Once Loved: Brody Quaid and Lety Tres Santos
(Shattered Past #2)
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.
This book takes place about a year after the disaster that was her cousin's quinceanera; where she broke up with Brody. Brody is determined to get his women back after a miserable year without her and he's just about worn her down when her father shows up. Now he's got to go at it again but he preservers! He kind of tricks her into it and it was highly amusing. I love how he's willing to wait for Lety, even when she is being so damn stubborn. Brody's family is a mess as well but with Lety's help fences start to get mended there which is heart warming. So much guilt in that family.
I actually quite liked Lety, she is fierce and protective and quite feisty. She has it pretty bad with her abusive father, he seems to target her often but she handles it as best as can be expected and I cheered for her when she decided to break free of what is expected of her as a daughter and made moves to protect herself and her loved ones. I think readers will be pretty happy with that outcome.
I think I enjoyed this book more than the first, it was good and moved along quickly. I really enjoy the Tres Santos family and look forward to the next book in the series.