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 received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It’s hard to love someone despite their flaws when we cannot forgive ourselves for our own. This seems to be the theme in Cecy Robson’s latest Shattered Past installment, Once Pure. It’s a story of two people who’ve been in love with each other since they were young but had years of growing up to do before they became right for each other.

I liked the heroine because she tried her best to turn her life around. She may have had a troubled, self destructive past. However, she wisened up and worked hard to make things better. I also liked the hero, although he had a huge fall from grace moment in the book. He was generally a good man who was just doing his best to deserve the love of his woman.

The thing about this book is that it showed great development on the heroine’s character. From a timid girl coming from an abusive background, to a rape victim, to a woman who learned how to defend herself and go after what she wants. I loved her journey and her courage.

I also loved the epilogue where it was now told from the hero’s POV. I loved reading aout his side of things from the moment they met as kids to when he learned about what happened to the heroine to the very last scene in the book. Once Pure is simply another amazing addition to a series that has been making waves. Cecy Robson is definitely an author that I keep going back to.



Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Once Perfect

Book 2 – Once Loved

Book 3 – Once Pure




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