Goodreads’ Book Description:
It was only meant to last the summer . . .
Talia Stolfi has seen more than her share of loss in her twenty-one years. But then fate brought her Bran Lockhart, and her dark world was suddenly and spectacularly illuminated. So if being with Bran means leaving her colorless NorCal life for rugged and wild Australia, then that’s what she’ll do. But as much as Talia longs to give herself over completely to a new beginning, the fears of her past are still lurking in the shadows.
Bran Lockhart knows that living without the beautiful girl who stole his heart will be torment, so he’ll take whatever time with her he can. But even though she has packed up her life in California and is back in his arms for the time being, she can’t stay forever. And the remaining time they have together is ticking by way too fast. Though fate seems determined to tear them apart, they won’t give up without a fight—because while time may have limits, their love is infinite . . .
I looove me some Bran and Talia.
These two characters have so much spunk and personality. They are entertaining to read about and I love that their story didn’t end in UPSIDE DOWN.
SIDESWIPED delivers angst and love and conflict. I may have teared up a bit, too. I get easily annoyed when characters don’t do what I want them to do, but Lia Riley does not disappoint. She definitely had me on edge a couple of times, but it was just what the story needed.
My favorite part about Bran and Talia’s continued love story is probably how real everything about them is. Their problems are realistic; the troubles they go through are understandable and relatable. Not everything is hearts and flowers and I get that. I may not like it, but I get it.
“Bran and I, we share the same soul and end up yanking it back and forth like two people with a single blanket on a cold night.”
I loved this quote because it sums up Talia and Bran perfectly. They need each other, but they don’t always know what to do with all their love. And they love so hard.
This might not make sense now, but after you read UPSIDE DOWN and SIDESWIPED, my experience will hopefully click for you.
Lia 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 XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live in Northern California.
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