Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review: Once Pure by CeCe Robson

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.


I love being able to jump into a series and with Once Pure being the third installment in the Shattered Past series from Cece Robson you can do just that.

Sofia is the youngest of the Tres Santos siblings and has not had the best life. She has an interesting past with Killian, who she's harbored a major crush on since they were kids.

Their past helps give her the strength and ability to trust him with things she's never trusted anybody with. Throughout all of these obstacles both Sofia and Killian have to get through they manage to do it together, but something from their past looms in the background.

Once Pure tugged at my emotional strings and made me laugh out loud. I really enjoyed the way these characters were when they were together and I'm looking forward to seeing both of them in other books in this series.

Once Pure has only been on sale since Tuesday, so make sure to pick up your copy today!

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I was provided with a copy of Once Pure in exchange for my honest review.


  1. You always review books that I haven't heard of and instantly want to read. I love it!

  2. I am so glad you liked this series too! It was one of my recent favorites too. I am hoping she branches out with other characters from the gym.

  3. Your reviews are always so good! I remember you mentioning this book in one of your other posts I think- the next time I'm on the hunt for a romance I am going to keep this series in mind!

  4. Love reading your reviews. Haven't heard of this book but sounds like a good read!


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