Synopsis

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

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. 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 . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

Review

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Before I started this book, I checked out what people had to say about it in Goodreads because the author was new to me. I requested for a copy because the premise of the story sounded promising. People had mixed reactions, to say the least. I braved the book and started reading.

Let me start with the good things. The setting. Yep. What person wouldn’t enjoy a book that was set in Australia. The place is synonymous to adventure and wilderness. That being said, the fact that things happen in Australia for this book is one of the good things about it. Another thing is that the story actually is good. We get two main characters who went through a tough time.

Now, let’s go to the not-so-good things. First, the chemistry. I couldn’t connect to either the hero or the heroine, much less the relationship between them. Then, there was the heroine. I think she’s probably one of the most difficult to like characters I’ve ever encountered. The hero wasn’t any better, but he did not annoy me as much.

All in all, this is a good book that many people will enjoy. It’s not overly dramatic, so those who are faint of heart will be safe here. Unfortunately, I just had a hard time connecting the the characters and the plot. The author had the right intention on the story, but the execution needed more polishing. If an opportunity presented itself, I’d read the succeeding books in this series because I think they would be a huge improvement from this and because I think the author deserves another chance.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Upside Down

Book 2 – Sideswiped

Book 3 – Inside Out

Book 3.1 – Carry Me Home

Book 3.2 – Into My Arms

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