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Sideswiped: Off the Map 2 by [Riley, Lia]
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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 . . .

Praise for Upside Down:

'Upside Down gave me all the feels. Romantic and poignant, the journey of love and acceptance lingers long after the book is closed' Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn, # 1 New York Times bestselling author

'Must read romance . . . Upside Down is refreshing and heartfelt New Adult contemporary romance . . . Talia and Bran's romance is a slow burn with a large serving of conflict, angst and emotion. That said, the dialogue is smart, quick-witted and enhanced by hilarious banter and Australian colloquialisms that provide laughs scene after scene' USA Today


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1153 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455585742
  • Publisher: Piatkus (7 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N9AVCVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.75 stars--SIDESWIPED is the second installment in Lia Riley’s contemporary, new adult OFF THE MAP romance series focusing on Talia Stolfi and Bran Lockhart. Their continuing story finds our couple reunited in Australia where life together is anything but easy. From difficult family situations to finishing up thesis papers and more, Talia and Bran will discover that there is more to life than hot sex and moonlit nights. Life has a funny way of getting in the way when desires and past dreams becomes front and center.

The storyline follows Bran and Talia’s tumultuous relationship. Talia’s increasing struggles with OCD begin to spiral out of control when family issues for both Bran and herself take a decidedly darker turn. Talia reconsiders what it is she wants from life when the Peace Corps begins calling her name. While Bran has given up his need for the Sea Alliance environmental cause, there is still the hope that one day he will become an active volunteer. Talia will make the decision to move on but not out of Bran’s life, but Bran is unable to understand Talia’s desire for something more.

There is no denying Bran and Talia’s love for one another-one riddled with jealousy, concern, heartbreak and mistrust. Bran and Talia’s pasts and their family histories have scarred our couple with emotional and psychological wounds that have yet to heal. Add the potential for loss and Bran will be hurled into the despair of anguish and no hope.

The secondary characters include Bran’s dysfunctional family-from a father who desires a reconciliation with his son and a mother who is more concerned about appearances, Bran must weather the storm that is family. Add a sister whose own marriage is collapsing, Bran struggles with the right thing to do.
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This is the second book in the Off the Map series and could be read as a standalone but I strongly urge you to read the awesomeness from the beginning with Upside Down. I’m not one for spoilers so if you want to know how it ends, you will have to read the book.
So, I have been hanging out for this book – I really love the characters Talia and Bran but what really hooked me is the undercurrent of so many personality traits, confliction and issues. I had high expectations for Sideswiped and it’s both delivered and denied. I did have a fantasy wish for Talia and Bran and their journey but I quickly had to let it go and enjoy the ride.
Sideswiped picks up right where Upside Down ends, they decide to make a go of their relationship with Talia returning to Australia. I was expecting this book to be all happy, ‘honeymoon’ phase … it certainly was the honeymoon period but it quickly disintegrated into the bad kind. I was actually starting to think ‘is this turning into a War of the Roses’ type story. Both parties are hyper aware that Talia’s visa is coming to an end and are trying to work out a plan. This was my disappointed point – it’s very repetitive.
Moving back to the positives, Lia continues to masterfully pen the undercurrent of issues that shape the characters just as she did through the first book. Talia struggles with her OCD and her disappointing lack of parental support. She also has to deal with her jealousy and insecurities while finding her way in this relationship. Bran struggles with his moral ethics and relationship history and its emotional hang ups.
The main message of this book and I hope readers will take from it is the theme of living in the present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it possible to love it more than I loved Upside Down? 8 October 2014
By Shopgirl - Published on Amazon.com
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I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review (although I loved it so much, I bought it as well!) And I can honestly say that this is a fabulous book. HOWEVER, I really think that if you haven't read the first book in the series, Upside Down, you should start with that one (which is also amazing.) This wasn't written as a stand-alone book and I just don't think you will fully understand the characters' issues and struggles, and even their passion, if you haven't read the first book.

That being said, I can't stop thinking about Sideswiped. Talia and Bran have such a passionate love for each other, in a way where they see each others' flaws and accept them, and are crazy for each other anyway. I think this is what makes their story resonate long after the book is over. Also, I think the author did an incredible job showing the dilemmas that develop when you fall in love with someone at the wrong time. In this case, Bran and Talia are just too young for this type of love, so they have to negotiate between their love and reality - that they've barely lived their lives yet and they both have things they need to do. I think this heart wrenching situation was captured beautifully and I often felt like I was right there with the characters as they struggled with it.

I am not usually a big reader of the New Adult genre, but this book, and this series, is for every young reader,AND every "older" reader who remembers what it was like to be young and deeply in love, and still trying to figure out they were and what they wanted. Highly recommended!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second Book Perfection 8 October 2014
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My favorite book of Riley's so far. Second books in the series are always my favorite. It's where s*** gets real. It's where the characters realize...well, heck, we've professed our love, so now what? And Riley answers that question perfectly. Love (the best kind) is messy. Real people screw up. And these characters are so real, they practically bitch-slapped me in the face while reading.

Book two has Talia and Bran living together in a quaint little cottage (one that I so badly covet). They are working through making their relationship work while finishing up their studies. Talia's OCD starts to spiral and Bran is faced with some hard decisions in regards to his dream job. These two are put through the ringer in this book and their relationship is pushed to the brink.

I really loved how Talia handled the whole situation with going for your dream AND being with the person you love, something that I think a lot of twenty-somethings think is not possible. I saw this a lot with my friends in college--they'd give up studying abroad just to make sure that they wouldn't lose the guy they loved. It was refreshing to have a strong heroine that wanted to make her relationship work, but also didn't want to compromise her (or Bran's) dream. She gives Bran a swift kick in the ass when he needs it the most and it makes them stronger because of it.

I love this couple so hard and can't wait to see them get their happily ever after they deserve.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one! 4 December 2014
By Sarah M - Published on Amazon.com
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The speed at which I tore through this book is a little embarrassing, but I had to know what was going to happen! I love Talia and Bran, even when they're a PITA.

I will say that I usually hate sequels/series of romance books. I tend to prefer companion novels, where we focus on the other characters from a story but glimpse our favorites from a previous book. This is because I think "great, they're in love and happy, why torture them? Just let them go."

I love a quick and easy happily ever after romance.

BUT.

That's not real. And I get that maybe we don't always want real. But sometimes we need it--real has lessons to impart. That being said, I could have used this book in my late teens/early twenties, because I was an idiot, and I made a ton of s*** decisions based on what I thought was love. I think this trilogy really could have helped me get it together.
5.0 out of 5 stars More Loveliness from Lia Riley! 3 February 2015
By Moon Stars - Published on Amazon.com
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This second one of the series has a different tone since the characters are already together, so that initial first spark isn't there. BUT that does NOT mean the heat is gone. At all. Talia and Bran have this amazingly explosive yet tender relationship that goes through ups and downs, rights and lefts and zig-zags. They learn from each other, support each other, fire each others passions. The end was aggravating but necessary for them to grow more as a couple. Good thing there's a third book because HOT DAMN, I really need to see them finally settle into a cohesive blossoming yet stable relationship. They both deserve some peace and all the love the other has to offer.
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5-4 stars 25 October 2014
By Anjena - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved being back with Talia and Bran. It's always harder to get a story as exciting when the couple is formed but I truly enjoyed seeing their relationship going maybe not always forward but going...LOL At times I got frustrated at esp B not budging, showing that he grew. But on the other hand he did so in the first book and now it was T's turn. I will def read the next book. There is a nice flow in the writing that appeals to me.

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