Thursday, October 9, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Once Perfect by Cecy Robson

I am so very excited to be a part of this blog tour because Cecy is one of my all time favorite authors. She never ceases to amaze me with what she can create. The lovable kick butt characters and the non stop action and humor in her adult fantasy series is why she will forever be on my auto buy list. 

When I saw that she was branching out into a new genre I jumped at the chance to try it out. I am so glad I did because she didn't disappoint!

Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Book One in the Shattered Past Series
Published By: Loveswept: Flirt (October 7, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)

Tour Info

Book Description:
His life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy New Adult debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.

Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

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About the Author:

Cecy Robson is the New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.



“Malibu Barbie. We need more cocktail napkins!”

I stopped wiping the bar booth, torn between throwing my bucket at Sam or at the cluster of bouncers chuckling at his Barbie dig. I still had two more booths to clean before the doors to the Main Line’s infamous Club Excess opened and the real work began. A crowd of spoiled brats―offspring of Philly’s wealthiest families―with too much money and too much attitude already crowded the doors. I should know. I used to be one of them. Except they still had the money.

I had a screaming boss.


“Jesus, Sam, I’m going.” I tossed my towel on the table and stomped across the dance floor in my black, thigh-high boots. If it weren’t for the crazy tips the drunk idiots dropped like bowling balls, no way would I work at a place where I had to accessorize tiny black shorts and a skimpy tank with these hooker boots. The white dress shirt tied at my belly was Sam’s way of compromising when me and a few of the other waitresses complained about our new “uniforms.” The more desperate among us tied it closer to their cleavage. I didn’t. Even if it meant less money, I wanted to hang on to what little pride I had left.

My steps slowed as I neared the group of bouncers huddled around Mateo. He was young, younger than at least half of them, and still they looked up to him. ’’Considering Mateo was an ex-con who fought in fight clubs, you’d think the staff would avoid him’’. I sure did. Hell, I’d barely spoken to him in the six months I’d worked at Excess, using any excuse to keep my distance. That said, there was something about him that made people take notice. His burly arms crossed his chest. Power was inked on one forearm in bold Gothic lettering, Wrath on the

other, and black flames crawled up both, disappearing beneath the sleeves of his tight black T-shirt.

My puny shoulders tensed as I drew closer. Mateo had served time for beating some poor guy so brutally the guy had spent two weeks in the hospital recovering from the bashes to his face and body. I watched Mateo, a lot. Every now and then, I’d catch him glancing my way, too. He’d offer me a brief nod or a small smile, but I never offered anything in return. His size, the depth of his voice, and his aptitude for violence scared me, despite his captivating looks. He moved like a panther staking out his turf, ready for anything, his steely hazel eyes taking everything in.

He spoke low and rough as the last of his crew arrived. “Listen up. Keep the drugs and the dealers out. They come in with that shit, you see anyone selling―send their asses out the door. Sam doesn’t want another OD in his place. If those rich pricks want to die, they can do it somewhere else.”

The others answered Mateo with stiff nods, except for Dale, who whistled as I walked by. “Nice ass, Evelyn . . .”

His voice trailed off. I turned to shoot him a dirty look over my shoulder only to catch the death glare Mateo was firing his way. “Leave Evie the fuck alone and pay attention, Dale,” Mateo told him. Dale immediately dropped his gaze, allowing Mateo to return his attention to the rest of the group. “With the first week of classes over, these fools are looking to party hard, and the dealers are ready to assist. ““Don’t go it alone. Call for backup if you need it, when you need it. I’ll take point near the bar. Ant’s my second. He’ll take point left of the floor. If I’m mixed up in some other shit, you call him. Got me?”

The bouncers collectively muttered in agreement. Even Dale.

My heart was thumping against my sternum and I lost my footing. I reached for my ponytail and tightened it fast, trying to pretend that was the reason I’d tripped and not, absolutely not, because ’Mateo had stuck up for me and shut Dale up on my behalf. Or because he’d called me “Evie.” Again. No one else had ever called me that.

If I had any doubt that Robson knew how to write a swoon worthy man (which I didn't by the way) all those doubts would have been smashed and burned after meeting Mateo. 

Can I just say I freaking love Mateo? Oh my gosh. I want to wrap him up and....well I was going to say give him to all my single friends as the greatest gift in the world but the truth is, I want to keep him for myself.

I absolutely loved this story. I loved Evie and Teo so very much. Not only was this an incredible (and romantic) love story but it was a story that was real. Real life situations that can happen to really good people. A story about real people with real every day challenges as well as horrific happenings that are true, that are out there but that none of us ever want to think about and hope and pray never happen to those we love.

A love story with depth and feeling and emotion. In short, a story worthy of the genius that is Robson's writing. I didn't expect anything less from her.

Her first foray into the new adult genre was a success. A huge success. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
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  1. Wow. Just WOW. I'm blown away by your review. Thank you so much for your kind words, for being a part of my tour, and for the wonderful feature!

  2. Mateo sounds so swoon-worthy! I think I'm going to love his character! I love Cecy Robson's books and I think I'll love her new NA.
    Lovely review, Ali!

  3. I feel like I might have to do something drastic after reading this book Ali, like challenge you to a duel for Mateo or something. I NEED TO MEET HIM IMMEDIATELY!!! I'm so read for a swoon worthy read:)

  4. OOh Kindlemom I've heard much about this novel and I want it even more now. Thanks for the great review!! and the Giveaway too!

  5. Love the cover and premise of this one, going to keep an eye for it :)

  6. Please pass me a napkin *drools & swoons* lol! You win Ali. I can't resist and now must go out and stalk this book ;) Thanks for the great excerpt and tempting all of us this morning :)

  7. I really loved this one as well! SO touched by the story of the characters.

  8. I loved Mateo and Evie but I wished that this had been a little more original, still it was a good read and I intend to continue the series. Glad you loved it so much.

    1. Glad you did like it Heidi and will be continuing on. ;)

  9. Friends who will wrap up swoon worthy heroes for ya are the best :D lol I've still got to give her a go. She sounds fantastic!

    1. You know Anna, I bet you would really love her series. Both have heat and wonderful swoon worthy guys. ;)

  10. Thank you for participating in the ONCE PERFECT Tour!

  11. Sounds like a great book, and I love her author picture. When I was planning to get mine taken earlier this year, I was collecting really good author pictures and hers is one of the best I've seen!

    1. I agree, it is fabulous and she just looks so darn adorable!

  12. I had never heard of this series before, but all the sudden I've been seeing this book everywhere! It sounds like fun, thanks for the feature.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  13. I love the sound of Mateo and I've really enjoyed what I've read of Cecy's Weird Girls series so I have a feeling I'm going to love this too! Lovely review!

  14. Great review. This one sounds quite good, although I don't read much NA lately. Colleen Hoover seems to be my only exception right now.

    1. If you like Colleen I think you would really like this one as well. :)

  15. I don't have an urge to read this one but I really want to read her other series!

    1. I hope you do read this but her other series is a definite must read!

  16. Dude I would probably read the book because of the hottie on the front :). He is super handsome :)...Okay and the books sounds great as well :)

  17. Teo sounds fantastic! I am glad her first dip into this genre was proven a success :D