My Short & Sweet Thoughts on Upside Down by Lia Riley

February 19, 2017 // Posted by Lisa in Reviews // 5 Comments

My Short & Sweet Thoughts on Upside Down by Lia RileyUpside Down
by Lia Riley
Series: Off the Map #1
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Gifted
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If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

I had been wanting to start this series for such a long time. So many people rave about Lia Riley, and I just knew that a book, which partly takes place in Australia, was exactly what I was in the mood for. Just a few minutes into this audiobook and I was sold.

I loved these characters so much! Both Talia and Bran were flawed, imperfect, and made some pretty silly decisions that left me shaking my head. (Bran more than Talia, truthfully.) But their relationship was so great, and I loved their banter back and forth, which actually caused me to chuckle audibly a time or two. These are the type of stories I truly enjoy. They’re not perfect, their issues maybe wrap up a little too easily at times, but I love them from beginning to end.

Now that I’ve had the pleasure of reading book one in this series, I’m really looking forward to continuing on. Lia Riley pulled me right in with my writing, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her work in the near future.

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About Lia Riley

Lia Riley writes offbeat 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.

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. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound pretty sweet.

She and her family live in Northern California.


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  • Megan McDade

    I have heard great things about this series and I definitely enjoy these type of stories. Hopefully I can pick it up soon.

  • This author writes the BEST characters, and I haven’t picked up this series yet, but now I know that I need to change that. Great review hun.

  • bookbunny68

    I loved the first book. Had a little trouble with the second. Still need to read the third. Thanks for reminding me! Love to read posts that make me remember series I need to finish.

  • LostinLit Becca

    YAY! So glad that you enjoyed this one! It is a favorite of mine 🙂

  • I have read one of the books in the off the map series (about hiking in south america I believe) and I loved it! This one looks great too. Thanks for the review Lisa. I ‘m happy to see you liked this one 🙂

    Michelle @ Book Briefs