Title: Once Loved by Cecy Robson
Shattered Past Series Book Two
Publisher: Loveswept: Flirt
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Length: 244 pages
He’s the campus golden boy. She’s picking up the pieces of her broken past. But in Cecy Robson’s scorching novel of second chances—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—their differences only make their connection more explosive.
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.
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I clutched the fabric of his gray T-shirt. I knew what he meant. The few dates my girlfriends had talked me into going on were boring at best. None of those guys drew an easy smile or made me happy like Brody did. None of them made me feel sexy and wanted. Brody had been my everything, except I knew that I couldn’t offer him everything in return.
His hands trailed further down my back. “If you didn’t want me, Lety, I swear to God I’d walk away. But you do. I see the way you look at me. And I can tell by the way you kissed me.”
“It was never that I didn’t want you, Brody. I was only trying to spare you from me.”
Brody strengthened his hold. “Letz, I’m not going to pretend like your family isn’t messed up. But if you think you’re the only one with a fucked-up past, you’re wrong.”
His tone had gathered a strange and dangerous edge, and it scared me. “What are you talking about?”
He loosened his hold and dropped his arms away, angling his head to the side. “Never mind.”
He stood and placed his hands on his hips, staring hard at the ground. For a minute, I thought he was going to bolt.
I rose. “What is it?”
He worked his jaw. “Not now, okay?”
The way he said it made me think there would never be a good time. I reached for his hands and held them tight.
He met my gaze then and gave our hands one hell of a squeeze. “I want another chance with you. Will you let it happen?”
Despite our kiss, I wasn’t convinced we would make it even if we tried. We were just so different. “I don’t know if I can, baby. Maybe we’re better off being friends.”
He laughed softly and gathered me to him again. “You can’t call me ‘baby’ like you used to and expect me to just be your friend.”
“Even if it’s the best thing for you?”
He stopped smiling then. “You’re the best thing for me. You just don’t know it yet.”
CECY ROBSON is the New Adult and Contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, 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 South, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.
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