RITA AWARD FINALIST • She bears the scars of the past. He blames himself for things he can’t control. Their defenses are up, but in Cecy Robson’s latest Shattered Past novel—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—true love lands a knockout punch.
Sofia Tres Santos remembers a time before her life went sour, before her innocence was ripped away, before she began punishing herself with risky behavior and unworthy men. Now, at twenty, she just hopes she’s ready to rebuild some of what she lost. One way or another, it always comes back to her childhood friend and longtime crush, Killian O’Brien.
As strong as Killian is, Sofia has always been his one weakness. He knows Sofia has suffered and wants to ensure she’s never hurt again—not like before, and definitely not under his watch. When Sofia agrees to work at his mixed martial arts gym, Killian seizes the opportunity to help and protect the sweet girl he’s always cared for. And yet, as he trains Sofia to defend herself using his hard-hitting MMA techniques, he’s drawn to the vulnerable beauty in ways he never expected.
As Sofia grows stronger, she also grows brave enough to open herself up to love. And along the way, she challenges everything Killian believes to be true, showing him that no matter how much he dominates in the ring, the real battle is fought in the heart.
Praise for Once Pure
“The sexual tension between Sofia and Killian is super steamy; the passion builds with every page.”—RT Book Reviews
“Sexy and heartbreaking, Once Pure is an excellent, emotional read.”—New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy
“Intense and powerfully emotional, Cecy Robson’s Once Pure grabs hold of your heart from the first page and doesn’t let go until the last.”—USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly
“Cecy Robson has once again shared a story that keeps us in suspense throughout.”—Between Dreams and Reality
“Sweet and sexy . . . Killian and Sofia make each other better . . . what could be more romantic than that?”—Whiskey in the Jar Likes to Read
“I have been waiting for this couple’s story and I was not disappointed! Ever since Killian was introduced in the first book and Robson gave us the inkling that he possibly liked Sofia, I knew this was going to be my favorite book out of the series.”—The Book Whisperer
“Killian is just a perfect male lead and ‘book boyfriend’ material. I loved this book . . . definitely one of my favorites for this year!”—The Book Reading Gals
“Once Pure tugged at my emotional strings and made me laugh out loud. I really enjoyed the way these characters were when they were together and I’m looking forward to seeing both of them in other books in this series.”—My Little Happily Ever After
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Robson's flimsy third Shattered Pasts contemporary (after Once Loved) is full of delightful humor, but the pacing and character development are flawed. Sofia Tres Santos is going through a period of self-reinvention after being sexually assaulted. With the help of Killian O'Brien her childhood friend, forever crush, and one of the few people who knows the truth about her devastating past and his boisterous sextet of siblings, she attempts to build a life filled with love, togetherness, and possibilities, despite the concerns of her overprotective big brother and intensely religious mother. As Sofia and Killian grow closer, secrets are revealed that have them doubting each other and themselves. The dialogue is fresh and often profanely hilarious, and Robson has a keen eye for Sofia's Philadelphia surroundings, but the stop-and-start emotional development of the heroine and the rushed timing will wear readers out.
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I loved this story. I was unable to put it down. Sofia's insecurities were a bit much by the end of the book. Even though I understood where it was coming from. I guess, for me, it took the author too long to get there. I loved Killian. Strong man carrying too much on his shoulders. He was a good man with a wonderful family. Loved his family. Wren is my favorite. Very strong female. What bothered me about the story was the lack of faith Sofia had in Killian. Mistakes were made when they were children. Understood. The love he had for was shown constantly, and she still could not see it. It bothered me. All in all, a great story. Enjoy!
Killian O'Brien is two years older than Sophia Tres Santos. They've always had a special connection from when they were children. When they were teens, he went and grew up without her. A promise made to her brother and a promise broken is what changed their lives forever.
This book is amazing! There's never a dull moment from cover to cover. I was hooked from the beginning. Reading this book put me on an emotional roller coaster. One minute I was laughing at the crazy O'Brien family and the next I was shedding a tear for Sophia or someone else. The insight and self discovery these characters make is amazing. There were a few surprises that I was definitely not expecting. Superb storyline! I can't wait to read more from this fabulous author.
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Emotionally, Touching, Beautiful Story
received a ARC through NetGalley for an honest review. This was the first story by Cecy Robson that I have read and I loved it. This is a emotionally, touching, beautiful story that makes you cry, laugh and fall in love. Loved the strength of the other characters in the book and the witty, flirty banter.
Sofia Tres Santos is a young Cuban woman who has endured pain and suffering at the hands of others as well as herself. She is trying to pick up the pieces of her weak and broken life and move through all of her fear and shame and live again.
Killian O'Brien is a MMA Championship fighter who has grown up surrounded by his large, loving, Irish family and being friends with Sofia, ever since they were children. But ever since Sophia was raped, as a teenager Killian has blamed himself. When Sofia offers to help Killian set up a new website for his gym, all their time together, starts to help Sofia pick up the pieces of her life. She slowly lets her long time crush in. This first delicate romance for Sophia helps her overcome her fear of intimacy while also helping her to heal and find love and forgiveness. Killian is there to help protect her and make sure no one will hurt her again. With Killian's unconditional love and strength he helps Sofia gain strength and take back her life. His touch sends jolts sharp enough to to stand her springy curls on end but their secrets could rip them apart.
Touching and tender this beautiful story has extremely sensitive issues and could be hard for some. Will their secrets destroy them? Will Killian and Sofia get their HEA? You will need to read this to find out. Loved this Beautiful Romance that makes you realize the importance of living every moment with no regrets, loving passionately and taking the time to truly enjoy life with the ones you love. I was glued to the pages.