by Cecy Robson
My rating: 4.5 stars
Series: Shattered Past - Book 1
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Genre: New Adult
Print Length: 263 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
His life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy series debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.
Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.
Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.
As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.
Once Perfect by Cecy Robson
Two worlds collide in a heated frenzy of love and need in Cecy Robson’s Once Perfect, the first book in her Shattered past series.
Evelyn couldn’t be more out of her element as a waitress in a popular nightclub. Her past has been dark, as she went from a privileged daughter to a young woman struggling to make ends meet while trying to fulfill her dreams of college. Suffering from nightmares and panic attacks, she fights to keep it together, alone. Mateo was born on the wrong side of the tracks, had to fight for survival in a home where abuse was a common thing. To this day, he will do whatever it takes to take care of his family. As the head bouncer, he sees everything, eve what people try to hide. Seeing a kindred spirit in the beautiful Evelyn, watching her breakdown, he is determined to help yet another broken flower to grow and shine. Will that involve dealing with his own past? Together these two begin a tenuous journey of discovery and trust and learning to open up to someone who cares.
Cecy Robson has brought another NA, angst-filled romance to readers with the strong, yet damaged hero, the damaged heroine out of her element, but has painted a fresh coat on this genre with her words. There is darkness, but it is NOT overdone, even the sensual scenes are not quite as “in your face” graphic as many are. The romance is sweet, there is a warmth to each of her characters that shines through in the relationship they are building. The violence is not that of a crazed alpha male, but of a man doing his job. Ms. Robson has allowed their relationship to grow slowly and evolve making it all that more believable! A wonderful story of opposites attracting to each other because of hidden pasts and the pull of kindred spirits.
received an ARC edition from Loveswept in exchange for my honest review.