Feb 22, 2015

Sideswiped by Lia Riley


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 . . .


I won the trilogy and received the books via Netgalley

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Talia and Bran have been given another chance to be together. Talia can finish her degree in Australia and Bran is studying for his honors at the same university. Bran has found them a fantastic place to live, so everything should be perfect, but it isn't. Talia is only there for a limited number of months and she's trying to decide what she wants to do with her life. Bran has been offered a fantastic chance and he doesn't want to take it, so he can continue living with Talia, but is that what she wants? And what about their past, have they truly been able to get over it or is it still very present in their lives?

 After book one I almost didn't want to keep on reading as the ending was so beautiful, but I was also curious to find out more. Bran and Talia's story continues and they have grown in this book. They are more mature and they are more honest with each other. Bran is showing his vulnerable side, while Talia is trying to become stronger. They clearly need each other and what they need from one another is very important throughout the whole story. Not everything goes according to plan and sometimes I was almost afraid to keep on reading. I wanted them to be all right, but this book is like real life, which is filled with challenges. 

Side Swiped has a lot of sexy scenes, which all have a purpose. During these scenes something meaningful always happens. I liked that aspect of the story a lot and I think the author has done a fabulous job with her intertwining. The writing is great, this is again an easy read, but with a lot of depth and emotional turmoil. I loved the development of the relationship between Bran and Talia. They really deserved another book. The second story of the trilogy is again a strong one. I read it in one sitting, because I couldn't put it down.

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