Book Review: Meeting the Past by Anne Lucy Shanley

Meeting the Past by Anne Lucy Shanley

eXtasy Books Inc (September 4, 2020)

Contemporary Romance



Dangerous wrong-side-of-the-tracks bad boy Jake Carter is definitely Eve Shawcross’s Mr. Wrong. She’s been playing with fire, and only after getting burnt has she learned a painful lesson—no-strings-attached sex ain’t for her, no matter how sizzling it is. Craving a real relationship with the promise of a future, Eve vows to find her Mr. Right, a man who can give her what she so desperately wants—love, marriage, and children.

Ten years later, Eve is left reeling when Mr. Right’s sordid secret life is exposed. Shattered by his bitter betrayal, she tries to pick up the pieces. When his duplicity jeopardizes her safety, survival becomes her sole focus. Just when Eve thinks she’s avoided peril, she comes face-to-face with sexy Mr. Wrong—and their complicated past.

The tables have turned. Now wealthy and powerful, Jake’s determined to tempt her back into his bed. He proposes an arrangement, but she’s thrown by the terms in his contract. The stakes are high. Knowing her traitorous body and how persuasive Jake can be, Eve isn’t sure she can play the game by his rules. Her gut cautions that all is not what it seems, but the passion she once found with him can no longer be denied.

Can Eve abide by Jake’s terms? Or will desire evolve into love?






Suspenseful storyline

Covers multiple genres; a second chance at love, marriage of convenience, suspense, contemporary romance, steamy/erotic. When Jake and Eve first met, he was dangerous and sexy and she was drawn to that. Then she married a rich guy. Jake held a grudge for 10 years, now he’s wealthy and powerful. He wants her back. I found him a bit controlling. She is a strong-willed heroine for the most part. He offers her a safety net and she reluctantly takes it. She’s weak around him. For me, it seemed like the storyline was covering too many areas and not concentrating on the main plot. It covers many genres as I stated before so maybe that was what didn’t necessary work for me.   Overall a good read that I’m sure many will enjoy. I believe this is the author debut novel and I will certainly read another of her books.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (April 23, 2021)

ARC provided by author




quirky hermit. crazy cat lady. fan of the Oxford comma.

With degrees in education and psychology, Anne Lucy-Shanley is a novelist based in the American Midwest. An enthusiast of all things written, Anne dabbles in dystopian, young adult, and non-fiction writing. As a believer in happily-ever-afters, contemporary romance remains her favorite genre.

Some of Anne’s pastimes include drinking whiskey, snickering at dirty jokes, and coming up with captivating storylines while soaking in the tub. When not embracing the quiet life with a book and a cat on her lap, she occasionally travels with her husband of twenty years.

Anne loves connecting with her readers! Join the fun at her author and reader Facebook group, the Saucy Society.

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