Book Review: Sideswiped

Sideswiped (Off the Map #2) by Lia Riley: 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 . . .

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Sideswiped generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Sideswiped, book two in Lia Riley’s Off the Map new adult series, gives us more Bran & Talia excitement – two people destined for greatness fighting to foster the beautiful connection created between them. The story is told from both Bran and Talia’s points of view and the author’s choice to include more of Bran really worked for me. I liked the inner dialogues of both characters. Lia Riley’s writing is as emotional as it is comedic. These two characters together really prove to the reader why we should believe in the beauty of their love. Their banter is witty and fun mixed in with the feelings of angst over their individual futures. This story navigates the pulse of their relationship during a time of confusion over what they each should do with their futures. It’s a question that tests all “new adults” and Riley’s examination of the issue while maintaining their love works really well.

Upside Down focused on the newness of the feelings Bran & Talia experience when it came to each other, Sideswiped takes the newness and makes it a raw and real exploration of the consuming feelings we get after we’ve fallen in love. I enjoyed the complexity of these two characters much more in book two than book one. Reading their fight to be in love and understand each other made the story so fierce. The nuances we learned about their pasts and how those events play out in the present also worked great. Lia Riley excited me to learn more about Bran & Talia. I was rooting for them after book one. I believe in them after book two – after the conflicts they endured. Especially Talia, her growth and the resolute conviction in her decisions is amazing. The ending perplexed me a bit. I’m okay with cliffhangers but something about this ending left me reeling. It’s only slight. Maybe I’m just that excited to read the conclusion to this trilogy. Discovering how Bran & Talia's journey concludes is something I look forward to, I know this author will deliver. If you’re looking for funny, well written new adult romance – Lia Riley is an author to try.

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