Thursday, May 21, 2015

Once Perfect by Cecy Robson

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I didn't know what to expect with Once Perfect but I am so pleased with what I got. It started a little slow but it was so worth the read. There are situations that may be triggers for some readers, sexual abuse and rape. Ms. Robson handled those topics very well. The therapist, the advice were all very well written.

Evelyn came from money, her family had it all until her father committed suicide and she was left with nothing. Working as a waitress at Club Excess paying her way through nursing school. She is shy and timid not the most popular with the rest of the staff.

Mateo is the head bouncer at Club Excess, he's very good what he does. He has an edge to him. He uses his fists to get his point across to those that needed "attention" in the club. While he also is a fighter in an illegal MMA fighting ring to make money for his family. All of these things intimidate meek Evie, when he helps her when a panic attack happens. She doesn't know what to do with the kindness he has shown her.

There were times I was tearing up, cheering Mateo on and wanting to slap Evie, but I loved how it all came together in the end. My only complaint is the jump to the final chapter, I wish we could have gotten a glimpse of what happened in that time frame. I can't want to read Lety's story and I am dying for sweet Sofia's story.

Definitely a rollercoaster ride here for the leads – and we are swept along in the drama. This book deals with some serious issues which really make the reader think. In fact I was reminded how lucky I have been with my stable, normal parents; because there are some who do some really terrible things to their children. That Evie and Mateo (and his sister) manage to overcome their backstories and can try for a brighter, loved future is made believable by a talented writer. The chemistry between them works well, and brings the reader back from the haunting past to the passion of now. I am looking forward to reading the second in the series.

Also Available in Shattered Past Series

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Book 3
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Cecy Robson is the New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure 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 Great Northwest, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Once Perfect (Shattered Past #1) by Cecy Robson to read and review.

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