Between the Pain by Gia Riley
Publication Date: June 5, 2014
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 Contemporary 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.
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Grab a tissue for this one ladies because you will definitely need one! Gia Riley evokes so many emotions in Between the Pain, that I laughed and cried all the while turning each page with a need to find out how Hallie's story ends....or did it just begin?
Hallie, a recent college graduate, starts her first real life job as a nurse in the trama unit of the ER. She is nervous and excited all at once walking toward the building's doors on her first day, but her nerves are quickly forgotten as she watches the hottie in scrubs walking in front of her. Is he a nurse or a doctor? Does he work in the ER? All questions Hallie thinks as she admires his amazing butt wondering if she will ever talk to him. A chance meeting later that night leaves her speechless as she is not accustomed to the feelings that rise within her when she is talking to Ryan.
Hallie also meets Sean, the hospital social worker, who is easy on the eyes in a suit. His innocent but blatant flirting at a conference they tend together, forces Ryan to be more blunt in his feelings for Hallie, asking her out on a date. Hallie decides to remain friends with Sean and date Ryan, a decision that the reader is cheering for at this point in the story. Their dates are fun and light hearted, and I found myself smiling at the easy banter and fun that they had doing the most simplest of things together. I was happy that Hallie found a guy that she wanted to settle down with, until tragedy struck and Hallie sank into a depression so deep, the reader wondered if she would be able to pull herself out. Would she be able to move past it and be happy again? Be the girl that she once was. With her friend Alex and Sean surrounding her with unconditional love and support, I was routing for Hallie the whole way. I was glad to see her slowly but surely return to the land of the living, and stop just going through the motions of life but to actually start living.
And although this book doesn't end on a cliff hanger, it doesn't just end. Hallie's story continues in Gia Riley's next book, After the Pain. I personally cannot wait for the follow up book! This book was a 3.5 star read for me and I would definitely recommend it to others!
Gia Riley is both a Contemporary Romance novelist and book enthusiast. Between the Pain is Gia’s debut novella, having only written as a hobby in the past. Writing has been a passion of hers since high school, when she took her very first creative writing class. Gia is also an active wife and mother. When she has a quiet moment, she loves to swap her play-doh for her laptop. Gia also loves to travel, listen to music and sing (her husband would advise against this). Cruises are her favorite type of vacation with Belize being her favorite port of call.
Gia believes there is nothing more satisfying than getting lost in a good book! Everyone deserves their happily ever after.