Title: After the Pain (The Reflection Series Book #2)
Author: Gia Riley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: September 2, 2014
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?
After the Pain by Gia Riley is the heartwarming conclusion to Between the Pain. Gia Riley a way of writing a story that sucks the reader in emotionally, allowing them to feel and understand every situation and emotion that the characters are going through while they are going through it. This conclusion was everything that I hoped it would be and I highly recommend this 3.5 star series to everyone who enjoys a good love story.
"Moving on isn't about forgetting-it's about embracing everything everything that has been holding me back. Everyone deserves a fresh start filled with endless possibilities. These are my moments After the Pain."
Hallie has begun to pick up the pieces and begin living again after the death of her boyfriend Ryan. Her friend Sean has been by her side every step of the way, supporting her whenever she needed it, giving her the time that she needed before she could move on and begin living again, and even more important begin a relationship with him that goes beyond friendship. Hallie has intense feelings for Sean but thought it was best that she take her time with getting involved with someone else; afraid of what it would look like to others. Finally deciding that Sean is where her heart now lies, and that she is healed enough to move forward, she goes to him after a "therapy" session at open mike night, offering her sacred ring pop candy in exchange for an exclusive relationship with him.
Hallie and Sean are strong together and their relationship moves forward, smoothly and she can finally smile and be happy since Ryan's death. It all seems to good to be true and eventually they hit a bump in the road, when they take a trip to Vegas for Sean's medical conference. It is there that they come face to face with Sean's past, a past that he has kept from her and looks extremely incriminating. Hallie runs because she is hurt and afraid of feeling the loss of someone else she loves without ever hearing Sean's explanation. Once they talk and Sean reveals all of the skeletons in his closet they seem to be able to move forward. They reader cheers for them, because who wouldn't want Hallie to have her happy ending, she deserves it more than anyone else after everything she has been through. And then the unthinkable happens, Hallie tells Sean a little while lie that looks anything but. And it is that lie that destroys their already fragile relationship. Hallie is miserable without Sean in her life, waiting and hoping that he will change his mind and come back to her; but as the weeks go by she realizes that it may never happen. And as if loosing Sean weren't hard enough, Hallie discovers that she is expecting. Determined that she can do this on her own with the help of her friends and parents, Hallie begins to tie up the loose ends of her life and prepares to move home with her parents to have the baby. Planning to tell Sean that he will be a father but never finding the right time, he discovers that he will be a dad by accident one day. It is everything that comes after his discovery that makes the reader fall in love with Sean even more than they already had.
"What we have is as real as it gets, but he took care of you for me-until it was my time to own your heart."
“You keep telling me to trust you, but I don’t know if I can. Not after everything that happened in Vegas.” I’m annoyed he isn’t offering any details about the mystery sender just like he couldn’t explain himself in the hotel room. Even if I am incredibly upset with him, part of me still wants to believe he would never intentionally put me in danger. My anger wins over my feelings for him and I tell him the truth, “Your word kind of means shit to me right now, Sean.” I hug my knees a little tighter. The only thing I’m sure of right now is that I can’t keep walking around with this shitty armor. I’ll have to check into actual Mace. No more furniture polish.
Sean stands up and holds out his hands encouraging me to get up off the floor. He helps me up and pulls my body close for a hug. “Please don’t be scared. I won’t let anyone hurt you, I swear. I’m so mad at you right now, but I’ll never stop protecting you.”
Title: Between the Pain (The Reflection Series Book #1)
Author: Gia Riley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
Writing has been a passion of mine since high school when I took my very first creative writing class. I was lucky enough to take a few creative writing and English classes in college that fueled my desire to create. With the encouragement of my friends and family, I decided to write my first novella series. I'm also an active wife and mother. When I have a quiet moment, I love to swap my play-doh for my laptop. There's nothing more satisfying than creating art.
THANK YOU for taking a chance on me. If I can connect with just one reader, then the journey is worth it!