Title: Sideswiped (Off the Maps #2)
Author: Lia Riley
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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The first few chapters got me hooked. The care Bran had for Talia is absolutely amazing. He always makes sure that he is there for her, no matter what happens. He wants to be Talia’s life support, and he’d move heaven and earth just for her. As Talia’s OCD gets worse, I love how he doesn’t think he’ll be able to make everything alright. Instead, he believes in Talia, and that he wants her to find her own strength.
I’m dying to promise her that I’ll fix everything. But this isn’t a fucking fairy tale. I can’t rearrange the way she’s hardwired. She needs to deal. Otherwise she’ll crack and what if there’s a time I’m not right there to pick up the pieces?Every single admiration I had for Bran just went out of my system though. He’s a jerk. An asshole. A douchebag. More than half of the novel, I just wanted to wring his head out and murder him. (I’m not going to say why. It’d be a spoiler.) I completely loved the character growth of Talia, though. Her growth was tremendous, and I’m glad that I was able to see her as someone more mature and who can handle things herself. I love how she loves Bran, but doesn’t think that life only revolves around him. I love how she isn’t one of those girls who follow whatever their boyfriend wants, just because.
Since when do you base all your life decisions on a guy?Moreover, she wants the best not only for herself, but also for Bran. She is not selfish and definitely not someone who limits the dreams of others. She may have problems with her self-esteem, but she worked so hard to have confidence in herself.
I love you enough to want you out there chasing your dreams. I don’t want to ask you to sacrifice your dreams for me, not ever.But still, Talia is probably one of the few things that made me like Sideswiped. Reading Bran and Talia’s drama was emotionally tiring because it was very repetitive. It just made me want to skip through the parts, and just go read the ending. Moreover, Bran’s stubbornness was very annoying, and I hate that he couldn’t find it in himself to change for the better and allowing his past to capture him instead. He couldn’t see the beauty of things that he has currently.
Nevertheless, I’m still looking forward to read Inside Out, to see how their story continues. The ending holds much hope, and makes me curious on how the relationship of Talia and Bran will progress further. Sideswiped is a beautiful story about relationships, trust, dreams and sacrifices.