Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Upside Down" by Lia Riley


SERIES: Off the Map #1
PUBLISHER: Piatkus Entice
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Publisher
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying goodbye to painful memories—and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll pretend to be a carefree exchange student. Everything is going to plan until she meets a surly 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 slunk back 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. A single semester abroad won’t cover something this serious. 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 there’s a plane to California with her name on it.


When I've been asked to review this book, my yes was caused by the OCD I was told to be in the book. How many times you get to read about it? Not many and, for one who has it, you can see why the curiosity won over everything.

As soon as I started the read, Talia's disorders kinda scared me because I could very well relate to more than one of them and, believe me, it's not a walk in the park... Bless Bran for having such a good eye, not making fun of her and not freaking out. Still, this book doesn't focus its attention on this particular matter much, and my hope is it will have a better development in the next instalment. What makes the read intriguing are Talia's and Bran's pasts, which are different but both with their share of drama. Although while Talia's background is in the open, Bran's is all to discover and that just makes impossible for the reader not to wonder over various scenarios. There's also a very nice chemistry between those two, which makes you go all giddy but, most of all, gives you some precious laughs. Their flirting is funny, quirky and refreshing, my only problem was with the pace. I would have appreciated a slower one to feel completely overwhelmed by their connection, even though I can't deny it was there.

The story has some very good elements to keep you entertained and, overall, I found it a very enjoyable debut novel. Wanna have some fun and escape from the stressful reality for a while? Buy your ticket copy now and go explore Australia, you may find love whether you're looking for it or not...

RATING: 3.5/5
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