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(By a Thread #2)

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The Stella who emerges from the rubble of the bombing in Montana is a woman full of conflict. She knows she should be grateful that she lived when others didn't, but after waking in the hospital as a celebrity, complete with a new moniker, she's bitter and distrustful, questioning everything in her life. She's unsure of her friends, her new boyfriend, and her job. In addit ...more
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published June 26th 2013
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R.L. Griffin
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Book 2 is a wild ride. Get ready for answers and then more questions. More Stella and more of George's POV. ...more
Emma Corcoran
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lucky enough to have read an ARC and LOVED EVERY WORD!!!

Like everyone else who was hooked on By A Thread by R.L. Griffin, I was left with my mouth agape with that cliff-hanger of an ending. I found myself trying like mad to click onto the next page, to see if I’d somehow missed a few pages at the end. This was the mother of all cliff-hangers and it left me wanting to know more. I needed to find out what happens to El, where does she go from here? What happens with Patrick, George, Jesse, Millie,
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Kim Appling
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was pumped but a little nervous when I won a copy of Tension because I was afraid I wouldn't love it as much as I loved BaT. Are you kidding me? What was I thinking? Tension was CRAZY good! I loved every word and I absolutely fell in love all over again with Stella and George, especially George! I'm in love. R.L. Griffin, you AMAZE me. ...more
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tension by RL Griffin

5 stars!!!

One of the things that I have loved about starting blogging is when you stumble across an unknown author, give the book a chance, read it, fall in love with it and then are so enamoured with what you have just read that you cannot pimp the hell out of it enough. That is how I felt when I read RL Griffins first book "By A Thread". Tension is the next book in the series and I could not wait for this one...I hounded RL Griffin, I have stalked her on Facebook, Twitter
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Sherry
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-sensual
Okay BaT fans, Tension will not disappoint you. RL starts off with a really great epilogue again and hooks you from the very beginning. Sometimes I was laughing hysterically. I was crying within the first 30 mins. of reading. At one point I was stressing out and frustrated, with my knees bouncing up and down. Finally, I felt Stella's anger. I was angry and I was living through all of her Tension! I am proud of her by the end of the book. Stella really needs something good in her life, luckily sh ...more
Michelle
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tension starts off where By A Thread left off. Stella had spent the last four years falling apart - drowning in the pain of losing the man she thought was her soul mate, discovering the betrayal of not only her best friend Patrick, but that everything she went through in the last four years was a lie. Nearly destroyed; one lie that cannot be untold. He is alive. The lie almost killed her - that bullet almost killed her... now she wants one thing...


Stella is now facing a whole new life - she went
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Up All Night Book Addict
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, read-2013
So, with the first book in this series, we were taken on a journey through Stella’s healing process from losing Jamie. She had her ups and downs, more downs than anything. We were left with a bombing in Montana—and wondering why Jamie had faked his death…
I was reeled in from the beginning. Stella has managed to survive the blast and being shot by Jamie, physically… emotionally, she is obviously damaged. She vows to move forward and seek revenge on the person who destroyed her not once, but twice
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Shamika
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
R.L. Griffin if I didn't freaking LOVE this story so much I would be so upset right now. Ugh, another cliffhanger. I am dying here. You are so cruel!!!

So this is the follow up to By A Thread (BaT) and let me tell you it was so kick ass! I loved every minute of it. Here in Tension, Stella is now recovering from events that occurred in Montana. She's going through a slew of emotions. She's scarred physically and emotionally. Stella has been lied to and betrayed. This has made her hard and now
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Mimi
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is the sequel to By A Thread... And all I can say is WOW! And Oh.My.Shit!! I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy from the author. This book was a fantastic sequel. I know why it's called "Tension" - I just finished and am all tense and on pins and needles waiting for the third and final book to come out!

If you have not yet read By a Thread, get it today and read it! Tension will be released on August 1 and you want to read this book!
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Jessalyn
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC. I devoured this book. I loved By a Thread, but I found that I loved Tension even more. My only complaint is that now R.L. has me anxiously waiting for the 3rd book!
Lisa Allred
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling, suspenseful and full on amazing. Couldn't put it down and was rude to my family - ignoring them until I finished. ...more
If The Book Fits
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
You know those undiscovered gems so many people harp on about? Well, this series is one of those. When I read the first book, I was absolutely blown away. RL Griffin is one of those authors that can take you anywhere with their writing. From the first page, I was hooked. I didn't think it could get any better than By a Thread. I was wrong.

The Good

The depth - Tension isn't one of those flimsy cutesy romances that we're all so fond of. I'll admit to reading those on a regular basis. They're good
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hugsandcookies
Oh crap, no it's a cliffhanger. Please tell me that George will be alive. Damn I hate cliffhangers.

Okay, first off I will say that this is majorly lagging my reading and I'm finding it hard to focus more on the story cause of Stella. WOW, this girl has major major issues. I tend to find her annoying cause of her stubbornness. But I will have to admit the story, the plotting, the mysteriousness, the angst, the laughs and the swoon moments really make this book worth the read.

The characters are li
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YaYa
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars...RL Griffin, you've done it again. I fell in love with George in BaT and even more now in Tension. I think its his accent *wink*. What a suspenseful ride. Nice job on the pov's. Stella is still Kick Ass Bad Ass. Even after everything she went through w/ the help of her "friends" and family, and *clears throat* George, she manages to lift her self up. Oh yeah lets not forget the dark knight in shining armoire, in this case with the football gear Jesse (I think Juewelz will enjoy him). ...more
Brenda
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished re-reading this book in preparation for the third (and last) book in this trilogy (Seamless). First off let me say, I never re-read books. Secondly let me say, I am so glad I did! Not only is the writing in this book great - it is superb. Not only is the story line amazing - it keeps you on the edge of your seat. But, it's the characters in these books that makes me love them the most. I feel as though Stella and George have become my good friends and as much as I want to rea ...more
Stacey Ryan
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG..I was lucky enough to get my greedy little hands on a ARC of Tension. After reading BaT I couldn't wait for Stella's story to continue. RL Griffin is a freaking creative genius and will keep you on your toes! Expect the unexpected. I am impatiently waiting for book 3 (seamless). This series is a MUST read. ...more
Grace
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OH MY SHIT!!! This book is crazy! Stella is awesome. For as broken as she is, she is such a strong, likable character. George is even more swoon-worthy. And that little piece of shit, you know who, gets more psycho by the minute. I'll probably never be able to eat clementines without cringing.

Warning: Huge cliffhanger. Again.

ARC received for an honest review.
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Kerri
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great second book to the series! Mrs Griffin does it again!! Stella's story is just as gritty and real in this one!! R. L. knows how to tell a story that keeps you up all night reading! Just one more page!! Just one more chapter!! A must read!!!u ...more
Sandie Book Boyfriend Reviews
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5/5


Holy shit where do I even start with this review? I am seriously in love with R.L like seriously. This book has breathed new life into me. How you ask? Well after reading so many books that for me all seem to be the same, this one is just  completely blew me away. While there is a love story here you have to get through all kinds emotions to get there. Its not an easy ride. 

                           

The entire time I am like OMG...Oh no....Holy crap!....Did that just h
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Jenn
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OH MY SHIT!!! Where do I even begin? This book was freaking amazing! I won’t deny that you will get your emotions all twisted up and wondering “what the fuck just happened”. Trust me, it happened to me constantly throughout this book, but I loved it. This gives you a completely different feeling than from By a Thread, but a good different. RL did an awesome job that I felt that I was a part of the story. Just brace yourself for the roller coaster of emotions you are about to ride.

Stella had her
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❀ Crystal ✿ -  PEACE ☮ LOVE ♥ BOOKS
*ARC provided by author for honest review*
I don’t know why my thoughts are all over the place when it comes to this book. Trust me, I am in no way saying it’s bad but let’s just say I finished it on the train ride to NY and had I not been on a train full of people I probably would have thrown a tantrum. So many feelings…. First off, be warned, there is a cliff-hanger and it is beyond unexpected. In fact the author even apologizes for that fact and I can’t honestly say if I want to throttle her m
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Natalee Grimaldi
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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★★★★



Oh my shit!! You know those caution signs you see before boarding a roller coaster?? Well this book needs to come with a humongous that warns you of high anxiety while reading!!
Not joking, the ending to this book will leave you gasping for breath!! Hahaha I just want to squeeze R.L. Griffin for giving me severe heart palpitations- exciting and nervous ones! I might have to send her my medical bill because I'm pretty sure my blood pressure just sky rocketed.  Shit!! T
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Jenn
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I need to start this review by stating that R.L. Griffin can make me swear like no other! Within the first few pages of Tension I was asking “WTF?” (loudly) and going back to By A Thread to check a few things and when I got to the end, not that you can call it that, I yelled so loud I scared the dog!!

Okay, now the actual review. I absolutely loved this book! I will admit that I struggled with Stella a bit in By A Thread. I truly felt for everything she was going through but there wer
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Michelle
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This time R.L Griifin has raised the bar so high I can’t imagine how she’s going to better book 3.

If you think, that By a Thread took you down an emotional rollercoaster, well then be prepared for the ride of your life in Tension.

In By a Thread we were introduced to Stella Murphy a Law student, whose life seems to be headed on the right track. She has friends, Family, support and love. All heading for a HEA right?
When the things in life she values the most are ripped apart by a tragic accident,
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Mags Pereira
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How appropiate is the title of this book?

Tension is all I felt reading this! From begining to end. A lot of questions were answered and more questions surfaced! There were times I wanted to smack Stella. Maybe knock some sense into her! George is one word: SWOON! That man is heaven sent!

Stella is a lucky girl! Surrounded by so many people that love her and stuck by her from the get go! Such a stubborn mule trying to protect George from herself. Prime example was in By a Thread with her wall and
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Desiree Gorman - A Love Affair With Books
OMG how I love this woman and her amazing books! By A Thread was one of my favorite reads. Reading Stella's story, learning from her and feeling for her was an awesome experience. The cliffhanger in By A Thread made Tension one of my highly anticipated novels ever!

So, after I read it, how do I put my love into words?? I have no freaking idea! Stella's back and boy is she pissed! Buy Stella internalizes so much that the danger tends to be more to herself than to others.

And George, my sweet sweet
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Jamie
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Tension from the amazing RL Griffin. I started this book as soon as I got it. You literally have no idea what might happen next. I could not put it down and I am eagerly waiting for the 3rd book of the series( Seamless). If you thought Stella was tough as nails in BaT wait till you read Tension. With Stella recovering from the incident in Montana and being thrust into the spotlight when the news of it goes public, she is hurt,angry and determined.With Geor ...more
Ria
4.5 StellaRifficFighterKickA$$ STARS!!

#IHateClementines

HAVE you SEEN the COVER?! #badA$$ Just like Stella!! I LOVED the continuation of By a Thread!! Stella Gah!!! AMAZING!!! George...All knowing and awesome!! I want to start off this review by saying... I have been WAITING for this book to come out seriously #WhyiCantSleepAtNight! It was so worth the wait! The only thing that has me totally bummed is...WTF?! I need book 3 like NOW... RIGHT FLIPPING NOW!

#IMightDieWithoutThis!


My Rating

4.5 Red S
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Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
*****5 BADASS STARS*****


The Stella who emerges from the rubble of the bombing in Montana is barely held together By a Thread.

Stella continues her story fighting with all sorts of emotions..love, revenge, trust. She is trying to rebuild her life with George & Cooper.

I love Stella she is one BADASS chick, gutsy as hell with a wicked sense of humor. Also not forgetting the rest of the cast of characters Jesse, Billy, Jamie, Patrick & Millie.

With many twists and turns Tension kept me hooked right
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Heather
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! R.L. Griffin really knows how to end a book. I was a mess when By a Thread ended. I'm an even bigger mess now that Tension has ended. Ugh. So frustrated! I bought Tension as soon as it went live and read it nonstop until I reached the last page, it is THAT good, I love this series because not only is there love connections there's a lot of action and mystery too. I still have a few unanswered questions, so I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment, Seamless. I love George and Stella. I lo ...more
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