Series: A Sign of Leo
Published by Self Pub Release date : November 27th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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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 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?
Ah, where to start…
I purchased Leo mainly because it was a freebie and I was on a roll one clicking away my money. It came as a recommendation; based on other purchases I had made. Not to say that this wouldn’t have caught my eye any other time – because it did before the cover change.. (thank goodness for that, too.)
Quite honestly – I am very mixed on my thoughts about Leo. In one hand, I enjoyed parts. It was a quick, easy read; with just enough drama and angst to keep me content and entertained. Yet, in the other hand, I HAVE THINGS TO SAY.
Evie is such a strong, loving character. I loved getting into her head about her past, how much she has over come and her love for her childhood best friend. She never got over him – or his absence, and it was heartbreaking to witness. Then Jake stalks (literally) into her life and flips it upside down. She is learning to love again – learning to let someone in and love her. Yet, at the same time, it’s so much more.
Evie made this book thoroughly enjoyable for me. I love that she didn’t let her past hold her back; but push her to get the things she wants. It drove her to be independent and successful.
Now, my major issue is with the writing. It’s way WAY to descriptive in some areas that I just don’t give a shit about – yet lacks in other areas. The ending was rushed; leaving me reading with my mouth slightly agape and my mind whirling with confusion. The “plot twist” was obvious – and I felt like the “reason” Evie was slow on the uptake was too fucking convenient.
I would also like to mention that even though I enjoyed some of the “flash-backs” with Evie and Leo- it didn’t feel right. Their dialogue and situations felt too mature for their age, so it was more shocking and unbelievable than anything. Personal preference, mind you.
Now Jake. It was obvious to me what his secret was – as mentioned above – and I still don’t know if this was intentional or not. If so, it ruined it for me because I hated what it put Evie through. Is there a case for redemption here? Yes. But with the rushed ending, I didn’t feel it.
Jake borders on the “alpha” male to “controlling” male. Case in point, “Also, you need to get on birth control. I don’t want to use condoms with you.” Hell to the no, my friends. That is not your place.
However, I do want to applaud the author for writing about a male as a rape victim. It happens, we just don’t SEE it or HEAR about it as much as we should. So kudos for that.
Overall – this was an okay read for me. While there are parts I did enjoy – most of it didn’t work it out in my favor.
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