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Once Pure

(Shattered Past #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,294 ratings  ·  214 reviews
She bears the scars of the past. He blames himself for things he can’t control. Their defenses are up, but in Cecy Robson’s latest Shattered Past novel—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—true love lands a knockout punch.
Sofia Tres Santos remembers a time before her life went sour, before her innocence was ripped away, before she began punishing herself with r
ebook, 248 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Loveswept
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Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cecy Robson Fans, MMA Fighters, Romance
Congratulations to the 2016 RITA Finalist
Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length
4 Need To Be Brave To Love Stars * * * *

Every action has a reaction...this is a truth...What happens in a moment causes a chain of events which could never be predicted. This is life... The only thing we can control is how we handle these events either during and/or after. This is how we become who we are... and hopefully, we have the inner strength to overcome the awful that sometimes can happen.

And the awful does not exi
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3 stars!

Sofia is a young girl who has really had a few rough and difficult moments in her life. Her father abused her, her mother and her siblings and she has always been the one who took care of her mother in her darkest moments.

When she was 14, she was raped and from that moment she got lost. Now, she is trying to find her way back and start a new life.

Killian and Sofia used to be bestfriends, but at some point they went separate ways. After a few years, Sofia is hired to work at Killian's g

4.5 Stars! I was so excited for Sofia and Killian’s story and was not disappointed! Loved this couple!

A well rounded read with some angst, healing, forgiveness, passion, and plenty of steam!

Sofia’s upsetting and tragic past, which had been hinted at in the previous books, is finally revealed in full. While I didn’t think Killian deserved the blame that Mateo handed him, I could see, being as honorable as he was how he would feel he was responsible for what happened. Theirs is a love that starte
Sofia Tres Santos is young (20-years old) but has already faced a lot of suffering. Her highly-abusive father regularly beat her and her siblings and she was raped as a teen. She was so traumatized that she then engaged in risky, demoralizing behavior. Now she’s taken control of her life and is going to school and working for Killian O’Brien, an MMA fighter who she grew up with and has secretly admired. He’s highly protective of her, harboring some guilt regarding the violence of her past.

Self Note: I don't like manwhores and I don't like women doing the the heroine having sex with lots of men is neither appealing, especially when the Hero knows it and had to work hard to get it from her, when she gives so freely to complete strangers...
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, new-adult
cw: rape

this should have hit me harder than it did... I read all books in the O'Brian series Once Kissedand I enjoyed them so Killan & Sofia are familiar characters.. I think I waited too long to read this series..
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
There is no question that Cecy is a master at playing with your emotions and when it came to Sofia's story, I just knew this would be the worst of them in the very best of ways. So, with a Kleenex box in hand and the house to myself so no one would see me ugly cry, I cracked open Once Pure and dug right in.

I knew this read would tear at my heartstrings like only Cecy can do but I also know that it would make me laugh, make me smile, and make me happy cry like only Cecy can do and I did, in fact,
****Full Review****

3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sofia and Killian were childhood bestfriends but a traumatic experience leaves its mark on Sofia and sends Killian on a dark winding guilt trip. They go their separate ways for a few years only to reconnect when Sofia is hired to straighten out Killian's accounting for his gym. They rediscover the friendship that was always there whil
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abuse
Hmmm, I'm a bit torn with my rating on this one. See, I loved Killian - he's the sweetest, hottest, badassed (is that even a word?), patient, tolerant, nurturing, hottest (yeah I already said that) alpha male that was so perfect and good for Sofi.

Initially I really liked Sofi, felt for her and still do sympathise with her horrific childhood and subsequent rape as a young teenager. But unfortunately I can't set aside that she let anything with a dick bang her for years yet poor Killian got the c
Sheryl C. Nash
Been DYING to read Killian and Sofia's story and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!

BTW, Cecy Robson, finding out there was going to be MORE books in this series, after thinking this was the end, ABSOLUTELY MADE MY YEAR!!!

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Random House Publishing*
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC for review

Hi! It's me again. The one who reads a book from the middle of the series. This is especially bad considering I have the first two on my kindle and haven't read them.

Ok, enough of that. I loved Killian. He was seriously HAWT! Don't you effing think about touching his girl. Sofia made my heart ache. The rest of their family was amazing too (guess what I'm reading next). The epilogue was perfect. Can't wait for the rest of the series.
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*ARC provided to by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Really disappointed with this book. The author used rape as a plot device abs did it horribly. The hero and heroine had been childhood friends. The even had their first kiss with each other at children. Hero cloaks to have been in love with her since he first saw her when the they were kids. When they were 14/16 he was supposed to walk her home from school. Instead he took off with the school slut (right in front of her, he chose the other girl) and left her to walk alone. It broke her heart. Sh ...more
I have been dying to read Sofia and Killian's story ever since they were introduced in the first book of the Shattered Past series. Sofia is the youngest of the Tres Santos family and her siblings Mateo and Lety have always been very protective of her, something that only increased when she went through a horrible traumatic experience a few years ago. Sofia's experience broke something inside of her and the previously shy and quiet girl went completely off the rails making poor choices when it c ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved..loved...loved it. First you had the story of Teo and Evie. Then you had Lety and Brody and now you have the story of Sofia and Killian. I think what grabs me about these stories is the strength of the characters. Despite the crap things in life they are dealt, they always seem to rise above it and find the strength to come out stronger. Sofia and Killian have been friends since they were children and have probably loved each other just as long. As Killian says, when as a child she smiled ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Amazing Stars!!!

ARC kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was amazing! I loved it! I read Once Loved first, which is actually the second book in the series, so now I have to go back and read the first one. But, this one is my favorite so far. I've been wanted to read Killian and Sofia's story since I got a sneak peak of them in Once Loved. So glad I was approved for this ARC. I got lost in the pages, and couldn't seem to put the book down. I devo
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I liked the others in the series but the story between Killian and Sofia is my favorite. This can be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading the other two first. The subject matter of the book was bit of a struggle to read at times but the author handled it with compassion and caring.

I loved watching Sofia grow from the first book until this one. She was so fragile when we first were introduced to her. I enjoyed watching the change
This was such a good story! Sofia has gone through so much in her life and she feels weak and broken. Killian wants to protect her and make sure no one ever hurts her again. Killian and his sister, Wren (who I hope gets her own book because she's hilarious and awesome!!!), teach Sofia self-defense. I loved how Sofia gained strength throughout this book and took back her life and gained even more. This story deals with a lot of really sensitive issues but this author handles them extremely well a ...more
Wendy Marcus
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once Pure is another winner!! After reading Once Loved and Once Pure back to back I'm kind of glad I have to wait for the next book in the series so I can get some sleep tonight!!

Once again Cecy Robson kept me reading into the early morning hours. I LOVED the alpha, protective Killian and sweet (but not too sweet!) Sophie. I loved getting to reconnect with Teo and Evie from Once Perfect. And I loved meeting Killian's siblings. Now that I see the series is continuing I hope we get to see Finn and
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Cecy Robson always takes me completely away with her books, whatever the genre that she may write. Her Weird girld series is a pleasure to follow and it is the same with her Shattered Past one. I do not read a lot of New Adult novels but each of her books touched me deeply! Having had the chance to follow a brother and sister from one family, we find this time the youngest, Sofia Tres Santos.

Our heroine has crossed many obstacles since childhood and we could
Lisa Filipe
For me, ONCE PURE was a highly anticipated release because I was intrigued with Killian and Sofia from the beginning. I wanted to know WHAT happened between them, or what was the link that held them together, and Cecy gives us that and so so much more!

On a side note, I can't wait for the O'Brien siblings to get their books, they are such a boisterous family who love each other but still can drive each other crazy, those are my favorite kinds! I know their romances will be just as much fun as the
Heather andrews
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

You don't touch Killian's woman, that boy will go all animal on you a **, "you effing touched my girl?" Killian roared at him. "You effing touched Sofia!" Killian has a hard time paying attention to things when his woman is involved not to mention he's not bashful;
"The one outlining everything my program does. I emailed it to you three weeks ago."
"Were there naked photos of you attached?"
My cheeks heated, but I laughed anyway. "Um, no."
His response wasn't even the least bit apologetic. "Then
Spoiler/note to self

h was raped as a teen and then had sex with lots of different guys in the years following before she eventually got her life together.
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Once Pure is the third book in Cecy Robson’s Shatter Past series and features Sofia Tres Santos, a young woman whose past has left its mark. Throughout the series, we have witnessed the attraction between her and Killian O’Brien. In Once Pure Robson finally rewards us with their story.

Touching, tender and with secrets that could rip them apart I quickly became caught up in their story. Sofia has always been the most fragile of the Santos family and has the deepest scars. I was worried about how
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author and Netgalley for providing a copy for an honest review.

I have been waiting for Sofia’s story since Once Perfect. I knew this was going to be a good one and I was not disappointed. I have read all three of the Shattered Pasts books and I can’t decide if this one is better than Once Perfect. I love how strong Sofia is despite her thinking she is weak. Killian, such a big heart but when this hunk messes up he goes all out. Killian’s little brother is going to be another emo
Megan Fall
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fighters, abuse
I loved this book! I especially liked the way the author recapped the story from Killian's view at the end. I absolutely loved that! I can't wait to read Finn's book and the rest of his families stories. ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

So, I've let yet another book sit, stew, and not get reviewed properly.  Story of my life lately, huh?  I remembered the story, I looked over my notes, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out why I didn't abundantly love Once Pure.  I needed to investigate this!  So I re-read the book.  Here comes the conundrum: what review do I write?

I will write for you two reviews for Cecy Robson's final book in the Shattered Past series.

First, let me tell you about my first read through of Sop
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
(Please note: This story addresses abuse and rape. Please take this into consideration before reading further and/or purchasing this book.)

My heart ached for Sofia. It wasn't just the memories of the day she was raped or of the men she let use her body afterwards that me want to reach into the book and hold her. It was her reactions, her inability to scream or defend herself, her fear. God, her fear was so thick at times I felt like I was choking on it. It was understandable, don't get me wrong,
April Hollingworth
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth

This is the third book in the outstandingly brilliant and heartbreaking Shattered Past series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend reading them all.
Once Pure is breathtaking. It takes you by the hand and leads you on a broken path where secrets hold old hurts, where guilt of an act that couldn’t be prevented rules supreme. And how a decision and a chance at redemption can find peace or destroy everything in a once pure life. I
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have received an ARC of this book for a honest opiio.

If I could give this book more than a 5 I would, it deserves a 10!

This book is about love ad loss and finding love again. It made me laugh and cry at the same time!

Sofie and Killian grew up together. Sofie came from a Cuban family and had a brother and sister. Her father was a mean abusive man and it wasn't uncommon to see bruises on Sofie or her siblings. He is now in prison. Killian came from a large Irish family with 4 other brothers and
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CECY ROBSON is an international and multi-award-winning author of over twenty-five character driven novels. A registered nurse of nineteen years, Cecy spends her free time creating magical worlds, heart-stopping romance, and young adult adventure. After receiving two RITA® nominations, the Maggie Award, the Award of Excellence, and a National Reader’s Choice Award nomination, you can still find Ce ...more

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