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Between the Pain

(The Reflection Series #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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 fi ...more
Paperback, 139 pages
Published June 2014 by Createspace (first published May 31st 2014)
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This was an okay Adult Contemporary romance story, but there were parts that I really didn’t like.

Hallie was an okay character, although I hated the way she called her bits her ‘lady parts’ I just don’t like that. Likewise, I hated the way Ryan talked about his penis like it was a separate person. ‘I’m trying to calm him down.’ Ugh.

The storyline in this was quite boring to me, and I spent most of the book just wanting it to end. I did feel sorry for Hallie w
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Between the Pain was kind of an emotional read for me. I was happy, then sad and then happy again. I even shaded a tear or two, but I really enjoyed it. I was definitely sucked into the story right from the beginning. At first I was a little upset thinking this might end up being a love triangle, which I’m not a fan of but so everyone know it really isn’t.

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Hallie’s Dawson love life has definitely been lacking, but when she starts a new nursing job in the ER, she catches the eye for two very deli
Jillian Lopez
It's not often that I write a review like this, but this book disappointed me so much. The moment I saw the cover and read the synopsis, I felt that it was going to be a really good read. As the story progressed, I had to accept the fact that this book wasn't for me.

I simply couldn't connect with the characters. I didn't feel the happiness when Hallie started dating Ryan and I also didn't feel the pain she went through in the book. Throughout reading it, I felt impassive. I didn't feel anything
Lustful Literature
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it

The story is told in Hallie’s POV. She is a single, 22 year-old nurse that just started working in the ER at a hospital after finishing nursing school. Hallie has some self-esteem issues and a lot has to do with being burned in relationships before.

“If watching guys from afar was an Olympic sport, I would have a gold medal.”

She meets two guys shortly after starting at the hospital.

“The games Sean and Ryan were playing at the seminar have me believing I really
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
4-4.5 stars!

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
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual rating - 2.5

I can't say I really liked any of the characters in this. I did prefer Sean than Ryan, and I did feel sorry for Hallie, but I just couldn't warm to either of them enough to like them, and I didn't warm to Ryan at all.

This wasn't an awful read, but it just couldn't keep my interest, and not loving any of the characters made it worse unfortunately.

Megan Decker
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars -- Let me start by saying that this novella gutted me. I actually felt pain. I laughed, I cried, I felt. I did think the connection Hallie and Ryan shared felt a bit rushed, but at the same time I couldn't help, but cheer their love on. I look forward to more from this author!
Tabitha Willbanks
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Gia Riley is a fantastic new author! I absolutely adored the sexier than sin Ryan, and Sassy Halle :) While reading this book, I laughed and cried right along with the characters! I can't wait for the next book, and to see what is in store for Halle!
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
wow. great job! love a book that gives me freak out moment lol. Swedish fish!!!!
Michelle Schroer
Books pull MANY, many, emotions from their readers. And many of those emotions, at least for me, are hard to describe. Especially when you're so consumed by the beauty of the writing that you didn't realize what you were feeling until it's over.

5+1 emotion-filled STARS!!!

This is one of those books - it pulled every emotion and feeling. It was a short read - but there is SO MUCH packed into this book! It's one of those book that will stay with you forever! I like to read and then marinate in the
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Orginal Blog Post: Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: The Reflection Series by Gia Riley

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 hotte
Hope Sheesley
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow did I love this book!! The last few days have been a whirlwind of chaos at my house - home improvement projects, kids not feeling well, homework, activities, etc. I picked up a book the other day and had to put it down several times and frankly, it pissed me off because all I wanted to do was read it! Well - last night I had some free time and picked it up and read it the whole way through without taking a break.

I think this may have been the most eloquently written book I have read and, al
Southern Belle Book Blog
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE finding new authors. It’s the best. We all have our favorites that we know we’ll love every word they write. But finding that author with her debut novel or maybe even a few books out, and instantly you just feel it? That was me with Gia Riley today. She requested that we read her novella, Between the Pain. I wasn’t sure what to expect because for me, a novella needs to be a follow-up to another series. There’s just not enough time usually to become connected to the characters. In the wis ...more
Tina Lynne
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I would like to acknowledge that Gia Riley has officially made it to my new author watch list. Between the Pain was a sweet story, one filled with emotion, love, loss, and life. This novella introduces us to Hallie, a young woman embarking on her life, who has graduated from college and is starting to work as a nurse. She is excited and nervous about what life has in store for her. As with any new job, she meets new people, two of which include the sexy RN Ryan and the flirtatious social wo ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Hallie Dawson just finished nursing school and is currently working on her first job as an ER nurse. She wanted to prove herself that she can be a good nurse. I like her, maybe because we share the same profession and love for Twix, but I definitely didn’t day dream on my first day of work, which could be extremely dangerous because we work with lives. But she did well for a first timer, not to mention on her first day, she encountered Ryan Andrews – the ch
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugly-cry
Absolutely Stunning Debut!

*5 Stars*

I love discovering new authors! I found Gia Riley while she was doing a takeover on Facebook one night and I won a copy of this book (which also happens to be her debut). When I finally had a chance to sit down and read it, I pretty much devoured it! This novella is about a girl and two guys. May sound familiar but the story is not. I was totally blown away by this quick read.

Fresh out of nursing school, Hallie begins her new job as an RN in the ER of Regional
Lauren Jones
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a woman named Hallie who meets Ryan through work in the Emergency Room. They fall in love with each other, but it is not meant to last. Hallie has to learn to cope with her emotions through tough and unimaginable breaks in her reality. Her best friend Alex helps Hallie through the pain so that she can continue to live a normal life even though her world has been torn and thrown upside down. She even allows herself the capability of loving again.

At first, this story started ou
Tara Dawn (Colourful WordWench)
This is going to be the hardest review to write without giving anything away! Oh this book is nothing like I thought it would be! From the very beginning I fell in love with Hallie's quirky,constantly over-thinking personality. She is quite the treat to most of the lead women that have been gracing the pages of late. Being in her head is fun and enjoyable. Her interactions with Ryan, Sean, and her best friend Alex are engaging. I'm not putting any spoilers down here. I was excited to see if ther ...more
The Book Fairy Reviews
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Opening up is hard to do when you have been told that your are not enough, no not with words but with actions. Yes this closes you off and shakes your self esteem to the sore. I mean who would want some on that has been cast aside for some one else by the person who told you, you were their world. This was Hallie's perspective of romance. This was Hallie's reality. So closed off to the possibility she lives over thinking and over analyzing every detail of every conversation with any one male or ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars - Between the Pain is a sweet, quick read that introduces us to Hallie and her world. This story moves quickly with a lot happening in a short period of time. Hallie is a new nurse, starting her first real nursing job when she meets Ryan and Sean, both co-workers at the hospital. Soon Hallie is falling hard and fast and happily ever after is within her grasp, until life changes everything. Hallie was a fun character, full of life and ready to take on the world. She felt like a genuine ...more
Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend

Hallie seemed like a great person. Eager to be in the working world , a great job , nice place to live and some good friends. She had a great relationship with her family and I was so excited with her gay best friend Alex !!!! Right on the first day at her new job she spots one fine piece of DR. man !! Ryan is super hot and obviously has a great job !! Shortly after that she ends up he
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Between the Pain. It's a great read.
Most people pick out a book to read based on the book synopsis and/or reviews, for me that wasn't the case with this book. I picked this book up, only because I have the same first name as the author. I didn't read the anything about the book first. I was just hoping that it would be a good book. It was more than good, it was amazing.
Hallie starts working as an ER Nurse. She hasn't dated in a while. She meets Sean, a social worker, and Ryan,
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Five freaking stars!

Gia Riley, damn. Its 2:00a.m. here in So California and I had to finish the book. Not because I had to review it.. but because I couldn't put it down!

Hallie is a recently graduated nursing student. She got hired to work at the local hospital's ER. Day one she spots a hottie, was introduced to him as Hallie , RN. His name Ryan.

They work in different departments in the hospital. They bump into each other at a conference. They literally hit it off. They bump into each oth
Tara Marie
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a great first book by an awesome up and coming author!! I can't wait to read more for her!

Hallie has just graduated nursing school and is ready to start her career path in the fast paced ER. A hot stranger with an equally hot backside captures her attention. Always being one of the "guys" is becoming an issue for her self esteem, but her best friend Alex is always there for her.

Ryan, the hot stranger, just happens to work in the hospital and now just happens to be going to the same co
Marie S
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book came to me I dont know how, maybe by some miracle or maybe I entered a contest and won it, Im not sure, I just know it appear on my kindle sent by Gia herself, I think.

Thing is when I started reading it, at first it did not hooked me right away but in a matter of days it became a page turner instantly and I had to kept reading more and more to know what was going to happen. And it took me by surprise the events that went through and then the ugly cry happened.
This is such a beautiful
Briana Pacheco
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 "pretty girl" stars

Between the Pain is a short novella so things do happen quickly. That has to be the only thing that got to me. I wish we got more. I'm definitely reading the next one, After the Pain, because I want to see what else is in store for Hallie.

Hallie is one of the guys, the girl guys can confide in but never see as 'more than a friend' and she's tired of it. She's had little experience with dating so when she sets her eyes on Ryan (and he looks back!) she can't help but feel a
Laura Smith
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win an e-book of Between the Pain and I'm so glad I didn't wait to read it.

Between the Pain is a beautiful written story of love, fate and heart break. Make sure you have the tissues because you are going to need them. Prepare to have your heart ripped out and crushed.

I instantly fell in love with the main character's Halle and the gorgeous Ryan. Two people who meet through work and feel an instant attraction to each other. But Halle had another who desires her. Will Halle
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!

How lucky was I to win a copy of this book?!?! What a beautiful, heart-wrenching story!!!

Hallie has just graduated nursing school and has taken her first job at a local hospital ER. Things are beginning to fall into place for her, she would just like someone special to share her life with. Hallie catches the eye of not one, but two hot guys, Sean and Ryan, that also work at the hospital. Which one should she choose?

I loved this book!! Gia Riley nailed it with her first book! I felt eve
Tracey Murphy
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic writing debut. Its short, but packed quite a punch.

Hallie Dawson is so likable and relatable, I felt like she was inside my head. She's beautiful girl who, like so many girls, just sees herself as average. She has no idea how to react when she meets men that are truly interested in her. Enter Ryan. Gorgeous, charming, and won't let Hallie run away. She has to decide whether she wants to take a chance on a new love or play it safe in the "friend zone" like she always has.

Candice Clifford
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I think Hallie is my new favorite book heroine. She is such a change from the average women I read about. Hallie is smart, sassy and funny. She is a registered nurse and has begun her dream job at the hospital. She meets two great guys, Ryan and Sean and she is drawn to each one in different ways. Ryan and Hallie have great chemistry and I really was pulling for him. Everything seems to be going great until the unthinkable happens. This was such a shock for me while I was reading it. I never saw
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Bestselling author Gia Riley has been in love with writing romance since high school when she took her very first creative writing class. From the small but mighty state of Delaware, she’s a country girl at heart, traveling back to her roots in Pennsylvania as often as she can.

She’d rather pick truth than dare, bake than cook, and will always choose coffee over tea.

Just like life, her stories ar

Other books in the series

The Reflection Series (2 books)
  • After the Pain (The Reflection Duet #2)
“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.” ~Ryan” 1 likes
“All joking aside, I promise I’m not bitter and will continue to believe I’m worth being someone’s forever.” ~Hallie” 0 likes
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