Leo (Sign of Love #1) by Mia Sheridan

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.

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Leo… is just the perfect blend of new adult romance. It’s emotional, romantic, addicting as all hell and just simply… beautiful. This is the third book this week that I underestimated. I’ve had it for a few days now and just didn’t plan on reading it any time soon… but when I came over to see what others had to say, I couldn’t resist seeing for myself. And Now? I don’t know what book those who gave this 1-3 stars were reading, but I don’t think we were reading the same thing. This book does not deserve such low ratings at all. Yes, you might not like complicated romance books… but hell… NO ONE can say this book isn’t great! Because… ladies, it’s totally amazing.

“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 Evie meet when they are just kids. They end up in the same foster home for a while and then even when they are split… they stay close. What started out as Leo being protective of Evie, turns into Leo and Evie falling in love.

“We dreamed together, we planned a life together. We were so young, but we were so sure.”

So anyway, Leo is forced to move away when he get adopted, but promises Evie that he will return to her when she turns 18. They kiss, pledge to wait for one another and Evie watches Leo walk away and never see’s him again.

“After a minute, I look up and the boy named Leo is staring at me. I stare back, but he doesn´t look away. “Why are you looking at me?” I hiss at him, my cheeks turning hot, filled with shame for the exchange he just heard.

He just keeps looking at me for a moment, and then he shrugs. “Because I like your face,” he says, but now a corner of his mouth is quirking up in a half smile.”

Fast Farward… Evies 22 (I believe) and she’s built a life for herself. Nothing fancy, she lives a humble life but she enjoys each moment because the life that she lives is the life she created for herself. For a week or so, Evie realizes that someone is following her wherever she goes. She knows that she should be afraid or cautious… but for some reason this unknown stalker doesn’t make her feel afraid at all. She’s more curious as to why rather than worried that he’s dangerous. So one day, she confronts him and this is where everything starts. Turn’s out he knew Leo and Leo had sent him to check up on her. She’s not sure at first… so she keeps him at arms length. After a few days she see’s him again and after agreeing to go to dinner with him, they start to develop a relationship. But Jake’s keeping something from her… Evie doesn’t know what and she doesn’t even have any idea of what it can be… but she just knows there’s something… So this is where I end off, because anymore would giveaway the crux of the plot and I don’t like doing spoiler reviews. What you need to know is that Leo by Mia Sheridan is a beautiful book. Truly stunning actually. I adored it and pretty much finished it in one sitting. It’s fairly shorter than the average novel length or maybe it’s exactly the right length… I’m not sure. But what I do know is that it felt short, but it didn’t feel rushed, nor did it feel as if something was lacking. It kept at a good pace, it didn’t deviate from the tale and I liked how everything concluded.

The followup is really just the same tale but from Leo’s POV. And although I’d have loved more of Jake / Leo / Evie, I’m still very happy with the way it all turns out. Essentially this is a standalone since the story doesn’t continue with Leo’s POV – it’s merely there to provide details on what happened to Leo since he met Evie. The second book is called Leo’s Chance and I’ll definitely be reading it as soon as it’s released in June.

As far as I can tell, Leo is a debut for author Mia Sheridan. This always shocks me because there are many authors who pump out one mediocre book after the other, but then you get an author who’s first release is so fantastic, you wonder what she’ll do to top that. I can’t wait to read more of Mia Sheridans work and I really hope that she blesses us with even more books as wonderfully written and as beautifully thought-out as Leo is.

Rating: 5 Stars!

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