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- File Size : 907 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 470 pages
- Publication Date : August 11, 2020
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08B55Q51K
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,015 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Oh my. Leo and Mia. Where do I even start with these two? There is this beautiful silence between them very early on that often says it all but then it's often not enough. Mia, in particular, dealing with a ton of inner doubt brought on my absent parents making her feel as if she's not worthy. But thankful for her beloved Papa and her amazing bestie in Holden for making her feel cherished no matter what. And I cheered from the rafters that Holden was solely in this book to be the one who would always catch her when she fell and not as a romantic distraction. He IS her brother, perhaps not by blood, but in all the ways that count. Proving that a girl and a boy CAN truly be friends and nothing else.
Leo Preston. The seemingly quiet punk who is treasured by his siblings for various reasons, who is the silent rock keeping this vivacious brood steady. His quiet demeanor becomes the bane of his existence, frustrated that he can't be loud enough when it counts. Loving Mia for years, allowing her to slip through his fingers too many times but still maintaining that Preston charm that came out when needed. I appreciated his subtle kind of bravado, very different from his brothers, and the way he was able to entice Mia into more brazen thoughts, especially when it involved anything sexual.
I'm sure I've said it before but it bears repeating: what sets McLean apart from so many other writers in the same genre is that she keeps it real. Sure these are fictional characters but their reactions, their emotions and their actions are spot on each and every time. Everything that Leo and Mia put themselves through, whether by choice or destiny, felt necessary even when my own heart was broken right along with theirs. This is not a short book by any means but yet all the heartache and pain felt properly placed and I couldn't look away if I tried. Yes, I had to put this book down many times, cringing at what I knew might happen next or already did, but like both Mia and especially Leo (since this book is truly his story) I continued on and hoped fate would stop hesitating and let these two find their way to each other permanently.
Of course there are many detours in this well-written but very gut-wrenching story but each somehow became necessary. I mean, my goodness, what Leo and Mia go through emotionally is something I won't soon forget and I'm very much taken with the strength they accumulate through the ten long years they do this intense dance of theirs. Theirs is a seemingly nonstop world of hurt and although my own soul felt bruised more often than not, I am here to say it is worth every painful moment. And you will feel pain. You will cry. But you will undoubtedly smile through your tears. The touching epilogue alone will make your spirits soar, and you'll feel better for having read this stellar story.
In the end, Leo becomes so much more than just a tainted love story. The Prestons are a huge force in this book and there are surprising alliances and explosive reactions as many revelations come to light. I think that is what keeps me coming back for more: the fact that McLean continues to allow the entire Preston crew to become both a background encouragement and occasional detriment, making the story that much more bountiful.
Hold on tight to your heart. Leo will consume you and with each new chapter (told in both their POVs btw) you'll wonder just how much more Leo and his girl can withstand. Or whether they have what it takes to truly make it. Like Lucas and Logan before them, I will just say that Leo is a whole new level of angst and Jay McLean delivers it exquisitely. And once again, it deserves those eleventy-three stars but I guess I'll have to settle for 5++++ huge ones instead.
Mia and Leo, stole my heart, broke my heart, mended my heart, broke it again, and fixed it again and won it in the end. Mia by herself is this sort of wounded soul that I honestly felt so much of myself in. Insecure and doubtful of everyone’s love and intentions, because she has so few people in her life she’s been able to trust and just as many that have disappointed her. Leo. Sweet, thoughtful, passionate, Leo. I have too many words to say about this man and his growth and all of them would spoil the book for you. Just know that these two GO THROUGH IT. The only thing that never changes is their love for each other. It’s undeniable and long lasting, but it’s never easy or simple for long.
The Preston family. The brothers I wanted to throttle and hug at the same time, because I know them and their stories. Lucy the glue who can bring a smile and laughter to almost any moment even if it’s a hard one. And that’s just Leo’s bunch. Mia brings a whole set of new characters to fall in love with, and I’d hate to spoil the reading experience by saying too much, but also I need to scream shouty capitals something, so close your eyes if you want to be fully unspoiled.... Ok sorry. I’m done.
I don’t know what else to say other than, just read this book. If you love teen angst and coming of age, a dichotomy of family dynamics and drama, and just young love growing, changing, blossoming into an adult love that needs careful navigation and thought, then you NEED to read this book and this entire series.
Now I’m off to buy a rocking chair. Don’t ask. Just read.
Leo is EVERYTHING and more. The reason I read is encapsulated within these pages. So much emotion, depth and heart I seriously lose myself while reading. A jolting reminder of why I love romance, the feeling of first love and complete devastation. Family, and who you are within the walls of your loved ones. Learning to break barriers to stand for something, to love, heal, grow, and become a better person on the way. This book has it all in only the way Jay McLean can deliver, perfectly. If I could force every reader to meet Leo and Mia, I feel like all the problems in the world would dim. Yes, it is that kind of escape. Please read this book. Fall in love with a good, flawed human that deserves all the fictional world has to offer. When you're done falling hard, I will be here with a well meant you're welcome. xo
Leo was a truly exceptional story. There are so many beautiful relationships held within the pages. You will fall in love with *almost* every character.
Mia and Leo were destined to be as teens. They will have to overcome many things to make it to adulthood together.
Life is riddled with messiness. This story shows that even a lone yellow flower can overcome the environment and thrive.
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You know when a book draws you so deep into it, you feel like you’re a part of the story? You’re so deep that you feel everything the characters feels: guilt, desperation, sadness, anger, happiness, love? Leo is one of these books. His and Mia’s story broke my heart and put it back together again.
Mia is a strong yet vulnerable; a beautiful combination that Jay McLean perfects.
I enjoyed seeing all the gang again - all eleventy three of them! I also loved Mia’s Papa, Holden (Mia’s best friend) and of course Benny. This book was worth every second of the 3 years I’ve been waiting and more.
It’s fascinating how each Preston sibling views their family and the variety in which they differ, I look forward to seeing the next Preston brother’s view!
I’m writing this review in hospital as I had an operation yesterday, thanks Jay for writing this amazing story that made the pain more bearable for a few hours.
I've been a fan of Jay's since 2014 when I first read 'More Than This'. Every release she does I think she's peaked and then she pulls it out of the bag again! Her writing goes from strength to strength and it really shows with Leo.
This book genuinely had me thinking about it for days after I'd finished and that doesn't happen to me very often.
I was excited to enter the More than and Preston Punks world once again and naturally couldn’t put my kindle down. Leo and Mia’s story was compelling and had me glued to the words non-stop. I loved the little twist and getting glimpses of some old favorites and where they are now. Loved the references to all the old songs and will make a special Mia playlist as well. Oh and I Can’t wait for Holden’s (Mia’s best friend) story.
Thank you Jay for allowing me to dive back into the Preston universe, I loved every second of it!