ABOUT THE BOOK: Does everything really happen for a reason? Hallie Dawson is battling with a broken heart yet determined to give love a second chance. Once again, time isn’t in her favor. Her moments After the Pain are filled with promises of a better future and personal secrets. With mysterious notes continuously haunting her and a secret friendship with a fellow musician, Hallie is struggling to stay true to her heart. Tall, dark and handsome, Sean Thomas, is tired of being second best. This time, the good guy refuses to finish last. If he wants to get the girl, he’s going to have to confront the one person who broke his heart. His past is on a collision course with his future – will he be able to hang onto his connection with Hallie? After the Pain is a Contemporary Romance novel about restoring faith in the beauty of love. Can Sean put the pieces of Hallie’s heart back together? Will love conquer all, or will jealousy and secrets tear them apart?
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REVIEW: This story was very uplifting and had a completely different feel from the first book in the series. Hallie has been using music as therapy to get back to a normal life and keep Ryan as a forever happy memory. Sean is the man for her and she can’t stand the thought of losing him, so through her struggles and emotional baggage, she meets Colby who tempts her…he’s sexy, sly, partially arrogant, and loves music. When the story unfolds, leaving Hallie with more problems then she has answers, she must make some difficult choices and follow her heart.
Sean’s character was a little difficult to handle throughout the story. When I first started reading, I became frustrated with his presence because he seemed clingy. Halfway through the story, the author gave me the reprieve that I needed to put my faith back into his character…the back-story. I still love Alex and Tanner because they always bring the light into any situation including the drama between Sean and Hallie. By the end of the story though, I really wanted to read about the happy ending for Alex. Colby was the final character that really made my blood boil. I kept holding my breath through reading scenes with Colby until the very end because of his relentless pursuits. I highly recommend this story to club members. Since it is told from Hallie’s point of view, it targets a female audience more so then male…in my opinion. I really enjoyed the situations and dilemmas that the author allowed the characters to experience. It made the story feel real and their lives imperfect. We are all just people looking for the closest thing that we can call true happiness. “Along the way, we may fall but we don’t stay down unless we choose to.” This seems to be the perfect moral for the series. I give this five stars because it was well written and my emotions were completely engaged throughout the entire story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Author Gia Riley has been in love with writing romance since high school when she took her very first creative writing class. From the small but mighty state of Delaware, she’s a country girl at heart, traveling back to her roots in Pennsylvania as often as she can. While New Adult and Contemporary romance have been her passion, she’s dabbled with more erotic plot lines lately, enjoying discovering the sexier side of love with each story she pens. After all, she’s a lover of all things romance – a firm believer that everyone deserves their happily ever after no matter what it takes to get there.When she’s not writing, you can find her roaming the aisles of Kirkland’s, up to her elbows in Play-doh, or trying to hunt down spoilers for her favorite reality television show.
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