17 June 2014

Between The Pain Tour Stop!

Tour: Between the Pain by Gia Riley
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.

This is a surprisingly angsty novella.  I think it’s unusual to be able to pack so much into such a short page count, but this book manages to do it!
Hallie has just finished nursing school, and she has a plan.  She wants to fall in love, get married and begin a family by the time she’s 24.  It’s only 2 years away, and she’s not given up hope but since she’s a woman who is constantly friend-zoned by men and has only one failed relationship under her belt, it isn’t looking bright.  When she goes on a conference for work, she meets two men who will forever change her life.  Will one or none win her heart?
I think the best part of this story is Hallie.  She’s so real and easy to relate to.  I mean, as a woman who was constantly friend-zoned by men, it can be difficult to decipher when one is truly into you…not to mention two.  That’s a nice problem to have.  Hallie is just one of those characters who you really feel like you’re able to get inside her head and understand her. 
The relationships between Hallie and Ryan and Sean are complex.  I was a bit surprised at the path the story took.  Here I was thinking that Hallie was this sweet and kind of naïve woman, but that was blown out of the water at one point.  This book definitely took a direction that was unexpected.  It actually made me cry at one point, and I did not see that coming!
My one complaint about the story is that it’s a novella, but it’s a cliffhanger.  That just doesn’t sit right with me.  Why not just write one, complete book?  I mean, this book is only .99, and it’s definitely worth that, but I’m just wondering why you wouldn’t want to write one book that tells the reader everything at once.  I felt a little cheated at the end, even if I did enjoy the story.
Overall, this was a great book.  Well-written and emotional, it’s definitely worth your time and money. 4 stars.
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.


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