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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.

4.5 Stars

I look into his eyes and ask, “Why are you looking at me?”
His eyes search mine for several long seconds before he hold contact and whispers, “Because I like your face.” 

ATran recommended this book to me yesterday and after I read the blurb, I knew I had to read it ASAP. I luckily found it on Smashwords a day early than its scheduled release date and just dove right in. I was intrigued immediately. The story began with our H/h, Leo and Evie, only 15 and 14 respectively. The setting was on a rooftop, snow slowly starting to come down, not wanting to say goodbye to each other. Both children of the foster care system, Leo has been adopted and is moving. He promises to write her and come back for her when she turns eighteen so that they can begin their life together. 

“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.” 

Oh yea. I was SOLD. 

Fast forward eight years…

Evie has not heard a word from Leo. The last time she saw or heard from him was atop the roof eight years ago. She is now twenty-two and has worked hard to get where she is. She’s not rich by any means, works two jobs to pay rent, but no matter what, she is happy with her life. Knowing where she has been, she doesn’t take anything for granted. Her life is uneventful for the most part, except for the stalker that has been following her for last week and half. He doesn’t give off creepy vibes, especially since he looks harmless, and gorgeous, too. She’s actually amused at how obvious he is. She decides to confront him and find out why he’s stalking her.

Jake is there to fulfill Leo’s dying wish: to check on Evie and make sure she’s okay. This is how Evie finds out what has happened to her Leo: A car accident claimed his life. She doesn’t really know how to process this information, nor does she understand why Jake keeps showing up after confronting him. But it’s pretty obvious that they have an immediate connection. Evie’s beauty and, most of all, her kindness, draws him in. 

The more Evie and Jake spend with each other, the more Evie falls madly for him, but she remains hesitant. Jake is holding something back. We know barely anything about him and on a few occasions, makes Evie doubt his level of honesty. What do really know about Jake? What is he hiding?

Totally bossy. But totally sweet. And totally hot. 

“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?” 

I honestly couldn’t put the book down. Not only was I enjoying Jake’s bossiness and aggressiveness, but most of all I wanted to know exactly who he is. What was he not telling us? Throughout the book, I was trying to read between the lines, so to speak. I formed a theory, but nothing was confirmed until towards the end. By then, I was completely engrossed wanting to know the connection. There were times where my heart actually broke for both Evie and Jake. This is definitely an emotional story and would recommend it. But be warned, the story could’ve used a little editing, but not to the point of annoyance really, but I thought I’d just mention it anyway. Happy reading!

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