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Blog Tour and Book Review: Inside Out (Off The Map #3) by Lia Riley

Inside Out by: Lia Riley

Series: Off the Map #3

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication: December 2nd, 2014

 

When Talia first moved from California to Australia to study abroad, she never dreamed she’d find the love of her life. Bran understands her like no one ever has before. And despite the numerous challenges they’ve faced, they’ve always managed to figure out how to stay together. But this time they’ll face their toughest hurdle yet. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?

 

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My Review

Inside Out picks up right where Sideswiped left off. Talia has gone to Africa and joined the Peace Corps. She is still struggling, trying to define who she is. Bran on the other-hand, has gone to Antarctica. While Bran and Talia are separated, it gives Bran the time to realize that he’s messed up and doesn’t want to live a life without Talia. Now, it’s time for him to make things right. Unfortunately while the two of them are separated, Talia contracts a very serious illness. Things weren’t going well for Bran on the boat in Antarctica either. Some quick thinking on his part, helped him save someones life and he quickly gained hero status. Bran was not at all happy with this fame. Once he gets word of Talia’s condition, he drops everything, to be by her side. As Talia gets better, there will still be many hurdles that Bran and Talia will have to handle. Talia and Bran have always been able to get through the hard stuff as long as they did it together. Will their love be strong enough to get past all the hard stuff this time around???

After reading Sideswiped, I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. Boy, was I not disappointed. The writing is smart and the story-line is absolutely captivating. I couldn’t get enough of this book and I am so sad that Bran and Talia’s story is over.

“You’ll never believe such beauty exists-not really-unless you have the guts to brave life, go off the map, and find your own way there”

Bran and Talia have come so far since the first book.  They’ve both finally realized that you can’t run away from your problems. That you have to face them, no matter how scary or what the outcome. And I loved how they never tried to change one another. They always accepted who they were and in the end that made them so much stronger.

“I’m a prism, refracting his light. His features spin through a kaleidoscope of emotions starting at brutal need and ending with an unexpected vulnerability”

Bran and Talia were real, flawed, and had issues. Again, I am in awe of the way the author handled the issue with Talia’s OCD and how it changed and shaped her life. Also, she did an amazing job with Bran’s issues with love and being loved and how he chose to overcome them. In the end, it was their love that proved to be stronger than either one of them ever thought possible.

Inside Out was a quick and easy read for me. The dual pov’s were a wonderful part of the story. It was great being inside both Bran and Talia’s head. I loved every second of this story. From the characters, to the drama, the angst, the romance, the sexy and swoony times: I loved it all. And thank you, thank you Lia Riley, for giving us such an amazing ending.

You know, I could sit here all day and try to tell you all the things that I loved about this story, this series. But in the end, this is one of those, that I think you really need to read and see for yourself why I love it so much…..

 

*An ARC copy of this book was provided to me, in exchange for an honest review*

*Quotes provided via ARC and may slightly differ from the completed copy*

*Teaser Credits: Via Author’s FB Page

 

About The Author

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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Book Review – Scenes from the City (Knitting in the City #4.5) by Penny Reid

ARC Kindly provided by Penny Reid in exchange for an honest review

What makes Penny Reid such a darn awesome author? The fact that she creates delicious sinful treats for her readers such as this collection of Knitting in the City short stories. I LOVE a good novella accompaniment to a series and Penny Reid has well and truly delivered.

I really struggle to pick my favourite couples from this series, so I can’t tell you how grateful I am that this book checks in with everyone we’ve read about so far. It really felt like the gift that kept on giving. Each scene packed a punch. Don’t for one second think that short means light on story or detail, each character’s scene was just right, from quirky and random, to heartfelt and sweet and everything in between. When Penny Reid writes she tells the story that the characters need her to tell, which makes her hit the mark Every. Single. Time.

This little book is broken up into 5 parts. There’s the quirky mixed with steamy in Janie & Quinn’s storyline, their honeymoon in fact. Since it’s been a while since I’ve read their 2 books it was nice to remind myself why they were the couple that made me obsessed with this series.

The second is Elizabeth and Nico… Oh my goodness what I wouldn’t give to have that kind of homecoming after a horrible day, these two set each other on fire whether they’re being intense or sweet. Then we move onto Sandra & Alex, this one had me giggling almost the whole way through. I love these two, the things that they get up to! This story just goes to show there really is someone out there for everyone.

The fourth scene is Ashley & Drew, I have SUCH a soft spot for these two. They made my heart explode in Beauty and the Mustache so I was elated to get more of them. I would’ve taken any glimpse into their lives but this beautiful short little story about their reunion threatened to make me have a case of exploding heart all over again. I seriously don’t know if I’ll ever get enough of them.

Finally we begin the story of Fiona & Greg. This story was the longest of the five stories and for good reason. We haven’t had the Fiona & Greg book yet, (Happily Ever Ninja) it’s due 2015. Of course I was always going to read it, because I’m an obsessed fan-girl reader of this series… But after this, I am even more impatient to devour their story. The scene is set, their background has been laid bare, the chemistry is brewing and by the end all I wanted was more. It was a very smart move to introduce us to them in this format. I’m already so invested in their story, I am definitely going to be re-reading this little introduction before I dive into their full length book.

So there you have it. Christmas has come early in the form of a Penny Reid novella. A 5+ star read for me and a necessity if you are a Knitting in the City series fan. Seriously. Just go and get the book before it disappears. (December 15th) You’ll miss out on the amazingness if you don’t and nobody likes to miss out!

 

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