What it’s about
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.
4.5 Stars! I was so excited for Sofia and Killian’s story and was not disappointed! Loved this couple!
A well rounded read with some angst, healing, forgiveness, passion, and plenty of steam!
Sofia’s upsetting and tragic past, which had been hinted at in the previous books, is finally revealed in full. While I didn’t think Killian deserved the blame that Mateo handed him, I could see, being as honorable as he was how he would feel he was responsible for what happened. Theirs is a love that started when they were childhood friends, and although the journey to becoming a couple was difficult at times, it was also very sweet, and their destiny was undeniable. There were bumps in the road, but Sofia and Killian overcame them quickly, continued to work on building a solid relationship. The exciting ending showed just how far Sofia had come and that she was no longer a meek little mouse, but a strong determined woman who wasn’t going to allow anyone to hurt her or those she loved.
One of the things that I found so appealing about this series is the Tres Santos sibling connection, the love they have for each other and their protective nature. In Once Pure the O'Brien's added their own special brand of family drama and fun to the read. Finn and Wren were amusing characters; they rooted Sofia and Killian on knowing that these two were destined to be together. There is a darker side to Finn, and I’m hoping that his story is one that will be explored in the future. Wren is my kind of kick-ass heroine, loved her foul mouth and all, and underneath that rough exterior is a kind, understanding, fiercely loyal woman! There are plenty of O’Briens to go around and I want to spend time with all of them!
The gym setting and exploring the professional MMA world was another enjoyable aspect of this read, as was getting a good dose of the sexy Mateo, his lovely Evie, and their little guy, Mattie….and a little bit of Lety and Brody too…oh how I love this family!
The author rewards the reader with an incredibly beautiful epilogue, which choked me up! I’ve enjoyed the Shattered Past series so much and will miss it, but Once Kissed, the first book in The O’Brien Family series is on deck for November, and I for one can’t wait! I’m sure since these families are so closely connected that we’ll get glimpses of Tres Santos family too!
Woohoo…keep ‘em comin’ Cecy Robson!
*A copy of the book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley*