Title: Inside Out
Author: Lia Riley
Series: Off the Map
Publisher: Forever (Hachette)
Published: December 2, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: 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?
**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher,
but that did not influence the review**
5 glorious and deep loving stars You guys. You. Guys. YOU GUYS. I love this series something fierce. What an epic love story. The anguish and heartache both Bran and Talia go through was so real, so touching, so moving…and I was so invested. I honestly feel so upset that it’s over. I loved their journey and the way it all worked out, even it parts were so gut wrenchingly sad, it was worth every heart clench.
First, let’s discuss the cover because all I see is Bran’s gun. Yes, go ahead and scroll back up to look at the title, I’ll be here after you gaze at it. Ok, you’re back. RAWR. right? I’d bite that too in a car *snicker*. Did I really type that? I sure did! But really, it’s so pretty and sweet and yet sexy and strong and omg, I just love it (the cover people, not *just* the bicep!). It’s perfect.
Now let’s talk about the story. Bran and Talia haven’t had it easy, and it seemed like even they didn’t believe they deserved the kind of love they thought they were feeling. But they do deserve it, and once they both realized they were worthy…well let’s just say amazing things happened: angels were singing, birds were chirping, and I had big clappy hands while I tweeted the author to tell her how much I love Bran and Talia together.
This is definitely a character driven story, which is a good thing because Talia and Bran are what made this book and this series so special. Strong, but with flaws that seemed to almost eat them alive. Talia was a mess, but what made me love her so much was that she knew she was a mess…yet she desperately tried to work through it. Bran was strong, but he still had plenty of his own demons as well. This my friends, is the stuff that great books are made of, it’s what I loved. I could not get enough of watching them build up little by little…it was amazing and my heart swelled each time there was a step in the right direction.
The romance is divine. I don’t know how Ms. Riley wrote 3 whole books yet kept it fresh, smexy, and hot every single time. You’d think it would have gotten old, but there was always something that either made my heart flutter or break out into a sweat to fan myself. I could list my favorite scenes….but I won’t because I’m a spoiler phobe like that. Just trust me, the chemistry was just as hot as book 1, but this time it was so deep, and I felt the intensity behind all of it. *swooooooon*
Lastly, I want to talk about the ending. It was perfect and just right…and I was glowing as I read it. The road to happiness wasn’t easy, and I think the reason it touched me so deeply was because I got to be a part of Bran and Talia’s relationship for 3 whole books. I got to see the highs and the lows, which is what made it gritty and oh-so-real. There was no quick fix, even though they loved each other, they still had to really work through…and then and keep working at overcoming the past to find a future. The uphill battle was huge, but they got there. (This would be the part where my heart was singing as I hugged my kindle). The author has a gift for story telling, for bringing the reader totally into the lives of these characters, and I feel lucky that I got to be a experience it too. I can’t wait to see what Lia Riley does next!
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