by Lia Riley

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One of those books I wish I could read for the first time again . . . It's beautiful, heart-wrenching, and something that everyone needs to read for themselves." on Upside Down

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 SoCal 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 . . .

Book 2 in the OFF THE MAP series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455585762
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Off the Map , #2
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 485,725
File size: 1 MB

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 fourex with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn't mind. Much. 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 mostly in Northern California.

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Sideswiped 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Picking up where Upside Down left off, Talia and Bran have moved to Tasmania, even though Talia is still stating that their relationship has an expiration date. Where the first book worked through the instant attraction and their slow acceptance of the feelings between them, this book deals with their relationship and the issues that are cropping up after ditching everything they knew to take this chance. This is not a series you can jump into – you do have to have an understanding of their path to this place to fully understand and appreciate the progress, and changes, to this point. A bit of a refocus for both characters, where they both tried to do the ‘unexpected’ and thumbed their noses at the overwhelming pressures and family desires. In this, they have both come to realize what is important, above and beyond their relationship: schooling, learning new things , and even growing personally as they work on issues in their relationship. Riley handles this all with clever dialogue, small insets of humor both subtle and overt, and plenty of new discoveries within each character. And then the twist. OH THE TWIST. I won’t say I was entirely happy with the choice, or even understand it…but you know the author has a plan and a purpose that will be revealed. It fit a scenario, if not the one I would have hoped for, but the scope for growth, development and more awwww moments from this story are just endless. Narration in this installment is again provided by Brittany Uomoleale and Tim Wright. The dialogue and story flow is perfectly suited to a dual narration, and both performances sound appropriate for the characters, adding emotion, laughter, a sense of youth and even depth to the words as they are delivered. They’ve become the characters here in this narration, and I couldn’t be happier with their crisp, clear and solid presentation. Lia Riley has created a wonderful escape for the summer sort of read here, with plenty of heart and heat, and just enough tension and drama to leave you wanting more… I can’t wait for the next installment. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Start with first read them all!
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Talia and Bran will do whatever it takes to be together. Their time always seems to be limited, but they have to make this last, even when it seems the world is transpiring against them. Things may seem insurmountable, but they have to find a way to stay together… I loved the second book in the Off the Map series, Sideswiped! Talia and Bran are very endearing characters you won't want to let go of. Their varied issues will keep you completely involved in their story like it was your own. The feelings are tender, romantic, and sexy all at once and it's almost an emotional overload, but I loved every single word! The sex is always hot whether it's tender or so much more and you're always anxiously, excruciatingly awaiting each and every sexual encounter they'll have. Ms. Riley's Off the Map series is FREAKING AWESOME and if you miss it, I'll deeply regret it for your sake! Please, don't make me! I'm headed to book number three in this series, Inside Out…  5 Stars!
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Lia Riley’s debut, Upside Down. I fell in love nearly instantly with Talia and Bran. I loved watching their relationship grow and I enjoyed the dynamic between them. It was obvious they wanted to be together and would go to great lengths to make it. I was torn when learning each book in the Off the Map series would follow their relationship. On one hand I was excited to get a lot of Talia and Bran, but on the other hand I wondered what kind of tests their relationship would undergo in three books. Things start off really well in Sideswiped. Talia and Bran are about to be reunited for four months as Talia finishes her coursework. It sucks that their time together has an expiration date, but I hoped they would make the most out of it. Unfortunately, it seemed like what they did instead of enjoying the time they had together, was worry incessantly about what would happen when that time was up. I mean, I get it. I’ve been in a long distance relationship and it’s not easy. I know Bran has been hurt in the past, so he has an aversion to long distance relationships. Things were quite tough on my beloved couple during this book, but it was mostly of their own doing, which was difficult for me to take. Talia was whiny and Bran was unrealistic… and a bit of a jerk at times. I would never call their relationship in Upside Down uncomplicated, but it was a cakewalk compared to this book. I missed the light-hearted flirtation and sexiness they had together in the first book. It was obvious they still cared for each other, but they each made things a lot more difficult than they needed to, in my opinion. Their relationship was important, but it wasn’t the only thing either of them had going on in their life. There were lots of important decisions to be made and their lack of communication (and Bran’s selfishness) wasn’t helping. You might look at the three stars I gave this book and thing it means I didn’t like it. That’s not the case. In all honesty, it’s more a 3.5 star read, but I don’t do half stars. Sideswiped was a quick read and I was completely sucked in. The Talia and Bran I know and love finally made an appearance in the second half of the book and I rejoiced. It was difficult to like the people they were in the first half of the book. I know their attitudes were a product of the situation they were in, but I wanted to shake them and tell them to enjoy the time they had together, be mature and figure out how to build a future together. I have a vested interest in this couple and it pained me to watch them struggle. But one thing is for sure, I felt all the feels. They weren’t all good, but they were all there. I’m anxious to see what happens with Talia and Bran in the third and final book, Inside Out. While my beloved characters frustrated me in this book, I was still with them every step of the way. Things ended on a far more hopeful note than I feared they would, so I hope for the best in Inside Out. I was afraid Sideswiped would leave me gutted and emotionless, lying on the floor in a pool of my own tears – and while it was close, it didn’t leave me quite like that. The tease for Inside Out, on the other hand? Holy. Crap. I received a copy of this book from the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the pretty that IS this cover? I really enjoyed Upside Down, Book One in the Off The Map series, and would have been totally fine if Talia and Bran's story had ended there. But it didn't. And I started to get nervous. So much so, I began bugging Author Megan Erickson every few days like, "Have you read it yet?" "Have you?" "HAVE YOU?!!" I was pretty sure Megan was going to "un-me" all over the internet, or throat punch me the next time she saw me. She didn't, thank goodness, but that probably had more to do with the chocolate peanut butter cupcakes I waved under her nose than anything else. So, WHY was I nervous about reading SIDESWIPED? Well, because most second books involve breaking up the couple we grew to love in the first book. In this case, Bran and Talia, or "Branalia" or "Talian". Take your pick. I felt like these two had already been through the ringer and truth be told, I didn't think my feels would be able to handle it. Whereas UPSIDE DOWN was really more Talia's story, SIDESWIPED is Bran's. We're still treated to alternating POVs, but we get to see what makes Brandon Lockhart tick, tock, and freak the hella out. He and Talia are both forced to face their fears and for Bran, it's like history repeating itself. For Talia, it's taking chances and living without regrets. And for both of them it's about having faith and believing that the love they share really is the "real deal." Bran's behavior frustrated me at times, and rightly so. I wanted to tell him to grow the cupcake up, while simultaneously wrapping him in a hug and reassuring him that everything was going to be okay. I understood why he was acting the way he was, but it didn't make it any easier to watch. Talia really comes into her own strength in this book. The choices and decisions she has to make are hard, but they're also representative of what a real-life relationship looks like. SIDESWIPED is gritty, painful and heart-wrenching at times, but there is hope as well. What Left Me Wanting More: There were a few spots that felt rushed to me, but not enough to dissuade me from the story as a whole. It does have a bit of a cliffhanger in that a "decision" is made but we won't get to see how it plays out until the next book. Final Verdict: Great addition to the OFF THE MAP series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome, touching second in series. Can't wait for Inside out!
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jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Sideswiped, Lia Riley Review from jeannie zelos book reviews Well, I hadn’t read book one, just the sample and some reviews to get a feel of the story. I’ve done that lots of times and though its better to have read all parts I find I can still enjoy a story this way. Well, Talia and Bran. Strange characters in a way I found. They seemed to spend a lot of time angsting about non existent problems, and yet never actually talking things out. They’re both masters of diversions and changing conversations before anything conflicting may come up. That's so much of their problem. Talia has OCD which makes her stress and obsess over little things until in her mind they are big, insurmountable problems and affect her both mentally, and physically by way of panic attacks. She’s been caught out by the whole affair with Bran, never having someone like him planned in her future. The long distance thing for the past few weeks has been hard, and only the fact she’s now in Australia with Bran has kept them going. What will happen when her temporary visa runs out in a few months though? Bran has already made it clear he won’t do long distance relationships – so her Peace Corps plans, and his working in remote areas with Ice Packs and climate change issues seem set to be lost. I got really irritated with them at times, with all the focussing on non issues and ignoring the real ones. I don’t understand why Bran is so intransigent about long distance – its not ideal of course but its not forever. Still though you’d think maybe that as the climate change issue is one he’s long wanted to work on, maybe they could work a way for Talia to be involved. Her Peace Corps idea seems more to me to be just that, an idea, a hankering for something different, wanting an adventure, rather than a long held dream such as Brans is. Seems logical to me to at least try to see if Talia could be fitted in somewhere, and that way they’d be together and problems of distance sorted. Still, then we’d have no story   I understand what Talia means when she fears Bran may resent her later if he doesn’t go, and feel their relationship stunted his choice..that’s a very possible scenario regardless of how he currently feels about it. The first three quarters of the book went really slowly for me, and I didn't really feel anything much developed, it just seemed long and drawn out for nothing. Then the drama started, and was terrific. It made up for all that slowness, nothing happened bit with so much going in, so much changed, so many choices and decisions and tears shed. I really felt for them both and understood each point of view. I’m not sure what I would have done in their place....and I like books that make me guess that and question myself and the characters.   Stars: Three and a half. I found the first part so slow that if it hadn’t been for that fabulous finish I'd have two starred this, but that part made it worthwhile.   ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars Bran and Talia's love story continues in Sideswiped, but this time the couple faces some very real life problems as a couple and will have some hard decisions to make that could upset the balance they have fought to achieve in their relationship. Buckle up folks! It's going to be a bumpy ride! Even though Talia has been reunited with Bran in Tasmania, they have a lot of trials to overcome and work through as a couple. Talia is only in Australia on a temporary visa and is fearful of what will happen once her time there draws to a close. She is also struggling to control her OCD- some days easier than others. She loves Bran desperately and is happy that she's with him, as he is her anchor and feels she can truly be herself with him. I felt for Talia. She has so much going on in this book and it really messes with her head. She knows Bran loves her, but she still has jealousy and insecurity issues, and that really irritates him. Bran has always been a prickly fellow, and this book is no exception. He still closes himself off, even despite Talia's begging not to. He's an avoider, where she needs him to communicate. He is restless with his spot at the university, but refuses to entertain the possibility of taking a better opportunity, because it would take him away from Talia and that is NOT an option. He believes they are enough together, but what he doesn't realize is that Talia is ALSO restless- she has always dreamed of going into the Peace Corps and making a difference and wants to give it a shot. Every time she brings up their prospective opportunities, Bran refuses to listen, as he doesn't believe their love could survive the long distance, as he's seen too many instances of love failing for one reason or another. I get where Bran would have his reservations, but I hate that he doesn't believe in them, especially seeing how much it tears her apart. Talia really shows her strength in this book, because she refuses to let them sacrifice their dreams for one another, as she knows they would end up resenting one another for it later in life. There is a lot of back and forth with Talia and Bran in this book, and their bickering definitely irritated me a bit. It seemed a bit unnecessary at times and could have been resolved in a more mature way had Bran not been such a pain in the butt. Still, my heart ached for him because he just has so much trouble opening up to her. I do feel that ending was a bit rushed, and I would have liked to see more deliberation and perspective on Bran's part, so we could see what led to his revelations at the end. Other than that, I love how fun the dialogue is. Riley does write some great banter between Bran and Talia, and that is what made their bickering a bit more bearable. Not to mention, Talia is just such a great female character, despite her insecurities. I love that she doesn't hold back and that she is willing to make the hard sacrifices, even at the cost of losing the person she loves most of all. I really admire her as a character, and I think she will be happier in the long run over the choices she has made. They are both intensely passionate people and that passion extends to one another as well. I loved their tender scenes together and how Talia is the one that Bran clings to like a talisman when it comes to their time with his family. His solution to keep her in the country is a desperate one and I felt it was all wrong for the two. This book does not end on a cliffhanger, but Lia does provide the first chapter of the final book, Inside Out, and THAT is where I was left with heart palpitations. I am in desperate need of the final book because I do want to see how Talia and Bran's story will conclude.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great follow up to Upside Down. Raw and authentic.