Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Past Regrets (Adult title) and Giveaway

Past Regrets              

by Shelley Munro is an ADULT title.

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BLURB:

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.

Warning: Contains a pissed ex-stripper turned burlesque dancer, a bunch of nosy friends and a smooth-talking rocker with one thing on his mind. Stripper poles and skimpy costumes may be involved.

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Excerpt:

“Julia!” Ryan crossed the room in seconds flat and grabbed her into a tight embrace before she could react. His familiar scent rolled over her, masculine with a hint of spicy green and the outdoors. He pressed her head to his chest, apparently content to hold her against his trembling frame. For long seconds she let him, too stunned to react. Then her shock gave way to fury, and she lashed out with her foot, kicking him in the shin.

“Ow!” He released her abruptly, an aggrieved scowl distorting his pretty face. “What did you do that for?”

Cripes, she’d broken her foot, not that she’d admit it to him. She gathered the pain and hurled it back in harsh words. “You can’t come waltzing back after nearly a year and expect me to welcome you. Didn’t you receive the divorce papers?”

“I don’t want a divorce.” His blue eyes bored into her. Determined. Steady. He glanced at their avid audience. “Maybe we should take this somewhere private?”

Julia dug in her heels, feeling contrary. He had no right to burst into her life again. And as for orders—forget it. She squared her shoulders and glowered at him. “They’re my friends. They can hear anything you have to say to me.” Aw, heck. Ryan. She’d thought she’d hate him… No! She did hate him. “You cheated on me.”

“When did Julia get married?” Susan asked.

Curiosity buffeted Julia in waves, coming at her from all directions. Great. Just great.

She lowered her voice, steeling herself against his charisma. One look at his dark hair, blue eyes and strong runner’s body and her willpower seeped through the soles of her favorite high-heel pumps. Go figure.

“I can’t talk to you now. We should discuss this with our lawyers present.”

A total contradiction of her previous words. Off-balance, surprise and a tinge of outrage ran hotly through her veins, yet she wanted to grab him and lay one on his sexy lips. She wanted to lick along the tail of the dragon winding around one biceps and explore the scaled body tattooed on his shoulder. How could he do this to her?



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Shelley Munro is tall and curvaceous with blue eyes and a smile that turns masculine heads everywhere she goes. She’s a university tutor and an explorer/treasure hunter during her vacations. Skilled with weapons and combat, she is currently in talks with a producer about a television series based on her world adventures.

Shelley is also a writer blessed with a VERY vivid imagination and lives with her very own hero in New Zealand. She writes mainly erotic romance in the contemporary, paranormal and historical genres for publishers Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. You can learn more about Shelley and her books at http://www.ShelleyMunro.com.

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My review:

4.5 stars


“Past Regrets” by Shelley Munro is the second book in the ‘Love and Friendship’ contemporary romance series and centers around the death throes of the marriage between rocker Ryan Callander and his hurt and disappointed wife, Julia Maxwell.  Remarkable events plus Ryan’s intense need for secrecy have caused his marriage to reach a crisis point that it may not be able to recover from but Ryan is not willing to give up on their love without a fight, no matter what obstacles stand in the way.  The revelation of painful secrets combined with a struggle to save Julia’s mother’s business may be more than the sexy musician can overcome but he plans to fight with every weapon at his disposal to win back the sexy and multi-layered woman he loves.


This fun and sensual contemporary romance story gives an interesting view of life in the entertainment industry.  The contrast between the hero’s quest for anonymity through the use of stage makeup and the heroine’s unabashed sensuality and decided lack of anonymity that allowed her to earn enough to pay for her schooling and that will aid her in her quest to rescue her mother’s business gives a fascinating texture to the tale.  Julia and her ‘Tight Five’ group have a wonderful camaraderie and an intriguing mixture of personalities that allows them to mesh.  I enjoyed getting a flavor of Australian nightlife and the unexpected twists and turns to the story and definitely want to read the first story in the series, “The Bottom LIne” and fervently hope there will be subsequent tales as not only do I want to watch Julia and Ryan’s story continue but I want to learn more about the rest of the group! 


A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

12 comments:

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    1. You are quite welcome, my apologies for the mixup on times.

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  2. This sounds like a good read, thank you so much for the review :)

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    1. You are quite welcome, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the first in the series.

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Crystal!

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  3. Thanks so much for having me to visit, Elf! I've actually written the third book and need to fine-tune it before I send it off to my editor. Next, I need to write Christina's story.

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    1. Oh, and thank you for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed Past Regrets.

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    2. I am delighted to hear that and look forward to seeing more adventures from this great group of women and the guys who capture their hearts!

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    1. Thanks so much BN, glad that you liked it, thanks for visiting!

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  5. I enjoyed the excerpt and am definitely interested in reading more! I guess my second chance was with my current longtime significant other. When he first asked me out, I told him I was too busy and of course he thought it was a brush-off, but I was very busy at the time! After a few months I followed-up, or as he puts it, I asked him out.
    Romo@iMagicWonders.com

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    1. Glad for both of you that you followed up and hope that now he realizes that you only say what you mean, lol.

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