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ARC Review: Leo (Preston Brothers #3) by Jay McLean

ARC Review: Leo (Preston Brothers #3) by Jay McLean

ARC Review: I’m sharing my review of a sequel book I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy for!

The Preston Brothers Series is a spin-off of the More Than Series

Other books in the series:

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SERIESous’ Top Picks: Must Read Author
Series: Preston Brothers

This series is a spinoff of the More Than Series.

Author: Jay McLean
# of Books: 3 (Full Reading Order)
Book Order: Connected but Chronological Events
Complete?: Unsure
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama, Coming of Age
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: November 2016 – ongoing
Source & Format: Author–eARC

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Read my review of the rest of the series HERE!

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My Expectations?

I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for the announcement of Leo’s book ever since this series was announced. He’s such an enigma of a character yet he has been so vital to all the other brothers’ stories that I couldn’t wait to get inside his head. I had no idea what to expect but I knew it was going to be one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride!

What I Liked:

–Focus on Family–

When it comes to drama, I find a lot of books focus on the negatives when it comes to families. It feels like 9 time out of 10, one (if not both) of the leads comes from a “broken” home and finds a new “family” with a group of friends. And I get why lots of stories have those elements. Families aren’t perfect; they’re complicated and messy. It also provides great drama and motivations for character actions.

And while we have those messy family situations in this book, I also appreciated the sentiment that you only get one family and it’s what you do with it that counts. Learning to move on from the past and forgive for the future is an idea that I don’t often see in this genre. The idea of second chances here–and following through by showing that people can change is a refreshing aspect to this story.

–Great Twists–

Jay McLean never fails to impress with her story twists. Just when you think you have everything figured out, you get a curveball thrown at you that you really should have known was coming.

–We Start From the Beginning–

I think to really understand who Leo is or why he acts the way he does, you have to go back to his childhood and see the role he played in those early years. It just helps to round out his character and his motivations for the decisions he makes later in the book.

What I Didn’t Like:

–Sometimes You Felt the Extensive Length of The Book–

I subscribe to Jay McLean’s reader newsletter (obviously) and when she announced the release of Leo, she had mentioned this book could have easily been split into two novels to make a duet but opted to keep it one book. It is a long one but so is the journey of Leo so in some ways I’m glad it was all together. I do think some parts could have been a little condensed to keep the story moving at a consistent pace.

But I think part of the reason I struggled with the length is that this is a very emotional story so breaking it up would have probably saved me some heartache! It’s very bittersweet but a worthwhile experience.

Rating for Leo: 4/5

Lucas 5/5 | Logan 4.5/5 | Leo 4/5

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Be prepared to feel all the feels! No one writes New Adult novels like Jay McLean!

Read if You Like: drama, emotional reads
Avoid if You: dislike high school based New Adult romances

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Synopsis for Leo (from Goodreads):

One single summer changed them forever, and one moment of devastating silence destroyed it all.

Growing up with six siblings, Leo Preston has always struggled to find his voice.
While his brothers are loud, greedy, and somewhat obnoxious, Leo is forever the quiet one.
The thinker.
The listener.
He watches his life pass by as an outsider in his own world, absent and alone.
Lost.
Until he finds her.

For Leo, Mia Kovács is like a prize, a gift wrapped in passion and devotion.
And she’s his—his very own secret he doesn’t have to share.
Together, they can overcome anything…
heartache and destruction, guilt and regret.

Mia gives Leo everything he didn’t know he needed,
including her fragile heart.
The only thing she doesn’t give him…
are secrets of her own.

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Release Blitz: Off Course by Jamie Deacon

Release Blitz: Off Course by Jamie Deacon

Just over a year ago, I read Jamie’s Defensive Play novella–which is a part of the Boys on the Brink Series–and was immediately charmed by it. It had a sweet, charming romance and had a heartfelt, genuine story to it.

Read my review of Defensive Play here!

Today, I’m here to share the exciting news that Jamie has added a new title to this fantastic series called Off Course for newsletter subscribers!


Title: Off Course

Author: Jamie Deacon
Find it: Here for FREE!

He should never have gone running that afternoon—not with the roads so treacherous,
and certainly not without checking his phone was charged. Then again, if there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Jason Connor is famous for, besides being the star of his cross country team, it’s his impulsiveness. So, when an injured ankle leaves him stranded in the woods with no means of calling for aid, it isn’t the first time a rash decision has led him into trouble.

As dusk approaches, Jason believes his situation can’t get any worse…until rescue arrives in the form of Tarek Bahrani—beautiful, infuriating, and the very last person Jason would choose to find him sprawled in the mud. The two have been enemies since clashing at the Brookshire County Championships, but while Taz is a constant reminder of Jason’s biggest mistake, he might just be the only one who can help him put things right.


Jamie Deacon

Born in 1982, Jamie Deacon lives close to the River Thames in Berkshire, England, and
is a full-time author of young adult fiction featuring characters across the gender and
sexuality spectrums. When not writing, Jamie loves to read, play board games, and solve
cryptic crosswords.

Jamie’s debut novel, Caught Inside, was published by Beaten Track in 2016 to much acclaim, including two Rainbow Awards. It was also nominated for a Lambda Literary (Lammy) Award, a Bisexual Book Award, and a Next Generation Indie Book Award.

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Blurb Release: Fixed Forever by Laurelin Paige

Not only is the Fixed Series one of my all time favourite contemporary romance series, but it is also one of my most viewed blog posts in the years since. I’m not even kidding! My review of that series is one of my most popular posts year to year since I wrote it in 2014. And rightfully so! I love adore this series with all my heart.

Which is why I am super excited about the latest novel in that instalment! I can’t wait to catch up with all the characters and see what delicious drama Laurelin Paige has in store for us!


Title: Fixed Forever

Author: Laurelin Paige
Release: June 25, 2018
Publisher: Forever
Format: Mass Market Paperback & eBook
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Hudson Pierce-

You act so high and mighty, you and your perfect pregnant wife Alayna. With your perfect child and your perfect home.

You weren’t always perfect. Your past is filled with misdeeds.

Does your wife know all your secrets?

Would she stand behind you if she did?

You think because she’s on bedrest you can protect her? How sweet.

Sleep tight, you two.

-An Old Friend.

 

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Laurelin Paige

With over 1 million books sold, Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She’s a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

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I can’t wait to return to the world of Fixed!

My Full Series Review Found Here!

What about you? Are you excited?

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