Leo By Mia Sheridan By Mia Sheridan

Well I am definitely in the minority here. Fairly predictible and quite boring actually. I do not like giving low stars.

Cannot believe this is the same author who wrote .

Maybe if I had read it back when it was first released and had no high expectations of it, I might have enjoyed it more. Maybe it is because I have read a few really excellent books not so long ago.
Sorry to all my friends who loved it and there were quite a lot of you out there - you were the reason I wanted to read it.

Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

“No matter how far apart we are. No matter the distance or time, I will never love anyone except you. Not ever.”


My EVIE and LEO




This is a story about Evie and Leo. Two kids who met when Evie was 10 and Leo was 11...

We met in the first foster care home each of us were sent to and he’s my best friend in the world, the boy I’ve grown to love.




Leo and Evie become the best of friends. As they get a little older, they fall in love. When Leo is 15 and Evie is 14, Leo gets adopted and has to move to SanDiego, across the country from where Evie. is.



Leo makes a promise to Evie. He will wait for her, she will wait for him. In four years, when she turns 18, he will come for her. They can start to live their life together. He will write, call etc.



Evie lives up to her end of the bargain, but she never hears from Leo again. She is upset, worried, hurt, but she moves on with her life. She tries not to think to much about him, but 8 years later, one of Leo’s friends contacts her. Jake. Jake tells Evie he knew Leo from college, Leo was in a car accident and didn’t make it. But he asked Jake to check on her. This is really hard for Evie to hear.

Evie feels something for Jake. Something she has never felt for another man, except Leo. Jake asks her out and she accepts. Jake runs his family’s business, has a lot of money, and lives in a nice condo. Evie works two jobs, one as maid and the other, a caterer to make rent on her studio apt. But there is something about Evie. Jake is enamored with her. He wants to know all about her, but he doesn’t share much about himself. They grow close. Jake is a dominate, possessive, alpha male. He is a known ladies man, Evie is very inexperienced. She doesn't know for sure if she can trust Jake, but she wants to. They are happy together.



Jake has secrets. When they come to light, it will change everything between these two.

Okay- my take: I really liked this one. It was a shorter read, but good. I spent a lot of the book trying to figure out why... why didn’t Leo contact Evie, what is Jake hiding? When I read the ‘twist’ of the story, I was a little shocked, a little sad, but also happy.



All the flashbacks with Leo, that was one of my favorite parts of the story. I loved seeing Evie and Leo’s relationship. Leo was the sweetest. I hate what he had to go through as a child. The stories with his brother broke my heart. Evie didn’t have it easy either.

“I went through a lot to get where I am and I don’t take anything I have for granted, ever. That’s my reward.”


Evie is independent. She is sweet, kind, compassionate and polite. She has had a hard life, but hasn’t let that life turn her hard. She is happy with what she has accomplished, and doesn’t take anything for granted. She was a great heroine.

It was also cool that this story took place 10 miles from where I live :D
The ending was fantastic, I loved the epilogue!
A solid 4-4.5 stars from me! I would definitely recommend this one!



“Everyone tells a story about themselves in their own head. That story makes you what you are, dictating all your actions and all your mistakes. If your own story is filled with guilt and fear and self-hatred, life can look pretty miserable. But, if you're very lucky, you might have a person who tells you a better story, one that takes up residence in your soul, speaking louder than the woeful tale you've convinced yourself of. If you let it speak loudly within your heart, it becomes your passion and your purpose.” Romance, Fiction, Contemporary ★★★★1/2! Sign of Love series, book 1 (Stand-alone) Debut by Mia Sheridan. An amazing heroine & a bossy alpha male with a troubled past are brought together by the loss of a friend.

This is book 1 in the Sign of Love series. Based on this book’s ending I have concluded that this is a stand-alone series, but this has not been confirmed by the author yet.

Hero: Jake (Jacob) Madsen/business owner-mogul/$$$/23 years old/light brown hair/brown eyes/6’2”
Heroine: Evelyn Cruise, Evie/hotel maid-part time caterer/22 years old/dark brown hair/brown eyes/5’5”


Jake and Evie are brought together when Jake seeks her out to deliver the news that her childhood friend and first love, Leo has died in a car accident. But even though this book opens up with such tragic news we’re quickly pulled into the story and the budding romance between Jake and Evie. This is their story!

The memories of Leo will serve as a backdrop throughout the book with Evie reminiscing about her childhood. Leo and Evie met in the foster care system and became the closest of friends. When Leo was adopted and moved away his last promise was that he would come back for her on her 18th birthday and he had made her promise she’d wait for him. The glimpses into their past are very poignant, but also give us an understandings of who Evie is and why she would save herself for 8 years waiting on Leo. Here is their first meeting at age 10 and 11 respectively:

“This is Leo's first night here. Leo was in charge of putting the napkins out and I notice that he put them on the right and they're supposed to go on the left. I only know this because I like to read books like Ann of Green Gables, and Little House on the Prairie, and I pick up random things like that from the stories.”

Evie is truly a wonderful heroine; she is smart and witty, beautiful and kind, loving and caring and so very strong. Despite everything that has happened to her she has persevered and managed to make a modest life for herself. She works two jobs with hopes of being able to attend college. She has aspirations of becoming a writer, but since she doesn’t own a computer she uses the computer at the library. She is the type of person who touches people’s heart. Chances are she will stay with you…
“It will only ever be you, Evie.”

But she has a spunky, feisty side:
“You don't know me. You think you do, but you don't. You think you know what type of person I am, but you have no idea. And so, you don't get to do this. You don't get to interrupt my life over and over again and then think that I will be grateful to you for gracing my life with your very presence…”

Evie also has two wonderful friends in Nicole and Landon (aka the Cliché).

Jake is has many of the characteristics I love in a hero. At first glance he is the bossy alpha male hero and he is handsome and sexy, successful and rich and he is quite taken with Evie. But as the story progresses we learn that there is more to Jake; He has secrets and we catch glimpses of a troubled hero. Add to that villains (scorned exes) set out to break them apart…. I will say no more because I want you to enjoy reading Jake’s and Evie’s story as much as I did.

This was a quick read. And I really don’t have any complaints, other than I might have wished the book to be longer so ending could have been stretched over a longer period of time. That said I am content with how events unfolded. I loved every moment. An excellent debut by Mia Sheridan!

There are moments of joy and butterflies, sexy hot moments with a very bossy Jake and then there are other moments of profound sadness… and reflection:

“Everyone tells a story about themselves in their own head. That story makes you what you are, dictating all your actions and all your mistakes. If your own story is filled with guilt and fear and self-hatred, life can look pretty miserable. But, if you're very lucky, you might have a person who tells you a better story, one that takes up residence in your soul, speaking louder than the woeful tale you've convinced yourself of. If you let it speak loudly within your heart, it becomes your passion and your purpose.”

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Hero rating: 4.5 stars
Heroine rating: 4.5 stars
Sex scenes rating: 4 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 4.5 stars
Storyline concept rating: 4.5 stars
Storytelling skills rating: 4.5 stars
Story ending rating: 4.5 stars
Book editing rating (5 = no edits spotted): 5 stars
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Overall rating: 4.5 stars

Would I recommend this book: Yes.
Would I re-read this book: Maybe later.
Would I read future books by this author: Yes.
Romance, Fiction, Contemporary 3.75 **so sweet** STARS



“Why are you looking at me?”
“Because I like your face.”


This was such an exciting read for me. My very first Mia Sheridan book. Now most of my friends suggested to start with some of her later works, but for those of you who know me I'm pretty peculiar and very insistent on reading in order. Without an actual series order I went with release date. So Leo it was. And what a sweet and moving book to get the ball rolling. A solid first book by Ms. Sheridan and something that made me very interested in more.



“Maybe I’m an open book, or maybe love is like a magnifying glass straight into the souls of those who own your heart.”


Leo tells the story of two kids who grew up in foster care. Leo and Evie first met when they were 11 and 10 years old. Stuck in a cruel system with no one to rely on but themselves. That was until they learned how to trust and support each other. A beautiful friendship grew into a strong and unmovable love.

Until one day when Evie was 14 years old Leo was suddenly adopted and had to move away. They promised to never lose their bond and stay connected until they could be together again. It's been eight years since Evie last heard from the love of her life and she lost hope long ago that she would ever see him again.

Evie did the best she could with her life, but for all intents and purposes she is stuck in suspended animation, still waiting for her soulmate and trying to improve her life little by little. That changed the day she confronts her ‘stalker’, the handsome and mysterious Jake.



“All the world's a circus. Sometimes you choose your act and sometimes it's assigned to you. I had roamed the arena for far too long, roaring and bellowing, believing that I wasn't brave enough to leap through fire. But all along, she had stood there, constant and calm.”


I'm not going to lie, it was painfully obvious what was going on here. Nothing was really a big surprise. Despite some rather unexpected revelations towards the end the direction was clear from the start. And I didn't mind at all. The story was beautiful and heartwarming nevertheless. I enjoyed the writing, the carefully constructed characters and if you ae in the mood for a sweet and a little sexy second chance romance you should give this a try.

Since I’m writing this review after I already finished Leo’s Chance, the companion piece in Leo’s POV, I want to mention that I very much suggest reading the second book if you liked Leo. It is very rare that the same story written from different character's viewpoint gets my attention or better yet holds that attention long enough for me to finish reading.

I have to say it was a very well rounded and very enjoyable addition. For the most part I even think Leo's Chance was the better book overall, the writing was improved (if that is even possible) and Leo's voice was very strong and well developed. In hindsight the different vantage point was probably needed to really tell the story. Leo’s Chance didn’t really disclose anymore than Leo did, but it was a lot more emotional and gut wrenching even. I have to confess tears were involved...more than once. Both books together make a really good complete picture and both have their right to exist next to each other.

All in all, an enjoyable read and from what I've seen so far, Ms. Sheridan is an author to check out.




Romance, Fiction, Contemporary I HAVE SAID IT ONCE I WILL SAY IT 1000 TIMES I HATE CHEATERS

Her staying faithful while he sleeps around is a big no for me.
How can he say he loves her here? What kind of crazy messed up relational was this? That he should freely have sex with his step-mom.
To me it's obvious I mean seriously dude get some help! That is so messed up I can't even touch that.
Also, this story sounds strangely familiar!
Guys have dicks so hey it's not their fault. That sh*t is so old, it's back in the Stone Age.

DONE Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and he moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.

Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job. She has friends. She's content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?


New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. Leo By Mia Sheridan

*ARC given to me by author in exchange for an honest review*

“And in the end, I had jumped. And the other side was just as glorious as her eyes had promised“

WOW WOW WOW 4.5 STARS!!!!!!


I must confess that I did not expect to love this book so much. In the beginning I had some trouble how the main female character takes slightly the idea of someone following her and not thinking that that is something you should report to police! But I was sucked into this story in a second!
I don't think there are many of books in which I love both main characters, usually SHE is annoying to me but this girl... i loved her from the beginning!
I must also admit that the style how it was written did remind me of KA's book CREED but honestly to me it was even better, much softer and CREED I really liked!

THE STORY



Evie and Leo met around age 10 in foster care, both having ugly childhood. Soon they become best friends and he becomes her protector. They plan leaving together when they both turn 18 but one day Leo gets adopted and moves to another city leaving her alone but promising her he will come back for her. She promises to wait but he doesn't come back to save her on her 18th birthday.



I'm going to kiss you now, Evie, and when I do, it's going to mean that you're mine. I
don't care how far away from each other we are. You. Are. Mine. I'll wait for you. And I want you to
wait for me. Promise me you won't let anyone else touch you. Promise me you'll save yourself for me.




The story beginns with Evie realizing someone is stalking her for a week, having really bad childhood and learning how to survive on streets, she doesn't feel threatened and decides to confront her stalker.

And here enters JAKE MADSEN <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Four years after her 18th birthday she finds out that Leo died in a car accident a year ago, even though she doesn't want to feel the sorrow because he never wrote her in all those years, she can't help but feel betrayed...



Jake promised to Leo to check if she is alright and in the week he was following her he fell in love.

OMG!!! JAKE MADSEN!!!!! NOW THAT IS A NAME YOU WILL REMEMBER!!!



Jake is full of secrets from the beginning, even when he tells her something, he really does not say anything that she wants to know but the only thing that he tells her for sure is that he has every intent to make her his.

Evie, he says quietly, finally looking at me, What I mean is, when I fuck you, you're going to be mine. Is that clear enough for you?

Jake as an 25 year old is extremely alpha and when you read about him you really don't have a feeling he is that young. He is very delicious, very mysterious, protective and possessive but every time the opportunity to destroy them as a couple knocks on their door he falls apart and you can see how much he is hurting and trying to tell her his dark secrets but doesn't know how to because with that he might loose her forever.



''He leans his forehead against mine and looks right into my eyes. There is an unreadable expression there and my heart starts to beat faster as we stare at each other, mere centimeters away. I don't know whether I'm scared or whether his closeness is causing my blood to pump faster. I don't know what I'm feeling in this moment, don't know whether I want to move even closer or pull away''



Now I must admitt that the hot parts with them were EXTREMELY HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





But to keep someone you want in your life, those secrets need to come out...
All you need to do is jump and have faith....


Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

SQUEEEE!!! OMG I have so many feels for this book!!!!!

Everything about this story was beautiful!! ♥♥♥

It me cry, laugh, swoon and fan myself and honestly, I just loved it all!!


This is a spoiler-free review. 4.5 - 5 stars.

“The thing about falling in love so that no matter where you are when it happens, you can’t help but to color those moments with beauty, even if you’re in a location of ugliness. He made what would have been a place of nightmares into a place to dream.”

Second-chance love stories are my favorite but one’s with a cool twist are just a bonus. This is the kind of book that makes you want to re-read it, or at least certain parts of it. There is just so much to the story that you can only fully appreciate after having gone through all the big reveals… and knowing them just gives so much *more* to the story, so it’s going on my re-read pile for sure

Now, I know it’s only 192 pages long but honestly, it didn’t feel short at all. The story was never rushed and the ending wrapped up beautifully with a happy-tear-enducing epilogue. And sometimes you just WANT a really wonderful book that you can read in one sitting, you know?

The story starts out in a flashback. Evie is 14, Leo is 15. They met in the first foster home they were placed and became the best of friends. They relied on each other, bonded, and as they grew older, that developed into love. He was “the boy who makes me want to stay awake because reality is finally better than my dreams.”

But when Leo gets adopted by a family across the country, they are forced apart. They make vows and he promises to come back for her when they turn 18… but that is the last time she sees him.

Eight years later, Evie has forged a life for herself. Despite having grown up in a life without family, filled with drugs, molestation and bad memories, she is strong, self sufficient and has gotten a job, a little home for herself, and generally has everything under control. She has moved on from the hurt of her past but has never forgotten what she felt for Leo. So when a guy shows up one day who says that Leo sent him to check on her, it just throws her world. She feels pulled towards him somehow but there is something mysterious about him and his connection to Leo… and she has to decide whether or not she can trust him…

I was feeling the emotion right from the start of the book. By page 2, I already wanted to cry. The first scene of the book, which was also the scene of their first kiss/goodbye when Leo got adopted just made my heart HURT even though I barely knew them… definitely one of the most beautifully written first kisses ever!!

“I’m going to kiss you now, Evie, and when I do, it’s going to mean that you’re mine. I don’t care how far away we are from each other. You. Are. Mine. I’ll wait for you. And I want you to wait for me. Promise me…”


If that quote doesn’t make you want to read the book, I don’t know what will! From that line on, I was hooked! ♥

I loved the writing. It drew you right into the story and I felt totally connected to everything that happened. It was fast paced without being rushed and flowed very smoothly. It slowed down in the important parts of the scene but I loved that the story was constantly moving forward and adding more pieces to the puzzle.

It was told in back and forth flashbacks and present day…. but with the way the story was woven, it left me unable to put it down. I alternated between heart clenching during the flashbacks and swooning over the present day parts.

I have to say though that I read with a complete mixture of swoon and suspicion. I *knew* something was up, I just KNEW it but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. I had theories and it kept me guessing….

And so when the big reveal happened, I had to read it twice. The first time was just in shock (call me naive but I did not see it coming!) and I just got these huge chills and shivers and had to stop and go back and read that page again and then I just started to cry. Oh. My. God…. incredible scene!!!!

I just looooved the twist! It explained and connected everything perfectly! But then… hmmm once the full explanation came out, I had to think a little about how that made me feel about the character. But the more I read, the more understanding I became. It didn’t make what happened okay in my eyes, but people make mistakes and they mess up. Nobody is perfect. And if they get to a point where you kind of have to choose to accept them or not and there was no doubt in my eyes that I wanted to accept.

I also wanted to add in that, despite the fact that this story is told from Evie’s POV, the author has an awesome way of describing the male characters in these little subtle ways (narrowing of the eyes, clenching of the jaw, raking a hand through the hair… ) that just added extra yum to them and I found myself reading a lot with a little half smile on my face.

I’d classify this book somewhere between New Adult and Adult, maybe closer to adult. There is certainly steam and there are several hot hot hot scenes that are rather descriptive so that’s what’s leaning me towards Adult. That being said, I thought the steam was very well done because the story took the time to FIRST develop the connection with the characters so that by the time they got into bed, you were feeling emotionally connected to them.

The ending is fully resolved and very swoony. No cliffhanger, guys!!!

And, as a bonus, we get an absolutely gorgeous epilogue. Seriously, bless the hearts of every author who writes an epilogue. If I could hug them all, I would. That extra piece to the story just adds that last little bit that puts your heart to rest about the future of the characters you’ve fallen in love with. And this epilogue was particularly heart melting – it was the perfect conclusion to their story.

Overall, LEO is a beautiful, well-written, swoony and emotional read with steam, a bit of mystery and a happy ending ♥

“I can’t make the fire go away,” she had seemed to say. “I can’t guarantee you won’t get burned. But… I can remain steady and strong, because I believe in you. Because you are mine.”

I’d highly recommend it and am adding it to my list of Best Books of 2013.

4.5 – 5 stars.



BLURB --> Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and he moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.

Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job, she has friends, she's content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?


New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.(less)

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Romance, Fiction, Contemporary Leo (Sign of Love #1) by Mia Sheridan had a great premise based on the blurb. It’s what I guess you would call a New Adult featuring a twenty-two year old woman named Evie who survived the horrors of foster care and has made a wonderful life for herself, but is still stuck on the young boy who made her feel special and not so alone. Evie first fell in love with Leo, who promised to keep in touch (he’s adopted at fifteen and moves across country) and come for her when she turns eighteen so they can be together forever. Leo was her protector and her soul mate, or so we’re led to believe from the beginning when Evie is fourteen and Leo is fifteen. Promises are made and kisses are exchanged. And then it’s eight years later and Evie is all alone. Leo disappeared ad was never heard from again.

Evie was able to get her GED, finds work as a maid in a hotel and as a part time server for caterer. She has her own apartment and is making ends meet the best she can. She still wonders what happened to Leo and why he didn’t keep his promise to her. One day she realizes she’s being watched, or stalked, as she comes to think of it. She confronts her “stalker”, who’s a pretty handsome guy named Jake and forgives him for freaking her out. It appears Jake once knew Leo, who he has died in a car accident. Evie is extremely saddened that Leo died and wishes she could have said her goodbyes to the boy she holds near and dear to her heart. But there’s Jake, who’s new to the area and makes her feel warm inside. At twenty-three Jake’s in charge of his recently deceased father’s company, drives a BMW, has money to burn and the GQ looks. Jake wants to get to know Evie better, and soon he’s whisking her away on dates and treating her like a princess. Evie isn’t sure about Jake, but he’s protective, nice and treats her well. He respects her and her past feelings for Leo, going as far to admit she’s a virgin because she promised Leo she would wait for him. But now that Leo’s gone and Jake is in her life, she lets the memory of Leo go and welcomes Jake fully. She gives her body, heart and soul to this prince charming. But things seem too good to be true with Jake, and when she finds out what he’s hiding, she’s destroyed because has hew too good to be true lover has been lying to her all this time.

Leo has a great beginning which crashes and burns immediately. This book is ridiculous to the point I was rolling my eyes throughout. It’s obvious this is a first time novel by Mia Sheridan because she makes all the mistakes a first time writer makes. Right from the start we have a massive amount of info dumping that doesn’t let up. Evie, the main protagonist is a stereotypical, been there, done that goodie goody who acts much younger than she is. Jake is only a year older than her and acts twice his age. What red blooded twenty-three year old male, regardless of their social status calls a woman a “minx” after they make love? Also Jake’s personality is all over the place. One moment he’s this alpha male, the next this self conscious, anxious young man that comes out of nowhere. Speaking of stereotypical characters, there’s a token sassy gay friend for Evie I found insulting (has it become a trope in New Adult to have a stereotypical sassy gay friend for the heroine?) and a skanky ex-girlfriend of Jake’s who warns Evie away from him, as well as Jake’s step-mother who’s a money grubbing, sexual piranha.

This book is one big cliché in every way. Also it has a big young adult tone, more so than an adult one (maybe because Evie acts more like a thirteen year old) but when it comes to the sex, and there’s plenty, it’s over the top cheesiness. I felt like I was reading the first draft of a letter to Penthouse. Words like “shaft”, “clit” and “white cum” were used along with over the top purple prose. This quickly morphs into erotica and really doesn’t fit at all. It makes for a very uncomfortable reading experience. By the middle of the book it was all sex and badly written sex at that. The dialogue Jake speaks while intimate with Evie had me giggling, and not because it was meant to be funny. The love scenes here would make most romance readers close the book in disgust. Seriously, if you’re going to insert love scenes into a book, I would hope you’ve done some type of research on what sex feels like and how it should be portrayed. I felt the love scenes were a mish-mash of various love scenes written in other books.

The mystery about Jake is very easy to figure out, and when he explains his past and his lies, that’s as comical as the cheesetastic sex he gives Evie. His story and how he turned out and why isn’t poignant or heartbreaking in any way.

Honestly, nothing about this book from the characters to the story feels realistic. It’s tripe and again full of clichés and reads more like an experiment from a first time writer who wanted to write an emotional, almost epic romance but failed in every way. How it sold enough copies to make the USA Today list last week is a big mystery to me because this book is far from anything worthwhile or spectacular.

A big pass on this one. Romance, Fiction, Contemporary A lot, A LOT of things didn't work out for me in this one... I'm kinda shocked it's the same author that wrote Archer's voice and Kyland.... Extremely long rant ahead.

2 Stars:

I liked this book for the most part, I really did.. but the TWIST, the reason why he left her for 8 years and never spoke to her, DID NOT JUSTIFY ANYTHING. I was pissed.

IF I READ ANOTHER BOOK WHERE THE HEROINE IS COMPLETELY CELIBATE DURING A SEPARATION AND THE HERO LITERALLY WHORES AROUND, I WILL LITERALLY THROW MY KINDLE OUT OF MY WINDOW (ok not literally, but I think you guys understand my anger

Okay, let's start about what this is about. It starts quite beautifully as per usual with Mia Sheridan (whose books I LOVED previously). A young Evie and Leo meet throughout foster care. When Leo is 15, and Evie is 14, Leo is being adopted into a family, and he asks her to wait for him:

I'm going to kiss you now Evie, and when I do, it's going to mean that you're mine. I don't care how far away from each other we are. You. Are. Mine. I'll wait for you. And I want you to wait for me. Promise me you won't let anyone else touch you. Promise me you'll save yourself for me, and only me.

Fast forward 8 years, Evie hasn't heard from Leo once. Then, she meets a stranger, Jake, a guy who tells her Leo sent him to make sure Evie is okay. And from there, their romance begins.

Now, this 'romance', was WAY too unbelievable! She was celibate for 8 years as promised to Leo, hasn't done other sexual things as well, and by the second date, she immediately sleeps with Jake. Really, I mean you wait until you're 22 and you immediately sleep with Jake? I found that unbelievable.

Also, before she properly meets Jake, she knows he's been following her around, like a stalker. Now, I know it's fiction, but some reality is needed! As oppose to being freaked the hell out (specially cause the lock on her front gate is broken), she smiles when she sees him and is sad when he's not following her. Umm? That is not a normal reaction. But okay, whatever. They fall in love in like 2.5 seconds

Back to Jake and Evie. I felt like Jake's characterisation was badly done. I'm sorry to say this, but I feel like the author knows the hype about 'alpha-men' and how much us readers love them (me included), but Jake's alpha-ness was extremely unconvincing and it contrasted COMPLETELY to the other side of him, the sensitive loving one, that it ended up being completely unbelievable. He goes all Christian Grey on her with his demands, and her submission (where she always does as he says). I'm sorry to say, but I think this would have been A LOT better if the author stuck to creating a sweet, protective guy, and not Christian Grey wanna-be, with the hold Now, finish your food. It was just so random in the story and creeped me out because I felt like that wasn't really him. I LOVE alphas, they're my favourite heroes, but it DID NOT work here at all.

Then there's Evie. While I admired how genuinely sweet she was, it was too good to be true. Considering her past experiences, I expected someone realistically more critical about trusting someone so quickly and letting them in. Also, I think the author imitated the whole 50 shades thing where he commands things and she agrees. She was quite the pushover at times and it pissed me off. When she catches his lies 3 or 4 times, he NEVER justifies because 'he's not ready', and he just says 'just trust me'. And she says yes. Umm, lady, you saw him with different women at different times, don't you think you need an explanation? It was kind of pathetic to hear her say but I trust him, so it's okay. No women! Get an explanation! Throughout the whole book, he doesn't offer ANY explanation despite his EXTREMELY DODGY AND SKETCHY ACTIONS.

Then, of course, there's the extreme predictability of the story. As in, I'm sorry, we kinda all know that

Oh and alas, the twist! Spoilers ahead about the twist, for those of you who wanna give it a shot and wanna hear why I chose to give this 2 stars and not 4, without reading specifics, essentially it's this: throughout the separation, she's celibate, he's a manwhore, and his justification DID NOT CUT IT FOR ME. I considered it cheating.

I will never condone a book where the hero is a manwhore during a separation and the heroine is celibate. Unless 1- The heroine did something HORRIBLE to the hero like broke his heart and he believed she didn't want him, or 2 - If the hero thought she was dead.

Now here's the thing, reading Mia Sheridan's stories before and knowing how POWERFUL the love was and faithful the characters are, I was actually 100% sure it would be the latter, that Leo thought Evie was dead which is why he had so many women after, but of course not... the hero had to be a douche. The spoiler will go into specifics:



Also, can I add things that I didn't like as a whole:

1. She didn't recognise leo, already mentioned that.
2. She never saw the tattoo on his back? Dude, IT'S MASSIVE and you guys have had sex like a million times.
3. She's a virgin till 22 and has sex with him on a second date, bam bam thank you mam.
4. Their falling in love was too quick and a bit unbelievable
5. Too 50 shades for my liking
6. Too cliche / predictable
7. Her heart breaks for him when he tells her about the women and how broken he is. Umm, I would be furious but ok.
7. When she finds out he's Leo, I expected him to be KISSING HER FEET from regret, but this is what happens when she sees him again:
He closes his eyes for a minute like he's really just too tired to deal with my attitude Umm, I'm sorry, is her attitude (which is completely pliant anyways) too much for you considering she thought you were dead / now knows you've effed a million women despite your promise to her?

Then:

He sighs as if he's barely tolerating me. Sit down Evie. Now. Man, if this is how someone spoke to me when they BETRAYED ME, I'd go mental, but of course she listens to him like she did the entire book.

Okay, I think rant done.

Oh, one last thing. I was EXTREMELY disappointed in the author for a part where Evie asks Jake if he's been with a lot of women, and he says there have been MANY but he hasn't dated any. That Evie's different. Okay, I like manwhores, but THEN when he asks her if she's dated a lot, she says there's been many but no one serious (as a joke) and he's furious about it. Then when she says the truth to him, that there hasn't been anyone, he says because you're a better person than me. Sex partners does not tell you how good a person is or not.

Okay, NOW i think my rant is done. I used to purchase Mia sheridan's books on spot, cause I loved all her previous ones, but now, I learnt I need to be cautious.

Take into considering I'm a VERY minor opinion. You could like it if you're more forgiving than me. Romance, Fiction, Contemporary oh my goodness. what a tender story, one that really makes me believe in the goodness and beauty that can be found in humanity.

i had a great upbringing with two parents who loved me and made sure i had exactly what i needed, nothing more and nothing less. i went on to get a good education and currently have a job that i enjoy. my background couldnt be any more different than leo and evies. but if two people who have had to experience the crappy hand life has dealt them can still came out in the end full of love and compassion, well, then thats something to really admire.

i know this book is fiction, but their story is not. i believe that people have the capability to be never lose hope in the face of adversity, that kindness can be used as an effective coping mechanism, and that believing in someone (especially when they dont believe in themselves) is the kind of loyalty and support everyone deserves.

so dont let the cheesy outdated cover fool you because this story is sooo much more.

5 stars Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

Leo

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