Once Loved

Once Loved

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Once Loved 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
KYBookmama More than 1 year ago
In Once Perfect, we met Lety and Brody. Lovers from different worlds. Brody is rich and from a loving family. Lety doesn't have money and is from a broken family, a father who does drugs and abuses her mom. Lety wants to stand on her own two feet and depend on NO ONE, including Brody who just wants to take care of her and keep her safe. This was a great read although difficult at times. Lety learns to stand up for herself and her family with Brody by her side. I can't wait for the next book!
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I almost gave this 5 stars, but I decided to go with 4 stars because something just held me back. I really liked this book though, and I really like this series. I suppose I held back from the 5 star because I couldn't stand that Lety and Mateo kept putting up with their parents; giving them money and although they said it was for their mother, the dad benefited also, and to me, there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough, and that time has to be before everything hits rock bottom; I get where they were coming from; wanting to help their mom, but they are the parents and Lety and Mateo shouldn't have to do that, and their mom is making her own decision. I also gave the first book 4 stars, and I didn't mention this issue in my review for the first book, but I feel it may have swayed me to give the 4 stars then as well. Okay enough of that. I loved Brody and Lety, and I think they are great together and have massive chemistry. Lety was getting on my nerves a bit with her self deprecating, but I was still rooting for her. Another plus of these books is the men, they are wonderful and sweet, and know how to appreciate a woman. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series; Sofia's story, and I like the glimpses of the other characters from the previous books. These books keep me interested till the end, and I read them in one sitting, so I definitely recommend them!
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Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
Lety Tres Santos can’t seem to escape her abusive father’s reach. He was responsible for her break up with her boyfriend Brody Quaid and now threatens her college scholarship. Despite her reluctance, Brody won’t give up on their relationship as they resume it and try to live some semblance of a normal life. I fell in love with these characters, especially Lety. Her family circumstances were horrible, unfortunately not unusual. Her resilience, spirit and drive were beyond admirable while staying in the authentic zone. Brody wasn’t the stereotypical wealthy and entitled college frat boy on a Lacrosse Team and once his backstory is revealed, you get a sense of his true values. It’s not an exciting story though there are some harrowing moments. But, it’s an uplifting one where you just want these two people to succeed in life and with each other. There are some strong themes here that resonate in high volume. As with the first book in the series, the cultural aspects are realistically presented and not in a gratuitous way. The narrator was almost pitch perfect and she WAS Lety. I’m really looking forward to the final story in this trilogy, which was deftly teed up in this one. (I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)
BooksterBelle More than 1 year ago
We all met Brody and Lety, in Once Perfect when their relationship was tested at a family gathering. Lovers from different sides of the track when their relationship ended. In Once Loved, Brody makes it appoint to get back together with Lety because he loves her knows she belongs with him. Lety loves Brody, although she is hesitant because she knows her father's abuse scars deeply and she doesn't want to see Brody hurt. All Brody wants is to provide for Lety and make her happy the same way she does in return. In this book their love is continuously tested, but throughout the storyline they find out how strong there love really is!
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I loved this book. The emotions of the characters was amazing. I would definitely recommend to others.
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mignon-mykel More than 1 year ago
Well, if there were ever a book that I would have to work on my review techniques (aka, my need to summarize the entire book) this would be it. I can't say very much past the first 20% of the book because it would spoil a bunch of the important parts. While the story is told 100% in Lety's point of view, the story has themes of forgiveness and moving on in Brody's part of the story. And as for Lety, she learns to heal and move forward. What I love most about the above excerpt is that it's light, whereas a lot of the book isn't. Lety is dealing with a lifetime of abuse and moving on. Brody is dealing with his own demons but trying to convince Lety that they're meant to be together. You watch Lety's struggles -- emotional, physical, financial -- and you see that she is way wiser beyond her years. So to see a scene such as the one above, you're reminded she's just a college kid who simply has a lot on her plate. From the beginning of the book, all the way to the end, you can see how much Lety means to Brody -- and that's simply by using Let's point of view. He's there to hold her hand and pretend nothing is wrong while the RAs all make comments about the beligeremt drunk outside the bus; he knows when she needs to talk and when she just needs someone there; he's her best friend and confidant. He knows her deepest secrets and doesn't let her pull away frombhil because of them -- he let her do that once, he won't do it again. When it comes time for him to share his secrets, it's a bit of a battle. His holding back, and then later, his acting out, only further cement Lety's fears of her not being good enough for him. ...but they get through it. There is not an obstacle that these two can face and not get over or around. While Lety is strong, determined, and fiercely independent, Brody is still there to anchor her and keep her afloat. When her biggest embarrassment comes to light, I could understand why it was something she wanted no one to know. However, while olit was something to feel shame over, I don't think it in any way should have trumped all the other negative things in her life. In my opinion, that was just "piddly" -- but again, I can see where it would he the biggest hurt in her life. I loved Brody and Lety. I want to see them grow old and have babies.... Because let's be real, here... One, they'd make beautiful babies; two, Brody already said he wanted four; and three, no one said you couldn't have babies AND puppies.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
In this emotional and riveting new adult romance, Lety and Brody have already dated and broken up due to Lety's insistence that she can never be good enough for Brody. But Brody has his own scars and a traumatic family background. Will Lety give Brody a second chance and let them find healing in each other? I really enjoyed this second story in the Shattered Past series, dealing with sibling #2, Lety, the eldest daughter of a violent drug addicted father and victimized mother. Lety is a strong, determined character, fighting for a chance at a real future by getting a college degree despite the odds against her. She doesn't believe she deserves a man like Brody but he is determined to remind her of how good they can be together and to support her as she goes up against her father. I loved the two of the together - the love scenes between them are steamy and emotional. Brody is such a nice guy willing to fight for Lety no matter the circumstances and never giving up on her even when she has doubts that their relationship can ever have a future. Both Brody and Lety's families play key roles in the story, adding tension and suspense as well as humour and happiness. Once you start reading, you won't want to put it down as the love between them strengthens against the odds. 5 stars for an entertaining and emotional read.
April-Hollingworth More than 1 year ago
Once Loved by Cecy Robson my review Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth This is the second book in the powerful, heartbreaking, emotion filled beautiful Shattered Past series. Cecy Robson has managed to create characters that you visualize, and see their lives unraveling before your eyes. Every emotion they have reverberated throughout me. This heartbreakingly beautiful story and series is one to keep and read again and again. Truly beautiful. Amazingly touching, and completely breathtakingly beautiful. To say I loved this book is so mild a word, but I truly do, and I can’t wait for the next book. The Review: Lety Tres Santos’s childhood has left her with scars. Some emotional, and some physical. Her father is an abusive drug addict, and her mother enables his destructive behavior. Going to college, offers a tantalizing hope of a new start, until her father ruins that for her too. Losing her scholarship, Lety must find a way to pay her tuition and ignore the whispers that follow her. Something she’s determined to do without the help of Brody Quaida. Brody is a 4.0 student and lacrosse star. He fell hard for the beautiful and feisty Lety. Their relationship crashed and burned, due to him being unable to break through the walls protecting Lety’s heart. Walls he’s determined to break through, for she needs him now more than ever. He strives to win her back, and make her believe in their true partnership and love. Even if it means unlocking his secrets from his past, and finally trusting someone more than he’s ever dared or dreamed too.  FTC Advisory: Loveswept through Net Galley provided me with a copy of Once Loved by Cecy Robson. Published through Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Overcoming pain from the past is the main theme of this story and is what binds two apparent opposites together in making a future. Lety and Brody have both been put through the emotional wringer courtesy of her drunken and abusive father's continuing cruelty ending their burgeoning relationship before it barely started. Wanting to keep Brody safe had Lety pushing him away but a year later has both of them miserable and him charming his way back into her life. Their shared pain, and the masks of frivolity they hide behind, has them forming an unbroken bond based on unconditional support and understanding that was immensely heartwarming to see. This story has them continuing to work through their pasts, and Brody finally revealing his own dark secret, in a story that pulls readers into their emotionally intense journey to HEA that has you crying one moment and cheering the next. After just touching the surface of both Lety and Brody's lives in the previous book, this time around has us digging even deeper and seeing their internal struggles more profoundly. Lety has seen her mother beaten time and again, living on the whim of a man, and desperately wants something different for herself. Though she can't help supporting her mother monetarily, she's resentful of it and determined to make her own way to not end up like her mother. She's a very strong-willed woman and a hard worker who's precariously balancing studies and nursing a disabled man and his son, who have an intriguing connection to Brody. She's someone you admire and look up to and I ached for her having to live in fear of her father's cruelty as she so valiantly pushed forward to better herself. Her and her siblings have a strong bond too and I enjoyed seeing more of Mateo from the previous book while getting to know more about Sophia and what lies ahead for her love life. Brody seems to have it all with his wealth and good looks. He's drawn to Lety though she comes from a different world. He senses her pain as it calls to his and his charm leads to friendship and ultimately more before her father destroys their tenuous bond. Being without her broke him once again and he's determined to get her back. I adored Brody as he's sweet, caring, supportive, and never rushes her when it comes to sex. He wants her on whatever terms she'll allow and his understanding her fears made him even more endearing. He's carrying some pretty heavy burdens himself, along with the visible and mental scars to prove it, and only when he finally opens up to Lety do you sense that that is the defining moment in their relationship. From there they're a formidable match who won't let the past define who they are and what they want anymore. Brody is the quintessential hero...sexy, charming, willing to sacrifice all for Lety's love, and with a heart of gold he wears on his sleeve. I'm still dreaming about him and it will take another special guy to supplant him in my heart. This was an emotionally intense story that was ultimately an uplifting one. It didn't shy away from the hard truths of life, it dealt with them head-on and showed the true power of love. It was a sensual read where the emotional connection was more integral to the romance than the sex. This made for a richer connection between Brody and Lety as they took things slowly which has me hopeful for their future and excited for the next installment in the series.
LoriLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
I love a happy ending. If that is a spoiler then don’t read further. But, if you are like me, and want the people who have been through so much bad stuff to find happiness, then this might be a story for you. We met Lety and Brody in Once Perfect as Mateo’s younger sister and her college boyfriend. This story begins about a year later and Lety and Mateo’s dad Carlos is as mean and cruel as ever. In fact, that caused a rift between Lety and Brody that has kept them apart and unhappy. Neither has been able to get over the other and slowly they begin to rekindle the flame that was always there. Lety has had a hard life. Her father’s cruelty knows no bounds and the toll it has taken on the Tres Santos family is hard to quantify. The feelings she has about herself and about relationships is pretty scared. But she is working hard to make more of her life by going to college and becoming a nurse. Brody is handsome, smart, funny, and comes from money. He seems to have a perfect life. And a life perfectly opposite the one Lety has lived. But he is keeping his own secrets and it turns out, no one’s life is perfect. I loved how tough Lety was, but at times I wished she would allow others to help her more. I respected why felt she had to be so independent. I loved her with Brody. They really seemed to have a caring relationship. Brody and Lety were uniquely able to relate to one another and the hurt the other had endured. I loved Lety’s friends Alice and Piper and getting a glimpse at Evie and Mateo was wonderful. Of course, this also set us up for the next book, Once Pure, which will be about Sofia and Killian. I can hardly wait. *I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
slsNY More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This is book two in the Shattered Past series by Cecy Robson. Brody & Lety's story. It's one year later and Brody is trying to convince Lety to give their relationship another chance. Lety still feels that she isn't good enough for him. Brody disagrees and doesn't give up. He knows all too well just how much he understands her pain, and he has the scars to prove it. The smiles hide their pain. Despite the scars they bare inside and out, the love & trust for each other break down the barriers that kept them apart. Simply amazing and moving story!
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Once again Cecy has made me fall in love with a NA romance! We first met Brody and Lety in Once Perfect, where they were supporting characters. Unfortunately they break up at the end of that book and are now trying to give their relationship another try.   Lety is a strong, but scarred young woman dealing with the effects domestic violence has on her family. This is not an easy subject to explore, but Cecy does an amazing job of describing the different ways a person's life can be affected by such abuse.  Brody is such an amazing character.  He is also flawed as we find out, but he is also such a sweet and funny guy.  I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things that came out of his mouth.  I love the scene where he and Lety are having a conversation in Spanish in front of his father! It was also nice to see you Teo and Evie from Once Perfect are doing a year after their book ended.  Can't wait to read about Teo and Lety's sister Sofia & their friend Killian.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog 4.5 Stars Coming from different sides of the track, Lety Tres Santos and Brody are opposites as can be. Lety is from a very abusive family with ongoing issues. She barely makes ends meet and to boot; she’s about to lose her scholarship. She is tired, jaded and feels unworthy to be with Brody, but she should know not to judge a book by its cover. Brody may be from the upper east side as they call it; he is rich and from a close knit family or so it seems. He is smart, sporty with plenty of friends and girls at his beck and call but little did she know that they are similar in more ways than one. Once Loved by Cecy Robson was intense and emotional. They go through so much both physically and emotionally.  Their relationship takes a beating, and they will fight right back for their love. It was very sweet and romantic. Somehow, they stayed strong enough to hold on to each other even when the whole world is against them. Hearing Lety’s side of the Tres Santos’ family story is even harder then Teo’s POV. I think being that she is a woman in this culture makes it even worse. I’m just glad she is strong enough to do something more for herself. Though she had Teo and Brody for support, she is determined to do things her way. I wish she was comfortable enough to ask but with her background, but I can’t blame her for wanting to stand up on her own. I do applaud her for having the balls to do so. I think this book, Once Loved is more New Adult than Contemporary compared to the first installment, Once Perfect. Being that Lety and Brody are both in college, and a bit more angst their story that is making it so. I can’t say, I love this couple less than the previous couple but they  didn’t top their story. I still love Teo more. =) I love seeing Teo and Evelyn. It’s always nice to see that even after HEA, their lives continues and in this case still a very big part of the current characters of the series. Teo is just so dreamy. We also get a peek of what’s going on with Sophia and Killian, and there is definitely something going on with the. I’m very excited to see Sophia come out of her shell and with a big panda like Killian helping her out. Cecy tackles not only abusive familial issues but cultural as well. I know for a fact that these issues are very real and still happening in this day in age. Infidelity, drug abuse, child abuse, battered women…the list goes on. Per Cecy’s note: Don’t lose sight of your future because of the hardships of present or your past…there is help. I couldn’t agree with her more. *ARC provided by publisher
S-arah91 More than 1 year ago
4 stars!  Once Loved is the second book in the Shattered Past series but it can be read as a standalone. I didn't know that this was a series until just before I started reading this book but I saw in a review or two that this could be read as a standalone and I'm glad I read it. I really liked this one! I liked the relationship between Brody and Lety. They'd both been through so so much and I felt sorry for both of them.  I never liked Brody's mom at all. Sure, it was good that she finally spent more time at home with Brody's father and little brother Tommy but I still couldn't get rid of the "I-don't-like-you" feeling I had with Dionna.  And Lety's dad?? Oh my god I absolutely hate him. What a horrible person. That's really all I can say about him. I will definitely read the first book in this series! Thanks again for the arc! :)
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and I am loving this series. Another wonderfully written contemporary romance from this author. This is Lety's story. The incredibly sweet hardworking Lety hasn't had an easy life but she has big dreams and is determined to reach them. Brody Quaid is wealthy, smart, athletic, and loves Lety with all he has. All he wants is to help her fulfill her dreams with him by her side but the secrets from both their pasts threaten to keep them apart. This is an incredibly emotional read and it is one I would recommend to everyone! Can't wait for Sophie and Killian's story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im here. Result seven like u said sweetheart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story!!