The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo | Review

July 7, 2015 | Posted by Gaby in Book Reviews | 4 Comments

The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo | ReviewThe Lives Between Us
by Theresa Rizzo
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publication Date: July 1, 2015 by Rizzo Publishing
Format: eARC
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4 Stars

How far would you go to save the one you love?

Reporter Skylar Kendall has run from commitment all her life, pushing people away before they leave her, until her niece worms her way into Skye’s heart and settles in tight. Skye relaxes into a career she enjoys and relishes being a doting aunt.

Then her niece becomes gravely ill. Unable to bear yet another loss, Skye is determined to find a cure, but the girl’s only hope lies in the embryonic stem cell therapy Michigan Senator Edward Hastings repeatedly opposes. When Skye fails to find alternative treatment in time, she vows to end the senator’s political career.

Curious about the woman behind the scathing articles on his best friend, Mark Dutton pursues Skye. Dating Mark gives her access to Hastings’s life and secrets that would launch Skye's career and satisfy her need for retribution… Only she hadn’t counted on falling in love.

Can she avenge the lives lost to politics at the expense of her new love and friends?


The Lives Between Us is a book that surprised me completely. The first half of this book  I’m going to be completely honest and say that I didn’t like it. The Lives Between Us is the story of a reporter named Skye who in the beginning of this book lost her ill nine-year-old niece Niki and Sky is convinced that embryonic stem cell treatment could have saved her. The thing is that all embryonic stem cell research was blocked by Senator Edward Hastings who has a campaign against the method, hence limiting/eliminating all funds for this research. So naturally Skye develops a…might I say unhealthy obsession with destroying Senator Hastings career and  make him pay. For the first half of this book Skye was just an annoying main character with an unhealthy and over-exaggerated hatred towards the senator, like to the point where I just wanted to grab her and shake her. While reading this I was so frustrated and I thought that I wouldn’t like this book but the more I read and the more things happened, I found myself  more immersed and captivated by the story and the characters.

The main thing that made this story so worth it was the characters. This story is has an intriguing plot with well-developed characters. I’m gonna go ahead and say that yes Skye could get a little annoying and frustrating at times but after a while she got so much better. And guys all the other characters in this story where amazing and you totally get to love them. I loved that they felt so real to me, like I could sit down and say “I can totally see this guy being a real person.” The Hastings family are my favorite characters from this book and Mark.. Oh Mark, sweet, sweet Mark.

A good story with well-developed characters, intriguing and controversial topic, family strength and support, a great romance and overall a very emotional read.

This book was definitely not my typical read and probably not a common one for most young readers but this totally surprised me and I’m sure it will surprise you too. So if you ever feel like picking up something a little different I recommend this book.

About Theresa Rizzo

Theresa Rizzo is a bestselling, award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. 
Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she currently lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty-two years. She’s raised four wonderful children who are now scattered across the country.

Theresa's debut book, He Belongs to Me, won the 2014 National Indie Excellence Award for romance and the 2014 Readers Crown Award for Mainstream Women’s Fiction and was a finalist in the General Fiction Category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards. 


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4 responses to “The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo | Review

  1. I’ve never heard of this one before but it sounds really lovely! I love character driven books because they’re seriously such a strong element in every book and particularly contemporaries so glad to hear it was the best part.

    Lovely review, hun <33

    • Gaby

      Yeah, I agree 100%! Characters are a strong if not the strongest elements in a book. Thank you, love! 🙂

  2. Both title and author are new to me but the storyline does sound interesting. Like you, this doesn’t sound like one I would typically pick up, but sometimes it’s fun to go a little outside your comfort zone. 🙂 Glad this ended up being a 4 star (latte?) read for you!

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    • Gaby

      I love going out of my comfort zone once in a while just to keep things interesting. And yeah 4 latte cups from latte nights reviews 😉

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