ABOUT Charlie Romo

Charlie Romo



Twenty-two-year-old super model Rena Hilst is living her dream as one of the fashion industry's top talents, in passionate love with her forty-three-year-old manager at Moonglow Model Management, Shell Dawes. From the outside, no cracks in the crystal of their relationship are apparent save for something on Rena's part:

Other women.

Rena never hunts for people to cheat with but being far away from home on jobs with such beautiful, interesting people occasionally leads her to party her way into another girl's bed. She knows better than to sleep around but she honestly feels she cares for the girls with whom she is unfaithful. It isn't love, just caring -- nothing compared to how she feels for Shell. Rena feels fortunate to have found her romantic soul mate at such a young age. In fact, Rena repeatedly promises herself to stop straying on Shell.

On the anniversary of the death of her best friend's fiancé, booze-fueled circumstances put Rena in line to stray yet again--this time, with that very friend, Shannon Sadoveanu, a socialite who recently lost her girlfriend by tragic means.

Shell always chalks Rena's flings up to necessary life experience for someone so young and free-spirited. She believes that nothing -- especially a few meaningless affairs -- could rupture their bond. Before Rena leaves for work to Utsukushisa, Japan, (unbeknownst to Rena's latest infidelity), Shell does what she feels will settle Rena's curiosity for good.

Shell asks Rena to marry. Through a veil of elated tears, Rena accepts!

However, when Shell learns what happened with Shannon, the crystal cracks. Something about it doesn't seem so meaningless. She feels the loss of Shannon's fiancé opened the door to a hibernated love with Rena. Confused, Shell wonders if she is to blame for tolerating Rena's horseplay. For the first time in their four-year relationship, Shell questions the promise of "happily ever after." Together, they must finally confront the skeletons that have hung in their closet for far too long.

Set against the eclectic, fictional cities of Moonglow, USA, and Utsukushisa, Japan, MOONGLOW will titillate your imagination, strum your heartstrings and prove that -- no matter what era we live in -- love is our strongest ally.
Not only does this book take you inside the world of high fashion but it also gives a hard looks at same sex relationships. There’s definitely a message here even though I felt the author may have played a little to the cliché side of the fashion world and promoted the lesbian relationships inspired by this profession. Still, the relationships were real and the author shared the pain and immense highs that go with any pairing. 

Moonglow was well written and the story moved along even though there was a lot of exploring of feelings and stage setting. I don’t think it was overdone however there might have been a character or two that could have been left out entirely. Sometimes its so easy to get pulled into liking a character that its hard to see when they actually have no value to the story.

Generally, I liked this story. There were no surprises but it was a nice, down home look at a different type of love and I think a good read. I recommend it. -Paper Mustang