Review: Once Loved by Cecy Robson

Review: Once Loved by Cecy RobsonOnce Loved by Cecy Robson
Series: Shattered Past #2
Published by Loveswept Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, Sports
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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.

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Lety and Brody’s story is beautiful, heart-breaking, and inspiring.

We are introduced to them as they are coming back from camp, having been apart for a period of time because of baggage from their pasts.  However, we soon discover that they have an attraction that cannot be denied and are destined for more.  As the story unfolds, we learn about Lety’s tragic past and what drives her to push for a better future.  Lety meets a wonderful family that embraces her and allows her to help them, despite their difficulties with receiving help in the past.   Her draw to Brody becomes stronger and stronger, even as secrets are uncovered from both of their pasts.  Brody is determined to show Lety that they she can trust and depend on him.  His commitment becomes more clear to us as the one person who could destroy Lety is reinserted into her life.  We are also allowed more insight into Brody’s family and the mystery that surrounds their tragedy.

Once Loved made me laugh, cry, scream, shout, and melt into a puddle of goo.  I love that the author was able to present Lety’s story in a gentle manner that is respectful of those who have been in similar situations.  Listening to Brody share his life’s story and response to its many ups and downs made me feel overwhelmed for him, especially as the entire truth unfolds.  Going through the transformations of both Lety and Brody from living in the past to stepping into the hope of the future was uplifting.

Author Cecy Robson’s writing style and story-telling skills allowed for a beautiful story of love, overcoming obstacles, and finding newness in life.

4 Stars

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