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

once perfectOnce Perfect (Shattered Past #1) – Cecy Robson
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Release Date: 07 October 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
Source: I received a review copy from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via Netgalley

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. GoodReads button

My thoughts

I really enjoyed reading the story between Mateo and Evie – they are so made for eachother and even though their pasts are so different and so are their cultures, they stuck together and worked through their shit to get where they are now.

Towards the ending I was beaming with pride for Mateo and I felt so happy for him, his sisters and Evie. The book and the stories are also telling a very important lesson and I hope people who read this book and are or have been in one of these situations are able to seek help from it and know it can be different.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially for New Adult genre. Can’t wait to read the rest of this series.