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False Start

(Falling Small Duet #1)

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Sometimes bad decisions... are made for the right reasons.

I lost everything with the death of my bandmate—my privacy, my reputation, my career, and the love of my life.

I’m nothing but the living ghost of Madelaine Dobransky. Still, I’ve managed to make a new life for myself and build a successful business from the ashes. And even though my world is filled with guilt, s
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Paperback, 374 pages
Published February 7th 2018 by Mad Lane Books
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Crystal B
man!! I knew this was going to end with a Damm cliffhanger! good thing I waited to start till book 2 came out, I loved it couldn't put it down on too book 2!
Rebel Farris
Aug 26, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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**Sneak Peek**
“You keep interesting company.”

I turn back to face him as my protective instincts surge. “Who the fuck are you to judge?”

His hands go up in surrender. “No judgment, just making an observation.”

“I’ve known Lucky—Nic—since the day I was born. And despite his professional choices, he’s a stand-up guy. He’s family. So, watch your words, Dex. I protect the ones I love.”

“Hey.” He stops me with a hand on my shoulder. “I’m not sayi
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Suzi
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t usually write reviews so bare with me on this one. I really felt compelled to say WTActualF. Did you guys read the same book I did? I was given this book by a book blogger friend who I'm highly disappointed in. grrr I don’t want to waist my money or time if a book isn’t worth it so I rely on you bloggers. Thank god I got this one free, but theres still a chunk of my life I can't get back. Reading the other reviews here makes me feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone...and I hated Twilight!! ...more
Himanish Prabhakar
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
My review is 4.45 stars.

What was that! First of all, I haven't read that kind of something in a while. I had not rated a book more than 4.3 stars for quite a while now, but this one deserved better than that. According to the status of my reading, the amount of reading done by me on daily basis, I really haven't read this kind of book and especially when it's the debut book. I haven't counted the words of the book but over 350 pages made me consider this is a novel. This is a beautiful, an incre
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Nikki
I devoured every page like it was my last meal and it was absolutely fantastic and freakin' delicious!!!

Times like these when I wish I was a blogger or a writer or sorts so I could give justice to the absolute complexity and magnificence of this debut novel.

The entire thing is brilliantly crafted. So much, and I mean SO MUCH happened in less than 400 pages of a book and I was immensely satisfied. Suspenseful from start to finish, I was sure to have felt all the possible emotions while reading it
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Chiara
5+ STARS!

The first thing that comes to my mind right after finishing this book is WOW!!!
What an emotional journey! And the fact that this is Rebel Farris debut novel makes it even more astonishing! This story is so well written and so captivating that will keep you enthralled and glued to it from the first page till the last. And as soon as you’re done you’ll just want more of it!
It’s dark and sensual and funny and heartbreaking.

False Start tells the story of Maddie/Laine Dobransky from when sh
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Tre Talbot
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued from the beginning with Maddie and her story then we’re introduced to Dex and I couldn’t get enough. Throughout the story we transition between the past and present so I had to make sure I was completely focused on the events taking place but this is a story that will have you on the edge more often then not and turning those pages. The mysteriousness held strong and had me second guessing everyone and that cliffhanger has me still so curious and ready to jump into book two. This ...more
MH
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books like this are why I am so happy to have the coolest friends in this community.
I never would’ve known about this author if it weren’t for the amazing recommendation of my amazing friend, S.

Wow, Rebel Farris. My first book from you and I have been completely blown away.
So much mystery, so many secrets, WHAT AN ENDING!

I loved that the entire story left us guessing.
I wanted to know who the killer was so badly, I needed to know who died!
The back and forth in timelines worked so well, and
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Jamie Johnson
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rebel was recommended to me by a friend and I am absolutely hooked. This book is an action packed, emotional ride that will leave you wanting more. I lost sleep with this one because I could not put. It. Down!
It's an amazing story with a lot of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Rebel is brilliant in her character development. So much so, that I am in love with maddie/laine. She is beautifully broken but had a strength that the best of us will envy. And the men in this book?! Holy hotness i
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Books After Fifty
The F***... holy moley... I wasn’t expecting that... confusion, so much confusion. I am struggling to write a review, to even get my thoughts to form a coherent stream.

This is a raw read, everything about this book is written to entice and confuse you, to keep you guessing. Rebel Farris never gives you enough information to allow your ideas to solidify. This is a thriller as much as a romance and you will be kept on your toes. Your thoughts and suspicions are never verified and your mind become
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Katie
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The F***... holy moley... I wasn’t expecting that... confusion, so much confusion. I am struggling to write a review, to even get my thoughts to form a coherent stream.

This is a raw read, everything about this book is written to entice and confuse you, to keep you guessing. Rebel Farris never gives you enough information to allow your ideas to solidify. This is a thriller as much as a romance and you will be kept on your toes. Your thoughts and suspicions are never verified and your mind become
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Denise Catalano
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s difficult for me to find the right words to adequately give a review of this book. I was hooked by the second page. This story is about Maddie and begins with her as an adult but the author does a now an then time line which moves smoothly. This story has a little of everything from first love, infidelity, discovering her sexuality, BDSM, conflicted emotions of loving two people at the same time and so much more. This author takes you on a ride of I got this figured out to what the hell jus ...more
JennSanta5
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW... what an awesome ride this first book took me on and I so can't wait for the next one. Rebel seamlessly writes a story that flips from current to flashback propelling the story forward with every word with great characters that engage you from the very start. Yes it does end in a cliff hanger but the second book it available. So my best advice buy both books now so you can just go from one to the next. I received a ARC for an honest review.
Rachelle
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!! I was hooked from page one. It's dark, sexy and suspenseful with a little humor thrown in. My heart was breaking one minute from the angst and then it was skipping beats from the mystery. The mixture of the two is perfect and will hold your emotions hostage until the very last sentence......and that last sentence....OMG!!!! Book 2...here I come!!
Amy M. (Amy Loves Reading Blog)
Have I told ya'll lately how much I fucking LOVE finding new authors!!!!! Promoting them and sharing their stories that move me is becoming my all time favorite thing. Now don't get me wrong I do have some favorites but finding new authors that blow my mind is what gets my blood pumping!

Rebel Farris is a freaking talented writer!!! Let me tell you that when I got the chance to review this book I was excited and pumped, but also beyond nervous..... you really don't know what you will get when you
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Kelley Needles
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best read of 2018 for me. I could not believe this was a debut book, the writing was so well done, the story told so well I was on the edge of my seat turning page after page! One click this one!!
Rhonda Ziglar
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 THRILLING FALSE START STARS!! Wow, just wow, I am still trying to catch my breath, so freaking unbelievable. I was on the edge of my seat the whole book. The story is so emotional and has all the feels you could ever want. This is one thrilling ride you will want to ride, I loved every minute of it. I am so glad I found this phenomenal author and cant wait to read more by her.
Spunky N Sassy
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

I seriously had trouble putting this book down. Other readers will love this book.
Dawn Cunningham Roether
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark, rockstar, arc
False Start is a part of a Duet. You will want to read both books back to back. There is a slight cliff-hanger at the end, which is more like a "...to be continued..."

This story, overall was incredible. There are many characters and background information constantly flowing throughout the book. Whereas I liked the storyline, (and I couldn't put it down once I became invested) it was extremely complicated. I stayed with it because I had to know who was died why is Mads/Laine so broken, and who wa
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charly & raine
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is a reason that this book has received a unanimous 5 stars. This book will just blow your mind. I’m just a reader I devour books but rarely write a review, to be truthful I go in raw and don’t read them until after I have finished a book to see if I agree with their opinions. It’s usually a cover and a blurb or a recommendation that gets me in. This book has introduced me to a debut author that the world needs to hear about.

I don’t have a word I can think of strong enough for a descripti
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Dimaris rossy
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very into this book! It felt like forever since I've open a book that gives me more of a back story. Not the typical romance in the here and now with one guy. This story develops around her struggles and honest to God bad luck, so we get to read more than one partner in love for her, how her responsibility grows and how her values and courage become stronger with each struggle. I loved how each of the guys in her life end up being so different but such a good fit for her. And I also loved ...more
Andrea
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an outstanding debut? This book caught my attention right off with the cover, simply amazing an original, so much creativity used. I'll start out saying it did take a bit to get into it, there are a lot well thought out events and plotted layers in the story, it's not a typical romance theme, plot = HEA. It's entrancing because I was caught between both scenarios, the years before labeled then and the now chapters. It was easy to get caught up in both time span, both intriguing. Cliff hange ...more
Treasa
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FanFlippingTastic!
An absolute head turning grab hold of you keeping you hypnotized throughout the engrossing suspense filled twists you never see coming feeding off every word as the storyline dominates every aspect of you making it impossible to put down! A very well executed read that is an absolute must have one click and get it read you will not be disappointed! Thrilling hot chemistry! Intense, enjoyable, exciting, suspense, emotionally gripping and head turning twists! A fantastic must rea
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H.B. Jasick
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is unbelievable. I was drawn in by the cover, and the blurb kept me interested. I was invested in these characters, and the story is hard to put away. I want more! I can’t wait to start book two. This author was a new author for me, and she’s stuck with me now. I am completely hooked.
Books Laid Bare
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I hate …honestly, I do, I really hate leaving a short review, I usually have so much that I want to say that finding a place to stop, take a breath and analysis is difficult but that is not the case with this book.
No, with this I have no choice but to leave a short review but believe me when I say it is for your own good because I could wax lyrical about this for far longer than is politely acceptable!!
Yes, Ladies, it was THAT GOOD!!!
I loved the cover, in fact, it was that and not the blurb th
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Cat Imb || The Reading Cat ||
I received an ARC of this book from the author and I voluntarily reviewed it. Thank you Rebel Farris!

I love suspense. I love romantic suspense to be exact. I love the anticipation of it all. The fitting together of the pieces. The fact that you never have the FULL story until the author decides you do. I love that you make these theories in your head that constantly evolve and change as you keep reading. That is EXACTLY what this book does. It consumes you. It makes you ask SO many questions.

Re
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Imogen Wells
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic, emotionally charged and complex story. An intricately woven story of love, betrayal and heartbreak told through a serious of past and present point of views. Seamlessly executed allowing the reader to follow the action with ease.

Maddie, is the lead and this story revolves around her complicated and often emotional past and present life. She is a great protagonist, a well developed and likeable character. Surrounded by a group of amazing supporting characters, especially the men. Hot
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Amy Jones
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!!! False Start by Rebel Farris has so many amazing twists and turns in this book. The author gives you the past and present and you never know what’s going to happen next. I freaking love Maddie!!!! It’s STEAMY HOT TOO!!!! When I think I love one character more another one comes in the picture. OMG!!! I didn’t see that coming at the end. I can’t wait to read the next book. Awesome job Rebel Farris.....
Lynda Filler
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twisted yet amazing

Impossible to describe. Crazy. Hard to follow, back and forth, but...a great story, sexy, dramatic thriller. Confusing filled with self-doubt, sadness and mystery. I could put it down...but then had to pick it up until I finished it. Cliffhanger and all-well done.
Darlene Avery
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
False Start: Book One in the Falling Small Duet by Rebel Farris is phenomenal!

Farris takes her readers on a suspense filled journey that leaves you wanting to stay up way past your bedtime to see what happens next.

I absolutely loved the complexity of her characters and was ready to immediately dive into the second book, Pivot Line, when she hits us with the bombshell cliffhanger.

So glad I stumbled across this new to me author!

4.5 Stars
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