Grand Central / August 5, 2014 / $3.99 digital
Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying goodbye to painful memories—and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll pretend to be a carefree exchange student. Everything is going to plan until she meets a surly 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 slunk back 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. A single semester abroad won’t cover something this serious. 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.
Talia’s trip down under is an escape, pure and simple. What makes her a likeable heroine is that she knows just what she's doing. Her entire life is a mess; her family, her love life, her studies, all of it has spiraled out of her control. She might be lying to everyone in her life about just how bad things have gotten, but she doesn’t lie to herself.