Thursday, 27 November 2014

Review of Once Perfect by Cecy Robson

The bit on the back…

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 bond 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.


Firstly thank you to Loveswept, Random House, for approving me for a review copy of this book via NetGalley. This is the first time I’ve read anything by Cecy Robson but definitely won’t be the last as I’ve signed up to tour with Tasty Book Tours and Once Loved early next year.

The story is all about main characters Evelyn and Mateo.

The blurb of the story really pulled me in and that is what initially hooked my interest in the story. Evelyn is on her own and trying to make her way through nursing school. I really liked her character’s sense of independence and determination to put her past behind her and move forward on her own two feet.

Mateo sounds gorgeous. He is a real family guy and he has such a generous and kind personality which is the complete antithesis of his hard exterior and reputation. I liked that he looked out for Evelyn but also for his sisters too.

There were times where I got annoyed with the writing when the difference in race between Evelyn and Mateo was constantly played on and thought that the story could have been just as good with less of this.


The story felt quite realistic and if you’ve enjoyed Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster I think you would enjoy this too.

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