Release Day, Review, and Excerpt: LEO MADDOX by Sarah Darlington

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I am excited to share with you all the new release LEO MADDOX by Sarah Darlington! If you have read HE BELONGS WITH ME by Sarah then you will recognize this story! It is a retelling of the original from Leo’s POV. Leo and Clara’s story was my favorite plot line in this book and I jumped on the chance to read his view! Check out more about the book, teasers, the first chapter of the book and Tina’s Thoughts!

Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: November 25, 2014
The one. The only. Leo Maddox.

Leo’s cocky. He’s mean. He’s gorgeous. He’s never learned the meaning of the word no. He’s the twenty-one-year-old, billionaire grandson of a hotel mogul. He has vacation homes he’s never been to and cars he doesn’t drive. Women. Fashion. Alcohol. There’s nothing he can’t get. Well…almost nothing.

He can’t have her. The girl he loves. The girl he’s loved his entire life. She hates him. Until one morning when Leo wakes up and decides enough is enough. He’s going to get the only girl he’s ever wanted. So what if she has a new boyfriend. So what if she loathes his very existence. Clara belongs with him and he’s going to prove it to her by winning her heart.

*This New Adult Romance is told entirely from Leo Maddox’s POV. It can be read before, after, or in place of Sarah Darlington’s stand alone novel He Belongs With Me. Recommended for readers 18+ due to strong language and sexy scenes.

Untitled design (3)You can purchase your copy today at any of the retailers listed below! And BONUS: for three days, this book will be available for only 99 pennies on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Tina's Thoughts... A review for you

Leo Maddox… Where do I even begin? Leo and Clara’s story in HE BELONGS WITH ME was by far my favorite story line. Their lifelong relationship is full of ups and downs, times of friendship that are overshadowed by times of anger and sarcasm and bitterness. Seeing everything from Leo’s POV added more depth to the story and I have never enjoyed Leo and Clara’s story more.

Leo and Clara have grown up together. Clara and her twin sister, Maggie, have always known life with Leo yet their relationships with him are completely different. Maggie and Leo are best friends and Clara does not have a good relationship with either one of them. She is the black sheep, constantly making her own way and carving her own personal path in life. That fact alone is one of the many reasons why Leo has been in love with her his whole life.

I loved seeing Leo from his own POV. In the original book, you see a bit of who he is under the surface but in this story, you can see who he is and the truth of his character. He is a much different person than who he allows the world to see. It is easier to adhere to the stereotype than to attempt to change the world’s view of who he is. You see him in a new and authentic light that makes him even more endearing and wonderful  than before. When he comes to the realization that he wants Clara no matter what it takes, he has a goal in mind that will change the course of both of their lives.

Clara is such a great character. You see her strength and individuality but you cannot help but see the girl who is struggling to determine who she is. She is not a trusting woman and when Leo begins to pursue her, fear and distrust is a hurdle that must be overcome. When they begin to walk together on this path to coupledom, you see the tension and fear they both have. It is something they both want but the intensity and strength of their feelings causes some hesitancy.

These two are perfect together and I really enjoyed seeing the world through Leo’s eyes. If you have read HE BELONGS WITH ME, then you NEED to read this book. If you haven’t, jump in and enjoy an incredible story! This book is filled with emotion, true love, lust and the perfect amount of angst. It will endear Leo and Clara to readers even more! Make sure to check this story out.

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Chapter 1

I have a sick, twisted, fucked up mind. Hey, I’m Leo Maddox. All that comes with the territory. But I am who I am…and it’s not really who I want to be. I’ve been trying to break free from my own personal stereotype my entire life. Nothing ever seems to change. But I’ve come to my breaking point. Either change or give the fuck up.

And I will never give the fuck up.

So here goes…

* * *

woke up in a cold sweat, gasping for a decent breath. One brutal image played on repeat in my mind. The girl I loved—the girl I’d loved my entire life—with her plump little lips circling another man’s…

Well, you get the idea.

And he wasn’t just any man. In the dream, the man was her husband. Somehow that made this vision even more brutal for me. He was a dorky husband too. Glasses. Not that there is anything wrong with glasses. On occasion I wear them myself. Polo Shirt—that he still wore during their horrific love-making act. Silver Prius parked outside in their moderately sized driveway. Why the Prius stood out in my mind? Who knows? Like I said, my mind can be a weird, strange place.

And Clara was happy. She was happily married to this dorky sap from my dream. They were trying to get pregnant. She wanted to start a family. Meanwhile, my life was exactly the same—boring, repetitive, and painfully empty. Painfully lonely.

But I guess, on the bright side, I still had tons and tons of money.

Ugh. I crawled out of bed—distraught, angry, and sick to my stomach—and I stumbled across the penthouse room, my bare feet on hardwood floor. I despised this floor. Hardwood was for dining rooms and entry ways, not bedrooms. It pissed me off, as many random things always tended to do. I reached the bar cart, but, fuck me, it was empty. Of course it was empty. I never kept liquor in my room because I couldn’t handle that sort of temptation. But in this moment, I regretted my personal rule. Well…maybe the ‘no alcohol thing’ was more of a personal guideline. Still, I never kept it where I slept.

I glanced out my window, scratching at an old scar on the underside of my arm. The shining lights of New York City were pretty damn amazing. Pouring myself a glass of water instead of the vodka I really craved, I stared at everything in miniature form. Looking at it all almost calmed me. Almost, but not really. The city was too fast paced and I always felt fast paced while here. I needed something slower before I snapped.

Reaching for my phone, I called my personal assistant, Regina.

It was late. (Or early?) But she answered after only one ring. “Morning, Mr. Maddox. What can I do for you?” her groggy but polite voice asked.

“I need the jet ready for Blue Creek.”

“Blue Creek?” she repeated as if I’d told her I wanted her to go to fucking Jupiter. “But the reopening is Sunday,” she urged.

I didn’t bother responding. Frankly, it bothered the shit out of me that she even questioned me. After a moment, she must have understood why she was getting silence and she muttered, “I’ll make the arrangements, sir.”

“Thanks. Call me when we can leave.”

I clicked off my phone, tossing it on the bed. I needed to pack. But what do you pack to impress a girl who fucking hates your entire existence?

Suits. You pack suits.

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about the author
Sarah Darlington lives in Virginia with her husband and amazing two-year-old son. She’s a former flight attendant, navy brat, constant day-dreamer, wannabe photographer, and an avid scrapbooker. She loves to travel and is working on visiting all 50 states.

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