Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo

The Lives Between Us
by Theresa Rizzo

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: July 1, 2015
Publisher: Theresa Rizzo
Genre: Contemporary Fiction Romance
Print Length: 436 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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 by Theresa Rizzo

The Lives Between UsFor reporter Skylar Kendall, digging into other people’s business was her job, yet, her own life was a walled off bastion with DO NOT TRESPASS vibes shooting out like daggers.When one of the few to break through to her heart, her young niece became a victim of the anti-sentiment and funding toward stem cell research. One of the most outspoken political figures against this miraculous research became her number one target as she became a crusader for those who cannot speak for themselves. Michigan Senator Hastings has a bullseye on his back and if Skylar has her way, she will destroy him for the monster she thinks he is.
When the senator’s best friend, Mark worms his way into Skye’s life, she gets an up close and personal look at the human behind the podium. Have her feelings for Mark clouded her judgment or is the senator far from the monster she had envisioned? This man has family, he loves, he breathes the same air as Skye and tragedy can befall his family just as it has hers. Perhaps revenge won’t be so sweet, after all, as she gets caught up in a heartbreaking drama that could change everyone’s lives forever.

The Lives Between Us is a heart-wrenching look into loss, anger and the potential abuse of perceived power penned with the strong voice of Theresa Rizzo. Yes, stem cell research and its applications can be miraculous, but it is also controversial and Theresa Rizzo plunges in fearlessly, filling her work with facts, emotions and the human side of saving lives. None of the characters always likable and can be a bit too stiff and unbending, but their hearts are in the right place. For me, Skye was what I pictured a reporter to be, unyielding in their digging no matter the cost to others, but will her conscience and her heart be heard? Will the love of a good man make her step off of her vengeful soapbox? Theresa Rizzo has created a rock solid tale, coloring outside the lines to present it boldly while still allowing for emotional tension, a touch of humor and a warm look at family bonds, and the unselfish side of even the a hard nut to crack.

If you’re looking for a read with substance, fierce emotions and a deeper look into humanity of the soul, this is it! Ms. Rizzo is NOT asking you to like her characters, which makes them even more realistic. This may be my favorite book Ms. Rizzo has written.

I received an ARC edition from Theresa Rizzo in exchange for my honest review.


  1. This sounds wonderful! The cover definitely gets 5 stars from me. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

    1. Ms. Rizzo is an amazing author! Thanks for stopping by! Dianne

  2. Hi Diane,
    So glad you enjoyed the book!
    Diane, I love the cover too--it really suits the book. Thanks for dropping by!