Once Perfect : Shattered Past

  • by Cecy Robson
  • Narrated by Mercedes Moreno
  • Series: Shattered Past
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 series 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 ex-army MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they've led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.
Mateo 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.


What the Critics Say

"Narrator Mercedes Moreno's blend of serious and seductive tones brings out the complexities of the characters' lives in this spicy adult novel. Evelyn Preston is no longer one of those spoiled rich kids who party at the nightclub Excess. Nowadays, she's hanging onto whatever pride she has by working hard to pay her tuition bills and get through nursing school. Moreno portrays Evelyn in tones of tension and fear, which are caused by her ex-boyfriend and memories of her father, who committed suicide. In contrast to this angst, Moreno uses soft seductive tones whenever Evelyn is thinking of, or in the arms of, Matteo Tres Santos - the nightclub's handsome and commanding bouncer. In her portrayal of Matteo, Moreno provides another balance of tender and tough. His protectiveness of his sisters and Evelyn is contrasted effectively with the tough nature of his job and the demons of his past. Moreno fully succeeds at capturing the provocative moods of this racy novel." (AudioFile Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Did a fem-bot read the sex scenes?

I expect a hot listen when I purchase erotica- and this audiobook broke that cardinal rule in a unique way. Sex scenes had absolutely no audible chemistry- which is kind of essential in erotica! Only slightly more lively than that teacher in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Particularly annoying when the voice actor injected life and feeling into ALL THE OTHER NON-SEX SCENES!!!! Kind of bass-ackwards, no?
I think the story has promise, and I'm very interested, but I just can't listen to one more moment of this. I'm going to do something I've never been forced to do before with another audiobook: read the actual book!!!
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- Camille

Good story, lack luster performance

This is a good story .... Mateo was the perfect bf ... loved the character development, but absolutely hated the narration. The performance lacked feeling and seemed to just read the story without any inflection or relationship with the characters. It ruined the story for me.
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- Denise

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios