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Book Review | Sideswiped by Lia Riley

Book Review | Sideswiped


“Sometimes in order to find yourself, you need to venture off the map.

Talia and Bran broke all the rules and navigated dark and stormy emotional waters to be together and now that they finally seem to have found their way back to each other, the winds of change threaten to blow their love off course yet again…”


Sideswiped is about finding out who you are and what you want to become.  It’s also about making difficult choices and not letting the world influence your decisions.  It’s about love and challenges that couples face.

Lia Riley’s second book in the Off The Map Series didn’t disappoint.  It continued the story of Bran and Talia, a young couple trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do, while trying to make their relationship work.

When you’re young it’s all about figuring out what to do with your life, but when you throw love into the mix it gets complicated.  Then it’s a balancing act of making that person happy and following your dreams.  That’s exactly what was going on with Bran and Talia during the second book.

At the end of Upside Down, the first book in the series, Bran flies from Australia to California to win Talia back and ask her to move in with her.  Then Sideswiped begins when Talia is traveling back to Australia – to live with Bran and finish her thesis project at the University of Tasmania.

They seemed to be doing fine at the beginning, but as Talia thought about what she would do next, their world together started to change.  Bran had the opportunity to work with the Sea Alliance, a marine conservation organization, and Talia secretly applied for the Peace Corps.  While Bran was so desperate to keep things the way they were, Talia was wondering if they could make things work and still be able to follow their dreams.

I really enjoyed Sideswiped because the relationship elements were so relatable.  It’s hard to be in love with someone when you want to follow your dreams.  I had to let a relationship go because we wanted completely different things.  I was going places that he wasn’t willing to go and the more we fought, the more I realized we weren’t right for each other.  I’m happy that it turned out the way it did because I wouldn’t be where I am today, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work out for others.  There are people who can make it work and have the strength to keep fighting – like Bran and Talia.

So far I love the series and I can’t wait for the final book to come out.  Thank you to Lia Riley and  Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for allowing me to read a copy of this book for an honest review.

Favorite Quotes

“If miracles were real, I’d swear we were designed to fit together.”

“Before I met Tailia, my foot was on the gas – in the wrong-ass direction.  She stepped into my blind spot when least expected.”

“I broke my life rules for her, without thought or hesitation.  Because when you love somebody, really love them, there are no rules.”


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About the Author

Lia Riley_Photo Credit Kitti HommeLia Riley writes offbeat New Adult Romance.  After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction.  She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling fourex with station hands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.  A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends.  Her very patient husband doesn’t mind.  Much.  When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach comps, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip.  She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

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Publishing Company: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Release Date: October 7, 2014

Genre: New Adult


Book Review | Upside Down by Lia Riley

Book Review | Upside Down

Upside Down is the first in Lia Riley’s Off The Map series.  It follows the relationship of Natalia (Talia) Stolfi, a girl from Santa Cruz, California and Brandon (Bran) Lockhart, an Australian young man she meets during her study abroad program.

The past year had been difficult for Talia and she didn’t know how to deal with the death of her sister.  A study abroad program to Australia was just what she felt she needed.  It would give her time away from the painful memories that consumed her and the life she felt was falling apart.

Bran comes from a wealthy family, but his life is anything but perfect.  As he runs from his past, he meets Talia, but finds that his feelings for her, brought his inner demons to the service.  While he’s trying to deal with his issues, he hurts Talia along the way…more than once.

Both are trying to forget the past and start something new, but it’s the past that keeps coming between them.


I thought this was a great book!  As you read, you’re constantly wanting Talia and Bran to finally say they’re together, but too much gets in the way.

After Tailia’s sister dies, her OCD intensified, but spending time with Bran it’s not as apparent.  She realizes that she can be more open with Bran than anyone else in her life, including her parents and friends.  Not to mention he’s a hot Australian.  I was trying to imagine what his accent might have sounded like while I was reading the book.

Talia might have been a little dramatic at times, but I think part of it was her OCD and the other was her inexperience with men.

Bran on the other hand is, internally, dealing with a previous relationship that ended badly.  He was in love with this other girl and doesn’t want to feel that same hurt with Talia.  That’s why he keeps just enough distance between them, even though he has completely fallen for her.

They both open up about things that lifts weight off their shoulders and in doing so they allow their relationship to grow.  They just never solidify their relationship throughout this first book and Talia’s impending departure from Australia makes defining their relationship even more difficult.

The more intimate parts in the book are not over-done and cheesy.  It was tastefully done and it didn’t overpower the entire story.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book and I’m excited to read the next book in the Off The Map series.

Here are the next two books in the Off The Map Series:

Release Date: October 7, 2014

Release Date: December 2, 2014

Favorite Quotes

“There’s a part where Mr. Rochester tells Jane it’s as if he had a string under his rib, connected to hers, and he’s afraid there parting would snap the connection and they’d both bleed inwardly.  Bran’s become vital to me, and our time together has almost run its course.”

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Publishing Company: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Release Date:  August 5, 2014

Genre: New Adult

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