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Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-09-10
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Reviewed by Vanessa
Never look back...unless that’s where your heart belongs. Love and Friendship, Book 2Julia 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.
Ryan and Julia marry after a whirlwind courtship. Feeling that they could last forever, the two embark on the committed relationship. However, Ryan soon has to go on tour with his band, and Julia can’t go with him. After all the flagrant tabloid articles claiming that a member of the group, French Letters, was partying up like a bachelor, Julia has had enough! She files for divorce from her love. The problem is that Ryan had forgotten about Julia, and he needs to explain all to her when he receives the documents from her. Yet, Julia, a secretary, has some of her own secrets that she isn’t too keen to reveal to her estranged hubby. Can these two work it all out through the rebuilding of Julia’s family business, another secret she failed to reveal, or will they go their separate ways?
Past Regrets promised to be an angsty ride that I was looking forward to going on. However, it so seemed that Julia was making more out of issues because of her lack of trust than the situation warranted. Past Regrets had Julia feeling that she was forced to keep some secrets because of the way people would judge her if they knew. I get that, but she showed right off that people wouldn’t be far off in making that judgment about her by the way she initially dealt with Ryan and his friend in Past Regrets. Julia didn’t seem so innocent then. Ryan and his friend seemed like they could be more than what they appeared in Past Regrets. I did like that his friend was willing to fight Ryan for Julia, but then he acted like she was nothing in the beginning of Past Regrets.
I found that there was some depth to Julia’s feelings of loss in one of her secrets in Past Regrets, but Ryan came up lacking. He came across as I have a replacement so ‘it’s all good’ in the end. I also had a problem with the time frame of this secret of Ryan’s emerging the way it did and it seemed a bit contrived for me. I wondered how Julia and Ryan could have fallen in love so quickly and never really discussed things in Past Regrets. I got why she would have had trust issues in Past Regrets, but then they seemed to be blamed on her childhood later on. I also felt that Ryan would have reacted more strongly to the trauma that she faced and nearly could have faced if her friends hadn’t found her in Past Regrets, but he didn’t. I did like that her friends had her back early on in Past Regrets and weren’t exactly pushing for a quick forgiving either.