Review: Between the Pain by Gia Riley
ABOUT THE BOOK: Graduating from nursing school and finding herself thrown into the real world, twenty-two year old Hallie Dawson is determined to prove herself on the job. A chance encounter on the first day has charming Ryan Andrews showing up everywhere she goes. With only a string of random hook-ups and one failed relationship in her past, Hallie isn’t used to being pursued. For the first time, two men desire her. Will she choose the right one – or does fate hold all the cards? Between the Pain is a New Adult Romance novella about finding love – and being brave enough to follow your heart. Will Hallie end up in the arms of her true love or are the moments in between her pain forming the real story. Timing is everything. A fraction of a second, one altered course, one note — change her life forever.
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads
REVIEW: This story is about a woman named Hallie who meets Ryan through work in the Emergency Room. They fall in love with each other, but it is not meant to last. Hallie has to learn to cope with her emotions through tough and unimaginable breaks in her reality. Her best friend Alex helps Hallie through the pain so that she can continue to live a normal life even though her world has been torn and thrown upside down. She even allows herself the capability of loving again.
At first, this story started out a little predictable with girl meets boy in a normal setting and an instant attraction is present. What I didn’t plan on was the plot twist and man, was it a plot twist. This author had my emotions on edge for most of the read. I sympathized with the characters, felt pain and happiness, as well as the loss that the author wanted to convey to her readers. Alex’s character was my favorite. His character is strong and consistent; the author really defines his personality in such an inspiring way that it really drew me in. I also found that the author’s descriptiveness and intuitiveness, regarding Hallie’s feelings of Ryan after the loss, is highly noteworthy. This is so spot-on that I really found it difficult to hold back the tears because it was so well written and precise. After analyzing the author’s work, I feel that this would be best for a female audience. Since this story does start off with Hallie attempting to find true love and steadiness, she not only finds it and loses it, but she also starts again. I really appreciate the concepts portrayed in this story, because not everyone lives a peaceful life in a steady and consistent world. There are ups and downs, happiness and pain that must be taken into consideration. These rising issues reflect our strength, ability to carry on, and our openness toward trusting one another. I give this story five stars because it really resonated a heartfelt, true, raw and emotional depth that I feel the reader can’t help but fall into and walk the journey with Hallie until the end.
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 plotlines 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.