Tuesday, 2 December 2014

***Review Tour - Inside Out by Lia Riley - Off The Map #3 - 5 Stars***

***Review Tour*** 
Inside Out by Lia Riley 
Off The Map #3

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
5 Simply Beautiful Stars

Inside Out is book #3 in the Off The Map series; I’ve read and loved the first two books in the series. So as you can imagine I was like a kid at Christmas when I was gifted a copy of Inside Out in exchange for an honest review.

In case you want a recap here are my reviews for the Book #1 Upside Down and book #2 Sideswiped.

After the end of Sideswiped I was genuinely unsure how the story would continue, would they be together? Would it be a bitter battle only to have them reunite right at the last minute???

What I got with the third book was not at all what I expected and I’m so very glad that sometimes a story continues in way that you didn’t anticipate.

This series has always been a somewhat unconventional romance, what Talia and Bran feel for each other is not your typical love at first sight love story. Instead what we as the readers encounter with this couple is a real all consuming passion for another person.

This story reminds us that to be truly in love with someone, you have to love everything about them faults and all.

Inside Out is a sneaky little grower of a story, it creeps into your soul and warms your heart quite literally from the Inside Out (how apt lol). I didn’t expect to feel this way about this book, In fact id go as far as to say I was completely unprepared for how moving and soul searching this was.

The way Talia and Bran feel about each other is what we should all aspire to, yes they have a shit load of issues and baggage but in this book I didn’t see the problems, I simply didn’t care!!

At the start of this book Talia’s OCD and blatantly obvious mental health issues stand front and centre. Yet my main recollection of this harrowing insight into spiralling depression and inertia is how Bran quietly stands by her as a tower of strength and reminder that his love and devotion is strong enough for both of them.

This book is quietly powerful and at the end of it I’m moved, I’m close to tears and I’m slightly jealous.

Inside Out doesn’t have your typical happily ever after, there’s no definite sign that everything’s going to be ok. But the strength of hope that pours out of the last chapter has managed to convince me that as cliché as it sounds Love Conquers All.

Simply put this is a beautiful story 5 stars!!!
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About Lia

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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