Title: After the Pain
Author: Gia Riley
Series: The Reflection Series #2
Released: Sept 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 picks up where Between the Pain left off. Hallie is determined to live her life again and to open her heart to love. Gia Riley has given Hallie the space to transform and we see a lot of growth from her. She still manages to let self-doubt and her fear of loss creep in and color her relationships, but she is able to recognize her downslide and work to change her outlook. We also get to know Sean in this book and he is absolutely drool-inducing. He is so sweet with a side of possessive and protective. There is a lot more steam in this book. Gia has cultivated a scorching connection between these two.
This story has a lot of ups and downs as emotions run high for both of our main characters. Just when you think things are settling out, the past comes roaring back to cause some drama. This book has a little bit of suspense as strange things start to happen and we’re left trying to figure out who is behind everything. We meet several new characters that change the feel of the story with their unique personalities. I loved the importance of music in this story. It serves as a center for Hallie and a place of healing and I loved seeing her explore her love of music. Despite the melancholy residing beneath this story, After the Pain finishes out Hallie’s story in a way that is absolutely hopeful and heartwarming.
“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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Between the Pain (Reflection #1)
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
– 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.