Once Pure (Shattered Past #3)
Loveswept / May 19, 2015 / $3.99 digital
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.In Cecy Robson’s Once Pure we see if long time friends Killian and Sofia can overcome their pasts and fall in love.
In Cecy Robson’s Once Pure we see if long time friends Killian and Sofia can overcome their pasts and fall in love.
Fans of the Shattered Past series know the history of the Tres Santos family, but never fear if this is your first time; this story can be read as a standalone and you will get a crash course. Sofia Tres Santos is the baby of the family; she has an older sister, Lety, and an older brother, Teo (Matteo). They come from a household with an abhorrently abusive father (now in jail) and a mother who refused to leave him because of her strict religious upbringing in Cuba. Sofia’s older siblings were made fighters because of what they endured but Sofia was made even more fragile due to the abuse. As a child the only true friend she had was the cute boy next door a couple of years older than her named Killian O’Brien. In their adolescence they independently suffered through horrific losses of innocence and drew apart. However, now in adulthood, they are drawn back together and Killian knows exactly what he wants: Sofia. He also knows to tread softly and carefully with her; he knows some of what Sofia has been through but not everything. Between his hero complex and Sofia’s victim blaming self-esteem, they have a long road to haul.