Posted March 27th, 2013 by in Uncategorized / 8 comments


17608346Title: Leo  (Sign of Love #1)
Author: Mia Sheridan
Publisher: Indie Digital Publishing
Publication Date: March 11, 2013
Classification: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Content: Mature Adult Sex Scenes

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

My Thoughts:

What drew me to this book was the spectacularly sexy cover and some raving reviews. I immediately hopped over to Amazon and grabbed it. It took me some time to get to it with my huge TBR pile staring at me. But once I got to it, I finished it in a day. It was a short read (193 pages).

The book hooked me in from the very first page and 35% into it, I was really liking it but by the time I reached 75%, I had mixed feelings. I had this love-hate relationship going on with the book.

Let me talk about things I loved. I loved the overall plot. It was new to some extent and I liked how the author dealt with it. I liked the main character, Evie. She is someone you take a liking to immediately. I loved the depth of the writing at some places. Here are some examples-

“I will prove to you that forever is not just a word, not just a measurement of unending time, but that forever is a place where I will treasure your heart.”

“And the thing about falling in love is that no matter where you are when it happens, you can’t help but to color those moments with beauty, even if you’re in a location of ugliness. He made what would have been a place of nightmares into a place to dream.”

Well, sappy, yes but I’m a hopeless romantic and love all kinds of sappy.

Yet another thing I liked was how some of the chapters started with a peek into the past and then the present unfolded. I have seen these two kinds of POVs (third omniscient and first person) going on side by side in a couple of other books and have grown to like it.

Now to come to things that I could have done without. The writing style was a bit new for me. At some places I found the details to be distracting rather than involving, like, what the main character is wearing right down to the details of the makeup. I did finally get used to it but I would have preferred a more cohesive writing style that didn’t break it up for me. Then again, though the plot is to some extent new, it has lots of repetitiveness and it doesn’t give a fresh feel. Despite more or less liking the main character, at times, she felt unreal and too perfect. Also, the concept of insta-love is something that kind of irks me so that didn’t really help.

And finally, the biggest flaw, the predictability. I love when a book keeps me on my feet and this one missed the mark by a lot. There were supposed to be a lot of twists and turns but either I have a really sharp mind or the author didn’t conceal it properly because it was right in my face and I could tell what was going to happen next. And that didn’t work out for me.

Overall, if you’re looking for a sappy, sexy love story with a decent pace but predictable plot, this is the one for you.




8 Responses to “Leo”

  1. Joie @ Joie de Lire

    I just recently got this book! I’ve been skimming through it during my downtime and I’m really liking it for the same reasons you said in your review. Personally, I’m really glad this is an ebook because I would be waaaay too embarrassed to ever show that cover in public! X)

    • Pragya

      LOL! I know all about these ‘thank God for Kindle’ books. I read mostly on my way to and from work and I could never read that book in public on paperback. Way too embaraasing for sure. 😉 Glad you’re liking it. Happy reading!

  2. Andrea @ The Bookish Babe

    I had a friend swear I needed to read this ASAP, but I just wasn’t sure, b/c I’ve read a lot if books w/a similar theme. Leo does seen like a good story, but it drives me bananas when the chsracter’s clothes/makeup is overly descriptive.
    I may still give this a try at some point. Thanks for the informative review!

    • Pragya

      Well, it makes for a decent read, not sure about the ASAP bit though. 🙂 After a point you do get used to the overly descriptive part. You can give it a try.

  3. Lily B

    have a few friends who have been raving about this one, but I have yet to read it. Interesting review, I can see why predictability could be a downer on this one , eventually I will give it a try.

  4. Alexa

    It seems there were several ups and downs in this one. I’m not a fun of long descriptions when someone is wearing something or standing in a forest and the moss is explained for 4 pages. Lol can you tell I have issues with epic fantasy books that do that. So if I can’t deal with it in fantasy I’m not going to take it in my contemp books.

    Glad you liked this one, sorry it had some flaws though.
    We are glad to have you on board!

    • Pragya

      Thank you for having me on POFL, Alexa. I am not a fan of too much description, I’m too impatient for that. Nevertheless, I see lots of potential in the author and will be on the lookout for more of her books.

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