Welcome to my review of the audio version of Inside Out by Lia Riley, the third book in her Off the Map series, and the conclusion of Talia and Bran’s relationship. Quickly becoming one of my must read (or listen) authors, Lia Riley has brought both of these characters (occasionally kicking and screaming) through great struggles growth points and realizations, and the narration of Brittany Uomoleale and Tim Wright have delivered on those moments with style!
Picking up right where Sideswiped left off, this story finishes the tale of Talia and Bran, and their relationship. The series isn’t over, as some of the secondary characters get their own moments in the spotlight. You can’t really jump into the middle of this series, you’ll be confused AND you will lose the impact of the growth and journey, missing just how real these characters have become.
Talia, I feel, grew the most in this series: she was incredibly selfish and scattered when we were first introduced, and while the start of her relationship with Bran was full of drama and back and forth, the connection was palpable and they did go through it. Sideswiped really played with the expiration date on their relationship, and several twists had me wondering just what could happen next. And then…
Lia Riley delivered a story full of heart, several crazy twists and an ending that was just how it should, and could be. It wasn’t explosive, unlike much of their relationship, but a gradual descent into reality: the reality of the world around you and the pressures that come to bear. Of all the choices I could have imagined, I never believed that it would be so fitting, and so satisfying. Well played author…. Seriously well played.
Narrators Brittany Uomoleale and Tim Wright have returned again, and their familiar presence, picking up in character, tone, voices and delivery from the earlier books gives a sense of constancy in the series. Their voices are appropriate for the ages of the characters, the dialogue works perfectly with a dual narration team, and the interplay between the narrators seems to develop a feel of its own, adding the emotional component that is so needed in this story.
Certainly a favorite combination of story, narration and writing style, if you like NA – this is one to grab.
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 4 Story: 5
Title: Inside Out
Author: Lia Riley
Series: Off the Map #3
Also in this series: Upside Down, Sideswiped
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Brittany Uomoleale, Tim Wright
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 28 July, 2015
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 45 minutes
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Lia Riley's Off the Map series comes to a stunning conclusion.
Love is their best adventure yet . . .
Talia Stolfi is deeply in love with the brooding Aussie surfer who stole her heart-but their infrequent letters only get her so far. While she fulfills her dream of being in the Peace Corps, a dangerous condition jeopardizes her life . . . and threatens to shatter her heart.
After nearly losing Talia forever, Bran Lockhart sailed to the stormy seas at the ends of the earth. Deep down, he knows that all roads worth traveling lead back to the beautiful California girl with the sunny smile. There's no denying that he belongs with her, but to have her by his side means Bran must dare to do something he's never done before: hope. Everything they've fought for has come down to this moment. Can Talia and Bran discover the courage to claim their future and learn that sometimes, in order to earn true love, you need to venture off the map?
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A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.