REVIEW – Stinger by Mia Sheridan

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Title: Stinger
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #3
Release Date: December 7, 2013

Stinger by Mia Sheridan

Synopsis

Grace Hamilton was the girl with a plan. She knew exactly where her life was going and prided herself on always achieving her goals. It was who she was, and how she lived her life. She never stepped outside the lines, and never considered what she might desire and whom she was actually trying so hard to please. Until him…

Carson Stinger was a man who didn’t play by any rules except his own. Working in the adult entertainment industry, he didn’t care what others thought, and took each day as it came, no direction, no plan. He knew what women wanted from him and believed it was all he had to offer. Until her…

When circumstances forced them to spend several hours together, they walked away changed. But for two people who never should have meshed, overcoming the reality of their vastly different lives wasn’t possible. At least not yet…

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Bs Review

Mia Sheridan has once again blown me away! Stinger is a surprising story that will break your heart and make it soar while delivering the perfect balance of sexy and sweet. From the moment they met, Carson and Grace shared some serious sexual tension and an undeniable chemistry that absolutely sizzled. I was hooked on their sarcastic banter and delightful flirtations, loving the resultant push and pull as they tried to fight the unavoidable connection forming between them. Mia Sheridan doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the powerful emotions of this story and I found myself feeling every step of this journey. Stinger is part fantasy and part harsh reality, a potent combination of action and romance that is indescribably gripping. Mia Sheridan’s writing continues to wow me. Her colorful imagery, lyrical prose, and easy dialogue creating a voice that is fresh, fierce, and utterly addictive.

“And I really, really like how you make me feel– like if you looked at me every day, the way you’re looking at me right now, I could do anything, be anything, be more.”

The character development in Stinger is absolute perfection. In the beginning, Grace and Carson could not have been more different, but as their story progressed and life took them in their own directions, they proved to be so much more than their first impressions implied. I loved watching Grace come into her own. She was so easy to relate to that I couldn’t help but invest myself in her success and happiness. I also adored the way in which Mia Sheridan unraveled Carson. While he was definitely charming, it was the depth and complexity of this character that was downright mesmerizing. Putting together the pieces of Carson’s past and exploring the years following his first meeting with Grace painted a stunning picture of a broken man that was impossible not to love. Together, Grace and Carson inspired each other to re-define themselves and in doing so evolved beautifully throughout their journey.

“Let’s go watch another sunrise together, Buttercup.”

Stinger was very much a two-toned read. The first part of the story was carefree, sexy, and adorably entertaining, while the second half was grittier, poignant, and significantly more angst-ridden. I enjoyed exploring the many facets of Carson and Grace’s relationship, the changing mood of the story seeming to grow right along with this fantastic couple. Mia Sheridan not only serves up a memorable love story with this Sign of Love novel, but she also addresses some hard-hitting issues that had my heart aching. Through Carson, Mia Sheridan skillfully conjures an incredible sense of purpose, shedding light on a dark subject in a way that was informative and deeply touching. Overflowing with raw emotion and filled with vibrant, relatable characters, Stinger is another win for Mia Sheridan’s Sign of Love series.

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Cs Review

Wow! When it comes to writing a gripping, hold the edge of your seat type of story, Mia Sheridan sure knows how to deliver. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Stinger, but it absolutely blew me away. This author has delivered two unforgettable characters with a love that felt timeless and believable, living through a storyline that is relevant and real.

“Why would fate bring us back together only to have us part a second time.”

Grace and Carson’s story is in many ways a second chance love story. However, there was so much more to Stinger than just their romance. I loved how Sheridan questioned fate and the control over what we have in our lives. I adored that the characters didn’t change who they were because of the other. Yet, they changed and grew in a way that stayed true to their personalities. From the moment they started hating on each other in that initial elevator ride, I knew that they would have something special and I could not have been more right.

“He was an enigma to me – stinging me one minute and then soothing me the next – with his words, his touch, his smile.”

Sheridan utilizes a longer time span throughout Stinger, but it allowed me to gain a greater appreciation for who these characters were. We didn’t just get a glimpse of their lives and have to speculate who they used to be, where they were going, etc. The author takes pivotal points in Grace and Carson’s lives and intertwines them effortlessly. The way she so seamlessly intertwines moments and arcs for the characters was truly impressive. Furthermore, the writing was compelling and left me aching for more at the end of each chapter. I finished in a matter of hours because I just couldn’t bring myself to put it down.

“Maybe love was complicated, and yet the simplest thing in the whole wide world.”

For as much as I couldn’t get enough of Leo and Leo’s Chance, there was something even more special about Stinger. This book took a very real life issue and created awareness and compassion without it being over the top or taking away from the characters’ story. From their transformations and growth to the way they became so sure in the choices they made – it just flowed perfectly. Mia Sheridan has a true gift and I’ve found that I’m liking each new book even more than the last. I’m not sure how she’ll top herself, but I sure am ecstatic to find out!

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REVIEW – Leo’s Chance by Mia Sheridan

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Title: Leo’s Chance
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #2
Release Date: December 7, 2013

Leos Chance by Mia Sheridan

Synopsis

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.

THIS IS A POV NOVEL OF LEO (LEO SHOULD BE READ FIRST).

Bs Review

Mia Sheridan returns to the story that had our hearts faltering and fluttering in Leo’s Chance. Leo finally gets his turn in this alternate point of view novel and it was every bit worth the wait to hear his side of the story. The emotional moments of his personal journey tugged on my heart, while I fell in love with his and Evie’s epic love story once again. Mia Sheridan’s writing is as captivating as ever, pulling me right back into this familiar story from the very first page in a way that felt entirely fresh and equally exciting. Mia Sheridan’s thoughtful prose, delightful wit, and breathtaking emotion has once again blown me away. Leo’s Chance is a fantastic companion to Leo and a great addition to the Sign of Love Series.

“After years and years of pining for her so intensely, she was right in front of me, and yet she was still a thousand miles away.”

While Evie is as memorable as ever, this novel was Leo’s through and through. I absolutely adored how much this book added to the character, revealing never before seen pieces of his story and completing his puzzle in an unexpected way. I loved the glimpses we got into this complex character’s soul by experiencing his life after the accident and before his reunion with Evie. I enjoyed seeing him in his element at work as well as exploring the various outside relationships that seemed to have influenced the person Leo became over the course of the story. I felt like I finally understood where he was coming from, why he made the choices he did, and what was truly in his heart all along. Mia Sheridan gave Leo some incredible depth in this novel and it definitely had me falling even harder for him this time around.

“If people always acted in a predictable way, determined solely by a set of data, you and Evie would have been much different people. Respect the mystery.”

Leo’s Chance had a decidedly different overall tone than Leo did. While Evie’s side of the story was indeed emotional, so much of it was intellectually driven. She was more stuck in her own mind, trying to wrap her head around her lost relationship with Leo and the possibility of allowing herself to love again, as well as attempting to reconcile the lies she’d been told with the new truths before her. Leo, on the other hand, knew the truth from the beginning, so his journey was more raw, visceral, and overflowing with complicated emotions. As he warred with his impossibly strong feelings and self-imposed duality, Leo made me feel deeply. His story settled in my gut in a way that was surprising and yet felt completely natural, ensuring that Leo’s Chance left a lasting impression.

“Way I see it, maybe it’s not so unfair, as unfinished . If you stopped in the middle of a lot of stories, they’d seem unfair. You’re still in the middle of yours.”

Having read this book immediately after the first, there were a couple times where the story seemed to slow down a bit, likely because of the repetitive nature of certain scenes. However, this was mostly balanced out by the moments where I couldn’t seem to stop reading because I was so totally enthralled in Mia Sheridan’s storytelling. This author continually proves herself to be an expert at combining stunning emotional content with deliciously steamy encounters and amusing moments of levity and Leo’s Chance was no exception. Thanks in part to the fantastic secondary characters that brought heart and humor to Leo and Evie’s story, this novel is a well-rounded read. Leo’s Chance is an entertaining, powerful, and beautiful journey of heartbreak and hope that is not to be missed.

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Cs Review

From the moment I finished the first book in Mia Sheridan’s Sign of Love series of standalones, I knew that I would fall in love with every future book to come. However, I was particularly interested in diving into Leo’s Chance in order to see the other side of all the interactions we had received in Leo. This book was everything I could have wanted and more. It had just the right amount of overlap from Leo, but with so much new content that it never felt like a repeat of the first book.

“But the only thing we’ll get from trying to figure out where another path would have taken us are questions there are no answers to, and heartbreak that can’t be healed. Regardless of how we got there, all any of us can do is move forward from where we are.”

Whenever I dive into an alternative point of view novel, I’m always slightly hesitant because of fear that I will just get a regurgitation or that I won’t love the characters as much. I’m happy to say that Leo’s Chance was nothing but a reminder as to why I fell so hard for Jake and Evie in the first place. Sheridan’s writing is magical; it transports you to the world her personalities live in and is able to make you feel like you’re experiencing the emotions, not just reading them. Even though I knew how the story would end, and the ups and downs to get there, it felt all brand new to my heart. I hurt when the characters did, I rejoiced when they were happy, and I fell in love right alongside them.

“Sometimes it feels like I’m a broken mess of pieces, always searching for a way to fit them all together.”

It was invaluable to be inside Jake’s head, to experience what he did, both in the past and present. Though I loved him before, it created a whole other layer to his personality. In many ways, it created sympathy and pride for how far he was able to come. However, I think what my favorite part of Leo’s Chance is was that it showed how well he knew and understood Evie. The way he was able to read her showed how deep their connection was, even after so many years apart. I adored the characters in the first installment because of the idea that these two broken people could come together to fill in cracks that existed in the other. There’s something about the hope that we’re all a little broken, and we all deserve to be loved, that resonated deeply in my soul. Leo’s Choice was the most perfect alternative point of view novel, and now I’m dying to see how Sheridan will bring out the other astrological signs in the rest of the series!

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REVIEW – Leo by Mia Sheridan

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Title: Leo
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #1
Release Date: December 3, 2013

Leo by Mia Sheridan

Synopsis

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?

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Bs Review

I don’t know why I waited so long to dive into the Sign of Love series, but I am so glad I finally took the plunge! Mia Sheridan delivers a truly captivating love story that overflows with heartache and hope. Right from the start, Leo was nothing like I expected it to be and yet Mia Sheridan kept me riveted, desperate to see where she was going to take this surprising story. There was angst, heartbreak, beauty, joy, and the kind of love that warms you from the inside out. Leo is a story of broken souls fighting their way to a happily ever after and Mia Sheridan effortlessly captured Evie’s heart wrenching journey with her lyrical prose, breathtaking imagery, poignant monologues, and heartfelt confessions. I’ve officially fallen in love with this author and her all-consuming storytelling! My favorite part of Leo was the carefully nurtured relationship between our hero and heroine. Mia Sheridan captures their delicious chemistry and unparalleled emotional connection and delivers it to her readers in an utterly addictive way.

“We dreamed together, we planned a life together. We were so young, but we were so sure.”

Evie is the kind of heroine that takes up residence in your heart and never leaves. She’s been through more than most, seen so much pain, and experienced too much loss, yet her character is the definition of strength – exuding an appreciation for life that is incredibly rare and simply inspiring. She lives her life with gratitude for everything she has, everything she’s earned, and I found it impossible not to become totally enamored by her. As the story progressed, Mia Sheridan methodically exposed pieces of Evie’s past, allowing readers to really grasp the emotional scars she’s suffered and giving this character an exquisite emotional depth that took my breath away. Jake stole my heart right from the beginning. His loyalty and kindness was touching and as Mia Sheridan unraveled this character, I found myself swooning. His triumph over the past made him the perfect match for Evie and I loved how they challenged each other to accept the parts of themselves that have been broken and encouraged one another to live vibrantly and without regret. The character growth they cultivated together was significant and simply stunning.

“But the only thing we’ll get from trying to figure out where another path would have taken us are questions there are no answers to, and heartbreak that can’t be healed.”

This story is told in alternating chapters of Evie and Jake’s present and Evie and Leo’s past. I absolutely adored the contrast between the youthful, naïve love and wistful dreaming Evie and Leo shared and the raw, imperfect love and intense connection she experienced with Jake. I found myself equally enchanted by both sides of Evie’s journey and consumed by the conflicting emotions she experienced throughout the story. Mia Sheridan fills out this fictional world with some incredibly lovable secondary characters. Landon, Nicole, and Mike gave Evie’s story a lightness that perfectly balanced the emotional angst. Nicole and Mike made my heart flutter with the unwavering friendship they shared with Evie while Landon kept me laughing at his crazy antics. Leo was beautifully written, carefully plotted, well paced, and expertly executed making this novel a phenomenal reading experience. Mia Sheridan has completely enchanted me and I am looking forward to devouring the rest of this series. If you enjoy a good heartfelt and breathtaking romance then Leo is an absolute must read!

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Cs Review

For as long as I can remember, people have been telling me that reading a Mia Sheridan novel is an absolute must. I continued to say I knew, added each new release to my TBR, and kept forgetting they were there. When I found out I’d be meeting her, I knew it was finally time to bump them up to the top of my list. Now I’m simply kicking myself for not listening to my friends’ advice sooner. Leo is the first book in the Signs of Love series of standalones, and holy heck…I’m salivating for more!

“Maybe I’m an open book, or maybe love is like a magnifying glass straight into the sould of those who own your heart.”

This is a pretty difficult review to write without divulging any spoilers or secrets. Therefore, I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Sheridan’s writing is a style that is so magnetizing that it truly transports you to this world she’s created. She leaves readers invested in the story through the deep, meaningful connections between the characters, making it easy to fall in love with them quickly. She alternates between young love and a new love, which created such a fascinating dynamic to watch play out. I loved seeing Evie and Leo while they were saying goodbye, and then Evie picking up the pieces as an adult. I admired the ferocity, the independence, and most of all, the perseverance that shone through each of these personalities. I found pieces of myself in them which brought me comfort and an unexpected bond that I came to cherish.

“Life obviously took a lot from you, and I know you’ve been cut deep, but the fact that you relied on yourself to make it through and that you didn’t let it make you cynical or cold, that is all you. Own that.”

I will say that the plot is somewhat predictable, but in no way did it make me any less invested. In fact, I think it actually worked in Sheridan’s favor because it piqued my interest even more. I wanted to see how this author would put her own flair on it. Now that I’ve finished and know the ins and outs, I’m curious to see how others felt about it as well. I’m not sure if Sheridan comes from a broken home or just got into these characters’ heads, but she truly did them and their situations justice. Leo is a short, fascinating read that will pull you in instantaneously. I absolutely love the idea of characters based off the signs and I’m already dying to dive into the other books. With this author’s style and ability to make her characters feel so realistic, I have no doubt that I’ll have more raving reviews to come!

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