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Upside Down (Off the Map Book 1) by [Riley, Lia]
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"Upside Down gave me all the feels. Romantic and poignant, the journey of love and acceptance lingers long after the book is closed."
 -Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn # 1 New York Times Bestselling Author.

"Upside Down is a refreshing and heartfelt New Adult contemporary romance."   
 -USA Today 

"Riley's debut delivers gut-punching emotions, sexy sizzle, and wry humor in a contemporary new adult story line. . .thought-provoking and lyrical, gripping from beginning to end." - Publisher's Weekly


"Upside Down is a sizzling and heartfelt addition to the new adult genre. Talia makes for a quirky and incredibly believable heroine. . .she and Bran light up the pages with their intense chemistry." 
 -RT Book Reviews

"This story shows just how frightening it is to let yourself fall in love and be that vulnerable."   
 -Heroes & Heartbreakers

"Upside Down is 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."  
 -Books by Migs

"Lia Riley turned my emotions Upside Down with this book!  Fast paced, electric and sweetly emotional!" 
 -Tracy Wolff, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author 

"Where to even start with this book? Beautifully written, Australia, hot surfer Bran, unique heroine Talia. Yep, it's all just a whole lot of awesome. Loved it!" 
 -Cindi Madsen, USA Today Bestselling Author

"Fresh, sexy, and romantic, Upside Down will leave you wanting more. I cannot wait for the next book. Lia Riley is an incredible new talent and not to be missed!"
 -Kristen Callihan, award winning author of THE HOOK UP & THE FRIEND ZONE

From the Author

Check out these other great titles from Lia Riley (listed in recommended reading order)

Brightwater Series
Last First Kiss
Right Wrong Guy
Best Worst Mistake
Hot Winter's Kiss (found in Snowbound at Christmas anthology)

Off the Map Series
Upside Down
Sideswiped
Inside Out
Carry Me Home
Into My Arms

Wanderlust
With Every Breath (standalone)

Everland Series (coming 2017 and now available for pre-order)
It Happened on Love Street
The Corner of Forever and Always

Product Details

  • File Size: 1891 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (August 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H25FLWS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Okay, first off let me start by saying that if you only read one NA contemporary romance this year, it needs to be this one. This is a spectacular debut by Lia Riley.

The main character, Talia, is running away from her problems. Her sister died in a car accident—one that happened when she was rushing home to check if Talia had left her hair straightener on. Talia (and her mother) blames her sister’s death on Talia’s OCD tendencies. With Talia’s life going to s***, she decides she needs a break from her life in California and chooses to study abroad in Australia. Lia does such a good job portraying a girl who is dealing with OCD. Talia’s discomfort rolled off the page, and I really felt for her. Her struggle with wanting to be normal, but her compulsion to do her rituals was heart-breaking and eye-opening. TALIA, I WANT TO GIVE YOU A HUG!

Anyways…
Fast forward to her new life in Australia. Talia is on her way to meet up with a guy who is a total wanker (never heard that term til this book and am now going to use it to describe every dirtbag I meet!) Right in front of the bar is where we meet Bran for the first time. The way Talia meets Bran is quite possibly the funniest “how we met” story ever. I won’t spoil it, but it involved a Kuala suit. And I snorted. In public.

Bran is a very complex hero that kept me guessing the whole time. Not giving any spoilers, he has been through a lot with his ex-girlfriend, and the last thing he wants is to have a relationship. But the way Talia and Bran are drawn together is absolutely magnetic. The sex scenes were very steamy and well done.

What I really loved about this story was that it wasn’t cookie cutter. These characters were truly flawed, but I loved them for that. Their problems were real and relatable.
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Wow. This is one of those books that gave me the worst book hangover after I finished it. Talia and Bran have incredible journeys as individuals and as a couple. And setting the book in Australia really enhanced it -- the landscape and customs there were so well woven in, it made me look for plane tickets. For real. But they're expensive so... I'll have to just reread, re-swoon and wait for book 2! More Talia and Bran love!
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THE STORY:
Talia is haunted by past memories of her dead sister and her own OCD symptoms are getting worse. When she learns that she's not going to graduate, she goes to Australia for six months as a foreign exchange student. She tries to hide her compulsions and the fact that she's just not dealing well with her sister's death behind a carefree attitude and tries to start over. But when she meets Bran, a surfer with a bad attitude, Talia can't hide anymore. Bran sees through her act and sees the pain she's trying to run away from. Bran has his own demons to battle and he knows that if he gets to close to Talia, she's going to be trouble. But he just can't stay away.

THE COUPLE:
Talia first meets Bran when he's in a koala suit fighting some businessman on her way to meet a friend at a local pub. She offers Bran her help, but he shoots her down straight. But it turns out that the friend she's meeting is also a good friend of Bran's, and she's not stuck with him and his bad attitude. While Bran's attitude sucks, the attraction between them is undeniable. Circumstances keep pushing them together and they get to actually know each other, and that is when everything changes. I really love Talia and Bran together. They both have been burned, they both have pasts they want to forget, and both are cautious as things change in their relationship. One thing I really liked about Bran is that even though he puts on the act of being a jerk, he's actually very sweet. He accepts Talia and her medical condition without flinching, and I think that's one of the big things that won her over - he didn't see her as a freak when he found out about her compulsions. Talia is very loving and that is something that Bran needs after what he went through in his last relationship.
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An unforgettable, one-of-a-kind romance. Talia and Bran feel so real - are so carefully written with their imperfections, troubles and their own, unique voices, that even when they made me crazy I was cheering for them, wishing I could step inside the book and talk some sense into them. The setting is so vividly written that I felt like I'd taken a trip down under as well. If you buy this book, I envy you, because you get to read it for the first time! But I will be re-reading it, which is the next best thing.
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I literally just finished Upside Down and needed to put my thoughts to paper immediately. First and foremost, I am convinced that Lia must be a relative of mine, perhaps my best friend with a pen name and some serious knowledge of Australia she has not shared with me. I have never, ever, connected with a character before but I swear that Talia and I are almost the same person. Well, only in character traits not her actual story. Off the Map is a beautiful story about love, heartbreak, loss and eventually healing all intertwined. To say I loved it is an understatement.

Talia suffers from OCD. To some it may not be a big deal or even comical. But, knowing firsthand, it is a seriously debilitating disorder. You see, I suffer from this condition and the author did such an amazing job really showing how awful it can be. Talia’s OCD has been sent into a tailspin with the death of her older sister, Pippa who was also the perfect daughter. Subsequently, her grades have dropped drastically and she needs a change in scenery. So, Talia decides to study abroad in Australia or in her words, she calls her adventure, Talia 2.0 reboot. Throughout the book you really do watch Talia go through a sort of revitalization. During her time away from a place that is a trigger for her, she starts the healing process that sets her back on the right path giving her the direction that she needs

“You’re perfect. You’re only perfect for me.”

Bran is the first guy to give Talia a run for her money. Coming off a bad relationship, he has decided what better way to get closure and distance then to sleep with as many women as possible. From the get-go, this brooding surfer told Talia that he did not believe in love. So obviously, I just knew that his past relationship/breakup was really bad.
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