Once LovedSeries: Shattered Past #2
by Cecy Robson
Published by Loveswept, Random House on January 20th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
I enjoyed Cecy Robson’s first book in her Shattered Past series, Once Perfect, but Once Loved blew that one out of the water for me! This was an intense romance.
In the beginning, we have a romance that is already in trouble. Lety and Brody met their freshman year in college and fell in love. They were so perfect together. Events during the first book cause Lety to reconsider dating Brody. She thought she wasn’t good enough for him, that he would get hurt just by being associated with her. So she broke things off between them. Once Loved starts a year later at the beginning of their junior year. Brody wants a second chance with Lety. Lety is fighting her feelings for Brody but she still thinks they are just too different.
Then Brody starts hinting around that Lety isn’t the only one with a messed up past. Could there be more to Brody than a hot, rich, lacrosse player? No time to find out because Lety is struggling to pay her way through school and she has to find another job ASAP. The job she ends up finding is so intriguing it will have you ripping through the pages!
There is a story arc left over from the first book that is the underlying reason why Lety won’t commit to Brody. It was extremely satisfying to see that element tied up the way it was in the end. So nothing is left standing in the way for Lety and Brody, right? Maybe…
Finally, this is one of those cases where the characters are so well written, so entirely “fleshed out”, that you want to throttle them for some of the decisions they make. You absolutely KNOW they know to make a better choice! “Just tell her already!”, you scream at the book. Nope, they never listen… but oh the lovely drama that comes from waiting 🙂
Secrets revealed, crazy action scenes commence with car chases, guns fired, blood spewed, and embraces in hospital hallways. What more could you want in a romance? Sex is always good.
Lety and Brody are immensely sexy together. Brody has charming humor and a commanding presence. Lety is all sexy Latino. Yep, I like these two together.
If you can’t tell, this is one of my all time favorite reads. I just really connected with the story.