Once Pure by Cecy Robson
Shattered Past # 3
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 behaviors 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.
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Once Pure is book #3 in the Shattered Past series, I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of this book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.
I’m going to be honest and say that my impressions of Sofia from this series so far were that she was broken, fragile and to be completely honest weak. That may not be a popular opinion but that’s the way I feel. In the previous two books she was always being sheltered by Teo or Lety, almost hidden away from the word.
I worried about if I would hate her in this book!
Thankfully in Once Pure Sofia finds some strength!!! Thank god she did because I really struggled to identify with the frightened victim that she is portrayed as at the start. I LOVED strong Sofia, she was a care giver someone who looked after herself and Killian. Let’s be honest by the end she was a bit of a badass!!!
Killian, Killian, Killian you sexy, ass mofo!!! I loved everything about him, simply put he was perfection!!!
This book was definitely my favourite in the series so far, the story feels like an emotional journey, Sofia evolves and grows, I loved how she really starts to reclaim her life and stops being a victim.
Killian’s family are amazing, I loved them all and I’m really hoping the next books in the series will be focussed on them. Wren is one seriously kick ass girl, and Finn is hilarious, they are a close knit family and I would love to read all of their stories.
The sex in this book is less smoking hot and more passionately sweet, Cecy Robson writes a good sex scene. Now if Killian had have gone all alpha I think I may have spontaneously combusted lol!!!
I devoured this book incredibly quickly, this sweet yet beautifully deep story ticks all the right boxes for me, Once Pure gets 4 Stars.
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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