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?
Sarah Murphy strictly manages her emotions as she struggles to sort through the aftermath of multiple sexual abuses. Using sex as a way to control, Sarah brings Joe Sullivan home for a romp in the sheets. Joe immediately sees through Sarah's guard and starts slowly to gain her trust. With his help and the support of others in her life, Sarah begins to confront her past and to find happiness in her life.Verdict While Fault Lines does have a romance in it and some steamy scenes in the bedroom, Maher's (Snowbound with a Stranger) book is, in reality, about the emotional path to recovery and its never-ending journey. While Joe is the romantic element in supporting Sarah's struggle, the romance plays second fiddle to the other relationships in Sarah's life. Many of the scenes are dark, electrically charged, and, occasionally, preachy. Some of the secondary story lines are distracting and often finished off-page. Time would have been better served fleshing out the emotional scenes alluded to in the dialog. Don't be fooled by the book's jacket and blurb; Fault Lines is a gut-wrenching if distracted read.-Kellie Tilton, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks Lib. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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September 23, 2012
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