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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Review: Fault Lines by Rebecca Rogers Maher (novella)


15831615Sarah Murphy plans other people's weddings. She's gorgeous and successful, but she also carries a dark secret.

At one of her events, she meets Joe Sullivan, a sexy photographer with a difficult past of his own. When he snaps a rare unguarded photograph of her and captures the real person hiding behind the facade, she feels exposed. To restore the upper hand, she tries to do what she always does: use sex to defuse the situation.

While Joe is eager to deepen his relationship with Sarah, he's aware of her emotional shield and the way she disconnects from her body. Seeing her at her most vulnerable doesn't scare him off, but he needs to know what she's hiding.

Sarah has a tough decision to make. Does she want to go on living a lonely, emotionally frozen life? Or can she finally risk revealing the truth and move forward with Joe?

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Source: Purchased

Review: I was so impressed with Rebecca Rogers Maher’s novella,The Bridge (one of my top 2013 reads), that I knew I was going to have to check out everything else she had written.

The summary & cover for Fault Lines is largely off target. While there is a romance, this is not a romance story. Joe and Sarah meet and hookup but he’s a catalyst for breaking open feelings that Sarah has long locked away, not the main focus.


Frankly, I was relieved. It’s clear early on what Sarah’s traumatic past is and I just hate when an author tries to *hot sex* a broken character out of sexual trauma. There is hot sex, and I was worried at first. But then Maher turns that trope on it’s head and instead uses the feelings it evokes in her to rip Sarah’s carefully constructed world wide open so the real healing can begin. For me, there was a perfect balance of romance and  healing.

This is a novella, but as with The Bridge, there is no detour or quick fix. Sarah has to make some heartbreaking decisions that leave her raw and vulnerable.

Joe is wonderful, patient and supportive but only one piece of the puzzle that includes an elderly woman, her best friend and a very complicated relationship with her mother and uncle. 

I’m not gonna lie – this was a tough one to read. I had a friend from high school who went through this situation and I can tell you that Maher nailed it. There was no sugarcoating, yet Sarah’s journey was quite brave and in the end, hopeful.

The truth is, as much as I complain about angst overload in books these days, I find that I don’t mind it when it’s handled well. Maher is becoming my go to author when I’m looking for sexy, honest, thought provoking stories.

16 comments:

  1. I must say, I am getting a bit tired of these sexy covers

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    1. The problem with these covers is that they are so similar that I don't remember what I've read anymore lol

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  2. That's a bummer that the cover screams "romance" more than the story warrants. I'm glad to have read your review because it shows what the story is really about, and I think it's great!!

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    1. It was good but I noticed that a lot of reviewers were expecting something else and were disappointed. Even the summary implies that the romance is front and center.

      I read it because I enjoy the author so I didn't have any expectations going in.

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  3. Yeah, I have a hard time with smexy times being used as a way to "fix" a sexually traumatized character. That's NOT the kind of healing they need and it's a little squicky.

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    1. I really thought that's where this story was headed but the author did such a great job and it wasn't what I expected.

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  4. My pet peeve is when the cover doesn't reflect the book! In this case, it seems like a reflective girl on the cover would have been better.

    That being said the books sounds wonderfully real!

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    1. Yeah - that would have been more accurate. Great story though.

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  5. that's a shame that the cover doesn't reflect what really happens. Great review .

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    1. I just think the cover is a little light hearted and more romantic than the story is. I saw a few GR reviewers complain that there wasn't enough romance and it's probably because implies a lighter story. But it's really good!

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  6. OMG I am so loving your quips! Hot sex her characters... F8CK MY BRAINS OUT PLEASE!!! Yes It's the best cure to whatever damage I've had in my life. I love it, Karen!

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    1. The 10 day f*ck that disease right out of you cure?? lol

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  7. I'm with you.. not a fan of angst unless it is handled well. Oh might have to check this out.

    Btw, you really shouldn't post adorable pics of your dog on the sidebar. I almost couldn't read the review b/c my eyes kept going back to the pic! <3

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    1. It starts out very predictable and oh no I'm not gonna read this - but takes a turn for a more realistic solution. I really like how she wrote it.

      It's dark though.

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  8. Oh gosh, I really need to read this and The Bridge. I love a great novella!

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    1. I would like to see what you thin of this one Andrea. It starts one way - but then goes somewhere different. It made me think.

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