Monday, September 29, 2014

ONCE PERFECT, the first book in Shattered Past, a Contemporary Romance series by Cecy Robson


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 series 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.

Once Perfect

Shattered Past  # 1

By: Cecy Robson

Releasing October 7th, 2014

Loveswept: Flirt

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“Malibu Barbie. We need more cocktail napkins!”
I stopped wiping the bar booth, torn between throwing my bucket at Sam or at the cluster of bouncers chuckling at his Barbie dig. I still had two more booths to clean before the doors to the Main Line’s infamous Club Excess opened and the real work began. A crowd of spoiled brats―offspring of Philly’s wealthiest families―with too much money and too much attitude already crowded the doors. I should know. I used to be one of them. Except they still had the money.
I had a screaming boss.
“Jesus, Sam, I’m going.” I tossed my towel on the table and stomped across the dance floor in my black, thigh-high boots. If it weren’t for the crazy tips the drunk idiots dropped like bowling balls, no way would I work at a place where I had to accessorize tiny black shorts and a skimpy tank with these hooker boots. The white dress shirt tied at my belly was Sam’s way of compromising when me  and a few of the other waitresses complained about our new “uniforms.” The more desperate among us tied it closer to their cleavage. I didn’t. Even if it meant less money, I wanted to hang on to what little pride I had left.
My steps slowed as I neared the group of bouncers huddled around Mateo. He was young, younger than at least half of them, and still they looked up to him. ’’Considering Mateo was an ex-con who fought in fight clubs, you’d think the staff would avoid him’’. I sure did. Hell, I’d barely spoken to him in the six months I’d worked at Excess, using any excuse to keep my distance. That said, there was something about him that made people take notice. His burly arms crossed his chest. Power was inked on one forearm in bold Gothic lettering, Wrath on the other, and black flames crawled up both, disappearing beneath the sleeves of his tight black T-shirt.
My puny shoulders tensed as I drew closer. Mateo had served time for beating some poor guy so brutally the guy had spent two weeks in the hospital recovering from the bashes to his face and body. I watched Mateo, a lot. Every now and then, I’d catch him glancing my way, too. He’d offer me a brief nod or a small smile, but I never offered anything in return. His size, the depth of his voice, and his aptitude for violence scared me, despite his captivating looks. He moved like a panther staking out his turf, ready for anything, his steely hazel eyes taking everything in.
He spoke low and rough as the last of his crew arrived. “Listen up. Keep the drugs and the dealers out. They come in with that shit, you see anyone selling―send their asses out the door. Sam doesn’t want another OD in his place. If those rich pricks want to die, they can do it somewhere else.”
The others answered Mateo with stiff nods, except for Dale, who whistled as I walked by. “Nice ass, Evelyn . . .”
His voice trailed off. I turned to shoot him a dirty look over my shoulder only to catch the death glare Mateo was firing his way. “Leave Evie the fuck alone and pay attention, Dale,” Mateo told him. Dale immediately dropped his gaze, allowing Mateo to return his attention to the rest of the group. “With the first week of classes over, these fools are looking to party hard, and the dealers are ready to assist. ““Don’t go it alone. Call for backup if you need it, when you need it. I’ll take point near the bar. Ant’s my second. He’ll take point left of the floor. If I’m mixed up in some other shit, you call him. Got me?”
The bouncers collectively muttered in agreement. Even Dale.
My heart was thumping against my sternum and I lost my footing. I reached for my ponytail and tightened it fast, trying to pretend that was the reason I’d tripped and not, absolutely not, because ’Mateo had stuck up for me and shut Dale up on my behalf. Or because he’d called me “Evie.” Again. No one else had ever called me that.

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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My Thoughts:

Okay so for the most part I really liked it. The characters were different and charismatic but also had real issues too. This brings me to my issues. I would have liked their issues or differences to be a little more detailed or worked out more. 

I'm hoping that it will be fleshed out more in the next book? These little things kept me from saying that this book was awesome. Instead I'd say it was pretty good.

Evie is a caucasian who was left in the lurch when her father did something unforgivable and then couldn't handle it and took the coward's way out. All of her friends and family members bailed on her and she has a problem getting close to others as a result.

Teo is a latino who handles not only the rough and tumble of the club where he works with Evie but also keeping his family afloat and helping others as well. He is actually a great man but he has some aggression and Evie is scared of him because of it.

Until he helps her when she has an panic attack, then the two begin to get closer.

I liked that there was no insta love here. I still have a few issues with Mateo though. He seemed too secretive and in many aspects it appeared that she had to make all of the moves.

I hope that the next book has more of them and doesn't just focus on the other characters. Don't get me wrong, there isn't a cliff hanger or anything like that. I just want more than I was given!

This book had some drama, danger, angst, family issues, romance, and great characters.

I liked it and will be waiting for the next book where I will hopefully get my fill of Teo and Evie.

I received an ecopy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  1. the blurb did caught my interest but i also hear your reservations so i guess i will be waiting until next book to see if you are liking it more^^

    1. There really is no reason to have reservations. It was a good read and you will enjoy it as it isn't overly heated.

      I was just wanting more explanation than necessary. You know how greedy I can be when I like characters.

  2. Thank you for the feature and your thoughts.

    1. :-) Will there be more of Evie and Teo in the next book?

    2. Hi, Brenda. Evie and Teo appear in both Once Loved (releasing in January) and Once Pure (releasing in May), but they are not the main focus.

    3. I can live with them not being the main focus. Will the sisters get the spotlight or maybe Ant and Noelle? See what I mean about always needing more information?

      I'm excited, Please let me know if you need any help promoting release days or cover reveals. I'm happy to help and that serves as a reminder to me as well.

      I get so caught up in reading and searching for more books to read that I tend to forget about others that I want to read. You know, out of sight out of mind. :-(

    4. Hi, Brenda. The next book Once Loved is Lety (Mateo's sister) and Brody's story. Their story releases in January followed by Once Pure in May which is Sofia (Mateo's youngest sister) and Killian's journey. Thank you for your willingness to help with promotion. I'm happy that you enjoyed Once Perfect.

  3. Thank you for participating in the tour!