Monday, September 24, 2012

Fault Lines by Rebecca Rogers Maher

Title:  Fault Lines
Author: Rebecca Rogers Maher
My Rating: C

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Recovery Trilogy #3
Main Characters: Sarah and Joe
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Sarah 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?

My Review:

I rate my books based on how much I enjoy the book. Honestly this is not a book that I enjoyed. Not because there's anything wrong with the book...there absolutely is not. But this is not a happy book. This book is about Sarah facing the demons from being sexually molested by her uncle when she was 14 years old. There's nothing happy about the book...except for the fact that she's getting better, but that's not an easy process to watch as you read this book. 

The book is extremely well-written and interesting, but I kept reading it wondering why I was doing so when the entire book was extremely depressing (at least to me.) This is not a book about romance...although there is a side-story that is somewhat romantic between Sarah and Joe.  But that's not the focus of the book. The focus is on Sarah and her learning to forgive and love herself... as well as learn how to deal with her mother and dying uncle for perpetuating and letting this horrible awful thing happen to her.

This is one of those gritty, soul-searching style of books that you see in places like Oprah's book club. While I understand that some people love them, I am not one of them. I like to leave a book feeling happier than when I started it. This book deals with very difficult and reality-based situations that make it a very difficult read. While, not for me, it was a very well-written if those kinds of books appeal to you, then this very well may be a book that you need to add to your TBR pile.

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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