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From USA Today best selling author Rebecca Shea comes a new standalone second chance romance, Fault Lines.

At eleven he was my first crush. At sixteen he became mine. At nineteen he broke my heart and destroyed me. That was ten years ago and the last time I saw Cole Ryan.

They say you never get over your first love...I beg to differ. I left my shattered heart buried in a town I never expected to return to. I erased every thought of him and buried the memories never to be found.

I moved on...now ten years later I have the perfect life, the perfect fiancé, the perfect career. Everything I ever wanted until I'm forced to go back and face my past and the man that destroyed me.

He won't stop until I know the truth no matter how hard I fight it. In the end, lies will be uncovered, hearts will be broken, and my life as I've come to know it destroyed.

282 pages, ebook

First published October 30, 2017

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Rebecca Shea

22 books2,705 followers
I grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and currently reside in Phoenix, AZ with my family.

Aside from reading and writing, I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking, watching my boys play football, my daughter dance, and baking (not cooking...those are two very different things!)

I am obsessed with margarita's, coffee, and diet coke and can't live without my iPad.

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Profile Image for Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾.
2,000 reviews11.8k followers
November 3, 2017
I would beg, plead, and sell my soul to the devil for one more chance with Frankie.

This book had me at the blurb. I'm a sucker for a tear jerker and emotional second chance romance. The more it makes me hurt, the better. I'm a romance masochist that way. Unfortunately, as much as I adore this author's writing, this book fell entirely flat for me.

The story was predictable and almost formulaic. It had a silly misunderstanding that could have been resolved with one conversation that was stretched out for the entirety of the book. While I can excuse the mistakes these two made as teenagers, as two grown adults I kept waiting for them to finally get their shit together. The whole "secret" was mostly eye roll enduring for me. It wasn't shocking, but more ridiculous. All of this drama over something so silly. All these years wasted over something that could have been resolved in one conversation. Perhaps that was the intent, but misunderstandings that stretch for an entire book happens to be one of my huge pet peeves, so I never clicked with it.

The main problem I had with the book was the entirely convenient and predictable plot devices. It read more like a soap opera for me. Where I wanted angst, I got mere drama, and that's just not my cuppa.

Beyond the issues I have, I do have to say that the story still kept me engaged enough to keep reading. I truly felt the connection between Frankie and Cole, and while I wanted to slap them for the decisions they made, I was still rooting for them.

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1,096 reviews459 followers
October 30, 2017
This one hurts. Mostly cause I was really looking forward to it and well it disappointed me greatly. You all know how much I love my second chance stories but this one was not for me. Again, it could be a case of it’s me and not the book.

First off, this one is extra OTT dramatic. So much drama, so many “secrets”, big misunderstandings that could’ve been resolved earlier are just dragged and dragged. The entire secret was so silly, and this super smart heroine, is the silliest of them all. She listens to no one and no explanations, and she sounds like a teenager most of the book, which is a contradiction to her supposedly strong, lawyer, prosecutor persona. Also the plots are mega convenient, everything conveniently clicks, especially the whole side story with the fiancé, total cop out. Another thing that bothered me to no end is the faulty timeline and the fact that when they broke up, she was only 19 and a freshman at college, so still had 5 more years of schooling to go (unless it took her less, but wasn’t explained) yet 10 years later she’s some mega accomplished lawyer with years and years of experience, in both a private firm and public sector. Anyway, I just wish authors would tighten their timelines better, I know the typical reader doesn’t give a damn, but when your reader has a legal background it’s a complete turn off. Anyway, this was a rollercoaster of drama and more drama that reached its peak with the biggest twist of all at 83%. The heroine has been whining and hurt the entire book only to find out that her secret was way worse than his stupid secret. What she did to him is unforgivable, if I was him, I would get myself a really good lawyer and I would dump her for good. After that, I just couldn’t enjoy anything else in the book. I actually wished they wouldn’t have ended up together.

This is a new to me author I’ve been meaning to read for a while but I think I might have picked the wrong book to start. Again, it could be me and not the book, but it just didn’t work for me.
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Author 91 books12.1k followers
October 24, 2017
Fault Lines is Rebecca Shea at her BEST! An angsty, sexy page-turner that will keep you up all night!
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1,059 reviews568 followers
November 2, 2017

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Title: Fault Lines
Author: Rebecca Shea
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication date: October 30, 2017

Holy Batman People! This one... God.. Fault lines was everything I wanted to read in second chance romance novel. There is truly something to be said about any author that can captivate you from the very first paragraph. I was hooked. I devoured this book! I love this book!

Fault Lines was definitely ONE of the mostly blissfully beautiful frustrating romance novels I have read this year. You could feel the Connection and love between Frankie and Cole, and you couldn't help but pray that they get back together and actually 'make' it to the finish line.
I hope you guys can give this one a read because it is such a beautiful heartbreaking love story of love and sacrifice.



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1,341 reviews64 followers
Shelved as 'nope'
December 3, 2017
Nope. No. Nah. Horrible, disgusting, sick.
Que coisa mais horrível. Que mulherzinha ordinária da porra. Merece a solidão pela vida inteira.
This female mc deserves the title of THE MASTER BITCH.


Fellow readers... you have no idea how horrible the plot device in this book is. It’s in my list of more disgusting triggers/pet peeves.
When I read the info, I was shocked.

Profile Image for Shayna.
1,813 reviews591 followers
October 30, 2017
~*~ 4 1/2 STARS ~*~

“Come back to me.”

A beautiful, heart wrenching, second-chance romance that was PURE ANGSTY GOODNESS! Secrets, lies, deception, and betrayal…just when you think there isn’t a happily ever after in sight, Ms. Shea works her magic and gives us one that we will never forget! FAULT LINES will be a tough read on your mind, but a fulfilling one for your heart and soul.

With a prologue that will tear you apart and an epilogue that will completely melt your heart, everything in between was romance magic! Frankie and Cole had this dynamic that just pulled you in and left you breathless. Written in a dual POV, we get inside the minds of both complex characters and the feelings that they experience end up washing over you with so much intensity. You can’t help but to FEEL right alongside them. I think Rebecca Shea has always been a master at this. She brings out so many emotions out of me, I can’t help but to experience the power of them all.

I absolutely LOVED Frankie and Cole, together and individually, even though I wanted to scream at them on multiple occasions. I wanted to pull them apart at times, and I wanted to push them together at others. I think the thing I loved about this romance the most was the fact that Frankie’s hurt ran so deep that this wasn’t a quick resolution love story. The pain and hurt and betrayal was palpable at the beginning of this book and I wanted to hold Frankie and cry along with her…take away some of her pain. The fact that this was a slow-burn second chance romance was addicting to me. I know it might not be the same for some, but it just shows me that this is a romance worth reading, and worth hurting over.

All in all, Rebecca Shea broke my heart and pieced it back together, all in just under 300 glorious, painful, and beautiful pages. She impresses me more and more with each new release, and I can’t wait to see what she gifts us with next. If you haven’t dug into a Rebecca Shea romance, FAULT LINES is a FANTASTIC start for you! Angsty, sexy, emotional — a complete page-turner, for sure!

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2,818 reviews1,365 followers
November 20, 2017
I've never read anything by Rebecca Shea before, but when I got the opportunity to review this title I jumped on it.  One of the reasons, yes, the beautiful cover, but the blurb seemed like something I would totally love.  Second chance romance is my crack!

I think this was a good sampling of the author's writing and although it's a bit more angsty than I was in the mood to read, it's a testament to how intrigued she could keep me in the unfolding events and back story that I gobbled this up quite fast.

This is a classic second chance story where the high school sweethearts and lifetime friends had a huge falling out and one left to pursue a bigger and better life.  Frankie (our heroine) finds herself living a life of success in the big city.  She's a great lawyer, living a fast paced life she thought she always wanted and has and equally successful and gorgeous fiance.  Things get a bit shaky with one phone call from the ex that broke her heart to tell her about her mother's health declining and she has to go back.  Back to that small town that destroyed her once already and back to seeing the man responsible for it.

There were a lot of things about this story that I liked.  You could still feel the connection and chemistry between Frankie and Cole and I was reading and dying to find out what really happened (because I wasn't too happy with the reason we "know" of at the beginning of the book).  My one complaint was that reveal.  When the reason becomes evident I was a bit annoyed because I thought it was all so stupid.  Ten years of heartache that to me where wasted.

So while I found the reason for the hurt, and the ultimate resolution, a bit lackluster I still enjoyed reading this story.  The characters and setting where great for this trope and it was an enjoyable and fast read.

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1,551 reviews180 followers
October 26, 2017
3.5 Stars

Once again - another book that I enjoyed while reading, but it's one that I don't find myself remembering in a short time or wanting to go back and re-read because it was that damn good. And it's these reviews that I hate the most writing.

I love Rebecca and her books - she writes beautiful stories. And while I am reading, I am so into the story and the characters and how everything pans out. But once it's over, I move on and forget about it in a few weeks. :/ UGH

Rebecca gives us a story on second chances. Frankie moved out of town after her freshman year of college and hasn't looked back since. She's forced to return back 10 years later when her mom's health is failing. And she hopes that while she is back in town she doesn't run into the one person who made her flee all those years ago.

Cole made the hardest decision when he had Frankie believe a lie that forced her to leave their hometown. He has not been the same man since but has chosen to try and forget Frankie in booze and women. But he's also tried to become a better man by rebuilding his small hometown in the process along with expanding his father's business.

Cole knows that Frankie is returning home but doesn't expect to be able to make any amends for their past. But they both are holding and hiding so much back from one another that tension between them is bound to snap. And snap it does.

As I said, I really enjoyed this story as I read it. The story line is sort of played out but Rebecca brings it some fresh air but adding in her own style and letting things play out naturally. Cole and Frankie were inseparable growing up and you can tell that time hasn't changed that connection. I truly loved that it wasn't these two apart for like 90% of the book and then poof, HEA. No, Rebecca has them easing into the start of something new about 60% and building that strong foundation they once had. Yes, there are still some road blocks thrown up I loved that we got to see them slowly achieve that HEA, like life normally is.

As I said before, I liked the book. There wasn't anything that wow'd me but it wasn't a bad book either. It was just a really nice and enjoyable read. There were some small angsty parts but nothing overly dramatic and it all worked out in the end.

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1,236 reviews208 followers
November 5, 2017
3,8. Livro bem escrito, com certeza. Mas achei muito mais do mesmo....
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838 reviews1 follower
October 30, 2017
I was really enjoying this book up until Frankie's big reveal & that killed it for me.
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508 reviews181 followers
October 31, 2017
There’s something to be said about an author who can create an emotion response and draw you into the story from the very first paragraph. Rebecca Shea had absolutely no problem doing exactly that straight out of the gate with Fault Lines. Frankie’s emotionally-fraught starts with a bang and continues to drop bombshells until the very end of the story. This one is a rollercoaster of emotions and I’m glad I buckled up for the ride.

Frankie has been through the wringer most of her life. A misunderstanding (granted, it was designed for maximum impact) in her late teens forces her to leave home and never look back. She pushes herself to become the best lawyer she can be, until a family emergency brings her back to the one place she never wanted to return. Of course, she has to see the neighbor/cheating boyfriend she left in her dust while she is there and there’s no hiding from him while she is there.

Cole has been in love with Frankie for most of her life. They shared secrets and dreams and Frankie had big plans to get them out of their one stoplight town. After it all comes crashing down, Cole retreats into work and builds a real life for himself. Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel complete without Frankie there to share his success.

Fault Lines is an angsty and drama-filled story of miscommunications, bad decisions, secrets, lies, and what-could-have-beens. Some of the scenarios were resolved a bit too neatly for me, but I enjoyed Frankie and Cole’s story of forgiveness and learning to move on with their lives. The secondary characters also added a nice layer to the story and give us some insight into the past of Frankie and Cole.

I’ve never read a story by Rebecca Shea, but after reading Fault Lines, I will definitely be looking into her backlist. Fault Lines is perfect for lovers of small-town romances, second-chance romances, and angst-lovers!

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Author 66 books6,354 followers
November 7, 2017
Beautiful, touching, second-chance romance. It's a story of selfless love and redemption that will surprise you and leave you smiling.

Curl up and spend some time with this five-star page-turner...

You won't be sorry!
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260 reviews54 followers
October 7, 2017
I’ve been waiting on the edge of my seat for Rebecca Shea to finish writing this book, and she did not disappoint! It’s an emotional second-chance romance with a happily ever after. There’s nothing better, in my eyes. I loved the characters, although I do wish Cole would have had to fight a little harder to win Frankie back. I know she loved him, and there was no way they could NOT be together, but I wish she would have made him work a little harder after how badly she was hurt. And then to find out her secret later? Oh, man. These people had to overcome some serious hurt to work toward a future together. Overall, I loved the story. AND DID YOU SEE THAT COVER?! Top fave!!
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4,072 reviews312 followers
October 30, 2017
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

I've been on a second-chance romance kick lately so when I was given the chance to read this one, I jumped on it.

Ten years prior, Cole had purposefully broken Frankie's heart.  She didn't know why he did what he did, but it caused her to run away from their hometown and abandon her family to hide from the pain she still wasn't over.  But when a family emergency brings her back home, she's forced to face why she left and how to reconcile the past from the present.

I wanted to love this story.  It was obvious these two still harbored deep feelings for the other, but I couldn't understand with those feeling why they let 10 years go by.  Frankie's hurt made sense, but to fall so quickly back into those feelings just let me wonder why'd they wait.

Fans of Rebecca Shea will love this book, but my questioning of why took away from the reconnection to fully enjoy the essence of the story.  
October 30, 2017

Book Review: 4 Stars

If you could sum up Fault Lines in three words, what would they be?

Consequences of bad decisions!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved Frankie and Cole’s relationship. They had a beautiful connection when they were teens, a lovely relationship and big dreams for the future, but one day everything was over. Both their hearts were broken and almost their lives, too. Ten years later, they needed to face the truth of what happened in the past, accept their decisions and move on, because the connection was still there, also the love but there was also hurt and sadness and so much regret, so they had to decide if it was worth leaving the past behind and start over. *sad face*

Which character was your favorite and why?

Both main characters were great, with great qualities and flaws too, every aspect of their personalities made them complex and easy to love and understand each and everyone of their decisions, but my favorite character was in fact Cole’s best friend Carter. He was the kind of friend who was in the good and in the bad moments.

He picked my drunk ass up off the floor more times than I can count. He drove me home. He punched me in the face when I'd fuck up, but mostly he was just there for me. Whether it was his silent presence at the shop, or listening to me bitch like a little girl, he was always there for me, and I’m grateful.

Side note: I am very used to series of books with spin-offs of every secondary character, that I wish Carter had his own story too. And maybe with Faith, Frankie’s sister, as his love interest. But this is just wishful thinking :D

Would you recommend this book to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. I didn’t rate it with 5 stars just because angsty books are not my thing, but hey, I survived the heartbreak in the very first chapter, the angsty reunion of Frankie and Cole, the revelation of their secrets and every single tear they shared over the consequences of their decisions ten years ago, and I didn’t quit reading it because the storyline was really interesting, greatly developed and the writing was well paced and beautiful. So, of course I would totally recommend it.

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1,423 reviews24 followers
October 21, 2017
Frances Calloway hasn’t been back to her hometown since the day after her first love, her best friend, broke her heart and shattered her dreams. She has a new life, living her new dreams in California, but her mom needs her home so she will do her best to be there for her mom while avoiding everything she ran from so many years ago.

Cole Ryan hasn’t forgotten Frankie, even though he knows her leaving town was probably for the best. But he has his own reasons for the actions that chased Frankie out of town.

There is so much pain and anguish surrounding these two. They both had hidden reasons for their actions all those years before, but even 10 years hasn’t dulled the hurt. Even though they appear to have moved on, they are stuck in those feelings, both the hurt and the love.

My biggest frustration with this book was the lack of communication between the two main characters. When push comes to shove, they are both runners. Frankie’s running started the whole Cole seems like a stable guy, ready to stand his ground, but even he had several key moments where he left or cut a conversation off without getting to the real issue.

The side characters built a rich world. Frankie’s family, Cole’s best friend, they were all there watching when Cole and Frankie fell in love, and when they imploded, and they could all see things that Cole and Frankie were too involved to see.

But this story moved quickly, despite my frustration. These two had a lot to sort through, particularly because Frankie had avoided home and Cole for so many years, which kept the pace moving. And as they worked through their problems, I loved the resolutions they found together.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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1,512 reviews487 followers
October 30, 2017
Love, lies, betrayal and second chances

Frankie left her life behind, but when something brings her back to the town she thought she left behind for good, she knew she would have to face her past which included Cole Ryan.

There was so much emotion I felt while reading this story, from sadness, to love and to anger. I felt like I could connect with both the main characters, but I did find myself finding one person in the wrong more than the other and it might shock people when I say it was Frankie.

I felt like it was a good story and Rebecca Shea did a damn good job telling it through her words.

*an arc was provided in exchange for an honest review* ~Alison
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3,395 reviews64 followers
October 30, 2017
I say this every time about Rebecca Shea's work- the feels. I know I'm not prego. It's not that time of the month either. But no matter how hard I tried I could not fight the tears. Tears of joy, despair, longing...Tears of hopelessness, pain, loss, and heartbreak (not in that order either!)

Fault Lines is such a descriptive way to explain this book. Just wow!
There are some incredible quotes that would explain my vague comments but they need to be read in context in order to really feel them. Sigh.

Love isn't always pleasant. Life isn't always fair. It seems these two know that fairly well. With friends and family helping them out, maybe they will learn to move on from the hurt...maybe not.

"Except Cole will never be a scar— he'll always be a gaping wound on my heart that never heals."

"This is how we will end. This is how we will crumble and dissolve, and my heart drops to my stomach."

Hopefully this is the beginning of a series, there are a few more souls in this book that need their stories told.

Fault Lines is a beautiful story with heartache, heartbreak, and love. You just need to decide which one will control your future.

One final- but most important thing!!!!! I just need to say that as much as I love Cole. I have dibs on Carter. No, HE IS MINE!!!! He better get the award for most amazing friend ever. Just saying...
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2,461 reviews149 followers
October 20, 2017
4.5 stars
Frances Callaway is returning to her hometown of Crescent Ridge, Nevada after a ten year absence. She needs to be there for her family now, but she has stayed away to avoid her first love who broke her heart and sent her running, Cole Ryan. She has made a new life for herself with a thriving and challenging career, a handsome and successful fiance', and a seemingly perfect life. But one phone call from Cole will change everything and make her return to face her past.

It has been ten years, but Cole has never gotten over what he did to Frankie. He had his reasons and he thought he was doing the right thing, but he broke both of their hearts in the process. And to this day he does not even know all of the damage he has done. He has built a life in Crescent Ridge and is successful in his own right, and he gives back to the community to help it thrive. But he has had to live with his decisions, secrets, and lies all of these years and his coping mechanisms have not been all that healthy.

His actions allowed her to follow some of her dreams, but killed others and broke her in the process, and sent their lives spiraling in different directions. She is not looking forward to facing him. Their reunion will be colored with denial, anger, hurt, guilt, and regret. But the only way to find truth, forgiveness, healing, and home will be to face all of the secrets head on and deal with the fall-out. But to do that they have to be actually willing to listen. And communication is not their strong point. I wanted to shake sense into them and force them to be honest with each other at times.

Frankie is strong-willed, feisty, independent, but afraid of being hurt and vulnerable. He is equally stubborn, but knows what he wants and needs. But he also has a protective complex when it comes to her and just wants her to be happy. They have both been living their lives based on consequences of the past. But only by facing the pain, spilling the secrets, and processing it all will they have a chance to make decisions about a future and to try to move on. But some secrets and lies have more weight than others. Can they be forgiven?

This is an emotional, passionate story of first love, second chances, and new beginnings. It is told in dual points of view that was critical due to their secrets. The writing style flowed well and the characters had depth. I really felt for both of the characters and all they had gone through. Their connection and chemistry was intense and their bond had a solid foundation despite the huge crack he created with his actions.

The small town was really a character in itself as well. And I loved how the theme of fault lines filtered through the book with various meanings. The side characters especially his friend, Carter and her sister, Faith, and friend, Ashley were much needed sounding boards and providers of blunt feedback to these two damaged people unsure of their future. I would love to see more with them.

This was a full and complete story spanning a decade in present and flashbacks, but it did not scrimp on the ending either. I was so happy to see epilogues!

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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2,239 reviews106 followers
October 24, 2017
***ARC Provided by the Author and InkSlinger PR***

3.5 Stars

The title of this book has so much meaning. So much is broken, shifted, left in a new place, and altered from it's original form by the time you finish this book.

There are so many things, so many layers, to this book and all of them focus on Cole, Frankie and choices that they made 10 years ago, as young adults. Things come full circle, some things are resolved, and some things are set into a new normal, while not resolved they are in a place that works for everyone involved.

I liked a lot of things about this, and I really liked the character of Frankie. I just had a hard time relating to Cole and I was not ever sure if I really liked him. There was a lot of the story that hinged on the things he has done in the past, and I was not ever totally sold on a belief in the actions and that things would have worked out in the way they did at the end.

Was it unrealistic? Maybe...but life tends to be that way, and things happen that you would never believe were happening to you. And, then they become normal, the fault lines stop looking like things that have shifted out of place and look like something that has always been that way.

Overall, I did enjoy this title and I do recommend it.
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1,363 reviews100 followers
October 23, 2017
I’m not sure what it is about second chances and friends to lovers, but they go together like peanut butter and jelly. They make me feel all the gooeyness that contemporary romance offers and it seems like these tropes might be the flavors du jour, which I have no problem with.

Quick recap: childhood friends-turned-lovers Frankie and Cole are ripped apart by consequence and reunite ten years later. They’ve both moved on with their lives yet a piece of their hearts still live in the past. Frankie’s life is turned upside down and Cole is there to catch her, but can they rekindle what they walked away from a decade earlier?

The storyline reads like a lot of many of the second chance/friends to lovers stories out there, it follows a bit of a formula, however it is the characters that make this stand out. I liked both Frankie and Cole from the beginning, and as I said earlier, I am a sucker for these plotlines. I was drawn in from the first page and the dual, first person POV gave both sides of the story, which I appreciated. I had a hard time putting it down and couldn’t help but root for Frankie and Cole. Even with the predictability, it didn’t make the story any less enjoyable.

This is my first read by this author and definitely not my last!

I received an advance copy of this title for review purposes.
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1,415 reviews77 followers
November 9, 2017
2.5 stars

I have really enjoyed everything I have read by this author, but this one was meh. The hero lacked depth and was quite the stereotype and the heroine, oh the heroine was a hot mess.
Soooo a woman who works as a prosecutor in L.A. county turns into a teary mess when she sees her long lost love who betrayed her? I really do loathe weak heroines. Her mother had it right when she said to fall apart in private and keep your chin up in public. Way to go Mama!
There was just not a whole lot of not so excited me.
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1,199 reviews1,028 followers
October 30, 2017
fault line
1. a line on a rock surface or the ground that traces a geological fault.
a divisive issue or difference of opinion that is likely to have serious consequences.

A surprise visit home from college leads Frances (Frankie) to believe that Cole is cheating on her. Crushed, she left and never looked back. For years she mourned the loss of Cole and her dreams of the future they had planned together. Cole has been drowning in regret and heartbreak since Frankie left ten years ago.  She’s back in town, and he wants another chance. Can they sift through the lies and secrets to see who's really at fault?

This second-chance romance should be your first choice when you head over to Amazon. I got so caught up in this story. Fault Lines is sexy, angsty and unputdownable.

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599 reviews47 followers
October 25, 2017
Fault Lines is a second chance romance complete with angst and some emotional tugs on the heart. Rebecca certainly knows how to deliver everything you'd expect in this particular trope. And therein lies my problem. It's a good story, no doubt, but there is also nothing in particalar that makes this read stand apart from the rest.

This is a well written yet predictable read and I know there are plenty of readers who eat up this kind of book. Not me. I needs stories and authors that dare to color outside of the lines a bit more.
October 30, 2017
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Rebecca Shea never ceases to amaze me. I have loved her as an author for years now and honestly I think Fault Lines is her best book to date. I didn’t want to put it down. I was consumed, enthralled, addicted, whatever word you want to use to describe it but I kept my kindle in my hands when I was cooking, while I was on my treadmill, when I was letting my dogs outside, you get the picture. Make sure you have nothing important planned because if you are anything like me, you will be doing the exact same thing.

I am not going to go really in depth with this review, when I very easily could. The reason is I think this is one you have to experience, and it is an experience, you have to feel the emotions and you will FEEL a LOT. Cole and Frankie will rip your heart apart and then slowly mend it back together. Christ remember those feelings I just mentioned? Well I am crying again. Thanks Rebecca Shea, I swear I need happy pills after reading your books just so my emotions level back out to normal level. Trust me that is a good thing.

I am not going to merely say I loved this book and you need to read it. Oh no. I am going to shout it! READ FAULT LINES BY REBECCA SHEA, DON’T WAIT, READ IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THIS IS ONE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON!
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2,693 reviews
October 29, 2017
“I knew every inch of her back then, and my body trembles in remembrance as I watch her, longing for her like I did all those years ago. The longing never really went away.”

“It’s rare in life that we get an opportunity to right our wrongs.”

“This feeling is what I want to remember forever. Knees weak, heart racing, warm skin, and heavy breathing.”

“Cole is a scab covering my broken heart that never fully healed. The kind that pulls up at the edged when bumped slightly and begins to bleed all over again.”

How do you begin to describe a book that takes you by surprise, when you have no words? When the book is unexpected and gave you all the feels? There is only one thing I can do and that is to try my best to tell you about this book that has just caught me in its web….

I was hooked on this book from the moment I dove into the prologue. My heart was beating wildly and I felt like my breath was taken away from me. My heart ached within moments of meeting Frankie. I knew her story was going to be epic and could not wait to explore it further.

Fault Lines is an incredibly well written and spellbinding second chance romance. This is the kind of book that just digs its claws into your heart and you would be hopeless to stop it. It is the kind of book that consumes you and will leave your eyes glued to the pages. Frankie and Cole had a friendship and love that most would give anything for. But one mistake, one moment in time, had the power to change everything. When Frankie left home all those years ago, she never thought she’d come back. Ten years have past and she’s made a nice life herself. She’s got everything she could want, but her heart has never forgotten the man that truly owns it. However, life and fate have other plans that will bring Cole and Frankie face to face again. They say time heals all wounds, but has enough time passed to heal a broken heart? There is only one way to find out….

Fault Lines was absolutely incredible. It was everything that I want and need in a second chance romance. The pain, heartache and hopelessness was so real, so palpable. I found myself unable to stop reading. I couldn’t get enough. I had to know if Cole and Frankie could find their way back to one another. The chemistry and connection was still there, but the pain and heartache was great. So much hurt and damage had been done. But, just being around these two, I had hope. Hope that the truth would come out. Hope that their love was strong enough. Hope that time would in fact heal all wounds.

Cole and Frankie’s story is beautiful and heartbreaking. It spans 10 years and is filled with so much regret, so much pain. The secrets and lies will turn you inside out. The angst shaking you to your very core. You can’t help but feel everything that our characters are feeling. You want to scream and yell and rage right along with them. You want to make them forgive and forget and find a way to move on. Their story is so powerful that it will put tears in your eyes. In the end, you will be left an emotional mess…An emotional mess in the best of ways.

Fault Lines was more than I ever expected. It took me on the best emotional ride and gave me all the feels. When I think of a second chance romance, this is exactly what I want. I want the pain. I want the heartache. I want the feels. I want the love. I want the forgiveness. I want the longing. I want to feel the pull. I need the hope and am desperate for the fight. And with this book, Rebecca Shea delivers and totally knocks it out of the park.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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262 reviews3 followers
October 5, 2017
Any author who writes a man to cry is gold in my book. It speaks to the emotional impact of the plot. We women, in general, cry all the time, for a variety of reasons, I did several time whilst reading Fault Lines. But men, society teaches us that men shouldn’t cry, that they are weak if they do. Nothing about the men, characters or plot in this story are weak. It’s rare for me to set a large chuck of time, about 4 hours in a day to read a book but after only 20% I decided I had to.
Normally I’d right about the hotness of a book but this stories is more that the sum of its sexy scenes, the key work is emotion.
This book will have you swapping sides, jumping from one point of view in the case to the other but ultimately the emotional impact will lead you to the same outcome as the two main characters.
Well played Ms Shea, well played indeed.
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327 reviews5 followers
October 30, 2017
First I would like to say, This was a great book! Frances is a successful attorney who has sworn she would never go back to her hometown of Crescent Ridge, not wanting to see her ex boyfriend, the love of her life who broke her heart so long ago. Until the day something happens and she is forced to return.
Cole broke Frances heart long ago and has regretted it ever since. He has never been able to find anyone that even comes close to Frances.
I loved the characters and the story line. It pulls you and keeps a hold of you until it’s done. This was one of those books that kept me up late reading, with so much emotion throughout. It’s a story of love and loss and second chances. I would definitely recommend!
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