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?
People always ask me why I read so much. They wonder what I get out of it, why I choose to read whenever I have a free moment. My answer to that questions lies in the book I just finished. Every once in a while you come across a book that completely captivates you, sucks you in and you fall in love…completely. Mia Sheridan’s Leo did just that. It was beautiful in every way. Her writing style, her ability to grab your heart and make you feel every raw emotion—just completely mesmerized me.
Their journey begins when Evie is just 10 and Leo is 11. They meet in the first foster care home they live in. Life in foster care is not easy. Evie is cast aside, never receives the attention she deserves—she just exists to these families. Taking care of the other kids, doing household chores, basically a paycheck to the people who take her in. Leo is the first person who cares, who is there for her—her protector. They become instant friends—the best of friends. She tells him stories, beautiful stories that take them to a magical place far away from the sorrow and loneliness of their reality. Somewhere along the way, they become more to each other.
“I love him, I already know that. I’ve loved Leo McKenna for so many years…but am I falling IN love with him?”
And so it begins. Their love is so strong, so deep—it doesn’t matter how young they are. They love with their whole heart. But beautiful things don’t always last and Leo winds up being adopted. Prior to leaving, he makes a promise to Evie to never stop loving her and that he will come back for her when she turns eighteen.
“No matter how far apart we are. No matter the distance or time, I will never love anyone except you. Not ever.”
But promises are made to be broken and Leo breaks his promise. His last words to Evie were that it will only ever be her…and that’s it, she never sees Leo again.
Flash forward eight years later and Evie is trudging through life. Yes, she has good friends, a couple of jobs to make ends meet and a place to live. But she’s never had love…since Leo, anyway. Until she meets Jake Madsen. He’s pretty much stalking her—following her like a creeper. A HOT, DREAMY, ADONIS creeper. It turns out that he knew Leo and he made a promise to him that he’d check on her. GOD am I THRILLED that he did. He is perfection! Sweet, kind, caring, and just amazing.
They begin a relationship…he’s like Prince Charming treating her like a princess. He is SWOONWORTHY, and you fall in love with him along with her.
“What I know about you, is that people who are lucky enough to have your trust and your friendship, it is clear that they would have your back to within an inch of their life, and is because you give them you, they have a f*ck of a lot…So maybe I don’t know what your favorite meal is, maybe I don’t even know your birthday. But what I do know is beautiful, and Evie, what I do know lest me know that I want to know more.”
Beautiful, that is how he makes her feel. His words, his emotions, just pour into your heart and you FEEL. You laugh, you cry, you love, you hate. You keep reading, just completely blown away by the love they create.
But there are lies and there are secrets and broken hearts. There are intricate details woven into a beautiful tale. This is why I read. Mia Sheridan blew me away. She takes you on a journey. You fall in deep with her characters, you hang on to EVERY WORD, wanting to know what is going to happen, but not wanting the story to end. I am amazed, in awe and know that I will forever be a Mia Sheridan fan. I will read whatever she writes. Thank you, Mia, for your words, for the beauty in your story, and for taking me on a journey I will never forget.
Trish and I actually chatted a bit about Leo. Check it out….
Trish: Hey Jen!
Jen: Hey Trish!
Trish: So, I recommended one of my favorite books to you. I’m curious. How was Leo?
Jen: I LOVE you more than ever for recommending Leo!!! It was just AMAZING, I’m speechless…blown away…
Trish: Yeah?? Did you cry like a baby just like I did?? You know how emotional I can get when I read! Lol
Jen: Yes! A blubbering mess!!! So emotional, so beautiful, just captivated me. I am in awe.
Trish: Yeah that’s my girl Mia. She can really spin a story. I knew you would love it like I did.
She’s quite poetic.
Jen: She is a phenomenal writer, gifted. She did spin a tale that held my heart and one that I won’t ever forget.
Trish: Agreed. And there was so much to tell. I couldn’t help but re read with you. I forgot how freakin amazing Jake is. I swear his love making his just breathe taking.
Jen: How many times I said, “Omg” and “Don’t leave me!”
Trish: Oh Jen our private messages were killing me.
Jen: You definitely re lived the book because you re reading with me.
Trish: Oh I missed Jake in the worst way.
“Why are you looking at me?”
“Because I like your face.”
Jen: Loved that part!!! Best line ever!!!
Trish: Agreed Jen!! I couldn’t wait for to get a fix of Jake
And Mia !!
Best fucking book!!!
Jen: She will be on my author to read the minute she releases forever!
Trish: Oh girl, I already have this chick on lock down. Holla
You ready for Leo’s chance??
Jen: Absolutely!!! Already downloaded!
Jen: You better hold my hand!!!
Trish: Let’s get to it!
Shit hold mine too!!
Jen: ON IT!!!
Trish: So let’s wrap this up! Leo. Good stuff right?
Everything I look for in a book!
Trish: Exactly. The angst is all there. Jen you are such an angst whore!
Jen: Totally!! My reality show…Confessions of an Angst Whore!
You can be my sidekick!
Trish: That’s my girl!! Thanks for reading Jen!! Glad you loved it like I did!!
Leo stays with you!
About Mia Sheridan
I’m an avid reader, and now writer! of romance and erotic novels. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband who is a police officer and my biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). We have four children here on earth and one in heaven. When I’m not sitting on my couch with my head buried in my Kindle, I can be found writing or doing anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. The wild hairs I get know no bounds. Leo is my debut novel, but my head is swimming with more…
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