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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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  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455585742
  • Publisher: Piatkus (6 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,310 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 Great second installment 7 October 2014
By Misha - Published on
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Review originally posted at The Book Enthusiast:

Sideswiped, the second book in Lia Riley's Off the Map series, is the continuation of Talia and Bran's story. Please read the first book, Upside Down, prior to starting this one. In Sideswiped Talia and Bran are reunited in Australia after Talia is granted a temporary visa, but their journey is far from over. As the weeks sail by and they fall deeper in love, the pressure is on to make important decisions about their lives and personal ambitions. Will they be able to compromise in order to have a future together, or will their demons tear them apart for good?

Despite the uncertainty of her future, Talia was unbelievably strong in this book. To take the chances she did and have so much faith and trust in her relationship with Bran was very courageous and inspiring. She showed great maturity in understanding that they were both young and should follow their dreams. Talia wasn't going to let fear hold her back, which was so commendable, especially given the challenges she had faced in her life.

I also greatly respected the way Talia approached her relationship with Bran. Her love and adoration for him was undeniable. Bran was not the easiest person to love, but she accepted and embraced his faults and loved him for the person that he was. She wasn't trying to change him, but she did want both of them to have a happy future. I will say that was a bit concerned about Talia's management of her OCD, and I fear it will come back to hurt her later on.

I still adored Bran in Sideswiped, but he was admittedly very frustrating at times. Every time he swept his discussion of the future with Talia under the rug, I knew he was doing a great disservice to their relationship. He was so confident in his plan for the future, but I honestly felt like he was blinded by his love for Talia. Bran loved her with everything he had, and his fear of losing her was so palpable that it broke my heart. I just wanted to reach into the book to give him a hug.

Bran's fears were justifiable, and it was difficult knowing that the pain of his past made him unable to see things from Talia's point of view. The whole situation made my heart ache. I desperately hoped that her belief in their relationship would be enough for both of them. I was glad we saw more of Bran's family in this book as it definitely helped me understand him more, although his relationship with them made me so angry. It also really enforced to me how much he needed Talia.

I am head over heels in love with Talia and Bran. They are both passionate and real, and I felt the honesty in their story. They are young, trying to navigate the future and find a balance between their relationship and their dreams. I absolutely adore Riley's writing style and her sense of humor. The way Talia and Bran interact and banter with each other is so fun, and yet the emotions still run deep and the strength of their love is always there. This unique series continues to touch my heart, and I absolutely cannot wait for the conclusion of Talia and Bran's story.

*An advance copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.*
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 real, thrilling, powerful, romantic stars! 11 October 2014
By Michelina (Mikki @A Bookish Escape) - Published on
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When I read the first installment in the Off the Map Series, Upside Down, I was blown away! I could not believe that it was Lia Riley's debut novel! It left me with a nice little book hangover. I absolutely fell in love with Talia and Bran! When I read the first book, I knew that their journey was far from over.

Talia and Bran never expected to fall in love. One summer was all it took to change their life forever. A new beginning is what she was looking for, and Talia is ready to start a new journey next to Bran. Once she's back in Australia and in Bran's arms, the everyday life catches up fast and things start to get messy. Will Talia and Bran's love be strong enough to survive or will the decisions that have been made will tear them apart?

Addictive characters, fantastic writing style and an overall memorable reading escape! The banter between Talia and Bran is AMAZING!!! Sideswiped was everything I was expecting it to be!

What I loved about this book is that Talia and Bran's relationship grew so much! I can remember how they were at the beginning of the first installment. When I look back, I can't help but cheer for them for all that they have accomplished. Not all life journeys are the same. Sometimes a book will leave me happy by being a standalone novel, and other times I feel like a book really needs more than one installment to leave me satisfied. This series is a perfect example! When I finished reading the first installment it left me in a happy place, but I could not wait to embark on a new journey with Talia and Bran. I wanted to see how they dealt with demons of the past that were still lurking around.

Talia surprise me in this book. I loved how she set her foot down and made a decision that would changer both their lives. Bran was against her decision and he made her understand how he felt. I have to admit that I love Bran, but I wanted to kick his butt more than once while reading Sideswiped! lol!! I understood his POV, but I felt like he did not give Talia a chance to explain the WHY of her life changing decision. He only thought of the consequences of her decision. Deep down I knew that Bran was going to see the reason why Talia made that decision, and he did!

The love that these two have for each other is strong, passionate and heartwarming! They are an incredible couple, and I can't wait to read the last part of their unbelievable journey together! I'm happy that I won't have to wait too long to get my hands on Inside Out, December is just around the corner! :)

I give, Sideswiped, by Lia Riley 4.5 real, thrilling, powerful, romantic stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 8 October 2014
By Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer (book blog) - Published on
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Upside Down, the first book in the Off the Map series, was emotional, funny, sexy—basically everything New Adult should be. I loved Talia and Bran’s story, and while I was excited to see more of them in Sideswiped, I admit part of me was a bit wary. Sometimes when there’s a series about the same people, it can ruin the feelings you first had for them. You might get tired of the characters, or they go in a direction you don’t like, or any number of other things. So even though I loved these characters and part of me was like GIVE ME ALL THE TALIA AND BRAN, I went into Sideswiped cautiously. I think it’s a testament to Lia Riley’s writing that after reading Sideswiped I love these characters even more and wish I could read about them forever.

It was easy to get invested in Talia and Bran’s love story in Upside Down, and that feeling just grew in Sideswiped. Their relationship is far from perfect, but the love they have for each other is beautiful. The romantic things they say to each other had me alternately swooning and sighing wistfully. Then there were times when they infuriated me so much I wanted to knock their heads together…hard. In many cases, that might make me dislike the book itself, because the characters are just so freaking stupid you wonder how they can function, but that wasn’t the case with Sideswiped. Talia and Bran are so human, so real. They both have issues—together and separately—and they’re legitimate issues people and couples deal with. They make mistakes, they sometimes say things that make you cringe, but it’s REAL, and I love that.

Their struggles were very real and believable—wondering what to do after school; wanting to stay together, but not sure how to make it work; wanting to do things they’re passionate about, but worrying what it would mean for their relationship. I felt for them and wanted things to work out, but wondered how they could. Their situation seemed hopeless at times, and that really came across.

Now, let’s see, what else can I gush about? ;-) This book wasn’t all seriousness and angst though; there was a lot of humour—great banter, plus funny internal dialogue from both characters. I was happy to see more from Bran’s perspective this time around. Dual POV can sometimes be a disaster, but Riley pulled it off seamlessly.

Something else I love: how Riley doesn’t shy away from anything. She puts it all out there. In the first book there’s this part with a vibrator that shocked me because you rarely read about stuff like that. It was funny and sexy and honest. In Sideswiped there’s a scene in a waxing parlour that had me just about rolling. My mouth was hanging open and I ended up in a complete giggle fit. Riley took scenarios that could be totally shocking and possibly uncomfortable and made them hilarious and relatable. I love the overall messages about pleasure and sex. I also love how realistic the sex scenes are. They’re ridiculously hot, but there are small things you don’t often see in sex scenes that make them real, and make them things you can relate to. They’re not just wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am sex scenes, they’re sensual and just SO FREAKING HOT. I appreciated that Talia became more adventurous sexually and enjoyed exploring and knew it was okay to have a healthy, active sex life. There need to be more books like this, where the sex is a natural part of the story and isn’t thrown in as an afterthought or to reach a quota of sexytimes.

Lia Riley is officially one of my favourite voices in New Adult. The world needs more books like this—honest, real, raw, relatable, funny, sexy, and memorable. I was emotionally invested in Sideswiped from beginning to end. It made me laugh, made my heart ache, inspired me, and made me believe that true love really is possible. Even though I’m going to be sad to say goodbye to Talia and Bran, I’m eager to read the conclusion of their story in Inside Out, and then to see what Lia Riley comes up with after that.
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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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Loving this series! 1 January 2015
By roxyrolla - Published on
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book!

Bran loves Talia. Talia loves Bran. And so they lived happily ever after, right? Right?! Wouldn't be much of a book if that's how it went down, and I think it would have been easy for "Sideswiped" to fall victim to the sophomore slump if that's how Lia Riley decided to write it. Fortunately, this series continues on with the same great writing and realistic characters that I came to love in "Upside Down".

Talia is fortunate to be able to finish her degree in Hobart while Bran works on his research project, and they are also able to play house together. While the relationship is still new and there are a few bumps, they quickly get into a rhythm that works for them. Lurking in the background, however, is the knowledge that Talia's visa will soon run out, and then what? Not only that, but Talia also realizes that Bran is not completely happy with being stuck in a lab all day - she doesn't want to stifle his passionate spirit. And not only that, but Talia has the need to go off on her own and spread her wings, too - she needs to see what she can accomplish herself, without riding Bran's coattails. Bran, meanwhile, comes up with a desperate plan to keep them together, but by holding on so hard, he's inadvertently pushing Talia away.

Ugh, the angst! I could feel the tension with every page! Talia and Bran's situation hit quite close to home as I recalled the early stages of my relationship with my husband - newly graduated with no real clue of what I wanted to do with my future, career-wise, but sure that I'd found "the one" I wanted to be with, and knowing somehow that things would work out.

Talia finally gets to meet Bran's family in "Sideswiped" during the Melbourne Cup, and what a bunch of pompous jerks they are! No wonder Bran wants nothing to do with them! At least Talia gets an insider's view of what makes Bran tick, and I think it makes her appreciate him all the more.

My one complaint would have to be that there was not much said about Talia's OCD. It seems like she's been handling her disorder quite well, and while her struggles were mentioned a few times, I thought there would have been more of a focus on that subject.

I'm not sure what else to say except that this, the "Off the Map" series by Lia Riley, is probably my favourite New Adult series of the year, so if you like New Adult and you haven't picked this one up yet, definitely give it a go!

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