Once Perfect


Genre – Contemporary Romance

Series – First in a yet to be completed series

Main Characters – Evelyn and Mateo.  She is the rich girl who suffers due to her father and extended family.  He is a man who also suffers at the hands of his father in order to keep his family together and their traditions in tact

Recommend this book to a friend? – ABSOLUTELY!

Read more by this author? – I hope there are many more books in this series

Rating? –  4 cups


  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



I enjoyed this book very much!  Here are two people from very different worlds, yet their circumstances are not that much different.  Evie has no family left and must learn to stand on her own after growing up with privilege and money. While she is almost broken at the beginning of the book we see her come out of her shell and protect those around her.   Mateo grew up in poverty and struggled, but from the first page we saw that he was a protector and leader for everyone surrounding him.  He had seen such violence as a young man, but you felt from the beginning how sweet and careful he was with Evie.

The writing was superb and I felt their challenges and fell in love with not only the main characters but the surrounding cast of friends and family.  I cannot wait to read about Sofia and Killean or Nicole and Ant along with a few others.

This is a WONDERFUL first book of this series.  I hope there are many more stories to come from Ms. Robson.

Copy received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

About the Author


CECY (pronounced Sessy) ROBSON is the Penguin Random House 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 writer, registered nurse, 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.Connect with Cecy online at www.cecyrobson.com, twitter.com/cecyrobson or facebook.com/Cecy.Robson.Author