The follow-up to Leo, the USA Today bestselling novel by Mia Sheridan.
Does everyone deserve a second chance? Even someone who lies and deceives to get it?
Do we all have a second chance coming? Even if we play a part in our own destruction?
How hard would you fight to have a second chance at love? A second chance at life? Another chance to tell your own story?
Every love story has two sides. Evie told hers. This time it's Leo's chance.
Seeing that there are too many readers out there that can’t stand the suspense and flip to the end of the book to see what happens (you know who you are!), I’m going to leave as little as possible about the story out just in case you are hoping to get a few spoilers from Leo.
READ MY GOLDEN OLIVE REVIEW FOR LEO HERE
What I can tell you about Jake’s side of the story is that it starts out as a memory of him in the hospital. This is where we meet his Psychologist, Dr. Fox. I felt he is a huge part of Jake’s story and we really didn’t hear too much about him in Leo. This book fills in so many holes and elaborates on key parts of the first book and we really get to see how damaged Jake is.
“A cloud of rage has settled in my head now, and I’m fighting against the images that assault me, one by one by fucking one. I feel like I’m about to combust, my hands fisting in my lap, my entire body tense.”
We find out what was going on in Jake’s head resulting in his lie to Evie and why he felt it was necessary. I came to the conclusion that although Jake came across as strong and alpha in the first book, in this book, knowing his thoughts and feelings, he seemed more broken and weak than I initially thought. Not like a pansy or anything, but getting inside his tormented head made me look past the alpha parts of him and more into his soul. Everything he was feeling, I felt…and then some.
“Who do you hate, son?”
“My blows become softer, my defenseless mattress getting a momentary reprieve from my rage-filled beating. My breath hitches in my throat again, and now I can feel the tears burning behind my eyes, wanting to fall. This spurs my anger again and so my blows become harder and I am almost choking now. The rage begins to abate, and just beyond it is the grief and I feel it coming at me like a wave. I’m powerless to fight it. All I can do is wait as it washes over me, drenching the fiery ball of anger, putting out that flame, but dragging me under, tossing me, flailing and defenseless against its unrelenting power. It is bigger than the bitterness, bigger than the guilt, and I can do nothing but submit to it. I choke out, ‘Me! I hate me! I hate myself! I hate myself! I fucking hate myself!’”
His sessions with Dr. Fox is what gave him the courage to find Evie. Jake looks at Evie as a lifeline of sorts and knows that being with her will help to heal him. I loved the flashbacks of while he was in the hospital as they gave a ton of insight to who he was and everything he had been through. Even though I already knew what was going to happen for the most part, I loved seeing how his deceit came about from his insecurity and fear of losing Evie. You are shown how crazy in love Jake is with Evie and his turmoil of past and present mistakes. I loved that through all of their pain and suffering, Evie was able to forgive and love Jake and he was able to find peace and happiness again. I absolutely think Mia Sheridan did justice in telling a story from the male POV, which I cannot say about all authors. They either get it right and make you truly believe the story is from a male, or they get it wrong and it seems like the POV is more feminine-like a woman who has the façade of being a man, which is definitely a character connection killer. Just like the first book, this story flowed flawlessly and was an extraordinary read.
In all honesty, I can’t find one thing in particular I did not like about this book. I got more from it than I was expecting and absolutely loved the ending as well as the epilogue. Our hero definitely gets his second chance to turn everything around and be who he wants to be with the woman he loves. The only reason I can’t give this a golden olive is because it is the same story as the first book, even if there is so much more learned. Definitely put this on your TBR list. You will love it!
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