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Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: Once Loved by Cecy Robson / @TastyBookTours @cecyrobson

Title: Shattered Past #2: Once Loved
Author: Cecy Robson
Publisher: Loveswept Flirt
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Interracial, New Adult, Sports, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

He’s the campus golden boy. She’s picking up the pieces of her broken past. But in Cecy Robson’s scorching novel of second chances—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—their differences only make their connection more explosive.

Every memory Lety Tres Santos has from her childhood comes with a scar—some emotional, some physical. Her father is an abusive drug addict, and her mother enables his destructive behavior. College offers Lety a fresh start . . . until her father finds a way to ruin that, too. Now, after losing her scholarship to kick off junior year, Lety must somehow stay in school, pay tuition, and turn a deaf ear to the whispers that follow her. And she intends to do it all without Brody Quaid’s help.

Brody is a lacrosse star, a 4.0 student—and as a freshman, he fell hard for the beautiful and spirited Lety. But their relationship crashed and burned because he couldn’t break through the walls she’s put up around her heart. With Lety hurting more than ever, Brody strives to win her back and make her believe in real love and true partnership. That will mean opening up secrets locked away in his own past—and trusting someone more than he’s ever dared.

Lety knows how painful it can be to depend on the wrong man. She also knows how much Brody wants to do this the right way. But it takes more than sizzling desire to move on and build a future together.

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This story takes place about a year after Once Perfect, and it's Lety's story. She's lost, broken, and feeling unworthy of Brody's love after the ending of Perfect.  Their relationship is off again even though Brody would love for it to be on again. But how do you break through someone's walls when everything you are is everything they aren't?

Lety's past is very well known, but Brody's isn't. It was easy to assume his past was perfect, as spotless as he was. The revelation that it wasn't made me see him through new eyes, and had me hoping it didn't keep them from having their own happily ever after.

Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. It was a running theme in Once Perfect, when Mateo, Lety's brother, viewed Evie as perfect and himself as unworthy of her attention and affection. Lety's view of Brody is very much the same. It takes a lot of heart for these two to work past their issues and grab onto what they know they can have. Going after happily ever after isn't for pussies. You have to dig deep, fight hard, and go against your own nature in order to get it.

Ms. Robson didn't disappoint. The characters are intense, the situations and topics even more so. But the ending... Knowing they got their HEA made all of that reading worth it.

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Cecy Robson is the New Adult and Contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, and the award winning author of the Weird Girls Urban Fantasy Romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song, despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the South, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful feature and review--and for being part of my tour. I'm so happy you enjoyed Once Loved.