Saturday, August 24, 2013

[Review] Leo - Mia Sheridan

Released: April 17th, 2013

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 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?

I realize now that there are a lot of paths in life. Some we choose and some are chosen for us.

This book was exactly what I expected it to be. I was hoping it would be filled with hot, steamy sex, plenty of cute, adorable romance scenes and also a slight tear-jerker. Well, I didn't cry honestly during the book but I guess that was what the author intended to happen.

But the book was pretty amazing. Since it's been getting so many good reviews, I decided to give it a try. Mia Sheridan's debut novel was absolutely lovely and somewhat intense. It showed the strong connection between Evie and Leo as children and how, even after Evie went through his "betrayal" or his detachment, she still loved him after all those years. It showed how a bond as strong as theirs just can't be broken with separation. 

Evie's character was fantastically captivating. She was wonderful. So damn lovely. Despite all the shit and horrible events of her past, she still managed to soldier on and go through life with a smile. There is not a single ounce of bitterness in her heart. She forgives but never forgets, so that she may learn the lessons. Even Jake, Leo's friend, agrees with this.
You've done a pretty remarkable job of not letting your past make you hard. There's not a harsh or bitter thing about you, not a single thing, not your attitude, not the way you hold yourself, not your eyes, not your smile, not the way you treat people, always taking care of the people who are lucky enough to have your love." - Jake
I was like, "Sweet Jesus, that man has a way with words." Jake was also a fantastic character. I loved how thoughtful he was. But I really hated how fast the relationship progressed. One minute they were just meeting, him telling her that he was connected to Leo in a way. And then BAM! They're suddenly together? A little bit too fast, don't you think?

But anyways. At first, I didn't really understand Leo and Evie's bond. Yes, they were friends but that seemed like that was it. When I got more and more into the book, I understood why they became close friends and then lovers. But I still didn't understand why their bond was so strong.

Then I realized. It was their real heart-to-heart connection and the fact that they came from the same roots. They were both two lonely kids in the same foster care. They knew what it was like. They understood each other. That's what made their bond so strong.

One of the early scenes was Leo saying goodbye to Evie and he was just so sweet and I'm just like alkwerjlwkejr. The pain in my chest is abnormal.
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." - Leo
AND GUESS WHAT?!?! She totally did. That's how awesome Evie is and how sucky Leo was.

And another repetition I like was:
Evie: "Why are you looking at me?"
Leo: "Because I like your face."
Well, this doesn't sound too cute when I put it this way but still. It's so damn adorable when you read it in the book.

As for Jake, ugh, I want to pack him up and take him home with me. He's just one of the sweetest guys ever. He's handsome, charming and not to mention Evie's "stalker". I like how he genuinely cares about her.

Anyways, the plot was awesome. Like, really good. The plot twist in the end was also great. The characters were AH-MAY-ZING. And the writing style? A++!

Minor Faults:
  • A bit too fast-paced in the beginning



About The Author:

Mia Sheridan lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband who is a police officer and her biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). They have four children here on earth and one in heaven. When she isn't writing or reading romance novels, she enjoys anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. Leo is her debut novel.

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