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Title: Sideswiped

Author: Lia Riley

Published Date: October 7th 2014

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis: 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 . . .

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Review: WARNING: This is book two of a trilogy... AND you NEED to have read Upside Down to understand anything and everything in this book.
Now that that bit's done. Let's move onto my ramblings about the book. Prepare yourselves.

I know Lia Riley to the point where she teases me endlessly. She warned me that Sideswiped was going to be filled with hard times and I believed her for the most part. I mean look at her author profile pic (down below), that is not a face that can harm a readers soul. Well LIES. That face has lies! Lia's nice and all but man is there some deep stuff lurking in there.
Sideswiped starts off a few months after the events that occur in Upside Down, which is a HAPPY ending of some sort.
One thing I love about this series is that it reveals that not everything will be all fine and dandy when it comes to relationships. There's obstacles to overcome other than just being hesitant to revealing your emotions to your significant other.
You see both Talia and Bran have some crazy family problems and personal ones that they need to overcome. Talia did the majority of that obstacle conquering in book 1; this time, it's Bran's turn. And boy is it a turn.
You see, Bran is insecure and stubborn, for good reason. His family is crud and knowing that he believes himself to be unworthy about anything good that comes his way. There were so many times where I wanted to slap some sense into him. Brandon seems to focus more on the bad than the good. He knows he has something good, something amazing, with Talia but he lets his insecurities and past experiences drive his actions and you're yelling at the book "WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?!?!"

Bran throws himself pity parties and is scared. I understand the reasons but really he needed to grow some balls and take a chance. He loves Talia but he's scared witless, he doesn't have faith in Talia's love even though they say it to each other every breathing moment. And finally, when Talia takes action to better herself and this relationship he understand. He has his head on right. 
A lot of frustration and cussing went down while reading this. And when I start cussing I can't stop for hours... I've yet to stop. I mean the simple name Brandon has me spewing curse words (don't even ask to see my notes on Kindle).
Besides all the stupid actions that occur, the ending is worth it. Talia and Bran realized that not everything is black and white. They need to have faith in the gray and have faith in each other.   

Impatiently waiting for Inside Out
James 1:12
P.S. A second part of this review will go up sometime next week.

Author Bio & Links:
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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October 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM delete

Hey, this was a great review. I enjoyed it :)

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