Saturday, November 1, 2014

Blog Tour: THE REFLECTION SERIES (Including: Between the Pain, After the Pain) by Gia Riley

Series Title: The Reflection series

Including: Between the Pain, After the Pain

Author: Gia Riley

Released: June 2014 & Sept 2014

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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 allcards? 

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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This book was a really enjoyable and quite quick read for me. Which just suited my mood. It is a love story written with emotion and realism. Hallie is a young adult just stepping out into the real world with a new job and almost instant relationship. Ryan is a character who stole my heart immediately I really felt his emotions throughout the story and was 100% behind him. However even the book title alerts us to thinking that this isn't just going to be a hearts and flowers story but that there will be pain. What is this pain and does it include the delectable  Sean Thomas? Well I guess that is for me to know and you to find out!! I enjoyed this book and award it 4 stars. Thank you, Gia for sharing this early with For The Love Of Books ~ Rosie

The song ends and we’re left in the middle of the dance floor staring at each other. Neither of us makes a move to say anything else. Why can’t I just say yes like any other normal girl would? 

One of the bartenders is on the small stage announcing a drink special and something about a band starting in fifteen minutes. I’m too busy looking into Ryan’s eyes to really care about either of those two things right now. Before I have a chance to get my words of acceptance out, Ryan decides to end the moment. 

“Think about it, about what I said. It’s just a date and I don’t care if we do it like everyone else or not. Well I care how we do it but that isn’t important right now.” The heat in his gaze makes me take a step back, not because I’m not feeling it, but because I am feeling it. I’ve never had a reaction quite like this one before. I’m quickly figuring out Ryan isn’t like most guys and I think he’s just the adventure I need to help break out of my shell.

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 

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This is the second book in the Reflection Series and I was lucky enough to be able to read it immediately after book 1. Picking up from where book 1 finished is great but I would suggest that you do read book one first. Sean becomes the leading man in Hallie's  life after the trauma in book 1. He is instantly attracted and possibly immediately in love with Hallie, but can she move on with her life and see him as more than a friend? Well, yes she can, but then just when things are going well the author throws in lots of secrets and lies which spice up the story perfectly. This book does have a HEA  but how this comes about is certainly worth reading. I liked this book better than book 1 as it had a bit more grit and angst so I award it 5 stars ~ Rosie

“Wow, babe,” Sean says when he gets out of the shower. I should thank him for the compliment but I’m enjoying my own view right now. His towel is slung around his hips, taunting me. I want nothing more than to yank on the small corner holding it in place. I keep my eyes locked on his and can physically see the second he realizes my intentions. 

“Hallie, what are you doing?”

“Exploring.” When I reach him, my hands untuck the corner of the towel, sending it falling to the floor. My hands start at his broad shoulders making sure to touch every single velvety inch of skin in front of me. I place my lips on his chest, sucking up the water droplets left behind. “Shit, baby. Your mouth feels incredible.”

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- I have a degree in Behavioral Science.

- I’m a huge college football fan.

- I don’t write in order.

- Secretly, I’d love to be country singer and live in Nashville. I guess it’s not a secret anymore.

- I’ve been to eleven countries but never ventured out of North America.

- I’d rather pick truth than dare.

- My first concert was Boyz II Men.

- I’m a germaphone.

- I’d like to spend the day with Jimmy Fallon, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wiig.

- I’ve never owned an iphone. I’m a Samsung Galaxy girl.

I'm a lover of all things romance and a firm believer that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Currently residing in the small but mighty state of Delaware, I take pride in creating characters who are real, personable, and entertaining. 

When I'm not busy working on my next book, I can be found roaming the isles of Kirkland's or up to my elbows in Play-doh.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~Maya Angelou

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