his family and terrified to lose either of them. And while I was worried how I would feel about Violet after she had already left Chevy brokenhearted, I could totally see where she was coming from – she wants more from her life than what she sees as possible if she stayed within the MC world, she wants safety and security, and she wants to be more than just an old lady. She wants Chevy, and she’s not afraid to tell him exactly what she wants from him, and I love her strength as she fights for what she needs.

    God, I love these two together!!! Violet and Chevy have such a wonderful dynamic, and Chevy absolutely stole my heart! It’s clear that they are both still very much in love with each other, they don’t deny that. And I loved the glances, the touches, the smiles, and the comfort that they got from each other. But there are legitimate reasons why they aren’t together, and I love the maturity that they show in trying to work through all of that.

    Their love story is both heartbreaking and beautifully romantic as they fight to find their way back each other. Two best friends who know each other inside and out, whose memories are completely intertwined, and who are made to be together - it’s real and emotional and intense, and I loved every moment of it!

    In addition to their relationship dramas, they both have a lot of figuring out to do in their personal lives, and as Chevy looks to the past for answers, Violet is dealing with a new and terrifying threat. It’s intense and exciting, and though it had the potential to becoming annoying, I thought it was handled really well, and it ties in nicely with the other books in the series and the over-arching storyline of the Rein of Terror’s ongoing war with the Riot MC.

    I also loved the strong theme of family – both the family that you have and the family that you make, and I loved getting to see more of the private side of the MC members (Eli in particular), as Chevy and Violet figured out their relationships with the people in their lives, and their places in their world, setting their course for their future in the way that they want it to be.

    And then there’s the absolutely sensational cameo that will have long-time Katie McGarry fans squeezing with excitement. There’s a wonderful tie in to the

    series that was a fantastic treat, and I can only hope that we get to see more of that storyline in future books.

    I loved this book. Once again, McGarry has taken me on a wonderfully intense and emotional ride. I fell in love with Chevy and Violet, and I loved their story. It was beautifully written, absolutely captivating and everything that I was hoping for.

    I loved it – 5 stars.

  • Megan (escapeintoabooksite)
    Sep 08, 2015

    I love this series. I wasn't sure about Chevy and Violet in the previous two books, but getting their stories in this book was great. McGarry has a way of writing characters that makes you fall in love with even the ones you didn't think you'd like.

    I also like how this interconnects with her Pushing the Limits series, but not in a big way and not in a small way. It was just right. Hopefully we see a bit more in future books too, but I feel like this one had the right balance of everything. I pa

    I love this series. I wasn't sure about Chevy and Violet in the previous two books, but getting their stories in this book was great. McGarry has a way of writing characters that makes you fall in love with even the ones you didn't think you'd like.

    I also like how this interconnects with her Pushing the Limits series, but not in a big way and not in a small way. It was just right. Hopefully we see a bit more in future books too, but I feel like this one had the right balance of everything. I particularly love how strong Violet is and I connected with her with her specific way of thinking. Can't wait for the next one.

  • C.K.
    Nov 17, 2015

    I'm so in love with that quote! It's all Isaiah ever wanted to hear.

    I loved Rachel and Isaiah so much so I was beyond excited to read this excerpt. Rachel is so adorable. I just love Rachel/Isaiah together. I figured that Isaiah would make an appearance in Chevy's story. I'm happy to see that Rachel will make an appearance too (hopefully several appearances). That scene was so cute!!!

    I wasn't a big fan of Violet so I was kind of hoping that Chevy would get a story with someone else but it seems like he might get a story with Violet. I guess we will have to wait and see. I'm so excited about the crossover. I have been wanting Isaiah to meet his Dad's family since the end of Crash into You. It's going to be harder to wait for the book after I read that scene. So close yet so far away.

  • Misty
    May 04, 2016

    I have to write this on my phone since my computer isn't working correctly. So, I was a bit hesitant going into this book because I didn't particularly like Violet in the other books. But, we saw a different side of Violet in this book. She was strong, independent, yet also vulnerable. She would do absolutely anything for the people she loves and she did. She risked her life for her loved ones. Chevy seemed to be always torn between what life to choose. Choose life with the Reign of Terror or no

    I have to write this on my phone since my computer isn't working correctly. So, I was a bit hesitant going into this book because I didn't particularly like Violet in the other books. But, we saw a different side of Violet in this book. She was strong, independent, yet also vulnerable. She would do absolutely anything for the people she loves and she did. She risked her life for her loved ones. Chevy seemed to be always torn between what life to choose. Choose life with the Reign of Terror or not? He felt like he was in a tug of war all of his life and afraid of who/what he was going to lose if he chose wrongly. The dynamic between Chevy and Violet was great. These two knew that they should be together even when they were apart. Violet and Chevy find out things about their fathers that they never knew. And Chevy even finds out about a brother he never knew about (cue in Isaiah). This book is about which paths to take. The road more traveled on or the road less traveled on. Violet and Chevy choose their own paths. Please please please Katie McGarry can you write about Pigpen/Ms. Whitlock's and Addison's stories!!! These two stories need to happen!!!!

  • Shannon Moore
    Jan 18, 2017

    Let's start on a good note, shall we? Oh who am I kidding, it's all going to be good. Want to know why? Because I LOVED THIS BOOOOOOK! I LOVED Violet. I LOVED Chevy. I loved the story, the writing, the mystery and suspense, the character development, the themes. I loved everything down to the punctuation, that's how good this book was.

    Where wer

    Let's start on a good note, shall we? Oh who am I kidding, it's all going to be good. Want to know why? Because I LOVED THIS BOOOOOOK! I LOVED Violet. I LOVED Chevy. I loved the story, the writing, the mystery and suspense, the character development, the themes. I loved everything down to the punctuation, that's how good this book was.

    Where were books like this when I was 17? Not only is it insanely entertaining but it deals with some fantastic issues and themes that are important to discuss and think about. Especially at that age! I fell in love with the characters, I fell in love with the story, I fell in love with their relationship and love for each other. So if there's a replica of Chevy out in the real world... I'll be waiting.

    All in all, this book comes down to one major theme: Just because you are a woman, doesn't mean you don't have a voice. Use it, yell it from the mountain tops. As a woman or a girl, you will never, ever be less than a man. Your opinions, thoughts and emotions will never be any less valuable. Believe that and surround yourself with those who will yell along side you rather than try to silence your voice. This is exactly what Violet embodies and I couldn't love her more for it.

    Something really exciting about this book is the pacing. There's always something going with the plot or characters so it never lulls and the reader is always engaged. There was more than one occasion where I was on the proverbial edge of my seat, trying not to jump ahead to find answers! And here's my advice for this book: don't start it or read the first few chapters (after that you should be clear! You'll know what I'm talking about when you read it.) if you don't have the time to sit down and dive in. I made the mistake of reading on my lunch break fairly early on and thought that I was going to hyperventilate. I had to get back to work but the characters were in a predicament and I couldn't just leave them there!!! Has that ever happened to anyone else?

    I think part of why this is quite so good is because the author is amazing at creating multidimensional stories. There's many characters and factors at play in each situation. There's always more than meets the eye when trying to dissect the problems. And more than that, it's not a simple conflict that blows up and then gets dealt with at 80-90% mark before a cliched HEA. No no, Katie wouldn't do that to us. The characters are strong but each with their own individual issues that they need to overcome. Whether it's alone or with the help of the entire group, there's never a dull moment because there's just so much to keep your attention. It's interesting and engaging time and time again.

    If I could describe Chevy in one word, it would be SWOOOON! My heart just felt for this guy! It was evident how much he loved Violet and how hard their breakup was on him. Can we get a hallelujah for a guy with feelings? *gasp* And I guess he was kind of awesome and tough and protective when he needed to be too. But then with Violet he was tender and loving. He knew exactly what she needed from him and never hesitated. Plus the ending? Oh, don't mind me. I'm just going to clutch this book against my chest and cry some happy tears.

    One of my favourite things about Violet was her strength. She's feisty, independent, loyal and has a take no prisoners type of attitude. But let me go back and reiterate her strength. She was by far, one of the strongest heroines I've ever read, and that's what really made the story for me. She stood up for herself time and time again. She knew what was best for herself and her family, so she worked towards that. She learned to rely on those around her because they'll be there when it counts and she showed the same loyalty and love back to them. All in all, she was pretty kickass as far as fictional characters go.

    I have never picked up an MC book before, simply because the topic just doesn't appeal to me. When starting this series, I wasn't sure what to expect. Yes, I love Katie and I trust her but this is an area where I've never been before. What do I think now after finishing the third book? Bring on the motorcycles! I loved it! The club dynamic, the bond, the rules, the hierarchy, it was so intricate with layers and layers of detail that I was immediately immersed in their world. I love these characters and I love this series. As long as Katie keeps writing them, I'll keep reading!

    The connection and feelings that the two main characters have with each other is practically relationship goals. I'd be fine with that! Chevy is so swoonworthy and Violet can just break my heart with her vulnerability and feelings. These two together are pure magic.

    Oh and have I mentioned the angst? Um, hello! So, so good.

    I usually shy away from second chance romances because I have a hard time believing the connection/desire to be together again. I find that quite often it's just a quick way to completely leave out the building of a relationship and go straight from seeing each other straight to being in love. But would Katie do that? Definitely not!! I felt these two growing stronger together. Sure, their feelings never faded but they did break up for a reason. The reader gets to experience Chevy and Violet have their second chance at first love and I believed in every single word.

    I may have mentioned already that I love this book, don't worry, I didn't forget. But even just simple things about it like the friendship between Oz, Razor, Chevy and Violet. I love how close and tight knit this group is. How they can communicate with something as simple as a hand signal or a look. How they can understand each other and read between the lines of what they aren't saying. This entire friendship just makes my heart squeeze together in happiness.

    Not only one of my favourite previous characters from Katie, but one of my favourite characters EVER graced me with his presence!!!! HELLO Isaiah Walker! My boy! He's back! The twist that he and Rachel added to the story plus how this tied both series together was fantastic. Cameos from other characters are great, but with Isaiah being one of my favs, I was pretty excited to say the least.

    I'm a sucker for playlists in books and am always excited to get to the end so I can go through Katie's. Once again, not a single complaint on my end! Not only do all the songs fit perfectly but I love most of them already. Now whenever I hear Where It's At by Dustin Lynch, I'll think of Chevy and Violet. <3

    I find that a lot of readers these days aren't huge young adult fans. I understand that you want the steaminess that a romance or new adult read can give you, but I appreciate a well written young adult novel more for giving me the same feelings, intimacy, and making me fall in love with the couple, all without the explicit details. It forces the author to dive deeper with the character's emotions and bring them to the surface, to show the reader how much they're actually feeling. I personally love this about YA and Katie checks every box.

    On the topic of emotions, it was an extremely visceral feeling I had alongside Chevy and Violet. When they were scared, I was scared. When they were frustrated or angry, I was frustrated or angry. When they were falling in love, I was already there. *Cue the harps playing*. What good is a book of it doesn't make you think? If it doesn't make you feel? Have no fears because Long Way Home will let you do both.

    I seriously can't state enough how much I loved this book. This series just keeps getting better and better with each addition! Now is it too much to hope for a fourth book? Perhaps Addison and oh, I don't know... Dust? I don't think I'm ready to let these characters go yet! But either way, they're living forever on my bookshelves. I don't know how she does it, but Katie McGarry creates a winner time and time again. Long Way Home is some of her best work to date and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Need a fantastically written, swoon worthy, suspense story with themes to make you think? Check out this book and author. You won't be disappointed!

  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    Feb 13, 2017

    4.75 stars! This one really won me over in the end and the Pushing the Limits tie ins just about killed me. So excited for what's next!!!!!!

  • Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
    Jan 16, 2017

    As a fan of Katie McGarry, I look forward to each and every new release. And, not that I expected any different, this third and final book in the Thunder Road series did not disappoint.

    Chevy and Violet grew up side by side, children of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club. Since the death of her father Violet has distanced herself from the Terror, including Chevy, the boy she has always loved. She considers the Terror’s continued involvement in her life as an unwanted intrusion and all

    As a fan of Katie McGarry, I look forward to each and every new release. And, not that I expected any different, this third and final book in the Thunder Road series did not disappoint.

    Chevy and Violet grew up side by side, children of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club. Since the death of her father Violet has distanced herself from the Terror, including Chevy, the boy she has always loved. She considers the Terror’s continued involvement in her life as an unwanted intrusion and all she wants is to go to college and flee the small town and the reach of the Terror. When rival club, the Riot, becomes a threat to Violet, her mother and brother her only concern is keeping them safe. But is she willing to betray those she once considered family to make that happen?

    The only life Chevy has ever know is life with the Terror. His mother has tried to counter their influence but Chevy has long straddled the line between her and the club that has always been family. With longtime love Violet cutting him and the Terror from her life, his uncertain future after high school, and the still unanswered questions about the father he never knew, Chevy feels the mounting pressure to choose sides.

    Long Way Home started with a bang and kept me thoroughly invested until the very end – filled with tension, drama, romance and a twist I never saw coming. Chevy and Violet both found themselves in such impossible positions – faced with decisions that pitted one loyalty against another. How far would you go to protect someone you love? Would you betray one person if it meant saving another? Themes of what makes a family and what it means to be family were showcased so perfectly, along with loyalty, trust, forgiveness and forging your own path, even when that goes against expectations.

    I truly loved Violet and Chevy’s story. Violet is a strong young woman who was never afraid to speak her mind or do what she felt needed to be done. She was devoted to her brother and longed to see him become independent – the same thing she wished for her other, despite their differences. Chevy, like so many of McGarry’s male protagonists, is fiercely loyal and fiercely protective – qualities that never fail to draw me in. As a young man living under the weight of others’ expectations, he has never allowed himself the freedom to decide what he truly wants from his life. The growth in these characters was so well done, so realistic, and made for a richer reading experience.

    Fans already familiar with the Thunder Road world will be thrilled to finally see Chevy and Violet’s story told (as well as the appearance of a couple familiar faces from the Pushing the Limits series!). New readers will be instantly hooked and will no doubt be excited to backtrack and read the previous novels. Long Way Home is not to be missed and, while I’m sad to see this series end, I can’t wait to see what McGarry gives us next!

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  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    Jan 05, 2017

    was another gripping and romantic novel from Katie McGarry. I thought this book was extremely addicting, even though I found it to be overdramatic at times. I was able to easily immerse myself into this world and connect with the characters. I liked how Katie created strong and likeable characters for me to root for in this story. I do wish that the couples from the previous books would have been more prevalent in this book, but I was glad to at least get little mentions of those c

    was another gripping and romantic novel from Katie McGarry. I thought this book was extremely addicting, even though I found it to be overdramatic at times. I was able to easily immerse myself into this world and connect with the characters. I liked how Katie created strong and likeable characters for me to root for in this story. I do wish that the couples from the previous books would have been more prevalent in this book, but I was glad to at least get little mentions of those couples in this book.

    Violet was the main female character and I was surprised with how much I ended up liking her. In the previous books, I wasn't the biggest fan of her. Now that I know what was going on in her personal life and what she was thinking, I have gained a lot of respect for her. I discovered that Violet is independent, passionate, and determined. I loved how she wasn't afraid to stand up for herself, especially in front of the typical "alpha" type males in her world. There were times where I felt like she was being overdramatic and she seemed to drag things out, but other than that, I really enjoyed her character. I am glad that I got to know more about Violet and that I understand her more now.

    Chevy was the other main character and he was extremely swoon-worthy, just like all of Katie's male characters. Chevy was loyal, respectful, and dedicated. I liked getting to be inside of his head and see him struggle with all of the decisions he was faced with in the book. I felt bad for him and I just wanted to give him a hug throughout this book! It was easy to fall in love with Chevy and root for him to get his happy ending.

    The romance in this book was well paced, believable, and full of swoons. I thought Katie did a great job at building an interesting backstory for the romance between Chevy and Violet and building on that. The tug and pull of their relationship was equal parts frustrating and delicious. Chevy and Violet had a lot of issues to work out, and I think Katie handled those issues extremely well. It was easy to see how much they cared for each other and respected each other. There were a few moments where I felt like their romance was a little melodramatic and soap opera-ish, but I enjoyed their romance as a whole.

    The plot of this book was interesting and extremely addictive. It was hard for me to put down this book because I was so intrigued to see what was going to be revealed next. There were some shocking events that went down in this book, so I am excited to see how they will possibly effect the characters in the next book!

    If you are looking for a YA romance series with action, drama, and motorcycles, then this is the series for you! I know fans of this series will love this book.

    4 / 5 Fangs

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Dec 28, 2016

    DNF

    Mini review to come.

  • Monica Murphy
    Feb 08, 2017

    I've really enjoyed this series and Katie McGarry is one of my favorite YA writers. Her books are always gritty and real. This one is no different. Loved it.