Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Review: Once Perfect (Shattered Past #1) by Cecy Robson

Once Perfect (Shattered Past, #1)Once Perfect

Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Shattered Past
Pages: 272
Publisher: Loveswept
Release date: 7th October 2014
Amazon -TBD

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

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 New Adult 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

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

I have read some great reviews for Cecy Robson’s Weird series which I haven’t as yet had a chance to pick up but I was quite keen to start on her new adult series Shattered Past.

From the first chapter, you are drawn into the story needing to know the details of what had happened to Evelyn Preston and the demise of her once perfect life; now waitressing at a bar to pay her way through college she attracts the attention of one of the bouncers, Mateo Tres Santos but Evelyn is wary because of the time he has spent in prison as well as his underground MMA fighting.

The relationship between Evelyn and Mateo develops at a realistic pace which I appreciated, their chemistry and the sexual tension was great and I loved the way he protected her and the time they took to get to know one another on a deeper level. I felt Mateo’s family dramas were handled well and I also loved the care he gave to his sisters, his parents on the other hand grated on my nerves. I was surprised by what we came to find out about Evelyn, I knew something had happened but I had no idea what it was, I liked how this element was revealed and dealt with. Both characters were likeable, Evelyn did come across as naïve but she was very sweet and Mateo is a good guy with a tragic past, they complimented each other well. 

Despite enjoying this book, the wow factor was missing as I found nothing was new and fresh, I thought things were repetitive and at times lacklustre and some of the secondary characters were stereotypical and seemed to be included without purpose.

Overall, Once Perfect wasn’t perfect for me but I was satisfied with the outcome and look forward to reading the next book in the Shattered Past series.

Thank you kindly to Random House - Loveswept via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review Once Perfect.

Cecy RobsonAbout the author: CECY (pronounced Sessy) ROBSON is the Penguin Random House 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 writer, registered nurse, and mother living in the South, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

Connect with Cecy online at www.cecyrobson.com, twitter.com/cecyrobson orfacebook.com/Cecy.Robson.Author

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