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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 rShe 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 Reviews

  • Wendy'sThoughts
    2019-06-11 22:27

    Congratulations to the 2016 RITA FinalistContemporary Romance: Mid-Length4 Need To Be Brave To Love Stars * * * *Every action has a reaction...this is a truth...What happens in a moment causes a chain of events which could never be predicted. This is life... The only thing we can control is how we handle these events either during and/or after. This is how we become who we are... and hopefully, we have the inner strength to overcome the awful that sometimes can happen. And the awful does not exist in a vacuum... it bleeds over to the ones we love and those who feel and friends... it can manifest itself in violence and revenge... and also unbelievable levels of guilt. Guilt for not being there... guilt for letting others down... guilt for wishing to have made other decisions... the list could go on.So, once these life changing events happen to the survivor... it is how the person comes out of it... and the path is not easy. Counseling, prayers help but may not be enough to overcome the self hate and fear... This is a story of finding the strength to be brave; to live fully and fight not only the demons within but the cruelty from others... from the past. Because no matter what progress a person can make in becoming whole and moving forward... there will be others looking to remind you where you have been.Cecy Robson created something very special in this series, Shattered Pasts. She took families of different ethnicity, combined them in realistic settings and did not shy away from the ugly events which are plastered in the media but hidden on the streets. She has used severe domestic violence and rape in past books with a loving hand for their survivors. It may have been loving but told with a no holds barred truth of the toll it took on all family members and the community which had to deal with it. It took a brave soul to present it so boldly and in this book she continued on the same path.Sofia was part of the family which lived everyday through the hell of her father's abuse of his family. There was no excuse...he hid behind the cultural Machismo corrupting all that was beautiful in the meaning of the word by the violence he inflicted on his wife and children. Sofia learned how to make her self small, to curl up and try to disappear... and when she was able, to go to a neighbor's home till things settled.When she was seven, a new family moved in near her...a huge Irish Catholic family with many brothers and a sister. She came out and saw Killian, a boy about 2 or 3 years older than her. She went and sat next to him on the stoop...looked up at his clear blue eyes and dark wavy hair..and asked... do you want to be friends...That was it...the bond was created.Sofia's brother Teo became friends with Killian. She gave up dolls to play matchbox cars with all the boys. Killian and Sofia were inseparable until the 2 1/2 year difference became middle school/high school time. She was at that younger stage and Killian was developing into a sought after boy...girls want his time and willing to show him how much. He was also developing in the body... learning fighting and getting fit.With the two of these families and kids so close...Teo leaned on Killian to look out for his sister when he left for the Navy. Promises were made... oaths sworn between young men. Life happened. Young people got hurt and then have to deal with the outcomes.We meet Sofia when she is grown now and feeling her way through a journey which had many roads to travel... not all the best. She made her way back to a clear path but her journey left many scars... some more public than others. She was always a smart girl; she gravitated to computers because they could not hurt her like people. She is on summer break from college and Killian, now a famous MMA fighter, has his own gym in the neighborhood. He needed help with his website and business so he has Sofia come and work for him. For Sofia, this is too good to be true... she has loved him forever. She has been timid since her rape and it took 5 years for her to stop the hiding and be more sure of herself. We see hard, fighter Killian be soft and gentle with her. He is there and has this way of settling her down.As Sofia is there in the gym, she fights the urge to hide when she hears ugly whispers about her... about when she didn't care how she behaved... how she would allow things to happen to her but never participated in her mind or heart...It was a very dark period and she had to fight to crawl out of that whole she was in. She did and now is trying to have a fresh start...but the past can never go away...Killian sees when someone approaches and cages her in the office. The whole family and him attack the guy and his friends, throwing them out of the gym. Sofia collapses; Killian looks out for her and the bonding they had resurfaces.This is their love story and there are two major parts to it; first the awakening of trust and patience to learn how to let someone she cares for touch her without frightening her. Killian is so gentle and willing to let Sofia take her time... to lead and he follows... fighting his desire to take her and be the man he usually is physically. The path they take together is true and real ... it makes sense and we see how it evolves.The other part of the story is actually the more complex... it is all about Guilt... and how we handle it; how it can not be the basis for love between people because then it has destroyed the trust and open heart of giving...This is the hard see what is before you... understanding whether things are done out of guilt or freely.Then there is the continuing part of this series... the main focus of these families and past characters we learned to love. These people are not cookie cutter. They are unique to their lives, yet their pain and issues are things which are very real in this world we live in. When demons are revealed...when the pain they have caused, surfaces in our characters...we understand and hope for their resolutions... and with certainty, we know their future stories will give them what they need.This is a strong series. This is a series with heart and people willing to show what they are made of. It is a series which should not be set aside. I know I will not.Suggested Reading of Once Perfect for full impact of story.Warning: Triggers for Rape and Domestic Violence (in the past) ~~~ Before Reading ~~~I am really excited to be reading this. Was struck with the first book of this series, Once Perfect. gifted copy was provided by Random House Publishing through NetGalley for an honest review.For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  • Alice
    2019-05-28 00:43

    3 stars! Sofia is a young girl who has really had a few rough and difficult moments in her life. Her father abused her, her mother and her siblings and she has always been the one who took care of her mother in her darkest moments.When she was 14, she was raped and from that moment she got lost. Now, she is trying to find her way back and start a new life.Killian and Sofia used to be bestfriends, but at some point they went separate ways. After a few years, Sofia is hired to work at Killian's gym. Killian is not only the owner of the gym, but also a professional fighter.They have always felt something for each other and the attraction between them is obviously still there..but will Sofia be able to trust and open up her heart to him again?This is the second book that I read in this series ( I haven't read the first one yet) and it was a sweet and enjoyable read.Both Killian and Sofia were likeable characters; Killian was really sweet and patient with Sofia and I loved to see them overcoming the obstacoles in their life together.He was always there for her and willing to help her through her darkest moments, he sure didn't want to lose her for a second time.I felt bad for Sofia and with all she went through, I admired her for the way she managed to get back on her feet.Overall, it was a good book and a cute story. I hope that Flynn's story is next! I seriously NEED his book!This is the third book in the Shattered Past series, but it can be read as a standalone. Arc kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Karla
    2019-06-22 22:25

    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!

  • Roksana
    2019-06-11 23:43

    Self Note: I don't like manwhores and I don't like women doing the the heroine having sex with lots of men is neither appealing, especially when the Hero knows it and had to work hard to get it from her, when she gives so freely to complete strangers...

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2019-05-29 01:25

    There is no question that Cecy is a master at playing with your emotions and when it came to Sofia's story, I just knew this would be the worst of them in the very best of ways. So, with a Kleenex box in hand and the house to myself so no one would see me ugly cry, I cracked open Once Pure and dug right in.I knew this read would tear at my heartstrings like only Cecy can do but I also know that it would make me laugh, make me smile, and make me happy cry like only Cecy can do and I did, in fact, get all of that.I have to start by saying that I absolutely adored the O'Briens clan, especially Wren and Finn. I can't even tell you how many times I laughed out loud whenever there were a part of the story. I am seriously keeping my fingers crossed that they both get a story in the future because I would absolutely love to read it and experience it.I felt so much for Sofia as she tried to gain some normalcy in her life. As she tried to move on from all the horrors that she has been through, honestly, way more than any one person should ever have to go through. I loved how much she grew, how strong she became. I was so proud of the person she was by the end of the story. Of really, of all that this family has been through. I loved that we got those glimpses of Teo, Evie, Brody, and Lety as well because they all have cemented a place in my heart and I love seeing their happily ever afters.This was another wonderful read by Cecy and one that I am so thankful I took and experienced. Cecy really has grown as a writer in this genre and it shows with this latest installment. I'm hoping like heck that she continues to write in it because I know that I, for one, will be picking them up and devouring them as quickly as she can write them.

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    2019-06-11 23:42

    ****Full Review****3.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sofia and Killian were childhood bestfriends but a traumatic experience leaves its mark on Sofia and sends Killian on a dark winding guilt trip. They go their separate ways for a few years only to reconnect when Sofia is hired to straighten out Killian's accounting for his gym. They rediscover the friendship that was always there while romantic feelings start to make themselves known. These two are meant to be together but as secrets get revealed they are going to have to fight for it. Once Pure is third in the Shattered Past series but can definitely be read as a standalone, there are mentions of past couples that people who read the previous books will enjoy. Killian and Sofia are both in their early twenties but I still think this read more like a contemporary romance instead of a new adult. They both exhibit sensitivity and at times a lack of confidence that comes with this age but came across more mature in a way that I think will appeal to a broader readership.  Killian is going to steal quite a few hearts with his sexy exterior and tender interior. He owns and runs a gym while being a MMA (mixed martial arts) star but has no problem asking Sofia for help when it comes to balancing the books and promoting. Sofia prefers to remain in the background and while she may have diminished her inner flame, Killian still sees it burning. Sofia's rape is obviously a defining moment in her life but as the story goes on her character grows in way that the strength she builds from that moment is the only thing defining her. Sofia easily could have developed into a one dimensional quiet mousey character but the author infused her with this great strong vulnerability that only became stronger and less vulnerable. Killian had almost the opposite progression, he easily could have been left as the tough, untouchable, and muscle bound alpha but instead he is revealed to be multifaceted. He is, of course, strong strength wise but also gentle, kind, and vulnerable when it comes to Sofia. They are adorable together; the story might get a bit cliché and induce some good natured eye rolls but I still found myself fighting big grins. Secondary characters, which mostly consist of Killian's brothers and sister, played a big part in the story and I can definitely see some future leading men and woman potential. The first half was quick reading for me as I was locked into Killian and Sofia sweetly coming together while the second half kind of slowed down. All I can say is bring your umbrella because the angst pours down on you. Our leads start to get a little too emotional and begin to question and guilt trip themselves to death over circumstances tied to Sofia's rape. It's all a little heavy handed and one or two of these angst moments could have been left out as all together it became too much.  Now, why I think you all should read this and what I consider the hidden gem of the story is the subtle way Killian builds Sofia up. He is never pushy with her and in fact, the kind way he takes things slow for her will warm your heart, but Killian manages to slowly get Sofia to work out with him and get her to learn self defense moves. In an unmeaningful way that means so much he'll say he wants her to know how to defend herself and then quietly positions her to gain those tools. It's not heavily focused on in the story and why I call it the hidden gem but when Sofia gets herself out of a dangerous situation and says to Killian "I fought because that is what you ingrained in me" it really hit home for me. These two aren't only sweet and sexy together but more importantly stronger together. Killian and Sofia make each other better, what could be more romantic than that?

  • Sheryl
    2019-06-26 05:29

    Been DYING to read Killian and Sofia's story and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!! BTW, Cecy Robson, finding out there was going to be MORE books in this series, after thinking this was the end, ABSOLUTELY MADE MY YEAR!!!*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Random House Publishing*

  • Bev
    2019-06-05 22:34

    Hmmm, I'm a bit torn with my rating on this one. See, I loved Killian - he's the sweetest, hottest, badassed (is that even a word?), patient, tolerant, nurturing, hottest (yeah I already said that) alpha male that was so perfect and good for Sofi. Initially I really liked Sofi, felt for her and still do sympathise with her horrific childhood and subsequent rape as a young teenager. But unfortunately I can't set aside that she let anything with a dick bang her for years yet poor Killian got the cold shoulder and had to really work to get anywhere near her. Double standards much? This sadly killed the book for me, and if it wasn't for Killian and his hilariously crazy family I think I would have ditched this.So 5 stars for Killian and 1 star for Sofi, so I'll call this 3 stars and be done.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-21 00:31

    Received an ARC for reviewHi! It's me again. The one who reads a book from the middle of the series. This is especially bad considering I have the first two on my kindle and haven't read them. Ok, enough of that. I loved Killian. He was seriously HAWT! Don't you effing think about touching his girl. Sofia made my heart ache. The rest of their family was amazing too (guess what I'm reading next). The epilogue was perfect. Can't wait for the rest of the series.

  • Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews❤️
    2019-06-24 02:42

    Review to come closer to publication ......*ARC provided to by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-10 02:36

    I have been dying to read Sofia and Killian's story ever since they were introduced in the first book of the Shattered Past series. Sofia is the youngest of the Tres Santos family and her siblings Mateo and Lety have always been very protective of her, something that only increased when she went through a horrible traumatic experience a few years ago. Sofia's experience broke something inside of her and the previously shy and quiet girl went completely off the rails making poor choices when it came to men. It's taken a long time but Sofia has finally put her life back together, she is studying hard and knows what she wants from the future but she is still very timid and her experience has made her very wary of new people, men in particular.Killian has always had a special place in his heart for Lety, they were childhood friends and he cares deeply for her but she is his best friend's little sister and therefore should be off limits. That hasn't put a damper on the attraction he feels for her though and he would do anything to erase the past and give her back her confidence. When Sofia agrees to help Killian update the website for his MMA gym it means working in close proximity and Killian sets out to help Sofia regain her confidence. He starts with self defence training but the more time they spend together the more he realises that he wants so much more. It's not going to be easy to convince Sofia to give him a chance but she is definitely worth fighting for.I absolutely loved this story, we've already seen how much Sofia has been through and I was desperate to see her find happiness and start putting the past behind her. More than anything Sofia is a survivor and I loved seeing her slowly grow more confident as Killian and his family encouraged her to stand up for herself. Killian was fantastic, unlike so many new adult heroes he's not a player, sure he's no innocent virgin but he's not someone with a different woman on his arm every night who has no intention of settling down. In fact, for a long time the only person he has been able to think about is Sofia. He is incredibly patient with her and I loved the way he helped to build her up, when he looks at her he sees a strong and independent woman and he wants her to see herself in the same way. They do have issues to work through but I never doubted that they'd be able to make it in the long term.Once Pure is quite an emotional story, it's utterly heart wrenching and in places brought tears to my eyes but there is also plenty of humour thanks to Killian's crazy siblings. Can I just say right now that I loved all of the O'Brien clan and I'm incredibly excited that Cecy Robson will be writing stories for each of them. I'm already particularly excited about Finn and Wren's books but I know I'll be devouring them all! Another thing I really enjoyed was getting the chance to catch up with both of the previous couples. Mateo is not happy when he finds out about Killian and Sofia but the guys work things out and I think even Mateo can see how good they are together. I love this series and can't wait to continue reading it.

  • Wendy Marcus
    2019-06-14 01:25

    Once Pure is another winner!! After reading Once Loved and Once Pure back to back I'm kind of glad I have to wait for the next book in the series so I can get some sleep tonight!!Once again Cecy Robson kept me reading into the early morning hours. I LOVED the alpha, protective Killian and sweet (but not too sweet!) Sophie. I loved getting to reconnect with Teo and Evie from Once Perfect. And I loved meeting Killian's siblings. Now that I see the series is continuing I hope we get to see Finn and Wren's stories!! And Seamus and Molly's. And Curran's. Such an entertaing group! I highly recommend this book!

  • Melliane
    2019-06-18 23:41

    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewCecy Robson always takes me completely away with her books, whatever the genre that she may write. Her Weird girld series is a pleasure to follow and it is the same with her Shattered Past one. I do not read a lot of New Adult novels but each of her books touched me deeply! Having had the chance to follow a brother and sister from one family, we find this time the youngest, Sofia Tres Santos.Our heroine has crossed many obstacles since childhood and we could really understand all that through the first two volumes. Sofia was also hurt, even more than her brother and sister because of her nature and it is true that we hope she will come to rebuild her life as she would like it to be. Alas, nothing is ever simple. But now, she is determined to get her act together and to move forward! So for that she comes to work for Killian, or at least to help him with the new gym that has just opened. And as they evolve together, a nice story appears between them, a link that touches us and moves us. Yet both hide secrets that reappear and threaten their relationship more than once. Will they ignore it all and experience something together?Cecy Robson has a true gift to convey the feelings of the characters in her novels, and I must say that she isn’t really sweet with them! We hope, we suffer and we are happy with them throughout the history. It is very easy to relate to Sofia and to understand her and I loved to see her evolve in the course of history, to see her become stronger, to see her face her past and finally to get to break away of it to advance. We also fall easily under the Killian’s spell. He is sweet and patient with our heroine, trying to do the best and remains present for her when she needs it. But in addition to our main characters, we also find those that we have previously discovered with great pleasure. It’s so nice to see what they became and how they interact together.So yes, you have surely understood it, I had a great time with this new book. Cecy Robson has once again shared a story that keeps us in suspense throughout the chapters that I struggled to put down. I do not know if this is the last volume now as it’s the end with this family but in any case it was a new very good third volume and I can only advise you to start the series.

  • Lab
    2019-06-01 00:24

    Loved..loved...loved it. First you had the story of Teo and Evie. Then you had Lety and Brody and now you have the story of Sofia and Killian. I think what grabs me about these stories is the strength of the characters. Despite the crap things in life they are dealt, they always seem to rise above it and find the strength to come out stronger. Sofia and Killian have been friends since they were children and have probably loved each other just as long. As Killian says, when as a child she smiled at him and asked him if he wanted to be her friend he was all hers, she just didn't know it. However, when Sofia was a teenager she was raped and Killian has always blamed himself. The story itself picks up a few years after this incident when Sofia and Killian meet up again. Sofia helps Killian set up a new website for his business. As they work together, they start to become closer. It starts out as a sweet romance because in a way this is Sofia's first romance. Killian helps Sofia over come her fears of intimacy and teaches her how to fight for herself. And while Killian might at first feel he is with Sofia out of guilt, he realizes he cannot live without her. He sees himself married to her and her as the only mother of his children. What I also like about these stories is that while there is drama, it is not overly done that it takes away from the storyline. I also like that there is always humor written into the story. Killian's family is a riot. You just never know what will come out of their mouths. You can also feel their strong family bond. I also like that the author starts getting you to you think about the next storyline. Maybe Finn and Sofia's cousin, Sol? Wren and ?. I can't wait for the next book. Definitely recommend this author.

  • Amy
    2019-06-11 03:38

    5 Amazing Stars!!!ARC kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was amazing! I loved it! I read Once Loved first, which is actually the second book in the series, so now I have to go back and read the first one. But, this one is my favorite so far. I've been wanted to read Killian and Sofia's story since I got a sneak peak of them in Once Loved. So glad I was approved for this ARC. I got lost in the pages, and couldn't seem to put the book down. I devoured it in less than 2 days! Sofia has a very troubled past. She has built up walls and is very timid and broken because of everything that happened in her past. She starts working for her childhood friend, Killian who she's been in love with since she was a little girl. Killian owns his own MMA gym and he hires Sofia to help with the finances and advertising. They become much closer over time and soon their walls they have built up from their pasts starts crumbling down. I loved, loved, loved Killian! "What if you tie me up?" REALLY! Hot Damn! He was funny, sexy, smart, charming, sweet, caring, protective.... Seriously, the list goes on and on. Perfect book boyfriend! I admired Sofia, and loved her character even more as the book when on. I simply admired her. After everything she went through, you see her slowly transforming into a strong, brave, and confident young women. The author does a great job with this is in book. You notice the change slowly throughout the book in her thoughts, her demeanor, and what she says. Very good writing! I can't wait to go back and read Mateo and Evelyn's story now! Read this book! Trust me, you will not regret it! Great read! Thanks again!

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2019-06-18 01:42

    Paige's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book ReviewsI liked the others in the series but the story between Killian and Sofia is my favorite. This can be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading the other two first. The subject matter of the book was bit of a struggle to read at times but the author handled it with compassion and caring.I loved watching Sofia grow from the first book until this one. She was so fragile when we first were introduced to her. I enjoyed watching the changes in her throughout the series. I thought she had the most obstacles to overcome.Killian came back into her life at the right time. I loved the underlining current between these two throughout the series. You knew they would be explosive when they finally connected.I liked his over protective nature when it came to Sofia. I also thought the author did a great job showing his emotional struggles.While some storylines and characters I thought were over looked, I liked being introduced to new characters. Especially Killian’s family. I also liked reconnecting with Teo and Letty.Review copy provided for an honest review.

  • Mandy
    2019-06-02 00:49

    This was such a good story! Sofia has gone through so much in her life and she feels weak and broken. Killian wants to protect her and make sure no one ever hurts her again. Killian and his sister, Wren (who I hope gets her own book because she's hilarious and awesome!!!), teach Sofia self-defense. I loved how Sofia gained strength throughout this book and took back her life and gained even more. This story deals with a lot of really sensitive issues but this author handles them extremely well and realistically. Even with the sensitive subject matter, this author also managed to add a little humor as well. Overall, this is a really beautiful romance and I highly recommend it! **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

  • Fangdangled
    2019-06-04 00:24

    Must read!

  • Lisa Filipe
    2019-06-13 02:46

    For me, ONCE PURE was a highly anticipated release because I was intrigued with Killian and Sofia from the beginning. I wanted to know WHAT happened between them, or what was the link that held them together, and Cecy gives us that and so so much more!On a side note, I can't wait for the O'Brien siblings to get their books, they are such a boisterous family who love each other but still can drive each other crazy, those are my favorite kinds! I know their romances will be just as much fun as the Tres Santos Family was!Aside from Killian and Sofia having some beyond excellent chemistry...get the fire hose ready ladies...there is a connection there, we don't know if it's love, if it's respect, if it's sisterly affection or guilt, but it is definitely something, and Cecy takes us on such an emotional ride with ONCE PURE, that I swear I started it and a moment later I felt as if I just tore through the pages until I was ripped open and raw with emotion. Be prepared to go through the ringer with ONCE PURE.With Cecy's signature recipe for romance [High-Emotion and Steamy in the Sheets], ONCE PURE was nothing short of perfection!

  • Heather andrews
    2019-06-12 04:32

    You don't touch Killian's woman, that boy will go all animal on you a **, "you effing touched my girl?" Killian roared at him. "You effing touched Sofia!" Killian has a hard time paying attention to things when his woman is involved not to mention he's not bashful; "The one outlining everything my program does. I emailed it to you three weeks ago." "Were there naked photos of you attached?" My cheeks heated, but I laughed anyway. "Um, no." His response wasn't even the least bit apologetic. "Then why would I open that s***?"I loved this book I'm always looking forward to the next one in this series.

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2019-06-20 06:39

    Once Pure is the third book in Cecy Robson’s Shatter Past series and features Sofia Tres Santos, a young woman whose past has left its mark. Throughout the series, we have witnessed the attraction between her and Killian O’Brien. In Once Pure Robson finally rewards us with their story.Touching, tender and with secrets that could rip them apart I quickly became caught up in their story. Sofia has always been the most fragile of the Santos family and has the deepest scars. I was worried about how Robson would handle the romance between her and Killian.I enjoyed watching this delicate romance with its tender moments unfolded. Their story was not an easy one to share. Killian carries guilt for what happened to Sofia and blames the events on himself. Sofia carries not only the memories of that painful event but also the dark path it led her own.Robson tackles some tough issues including domestic abuse, rape and molestation. She tackles these topics head on and does not gloss over the darkness that grows from them. At its heart, the story is about healing and finding love and forgiveness. Of being ok with the past and moving, forward. She also weaves in secondary stories involving other characters. Wren, Killian’s sister and Finn both have me curious. Robson even gave us updates on previous couples as we see Mateo and Evie, and heard from Brody and Lety.While I still am not a fan of the angst, miscommunications and volatile relationships typical of the new adult genre, I do love the heart that Cecy Robson brings to these characters and enjoyed Once Pure. I am looking forward to the next books in this series.Copy provided by publisher. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  • Casey
    2019-06-24 22:48

    Thank you to the author and Netgalley for providing a copy for an honest review.I have been waiting for Sofia’s story since Once Perfect. I knew this was going to be a good one and I was not disappointed. I have read all three of the Shattered Pasts books and I can’t decide if this one is better than Once Perfect. I love how strong Sofia is despite her thinking she is weak. Killian, such a big heart but when this hunk messes up he goes all out. Killian’s little brother is going to be another emotional one. I can’t wait!

  • Megan Fall
    2019-06-11 02:43

    I loved this book! I especially liked the way the author recapped the story from Killian's view at the end. I absolutely loved that! I can't wait to read Finn's book and the rest of his families stories.

  • Kristin
    2019-06-23 05:49

     4.5 starsSo, I've let yet another book sit, stew, and not get reviewed properly.  Story of my life lately, huh?  I remembered the story, I looked over my notes, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out why I didn't abundantly love Once Pure.  I needed to investigate this!  So I re-read the book.  Here comes the conundrum: what review do I write?I will write for you two reviews for Cecy Robson's final book in the Shattered Past series.First, let me tell you about my first read through of Sophia and Killian's story.  It came quickly on the heels of Lety and Brody's amazing story.  I may have still been "engaged" with Lety and Brody's story so much so that I just couldn't let any other story take it's place in my heart and mind.  Or, more simply put, I was still jacked up on Lety and Brody's story that Sophia and Killian's paled in comparison.Back in April when I first read this, I wrote on Goodreads:"I was really looking forward to 'reading' Sofia's voice ever since she was introduced in the first book in this series. And Killian had me intrigued when he swaggered in at the end of the first book. I was just a weeeeee tiny bit let down with the overall story. Don't get me wrong! Its fantastic!! Ms. Robson does a great job of illustrating the after affects of trauma in a person's life - how it can affect not only the person who goes through it but those around them. I guess I just loved Lety and Brody's story too much and it's going to be hard to beat it :D"Now that I've had some space and I actually read Once Pure a wee bit slower this time, I more thoroughly enjoyed the overall epicness of Sophia and Killian's love story.  When a love story starts out with M&Ms and Matchbox cars between kids, it can only end up being the stuff of legends.Killian O'Brien is an up and coming MMA fighter but he's also Teo Tres Santos "brother", entrusted with watching over Teo's little sister, Sophia, when Teo went into the military.  Sophia and Killian had always been friends but a two year age difference can be a lifetime when you're fourteen and sixteen years old.  Sadly for Sophia who crushed hard on Killian, he grew up ahead of her... and then tragedy struck (cue ominous music).Less of a character based romance and more of a plot based romance, I found myself more wrapped up in the romance this time around.  I adored Sophia's timidness around her longtime crush Killian.  She trust Killian so much that she opened up her heart, mind, and (hello!) body to him.  But there were so many personal obstacles on both sides for them to overcome to get to their HEA.I again appreciated the intricate (I can't think of a better word for it), unique (Lord, I hope it is), and detailed story of Sophia's trauma and how it affected not only herself but those around her.The real prize for me came when I got to the epilogue.  I had forgotten about that epilogue.  The epic epilogue...  Oh, Killian, you better not mess up again. OH, before I forget!Just double check your price before you check out to make sure it's still the sale price ;)Review appears on

  • Miriam
    2019-05-26 22:36

    (Please note: This story addresses abuse and rape. Please take this into consideration before reading further and/or purchasing this book.)My heart ached for Sofia. It wasn't just the memories of the day she was raped or of the men she let use her body afterwards that me want to reach into the book and hold her. It was her reactions, her inability to scream or defend herself, her fear. God, her fear was so thick at times I felt like I was choking on it. It was understandable, don't get me wrong, but it was gut-wrenching to see her like that. I wanted her to be stronger, wanted her to see that she didn't have to be afraid, that she didn't have to feel like she was worthless.Killian. I liked him, loved him actually. He went to town on a guy at his gym who dared to touch Sofia. He helped her learn to defend/protect herself. He took it slow with her in the bedroom, going as far as letting her tie him up so she felt comfortable enough to explore him. He did everything in his power to show her and let her know how much she meant to him, how long he'd waited for her, how much he needed her.But their pasts... No matter how great sex is, how open, how accommodating you try to be, if the past isn't resolved it will always have the potential to ruin something beautiful. Sofia didn't want Killian to know about the men who used her after she was raped. Killian didn't want her to know about the promise he'd made to her brother Mateo, how the fact that he'd broken it had made her vulnerable, and the guilt he carried all those years.I kept wondering, waiting, for them to get there, to address the elephants in the room so they could move forward. When talking about their pasts finally happened, I was relieved. I just wasn't prepared for the intensity of their reactions. Pain, anger, disappointment. Ms. Robson made what they were feeling tangible. They weren't just words; they were real, pulled me in. My chest tightened when Killian reacted so negatively after discovering what Sofia had allowed other men to do to her. I wanted to cry when Killian couldn't give Sofia an answer that proved he hadn't brought her on as an employee for his gym out of guilt, as a way of redeeming himself for breaking his promise and letting her down.There was a lot more for them to go through in order to get the happy ending they'd been waiting so long for. Ms. Robson could have rushed through this part. She could have summed up the time that passed when they were separated. She even could have had them come back together after just a few days. Instead, she took her time, showed how they came to same undeniable conclusion: they were meant to be together and nothing would keep them apart.Now, my favorite part of the story? The end, when Killian sums up their entire story in a handful of pages. Good Lord. Just when I thought Ms. Robson couldn't do anything to make me love this story even more, she did that and let me see the world through Killian's eyes. Sure, it's a total recap. Yes, it was part reiteration of things I'd already read. But it was all from Killian's POV. That alone made it priceless and precious.It's an expectation now at this point. When I pick up a Cecy Robson Shattered Past book, I expect nothing but the best from her.And, man, did she deliver.(Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)

  • April Hollingworth
    2019-06-04 22:29

    Review Courtesy of April HollingworthThis is the third book in the outstandingly brilliant and heartbreaking Shattered Past series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend reading them all. Once Pure is breathtaking. It takes you by the hand and leads you on a broken path where secrets hold old hurts, where guilt of an act that couldn’t be prevented rules supreme. And how a decision and a chance at redemption can find peace or destroy everything in a once pure life. I adore this series so much. It makes me feel and cry. I hurt for the characters and rejoice for them too. Breathtakingly beautiful, the Shattered Past series are pure emotion, and a must read. The Review:When the past haunts the future, and guilt gets in the way, it takes a strong man and woman to realize that a Shattered Past can either break you or make you. Sofia Tres Santos remembers when her life was better, before her innocence was brutally ripped away. Before she started to punish herself; for something that wasn’t her fault; by risking her life with risky choices and unworthy men. Now at twenty she hopes to rebuild her life and regain some of what she lost. One way or another that always comes back to her childhood friend and long time crush, Killian O’Brian.Killian O’Brian is strong and fierce, his only weakness is Sofia. He knows she has suffered; he wants to make sure she never does again. Not like before, and not under his watch. When Sofia agrees to work at his MMA gym, he is determined to take this opportunity to help and protect the sweet girl he’s always cared for. What he doesn’t expect is by helping her train in his hard-hitting MMA techniques, he becomes drawn to the vulnerable beauty, in ways he never expected to.As Sofia grows stronger in body, she becomes brave enough to open herself up to her heart’s desire. But will the secrets of the past prevent her and Killian from ever finding true happiness?FTC Advisory: Loveswept through Net Galley provided me with a copy of Once Pure by Cecy Robson. Published through Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • Carmella Siciliano
    2019-05-30 06:27

    I have received an ARC of this book for a honest opiio.If I could give this book more than a 5 I would, it deserves a 10!This book is about love ad loss and finding love again. It made me laugh and cry at the same time!Sofie and Killian grew up together. Sofie came from a Cuban family and had a brother and sister. Her father was a mean abusive man and it wasn't uncommon to see bruises on Sofie or her siblings. He is now in prison. Killian came from a large Irish family with 4 other brothers and a sister. While his mom was tough but loving and kept the family going, his father was usually off in another woman's bed. He is now deceased.When Sofie was 14 she was raped. Kill is filled with guilt because he promised "Teo", Sofie's brother that he would take care of her while Teo was in the service. He would walk her home from school everyday and didn't this day because a girl was coming on to him and his 16 year old hormones spoke louder.Six years later he is a MMA fighter and the owner of a gym. She is a college student.They meet up again when she applies for a short term job to help him with a website for his MMA gym and finances. She always loved him from the time she was six and asked him to be her friend. She has always been special to him also but he doesn't realize this in total because of the guilt he feelsThey both have secrets, can they get past them to find the love that has always been there?I can't tell you how much I loved this book. The family dynamics were awesome. Sofie's brother and sister, Teo and Lety, were very protective of Sofie. They loved each other so much because of what they went through as children. Kill and his brothers and sister were just as close. The O'briens were hysterical in their interactions. There was no mouth filter on any of them! The things they said to one another and everyone around them.All in all, they were just hard working people from "the neighborhood", the Philly neighborhood where everyone knew their neighbors. I know I will read this book again before it archives just to get the warm fuzzy feelings it gave me and to feel the love!You will be missing a treat if you don't read this!

  • Kay
    2019-06-14 04:47

    Title: Once PureSeries: Shattered Past #3Author: Cecy RobsonGenre: Contemporary RomancePages: 270Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flamesOverall Star Rating: 1 out of 5 starsReviewed by Naughty Book Snitch KayI hate to give unfavorable reviews. I really, really do. I continue to be in awe of an author's ability to take the words in their head and put them to paper. But I reviews stories and I have to be totally honest about what works and doesn't work for me.Killian is an MMA fighter who owns a gym in his old neighborhood. He's from a large Irish family and some of his siblings work there with him. Sofia is a rape survivor and a lifelong friend of Killian's family. These two grew up together despite the age difference. Sofia has been interested in Killian for what seems like forever. Killian has always considered Sofia his girl. Everyone seems to know this but Sofia. Since her assault, her brother has been extremely over-protective.I really enjoyed the characters, primary and secondary. They were real feeling and quite hilarious. Killian was swoon worthy for sure and Sofia was impossible not to love. There are some very dark issues very her to overcome but she tries so hard. When she and Killian decide they're gonna give it a go, his patience with her was so sweet.My complaint and it's a HUGE one for me personally was, at the first penetrating sex scene, it fades to black. Like off page. Sure they messed around a little before and it was hot but to fail to close the deal on page? Unforgivable. Don't give me an alpha male MMA fighter and that hot ass book cover and then have an off page sex scene. Graphic sex is uncomfortable for some people but for me, I need it dirty and graphic. I not only want to feel like I'm in the room, I want to be nose deep in that shit. When I don't get that, I'm done. If others don't mind that, then maybe this book is for you.Book given in exchange for an honest review via the publisher and NetGalley.

  • Nicola
    2019-06-06 04:46

    " was always Killian I was drawn to..."Once Pure is another great read from Cecy Robson and proof of why she has quickly made it onto my list of must-read authors. And, whilst it didn't hold quite as many surprises as Once Loved there were still side elements to the story that I couldn't have predicted. Difficult, emotional subjects are covered sensitively and Sofia and Killian's journey is one of revelation, redemption, acceptance and a love that has spanned many years. Despite the fact that they have never done anything about it. I loved Killian and Sofia together. Her painful past has left her with real vulnerabilities, yet she possesses a quiet strength, temerity and honesty about her. Killian may be an MMA fighter, but when it comes to Sofia, he is gentle and patient. And he's not without his own secrets. "I wish I could explain what you mean to me, and how much I need you. I just don't know how."With heart-wrenching, emotional content balanced with fabulous humour and banter courtesy of Killian's large, brash and lovable siblings, it was a captivating journey; Cecy Robson has certainly laid the foundations for more in the Shattered Past series.Copy received courtesy of Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Suzan
    2019-05-29 04:32

    Loved this book! I was glad to finally get the full story on what happened to Sofia, through her own eyes/memories. She really had a bad time and real trauma in her life, the rape on top of the abuse she endured from her father was the last thing she needed and she broke. It took a long time for her to pull herself together and Killian really helped her to regain her confidence and heal even further.They were a great match but their journey wasn't a smooth or easy one as they faced the past in order to make a real future. I love how Killian and Teo made up and regained their former tight friendship again as well, to the point that I really feel Teo approved of Killian being with Sofia (well as much as a big brother can approve of his baby sister dating!). I also loved getting updates on Teo & Evie and Lety & Brody too, even a small cameo from the crew from Teo's old bouncing job too!I will admit to tearing up more then once as their were a few really emotional scenes but I also laughed a lot as Cecy balances the emotional trauma with good doses of humour as well! This book marks the last book for the Tres Santos siblings but I'm happy that it does not mark the end of the series! I can't wait for Once Touched and to find out who will be starring in it! I hope it will be one of Killian's siblings, in particular Finn or Wren! I loved those two in this book and the rest of Killian's siblings too!