Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: The Reflection Series by Gia Riley

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

Series Title: The Reflection series
Including: Between the Pain, After the Pain
Author: Gia Riley
Released: June 2014 & Sept 2014

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.


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?


“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.”

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Two stories about love winning no matter what the odds - Between the Pain and After the Pain are Gia Riley's story of Hallie Dawson and her journey towards the love of her life. 

All her life, Hallie has been friendzoned. Boys have always seen her as their girl best friend and she's never known differently. So imagine her shock when, on her first job, two of the hottest men she's ever seen are vying for her attention, and not in a friendly way either. She's enjoying their interest but still doesn't understand why they see her like that. 

One finds his way into her heart, and the time she spends with Ryan changes her life, forever. Not ever has she felt so loved and cherished. But can she convince herself that she's as special as he seems to think she is?

Then one event, one choice, turns everything awry and it's all Hallie can do to get herself back to normal. Whether she likes it or not, Sean is there to support her. But why now? Why hadn't he said anything before? His sudden change of approach causes Hallie to again question what it is about her that seems to attract these men!

That atypical girl-next-door quality that Hallie exudes is what, I think, makes her attractive to everyone. Ryan and Sean fall in love with her, yes, but her workmates also want to protect her, as do her friends. There's just that something about her that makes her adorable and lovable, and not in a sickly sweet way. She's simply that person who, if someone would tell you got into a fight, you'd ask what the other person had done. 

Somehow, though, it seems to me more of Sean's story than even Hallie's. While Ryan does have a pivotal role, it's Sean that calls all the shots. What he sacrifices for Hallie is staggering, to say the least. This is what a love interest looks like to me. 

While there is a definite underpinning of sadness in the Reflection Series, Gia Riley has managed to infuse a sense of happiness in it at the same time. Hallie looks for healing and is, thankfully, a female who is strong enough to make the start herself. It's not easy, like nothing in real life is, but the risks are always worth it. 

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Fun Facts

- 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.

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