December 2, 2014 | by Alexis | Inside Down

by Lia Riley on December 2, 2014

Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult

When Talia first moved from California to Australia to study abroad, she never dreamed she’d find the love of her life. Bran understands her like no one ever has before. And despite the numerous challenges they’ve faced, they’ve always managed to figure out how to stay together. But this time they’ll face their toughest hurdle yet. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?

Inside Out is the final installment of Lia Riley’s Off The Map series. I have been a HUGE fan of Lia’s since her first book. I fell completely in love with Bran and Talia. Their love is something that us romantics dream about and hope to find one day.

“Saying I missed you doesn’t come close. I require you.”

The book starts off with Bran and Talia separated but still together. When Talia contracts Malaria while with the Peace Corps and subsequently has a health crisis on her hands, Bran rushes to her side. Once she has recuperated, they set off back to America to start what is their next journey into finding not just themselves but their next step as a couple.

“Sometimes it’s in the unexpected where the magic happens.”

Back at home Talia reverts back into her old self – lots of anxiety and OCD. This is part of why this series is so dear to my heart. I have such a kinship with Talia and it personally makes me feel not alone in my own issues even though Talia is fictional.

At the same time, Bran is trying to navigate what his next venture should be as he has no money and had to borrow money from his family-the last thing he would ever want to do.   He knows that Talia moved to Australia to support him now it’s time for him to do the same thing for her.

Together Bran and Talia fight their fears and realize they are stronger together and they can do anything when it’s the two of them fighting the world (in a non-superhero sort of way).

“Sometimes happiness doesn’t require any words. Sometimes happiness just is.”

Of all books in the series, this one was definitely my favorite. You can tell the tremendous growth both went through to ultimately find themselves and set off on the right path. Talia’s family dynamic also lent some great laughs to this book.

Also, I’m not sure how this is possible, but my God, Bran just says the right things at the exact right time. He’s the Bran I fell in love with in Upside Down. He was confident, sexy as all get out, and just, well there are no words at the moment. Talia is inspiration to me in so many ways. She’s a fighter, she conquers the fuck out of her fears and at the same time puts herself out there. Hopefully one day, I’ll get there.

“I supernova you.”

This is an incredible series that I highly recommend. It will make you swoon, want to become more adventurous (well to some…I’m not an outdoor gal), and just fall in love with romantic characters. I love Lia’s writing, she has a true talent to make you swoon yet laugh at the same time. She is definitely a one-click author for me.

Series Reading Order

Upside Down (Book 1)

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Sideswipped (Book 2)

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