Between the Pain by Gia Riley: Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Between the Pain by Gia Riley: Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt, and GiveawayBetween the Pain by Gia Riley
on May 31st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 129

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.

Stacia Says…

Between the Pain is a sweet, loving story that somehow combines sexy and innocent in a way that completely works!

Hallie Dawson is somewhat unlucky in love and doesn’t really do relationships well. In fact she is more often than not, seen as one of the “guys” or stuck in the friend zone, rather than being put into the girlfriend category.  On the first day of her new job, she meets gorgeous “eye candy” Ryan, who just happens to be her co-worker. She is attracted to him right away, but her low self worth causes her to doubt he could feel the same.

“All joking aside, I promise I’m not bitter and will continue to believe I’m worth being someone’s forever.”

I loved the connection between Ryan and Hallie and how he was able to help her built up her self-esteem. Their romance developed quickly once they admitted their feelings for each other, but it didn’t feel rushed like some books are. This book, to me was about second chances… second chances at trust, love, and life. Although this was a short novella, Gia Riley wrote the story in such a way that it felt like a complete novel. I look forward to reading more from her!

“You’re special to me, pretty girl and you need to know that. There is nothing wrong with easing into this. I’ll still want you just as much tomorrow as I do now, if not more.”


Looking around, I spot hazel deliciousness. Walking over to me, Ryan has an adorable smirk on his face I know I won’t be able to resist. This guy is going to be my weakness and I don’t even know anything about him other than he wears larger scrubs than I do. This is a definite point in his favor. “Ryan, I didn’t expect to see you here.” I say for the second time in two days as I try to hide my cheeks behind my bottle of beer. I know my face is flushed from his presence.

“And why’s that?” he asks without hesitation.

“I come here all the time and have never seen you. So either you’re following me again or this is your first time here.”

“For the record, I’m not following you, although I would definitely enjoy that. I’ve been here before; I guess you never noticed because I definitely wouldn’t have let you forget me.”

“Is that so? Someone thinks highly of himself,” I say comfortably

“Are you going to pretend you don’t feel something when you see me? I see the way your cheeks flush and your eyes widen just a little when you look at me. You did the same thing in the parking garage and in the hallway at the hospital. Yesterday, you almost sat in the water fountain when you heard my voice. I like knowing I affect you. It makes me certain you won’t tell me no if I ask you to dance right now.”




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About Gia Riley

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.