Monday, July 27, 2015

Release Week Blitz for Lia Riley’s INSIDE OUT! Review and Giveaway!!!

You guys, I'm so excited to be part of this Release Week Blitz!  This is a series you NEED to get into NOW!  And I have a special treat for you today - the publisher has offered up an extra PRINT COPY for me to give away to a lucky commenter!!!

INSIDE OUT by Lia Riley (July 28, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Off the Map #3)
Love is their best adventure yet . . .
Talia Stolfi is deeply in love with the brooding Aussie surfer who stole her heart-but their infrequent letters only get her so far. While she fulfills her dream of being in the Peace Corps, a dangerous condition jeopardizes her life . . . and threatens to shatter her heart.

After nearly losing Talia forever, Bran Lockhart sailed to the stormy seas at the ends of the earth. Deep down, he knows that all roads worth traveling lead back to the beautiful California girl with the sunny smile. There's no denying that he belongs with her, but to have her by his side means Bran must dare to do something he's never done before: hope.  Everything they've fought for has come down to this moment. Can Talia and Bran discover the courage to claim their future and learn that sometimes, in order to earn true love, you need to venture off the map?

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About the author:
After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. 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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Thanks to Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Did I like this book?

As you  might have gathered by now, I am a huge fan of this series, so it feels needless to say that yes, I did like this book.  In fact, I adored this book!  I thought that "Inside Out" was the perfect culmination to the series, making me feel all the warm and fuzzies for this couple. 

"Inside Out" opens with Talia working in Malawi as a Peace Corps volunteer.  Almost immediately it is apparent that she is struggling - she questions if this career path was a mistake, and if so, how can she give up on it when she's wanted it so long and given up so much to get this opportunity?  Bran is in Antarctica, following his own dream, and communication is very sporadic.  How can they possibly make this relationship work?

Bran and Talia are not the type to give up without a fight, though!  One thing I love about these two is that when one is hitting rock bottom, the other is fully committed to helping them sort their junk and get their head on straight.  This happens fairly often throughout the series, but while in the first two books Talia and Bran had their share of arguments and misunderstandings, in "Inside Out" they seem to have already outgrown some of the more petty stuff they'd encountered in the beginning of their relationship.  They're no longer jealous (much) when the other receives unsolicited attention from an ex or a stranger.  Their problems stem more from Talia's disorder or deciding where to live and work.  It's pretty amazing to read, actually - just like a real life couple, but hotter!

Will you like this book? 

Damn straight!  If you've followed Talia and Bran throughout this series so far, I don't see any reason why you won't love "Inside Out".  And if you're a New Adult aficionado and you haven't tried this series yet, I can't say it enough - go read it now!  It's definitely got the Roxy stamp of approval!

Will I read more by this author?

The answer to that would be an unequivocal "yes"!!!  I see that Riley's next series is a Contemporary Romance with a small town feel - looks fabulous, and I can't wait to get my grabby hands on it!

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Here's some more info on the other books in the series:

UPSIDE DOWN by Lia Riley (May 12, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Off the Map #1)
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.

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SIDESWIPED by Lia Riley (June 30, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Off the Map #2)
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 . . .

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