Review: Leo (Jay McLean)

Series: Preston Brothers, #2
Author: Jay McLean
Publication Date: August 11, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


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.
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. 

Leo is a book I have been waiting a long time for. So long that I kind of forgot about who he was and why I wanted his story. Now that I’ve read Leo, I feel overwhelmed by my feelings for it. There were a few twists with each part of the book that I didn’t expect at all. They threw me. I am still trying to decide if I loved all of them. They made for an entertaining story, that’s for sure.

Leo Preston was a fascinating character. He was a gentle soul with some dark edges. There’s so much going on in his brain and his reactions to life. The more I grew to understand them, the more I felt connected to his character. I knew I was going to love him, but just not as much as I did. I do have to admit that there was a time in his older teen years that I had a little bit of a tough time connecting some aspects of his personality to his actions, but I think that was due to jumps in time in the story. The man he grew to be over the story’s time was easy to love.

As for Mia Kováks, I had more up and down moments with her character. I felt for her. I really did. Her issues were big and powerful. My heart broke for her so many times. I just hated some of the decisions she made. I know that Leo wasn’t perfect, but I felt like he had the best intentions. I didn’t always feel that with Mia. Her immaturity bugged me. I could have easily written her off if she hadn’t been so instrumental to Leo. Leo and Mia’s love was one I rooted for. The way it started out in such a deep childhood friendship was sweet.

One of the things that was very interesting to me in this book was seeing the rest of the Preston family through Leo’s eyes. It was a very different experience than I have had before with this group of people. I ended up loving Tom Preston more. Lucy is still one of my most favorite Jay McLean characters. Lucas and Logan… I’m still trying to reconcile their younger characters in this book with the guys they were in books one and two. I’m hoping we get books for the twins and Lachlan — especially Lachlan. Oh, and there were two new character additions on Mia’s side that I adored: Holden and Benny. Can I please get a Holden spin-off? I almost want that more than one for the youngest Preston brothers.

I guess, overall, I really loved this book. Jay McLean’s writing is just as strong as ever. She wrote a love story that pulled me in, put me throw the ringer, and came out making me smile. I’m so happy she was inspired to give us Leo’s story.

LEO by Jay McLean is live!! Don’t miss the third book in the New Adult/Coming of Age Series, The Preston Brothers!!



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Writer. Reader. Mom. Wife. Master of awkward Sarcasm. Jay McLean is a full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV. She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel. Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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12 thoughts on “Review: Leo (Jay McLean)”

    1. I was actually thinking you might. You can either start with Lucas (Preston Boys, #1) or you could start with More Than This (More Than, #1). The latter is the first series and a group of friends. Lucas is Lucy’s from that series brother. Well, all of them are.

    1. It was. Have you read Jay McLean before? She’s a great writer. I loved her More Than series. It made me read almost everything she has written.

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