Blog Tour: Upside Down by Lia Riley

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Riley_UpsideDown_ebookThe Boyfriend Bookmark: ★★★★

UPSIDE DOWN by Lia Riley

(August 5, 2014; Forever E-Book; $3.99)

If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found


Natalia 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.

Stephanie: ★★★★

Talia is running. She knows she is not going to graduate and finish her classes because her OCD has taken over her life and caused her grades to suffer. But on top of that she is still struggling with the death of her sister, the blame from her mother… she needs to escape this reality and find a new one that is her own creation. So she decides to travel abroad. Heading to the land down under seems to be the best option.
Once Talia is in Australia, she is headed to meet a guy that his been hitting on her roommate, but she is still giving him a shot. But in front of the bar is when it happens. A koala getting his ass kicked by a man in a suit… wait what? Not it’s not a real koala…  it is a guy dressed in a costume. But it is probably the funniest first meeting I have ever encountered in a book,.
So the guy in the costume is Bran. Bran is not looking for a relationship. He went through way too much with his ex to even consider it. But  with all of his flaws and his past, one thing is undeniable when it comes to Bran… He is hot, and the attraction between Talia and him, whew! They have the chemistry and they have the passion.
Now before you start to think this is just like any other book, it is not. The characters are flawed, oh boy are they. But they are flawed with very real issues. They are strong and determined. This book is full of humor and strength. It is about finding yourself and your way in life.
This book was a step outside a traditional NA book, and it was so worth it! It had humor and love and desire and passion. It made me happy and angry and it made me want to hug and kick character. I adored the writing and I really enjoyed the book! Lia Riley has a great talent as a writer and I look forward to reading more of her work.
 

EXCERPT

“A few meters more, you’re almost there.”

It’s like we’re at the end of some old-school adventure tale, one where the heroes are stoic even as the blizzard rages, avalanches fall, and death hovers like a benevolent ghost.

Well, Bran is the hero.

I’m like one of the minor sidekicks who goes down during some important turning point. My death might even inspire the hero on his journey or teach him a valuable lesson. But at this point in the flick, the minor sidekick should be well and truly dead. Not white-knuckling a column of dolerite rock, thighs gripping the stone like it’s the world’s best lover.

“That’s it, Talia,” Bran’s voice is encouraging. “You’re holding tight, that’s great. Now, I’m going to need you to release your left hand and reach up a few inches to grab the next hold.”

I grit my teeth. The way he talks, you’d think I’m scaling Everest. Or at least Kilimanjaro. Instead—

“’Scuse, us, we’ll be by in a tic. That’s the way, Andy, right around the lady.”

I’m the lady. Andy is a kid who doesn’t look a day over seven who scrambles past me in a flurry of Spider-Man shoes and gap-toothed smiles. His parents bring up the rear, smiling up at their wild monkey child with obvious pride.

And they aren’t the first group to pass me.

Five Swedish women, a couple, and a guy who looked to be in his mid-seventies have also shot past me during the course of the last quarter hour.

The top is so close I can taste it. Bran is being nothing but encouraging, but below me is a twenty-foot drop. Not enough to kill me, unless I fall with some sort of suicidal intent, but enough to make me feel incredibly uneasy about the boulder field.

Bran eases toward me. “Talia, take my hand.”

“Can’t let go.”

“Talia.”

“No.” This is it; this is the reason. Bran isn’t going to admit it here, while I’m bordering on a panic attack on a trail being conquered by elementary school children and senior citizens, but there’s no doubt this is A REASON to lose interest in me. I’m giving him a big capital-lettered reason, but I can’t stop. I physically can’t let go.

“Talia. Take a deep breath.”

“Breath taken.”

“Another.”

“Okay.”

“Give me your hand, no bullshit. I want your fingers in mine. You’ll be safe. I’m going to keep you safe. I need you to trust me.”

Somehow I do it. I give him my fingers. He assists me up. We’re doing this together. My head clears the boulder and I can see the steel marker that identifies the summit ahead. Holy shit, he’s right. I’m going to reach the top.

A few more steps, easy now, and we’re there. The kid in the Spider-Man shoes munches a Vegemite sandwich. I want to scoop him up in a smooshy squeeze. Except his parents would likely object, so I switch gears to give Bran a long and passionate kiss.

“I knew you’d get here,” he says.

“I didn’t.”

He turns me to see the view, his hands tight around my waist. “Your place is here, Captain, in the sun,” he whispers in my ear. “Don’t ever forget that.”

Lia Riley_Photo Credit Kitti HommeAbout Lia Riley

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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