Updated: Jan 18, 2021
by Cecy Robson
Published by Loveswept
Book #2 in the Shattered Past Series
Every memory Lety Tres Santos has from her childhood comes with a scar—
some emotional, some physical. Her father is an abusive drug addict, and her mother enables his destructive behavior. College offers Lety a fresh start . . . until her father finds a way to ruin that, too. Now, after losing her scholarship to kick off junior year, Lety must somehow stay in school, pay tuition, and turn a deaf ear to the whispers that follow her. And she intends to do it all without Brody Quaid’s help. Brody is a lacrosse star, a 4.0 student—and as a freshman, he fell hard for the beautiful and spirited Lety. But their relationship crashed and burned because he couldn’t break through the walls she’s put up around her heart. With Lety hurting more than ever, Brody strives to win her back and make her believe in real love and true partnership. That will mean opening up secrets locked away in his own past—and trusting someone more than he’s ever dared. Lety knows how painful it can be to depend on the wrong man. She also knows how much Brody wants to do this the right way. But it takes more than sizzling desire to move on and build a future together.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Romance Climatic
*TRIGGER Drama Happy Ending
Spoilers ahead my friends! Trigger Warning: Following book focus's a lot on abuse.
Once Loved is the second book in the Shattered Past series by Cecy Robson, and centers around the second Tres Santos sibling, Lety, and her boyfriend, Brody Quaid. We get to see glimpses of Mateo and Evie's from the first book, and in even smaller doses, how the youngest sibling, Sophia is doing.
Once Loved, despite following the same theme from the first book of the affects of abuse, and trying to heal and move on, it takes a dramatic turn. While both Lety and Brody have rough childhoods under their belts, I think it's fair to say that most of their problems is from the present abuse inflicted by Lety's father, Carlos. The story was full of interesting twists, some perhaps predictable, but it didn't take anything away from the story, and I honestly couldn't put it down.
In Once Perfect, we get a sense that Lety is smart, with a wicked sense of humor. She is also strong. She doesn't put up with people's shit. We learn more about her particular past in this book. She took a lot of beatings as a kid, but instead of being weak, one could argue it made her stronger. Her fathers punches, while painful, she could take. What ruined her was knowing she was a product of rape, and her father loved to throw it in her face. So despite being strong, she didn't think she was good enough, especially for Brody. She felt dirty.
Brody is a surprising character. I totally fell for him in the first book, due to his humor and his obvious love for Lety. There are no hints of him having a troubled past as well. Lety is aware of a multitude of bad scars on his back, but not how he got them. While Brody is trying to convince Lety to give their relationship another chance, he hints that they may not be that different. It isn't until Brody finds out Lety is caring for his quadriplegic father, and little brother who has brain damage, that he finally shares with her his past. That his father, an alcoholic at the time, had taken his brother and was heading to the car to find his mother. Not knowing what to do, he jumps into the car before his father speeds away. When Brody saw that they were not going to make a turn, he jumps in the back seats and wraps himself around his little brother. They ended up driving off of a ravine, where Brody was thrown through the windshield and down the hill, glass and rubble embedding his back. I have to say though, that Brody didn't let the event change him. Sure, he uses humor to hide his pain, but he still allows himself to love. The biggest consequence was his distancing himself from his family.