Past Regrets by Shelley Munro

Past Regrets by Shelley Munro
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (195 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Never look back…unless that’s where your heart belongs.

Love and Friendship, Book 2

Julia Maxwell was a seize-the-moment party girl until the night she spent with up-and-coming rocker Ryan Callander. From that moment, she was a one-man woman. Pity he hasn’t kept with the program.

Tired of the secrets that have kept her out of the press and Ryan’s fans happy, angry with mounting evidence of infidelity, Julia is older, wiser, and determined to divorce his cheatin’ ass.

Ryan’s long European tour had more than its share of hard knocks—one of which landed on his head when he was mugged. Divorce papers waiting for him at home are a shock that fills in some of the holes in his sketchy memory. But it could be too late to salvage his marriage.

If Ryan thinks flirtatious smiles, seductive touches, and hot-and-heavy kisses are going to smooth things over, Julia’s got a hammer with his name on it. To her surprise, he picks it up, determined to rebuild a bright future for both of them. But the past is lurking with some missing pieces that could bring their hearts crashing down.

I enjoyed this book. It was anything but predictable, and the author kept me guessing as to what secrets would be revealed next. The characters were charismatic and pulled me into the story right away. It was an easy book to love, I enjoyed every second.

The book started off with Ryan getting served with divorce papers. It’s quite shocking and brings back memories of a wife no one knew about. The premise is that Ryan, a high profile rock star, and Julia got married in secret, right before he and his band went out of the country on tour. Somewhere along the way Ryan gets beaten and mugged and as a result his memory is blurry. Meanwhile, back in New Zealand, Julia can’t get in contact with her husband, and the situation is made more damning by the tabloid pics of her man with all his fan girls. Making matters worse, Julia has suffered a tragedy, which comes out later in the story. Once he has his memories back, Ryan isn’t about to give up on their marriage. He wears his heart on his sleeve and lays bare his soul to win her back.

I felt that this book was very character driven. The author did a good job with the character development.While I was conflicted as to whether or not I liked Julia, I adored Ryan. He worked very hard to convince Julia that the marriage was worth saving. As soon as it became obvious, which was early on, I think Julia should have forgiven him. She doubted him, but that didn’t stop her from sleeping with him. I felt that Ryan made all of the effort , and Julia wanted to give up. She had been hiding a lot of secrets, had some skeletons in her closet, yet she had no faith in Ryan. So I didn’t have a lot of sympathy for her.

Ryan was sweet and I easily fell in love with this hero. Sexy as sin, vulnerable, watching his every step, but stubbornly refusing to give up on what he wanted. He was also a hero who had a deep sense of responsibility, which the author aptly demonstrated throughout the entire book. He wasn’t a choir boy by any means, he had a naughty side that the author showed.

The sex scenes livened up the book. The chemistry between Ryan and Julia sizzled. Ryan wasn’t afraid to show his possessive side, but was also tender with his wife. There was also a flashback to some earlier kinky games that the couple played with Ryan’s fellow band member and best friend Caleb that was intriguing. The book had some great secondary characters that I’d like to read about in the future. More Caleb, please… just saying.

The author’s segue into some of the scenes was less than smooth, and I was left feeling confused about what was going on. This didn’t keep me from enjoying the story though.The way the author delivered the backstory worked in this case. By giving it to the reader in bits and pieces throughout the story, it worked to ramp up the suspense and kept me on edge. Waiting to see what delicious secrets would be revealed next. Gotta say, there quite a few surprises here. The story took a few twists that made it more exciting. Even after the uneasy reconciliation there were still a few secrets left to reveal. Oh my, the author pulled out the big guns and took me completely by surprise at that point.

So, the bottom line is that Past Regrets is a great book. It was fun and easy to read. I enjoyed it, and I think that others will too. So I’m happy to recommend this one.

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