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Leo

Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell, Joe Arden
Series: Sign of Love, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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A USA Today best-selling book. Leo is a full-length, standalone romance.

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?

New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this audiobook is not intended for listeners under the age of 18.

©2013 Mia Sheridan (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Thought Provoking!!

Truly thought provoking and heart wrenching. This was the first time I'd read/listened to Mia Sheridan. I was impressed by her style of writing and, in this case, the content - a subject very empathetically and sensitively covered.
The story was brought to life by Maxine Mitchell, Narrator - in my opinion she is in a class of her own.
I would certainly recommend this book

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  • Danni
  • 24-07-17

Just wow

Leo is such an emotional rollercoaster. It's about two kids who grow up in the foster care system together. As they get older, Leo and Evie realize the relationship is more than platonic. When one gets adopted and had to move, they lost contact.Evie basically spent the years pining for Leo, although he'd broken her heart. Then along comes the handsome Jake.

I'm going to be the anomaly and say I knew what Jake was up to from the start. The way he was acting was a huge flag. However, his big twist and tragic backstory really worked. It wasn't so far fetched to be unbelievable yet shocking enough to keep you on edge. The story was well thought-out and made sense. I really understood the characters, their relationship and their motives. This is the type of story that will make you feel emotionally invested.

Maxine Mitchell was great. Joe Arden is one of my favorite narrators but we don't get to hear from him be much as 90% of the story was told by Evie's character

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 25-05-15

I WAS RIVETED TO EVERY WONDERFUL WORD

Evie was 10 and Leo was 11 when they first became friends in Foster Care then, by the time they were 14 and 15 they had fallen in love with each other and even dreamed of a future together. But the unthinkable happened when Leo was adopted and the two devastated friends shared their first kiss and promised to keep in touch..... a promise that Leo never kept. Years later all grown up Evie was being stalked by Jake a handsome, sexy, deep brown eyed stranger....... but he had some bad news for her.

This story, that went back and forth in time to tell their love story, gripped me from the start even though I had my doubts and suspicions about the stranger who soon became Evie's whole world as their sizzling chemistry quickly boiled over. But the tragic story of what happened to Leo was a chilling and heartbreaking revelation. There's drama, angst, humor, heartbreak, secrets, revelations, romance and lust filled sex.

Worth a credit? Dual POV's, very good dual narration, a well written captivating story with likeable primary and secondary characters and a romantic sweet Epilogue makes this a very creditworthy listen. And Mia Sheridan is an author whose imaginative and romantic words have made her books an auto download for me.

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  • Cinema4
  • 30-09-18

An entire book of women making terrible decisions

I stopped listening to this about 3 hours in. I just could not.

Our main character is just a walking trope of cliches and gullibilities. She a 22 year old woman who works as a housekeeper, can support herself comfortably doing it, and has a heart of gold. She has men who constantly float around her who want to do nothing but protect and adore her. She's described as a woman who is pretty but does not know she's pretty (I hate that cliche), and she goes off with a guy whose only claim to her life is that he says she knew someone she knew.

I have no idea why the author wrote a woman character like this. She goes off with this guy, who is obviously Leo, after he follows her for weeks, knows where she works, where she lives and she has no problem dating him. He stalked her and its treated like a meet cute. That infuriated me. But he's handsome, so I guess that's enough?

She and Leo promised themselves to stay pure for each other when they were kids in the system, but he tells her (As Jake because he's lying about who he is) that he has been with scores of women. But she has to be virginal and pure and innocent and still be street smart because she grew up in foster care and trusting and beautiful and forgiving and kind! Because all that makes him like her as a "person" What!?

Why do women authors write women characters like this? What is the point? What is supposed to captivate the reader?

Also the world building is so disconnected. She's supposed to live in a 'sketchy' neighborhood, but she is in walking distance of a grocery, a library, and a park where she runs 3 miles every so often, but the lock on the building's front gate was broken so...bad neighborhood? How can she afford an area like that living alone working as a maid and a server!? It floors me the author didn't think about stuff like that.

Next is the way these characters talk. Well, they don't talk, they monologue. 12 year old kids don't talk like that. People who are speaking about themselves don't talk like that. I rolled my eyes so much to this dialogue.

I know she's supposed to tell stories, but her stories involve women who are only valued for their beauty. The one about the cold beautiful women in the field getting impregnated by the lion really freaked me out. It's framed like a fairy tale (as all the stories are) but the lion just holds the woman down and "because she's not frightened" its cool for the lion to give her a baby and then go away?!

There is just so much compromising agency of women in this story (even for this genera of book) that I couldn't finish it.

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  • cas
  • 21-12-15

good story

Would you consider the audio edition of Leo to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version but the audio was good.

What other book might you compare Leo to and why?

It compares to most romance novels. You see the ending coming a mile away. Happy endings and childlike love

What does Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent reading/acting skills

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No just easy listen very predicable

Any additional comments?

The only think that was completely irritating to me was the constant verbiage during the hot sex scenes with often was "Jesus" and "Christ". Not sure why those needed to consistently said.

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  • Mary Bonham-carter
  • 10-01-18

Predictable Twist

I find Mia Sheridan really hit or miss. I loved Archers Voice, but really didn’t enjoy Midnight Lily. I would classify Leo closer to the Midnight Lily category.

“Leo”is chalk full of secrets, or should I say Jake is full of secrets and we spend most of the story in suspense waiting for Jake to reveal his secrets. I found the secret keeping frustrating and was annoyed that Evie so blindly trusted Jake in light of his refusal to answer the most basic questions about his life.
In the end, the “twist” was as predicted and Jake’s reasons for keeping his secrets, although traumatizing, not really a justification for the deception. I also found it difficult to like Jake for most of the novel, as he came across as untrustworthy and a bit whiny.
5 stars for the narration

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  • K. Moya
  • 21-11-17

Utterly Amazing

I've listened to 20 or so romance November the last month or so...and this novel tells the most heartwarming story of true love that I've think I've ever heard. It's right up their with The Notebook and Bridges of Madison County. I will definitely be listening to this many times in the future. Also the narrators brought Evie, Leo and Jake to life in such an amazing way that I feel as if I really know them as if they are people I know in my own life.

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  • Book Lover
  • 29-06-16

I loved this book

I have become a big Mia Sheridan fan. I truly enjoy the way her books are not just love stories; but stories of hope, courage and redemption.

Live dealt the hero and heroine a lot of challenges; eventually they rose above what live dealt them and found each other and also made a difference it their world.

The chemistry between the couple was also great. I highly recommend this book.

After reading or listening to her books I usually have a smile on my face and hope in my heart.

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  • Niaboo2000
  • 01-01-18

NOT GOOD!!

The story had so much potential but it fell flat fast. The initial stalking bit was intriguing and Evie was ditzy by approaching him but also strong. After that she became the most annoyingly trusting naive woman I have ever read about. She was just dumb. She didnt have a backbone and she gave into everything. Very disappointeding story.

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  • Dakota Martin
  • 26-09-18

Why?! WHY?

This is the lamest story ever, it is so obvious what the ending is going to be, the justification for the whole plot is so weak. The mc is such an idiot, and the love interest is a creep no matter how he tries to justify it. Such, a waste of time, just listen to the first 30 min, then skip to the last hour and a half. Save the time.

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  • Lisa
  • 15-09-19

Tender Tale w/Twist of 2 damaged souls💗💗

This is a lovely romance that begins with two broken foster kids who find love with each other in their young age. Leo, gets adopted at age 15 and at age 13 Evie waits for him to come back for her when she turns 18, as he asks her to and promises to write and keep contact until then...he doesn’t.
Evie has been left behind by everyone, never feeling good enough to be chosen or lloved. The story then picks up 8 yrs later, when a stranger approaches her and says her “Leo” wanted him to check on her. The story takes some twists and turns, some dark, heart breaking, and others the blossoms of new love. While she likes Leo’s messenger (a lot)Evie is scared to trust in this new man (Jake) who knew her Leo, the boy who broke her heart completely. Jake & Evie’s story begins and is romantic, sexy, hot as hell, and at times bitter as Evie is feeling something “off” especially when catty beyotches start appearing and Jake’s explanations are...suspect.
That’s as much as can be said without spoilers and I prob gave away too much as is LOL
Terrific listen for romantic hearts, and enough dominant alpha male lovers for you smexy addicts (including me)
Narration is on point ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Note: I tend to listen to a lot of audiobooks at 1.25 or 1.5 speed as 1.0 just seems way too slow for me. I listened at 1.5 for this one😉

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