Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Upside Down by Lia Riley with Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway



UPSIDE DOWN 
by Lia Riley 
(August 5, 2014; Forever E-Book; $3.99)

If You Never Get Lost, You'll Never Be FoundNatalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to Australia. Everything is going to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. 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 . . . of if they were meant to live a world apart.

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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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Excerpt
Upside Down 
 “Is it true you have no regrets, not even one?” Hopefully he has no idea how dead serious I am in his response.
“There’s no point.” His fingers tighten infinitesimally on the wheel. “The past is the past. That’s it.”
“Like whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?”
“No, that’s a dumb-ass cliché. I mean there’s no meaning to life, despite what people pretend. Once I figured that out, everything got easier.”
“Has anyone ever said you are intense?”
“Since the day I was born.” He checks the rearview mirror. “So I got to ask you something. Maybe I’m presuming but—”
“If that’s your lead-in, then you’re probably correct.”
“You don’t fool me.”
He’s right. No matter how hard I try to hide and pretend away my crazy, Bran sees too much.
“But you try to fool everyone, don’t you?” He turns and catches me staring. “With the act. You, all breezy, cute as hell, always smiling like we’re at some big-deal party. You know what I think—”
“No, actually.” Wait, I’m cute? He thinks I’m cute?
“Not sure what your issue is, but—”
“I’m fine,” I mutter tightly. Reality wanders back, as unwelcome as a drunk uncle at a family picnic. Let’s face it, no one wants to be around a girl with issues. “Really, I’m all good.” Right, I sound like a five-year-old watching worms die in puddles.

My Review:  Natalia Stolfi is spending six months as an exchange student in Australia, and looking forward to escaping the memories that haunt her.  What she wasn't quite prepared for was Bran Lockhart, the oh so hot Aussie who has his own issues.  Their romance is fun, sexy, and both have their flaws and their pasts they have to deal with in the process, but both have to decide if what they have is worth taking a chance on.

Both the characters are very likable, and despite Bran's arrogance and attitude, he works his way into your heart.  Their romance is filled with chemistry, some steamy scenes, mixed with equal amounts of drama and fun.  I enjoyed the Aussie humor and language as well.  Overall, I enjoyed this story and Lia Riley's writing very much and if you are a fan of New Adult romance, the Upside Down is definitely worth checking out.  
3.5 Hearts
                                                                          
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Ellen

4 comments:

  1. I've been seeing good things about Upside Down. I'm glad you liked it!

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  2. This sounds like a cute read, glad you liked it. :)

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  3. Ooh, an Aussie sort of giveaway! :-)

    This book sounds great! I enjoyed the excerpt.

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  4. Hmmmm....I'm not sure I'd read this after that excerpt.

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