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?
THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY LEO. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Even now, weeks later, it still hurts to think about it. Now, the obvious question would be, "Why did you give it 5 stars if it made you feel that bad?". Believe me, I've asked myself that same question. I'll admit, I was on the fence about it. I was conflicted, not sure how I felt about being left so raw even with a happy ending.
In the end, the 5 stars is because it left me like that. Its not very often that a book evokes that much emotion, even if it is painful. And as bad as I felt, I was ready to jump in to Leo's Chance, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. I needed a breather before another emotional tirade. And even now, I still don't think it has been enough time.
Was it predictable? A little bit. I figured out what was going on pretty early on, and wondered why if I could figure it out, why couldn't the characters. That's okay though. Sometimes, the mystery and the puzzle are not what makes a story great, instead its the emotions it elicits and what it takes for the reader to process those emotions.
I do want to say that I don't think this is a book for everyone. If you can't handle that lingering sadness, you may want to stay away. But if you think you can handle it, its definitely worth the read.