Julie Reviews Between the Pain and After 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.


Between The Pain is one of these books that just when you think you may have it figured out, you are completely thrown!! 

Hallie has just graduated from nursing school and trying to find her way in the world. She's not looking for a man but ends up with more than one who have feelings for her. 

I must say I loved Sean just as much as I loved Ryan. Ryan is so persistent in knowing he wants Hallie and just as they decide to be together, things drastically change. My heart was ripped out by the emotions brought about in this book. 

It really pulls at your heart and makes you believe in second chances.

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 reading Between the Pain, I knew I had to jump into this one. 

Between the Pain left me brokenhearted and I knew I wanted Hallie to get her happy ending she so deserved. Sean always felt like he was not her first choice, but in the end becomes the man she needs and the one to make her love again. 

Sean and Hallie have such an amazing journey and I quickly fell for Sean. He is so loving and nurturing with her and I love how after everything that happened that they do get their second chance and they certainly aren't one to waste it. This book made me feel happy, sad, and yet will give you hope that true love does exist!! 

This is such a beautiful book!!


Between the Pain - AMAZON
After the Pain - AMAZON

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