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Frayed Silk

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,096 Ratings  ·  263 Reviews
Our marriage wasn't just in trouble—mere threads were all that held it together.
What was once my perfect happily ever after had dissolved right before my eyes.
I can tell you when it started to happen.
What I can't tell you is why.
And after seven months of watching my husband turn into someone I didn't recognize, I'd given up hope in finding answers.

So I decided to break h
Paperback, 380 pages
Published June 30th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 26th 2017)
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Ella Fields LOL! I LOVE this question. And I love where your mind has taken you. I have no plans for anything like that, though. But... I will never say never. 😉

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Jennifer Kyle
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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4.5-5 STARS

"Love me. Come back to me. Look at me like you used to. Touch me. Stop breaking me.”


Ella Fields delivers one hell of a debut novel that was impossible to put down. Her writing is solid, sexy, and suspenseful. The story is about a wife and mother of two, Lia who has been married for ten years to her husband Leo. From the first page her cries for any sort of reaction from Leo that he cares that their marriage is sinking is heartbreaking.

"I can’t keep waiting on him. I can’t keep hang
⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰
4.5 Just Breathe Stars

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Dahlia is a stay at home mum with two kids and a hot as hell husband, but her marriage is in a really bad place. I felt so sorry for Dahlia Leo treated her like dirt, I think getting ignored would be worse than being spoken to badly. He just completely ignored her and expected that to be okay. Even when he found out what was going on Leo just didn't care, all he said was "We're not getting a divorce". I mean come on I'd be so friggin mad having to live with that.

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Jared i
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all but cheating
Shelves: favs
It has been a really long time where I've read a book in a span of hours. This book. Omg this book. It captivated me, it stole my life and held it hostage until the end. And man did I love it.

First things first, there is cheating, yes oh yes there is cheating. And if you know me, I hate, HATE, HaTe cheating, especially in real life. Books are a bit more tolerable but still... So this book was so very hard for me. And secondly, this author, how the hell is this her first book. It was damn near p
Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Another awesome book by Ella Fields! 😍 RTC
4 1/2 to 5 Stars

It’s been days since I’ve read Frayed Silk and I’m still thinking about it even now. For me, that’s a sign of a good book.

No matter how much I want to down play the aspect of cheating that took place in this book (those of you that have read this story may understand my feelings), there definitely was cheating. So be forwarned! It may have seemed justifiable at the time, but there was no excuse for what the heroine let happen and no one understood that more than her. Her devasta
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FRAYED SILK: A full length, stand alone romance novel by Ella Fields

I went into this knowing that my heart would be torn in two, slayed in half, an emotional ride that would wreck havoc on my very being and that’s what Ella Fields delivered in a heartbeat. That first page grabs you unexpectedly, a wife, a mother to two adorable children, a woman struggling to get through to her husband, a marriage of ten years crumbling down around her feet, a man that hasn’t touched or offered her kind wor
Alex ♈
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"…maybe we’re all a little broken.
Some of us are just better at hiding the missing pieces."

Cheating is my biggest pet peeve. I try to avoid such books and I probably would have never read this book if I didn’t spot Julia’s review.
She honesty included the major spoilers and it made me curious.
I’m glad I read this book.
It’s very interesting, almost cliché-free and has an unique plot.

Surprisingly (or not, coz I’m often that girl with different opinion) my sympathy for the main & side charact
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!!

What an achingly, captivating read illustrating the consequences of what can happen when communication breaks down in a marriage/relationship. I mean like ...... WHOA!!

I will never forget Leo and Lia! Can’t wait to dive into Jared’s story!
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I must admit, this beautiful cover caught my eye and led me to read the blurb. Once I read the blurb I was intrigued and decided to take a chance on a new author for me and boy was I happily rewarded. This story does involve cheating so if that is one of your triggers then I suggest you pass. But I will say this story is written with heart and soul and the author was able to make me understand the gravity and consequences of the cheating.

So let me begin.......There is an authenticity to this em
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was not quite what I was expecting, but in a good way. I enjoyed it, but I felt like something was missing. I think it would've been extremely beneficial to have the H's POV! Some of his behavior was kind-of cruel toward the h, and even though I understand the reasoning behind it by the end of the book I wanted to understand him more. I get that they had some hot sex (and a lot of it by the end), but I wanted more in the form of communication and groveling along wi
5+ "Secrets We Keep" Stars

Well, hello Ms. Ella Fields. I'm not sure how you know how to write exactly what I love, but you do. Each time. First as a debut duo as Lou-Ella Fields with The Expiration Duet and now with the debut standalone Frayed Silk. I was mezmorzed. Captivated. Heartbroken. Slightly obsessed. And finally made whole again. The angst and the emotions bleed from the pages. The twist and unexpected surprises kept my blood pressure sky high and my emotions all over the place. I went
Jeannine Allison
*** 99c ***

4.5 stars...
It's not love you should fear but, rather, the things you might do for it.
You know it's a good sign when you're highlighting the epigraph ^^

To say I loved this story would been an understatement. And the ironic thing about it is I don't gravitate toward stories with cheating and/or love triangles. Not because I hate the content, but because I typically don't enjoy how authors portray such stories. I don't believe all infidelity is black-and-white. Frayed Silk is a perf
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of cheating books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Female

For years Dahlia and Leo Vandellen had an enviable marriage. When it all suddenly torn apart, she felt alone and was left questioning what when wrong. Jared Williams came into her life when she needed him the most. Starved for affection, she decided to take it even if it didn't come from the man she promised her life to.

This book first caught my attention with the beautiful cover. And then I read the blurb, I knew I wan
What on earth am I going to read next, because this was absolutely brilliant!

Now then – there’s cheating, it’s not hidden so if that’s a trigger maybe you want to avoid this book, keep your blood pressure down and then you don’t need to shit all over the book when said cheating commences.

There you go, I said it, there is cheating in this book, but ……. all is not as it seems. There are good reasons for what happens and the cheating is not done gratuitously. Should she have done it? Probably not,
Malene_D *BadAndDirtyBooks*
Frayed Silk was intoxicating. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I was completely mesmerized with Dahlia and Leo's story. How their marriage had strayed so far from what they used to have. The helplessness Dahlia felt and her attraction to another man. The repercussions of her actions but there's always two sides to a story and I couldn't wait to find out why Leo was behaving the way he was. I loved the twist. I loved the flashbacks to Dahlia and Leo when they first met and most of a ...more
S.M. West
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

Wow! This is my first Ella Fields book, but it won't be my last. I loved her writing, it freely flowed, yet held weighty emotion that sucked you into the story.

I don't know where to begin without giving anything away and I don't want to do that. This story MUST be experienced first hand. It's original and captivating with real, flawed and relatable characters. And I love how Ella took something so real, yet rarely acknowledged and did a phenomenal job of bringing it into the light. Are you intri
Tijuana *BookTwinsReviews*
4.5 “Only Ever Always You” Stars

"Maybe we're all a little broken. Some of us are just better at hiding the missing pieces."

Flawless writing, captivating plot, and all the drama and angst you could ever want! That's what Ella Fields delivers in the mind-blowingly beautiful novel.

Ella Fields is a master! She really had me going the first 50-60% of this novel. I kept going over the circumstances repeatedly trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Never in a million years with an infinite n
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 - 4★'s

This is the story of Leo and Dahlia (Lia), a married couple, going through a pretty extreme rough patch. Lia's done about everything possible she can think of from asking for a divorce to claiming she was having an affair and nothing is snapping Leo out of it!

In giving an honest review, I have to say that this book was almost my very first DNF. I thought the beginning of the book really dragged and wasn't keeping my interest. I decided to keep going until we find out why Leo did what
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was really good! It's one of those addicting books that keep you reading way too late because you just can't put it down. I kept reading in reviews that this was her debut novel, so I can't describe how happy I was to find out Jared has a book. Swoon!

Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

OMG, this book! Gosh, I wish I had words. I really, really don't have any words for how much I adored this book. This actually took me out of my funk, and I can't even tell you how much of a relief that was. I'm not going to talk about the plot because all you need to know is in the blurb. Its a story of a broken marriage and the characters try to pick up the pieces and try to survive the only way they know how. Yes, it has cheating, ITS THERE IN THE BLURB. So, please don't bash a b
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Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Anything with angst spice up a story and knowing this book involves cheating, it's a sure bet to be an angsty ride. To all who proceed, don't say I didn't warn you.

I've read a couple of books that involves infidelity, not that I agree with it but because it was more of a reality in life. Some gave justification as to why they cheat, and this book wasn't any different. Being completely ignored or left in the dark wasn't new to me either.

What I loved though is that the book doesn't solely
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Frayed Silk is exceptionally well written. A love story with the unpredictability that will keep you engaged to the story. I'm actually shocked when I learned the reason why Leo became emotionally unattached to Lia, I didn't see that one coming. The angst and the tension between two people who are still madly in love to each are just too much.

Ella Fields certainly surprised me with this book, it's captivating and intriguing at the same time. Despite the warning, I was challenged to read it and
Dilek VT
*** This is a book that involves cheating.

Leo has closed himself off to his wife for the past 7 months. Before that, they were really happy. Dahlia tries to talk to him but he doesn’t give any answers. He acts as if she is invisible or as if there is nothing wrong with his detached attitude.

To elicit a reaction from him, she asks for a divorce and he immediately rejects the idea. Dahlia is still in love with her husband but she is also hungry for affection. She is craving intimacy with her husba
Claypot_Reads -  Michelle
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites-2017
Absolutely a 5 star read for me ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ok let me start off by saying I am not usually a big fan of cheating in books. This is because it's usually handled poorly and quickly forgiven with little thought on why it happened and what it means for the characters afterwards. Not here. Nope. This author achieved the impossible - she got me to not only overlook the cheating but to actively support the character in her choices. This is a raw, heartbreaking story with plot twists you won't see coming. I ca
Dri ✰
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
3,8 "Only ever, always you" stars!

Apesar de não gostar do tema "traição" e estar bem ciente do aviso no final da sinopse foi impossível me segurar e não ler esse, o que eu praticamente devorei.
Preciso deixar claro, bemmm claro, que eu detestei a Dahlia e por mais que tentei, não senti empatia nenhuma por ela! Revirei os olhos e bufei várias e várias vezes!

"Love me. Come back to me. Look at me like you used to. Touch me. Stop breaking me."

E o mais importante, mesmo distante, frio e aparent
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Jennifer Kyle
4.5 "Only ever, always you" Stars!

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A debut novel for this author, I jumped in after a recommendation from a book friend. The book blurb promised me an angsty ride with warnings of cheating. SOLD.

Frayed Silk takes us on a journey for a married couple in their early thirties. Their marriage has always been happy and though Leo has a tendency to be a bit moody, things are good...until they're suddenly not. Suddenly Leo freezes her out. He's cold, aloof and Dahlia is crying for their lost emotiona
Robin Hill
This one sucked me right in and I barely put it down. It gave me all the feels of a Taylor Jenkins Reid book (where you swallow a tennis ball in the beginning and it just sits there until the end...😫) even though the writing style was much different. It broke my heart more than once. If you want angst, this one's for you!
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love me.
Come back to me.
Look at me like you used to.
Touch me.
Stop breaking me.

Sono queste le parole che Dahlia ripete mentalmente al marito nei primi passi di questo romanzo. Non si sa cosa sia successo, non si sa il perchè, ma Leo ha iniziato ad ignorarla, proprio come se non esistesse, di punto in bianco. Ormai sono parecchi mesi che questa storia va avanti, Dahlia non riesce a parlargli, vorrebbe solo riavere suo marito indietro, lo splendido Leo che era una volta. Ma tutto è vano.

Alla me
3,5 -4 to come ;)
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