Sideswiped, Lia Riley
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Well, I hadn’t read book one, just the sample and some reviews to get a feel of the story. I’ve done that lots of times and though its better to have read all parts I find I can still enjoy a story this way.
Well, Talia and Bran. Strange characters in a way I found. They seemed to spend a lot of time angsting about non existent problems, and yet never actually talking things out. They’re both masters of diversions and changing conversations before anything conflicting may come up. That’s so much of their problem. Talia has OCD which makes her stress and obsess over little things until in her mind they are big, insurmountable problems and affect her both mentally, and physically by way of panic attacks. She’s been caught out by the whole affair with Bran, never having someone like him planned in her future. The long distance thing for the past few weeks has been hard, and only the fact she’s now in Australia with Bran has kept them going. What will happen when her temporary visa runs out in a few months though? Bran has already made it clear he won’t do long distance relationships – so her Peace Corps plans, and his working in remote areas with Ice Packs and climate change issues seem set to be lost.
I got really irritated with them at times, with all the focussing on non issues and ignoring the real ones. I don’t understand why Bran is so intransigent about long distance – its not ideal of course but its not forever. Still though you’d think maybe that as the climate change issue is one he’s long wanted to work on, maybe they could work a way for Talia to be involved. Her Peace Corps idea seems more to me to be just that, an idea, a hankering for something different, wanting an adventure, rather than a long held dream such as Brans is. Seems logical to me to at least try to see if Talia could be fitted in somewhere, and that way they’d be together and problems of distance sorted. Still, then we’d have no story I understand what Talia means when she fears Bran may resent her later if he doesn’t go, and feel their relationship stunted his choice..that’s a very possible scenario regardless of how he currently feels about it. The first three quarters of the book went really slowly for me, and I didn’t really feel anything much developed, it just seemed long and drawn out for nothing. Then the drama started, and was terrific. It made up for all that slowness, nothing happened bit with so much going in, so much changed, so many choices and decisions and tears shed. I really felt for them both and understood each point of view. I’m not sure what I would have done in their place….and I like books that make me guess that and question myself and the characters.
Stars: Three and a half. I found the first part so slow that if it hadn’t been for that fabulous finish I’d have two starred this, but that part made it worthwhile.
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