Title: Once Perfect
Author: Cecy Robson
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publishing Date: October 7th 2014
Rating: 2/5 Stars
“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.”
While the premise of the book is quite promising, and I was looking forward to a steamy romance, I was instead confronted with a main character I could not connect with. Considering that the book is written in first person, a connection to the character from which viewpoint is written, is essential. That was not the case here. A flat story line with predictable circumstances added to my frustration. I would not recommend this book. The only reason I am not given it 1 Star is because I have read too many romance novels who try to copy the style of Fifty Shades of Grey, and the Author did not do that, and attempted to find her own voice. That is commendable.