Review: Once Loved (Shattered Past #2) by Cecy Robson
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.
4 Out Of 5 Stars
Lety has tried so hard to distance herself from the disaster that is her father. She even went so far as to push away Brody, the one boy she loved and who seemed to really understand her, so he would not get caught up in her drama. Now that things are looking up for Lety in school, and Brody wants her to give them another try, her father causes havoc, costing Lety her scholarship. Lety refuses to give up on her dreams and will do whatever she can to stand on her own.
I really enjoyed the first book in the series and was interested to read Lety’s story when I saw that it was available. This was a very solid New Adult romance about two people who fit so well together, but their baggage and insecurities keep them apart.
The author does a great job of creating complex, layered characters that the reader roots for. The story is narrated by Lety so it was nice to see inside her head as to why she felt she had to do things a certain way. She was strong, smart, independent, and caring, as well as stubborn and loyal. At times I wanted to shake her and have her lean on Brody, but she was so independent it would have crushed her spirit to do so. Lety and Brody were so cute together despite being so very different and I think they will have a happily ever after. I loved seeing the relationship between the siblings and how they have banded together despite their upbringing. The one thing I thought was a little off putting (probably for me only) was the high volume of hand jobs/oral sex in the story. Lety wanted to take things slow, but on the first date, she gives him a hand job and then soon after tons of oral sex starts. Personally, I think putting your mouth on someone’s reproductive organs is just as intimate as actual sex, the only difference is no child can be conceived from the act. I found it a little ridiculous that she was not ready for sex (based on a big secret) but pretty much did anyway.
My favorite part of the book was seeing how well Mateo and Evie are doing together (their story will remain my favorite), and I hope to have more snippets of them in future books. I can’t wait to read Sofia’s book to see how her story will play out and to see what becomes of the mom. I have enjoyed this series and would love to read more from this author.
I received this title form the publisher in return for my honest review.