Review of Lionheart: a Beauty & the Beast Retelling by Fran Seen

lionheart

A Tale As Old As Time

 

Genre: New Adult, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 237 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

An Arab-American soldier and a stargazing woman connect in this high-tech Beauty and the Beast retelling.

In an attempt to pay off her family’s debts, Lula answers a Craigslist ad for a job opening at the formerly vacant Bluegrass Manor. A stern and brooding man offers her the job, but there’s a catch—Lula isn’t allowed to look at him. No one in the manor has ever laid eyes on Mr. Rahim’s face. Although, Mr. Rahim has eyes on everyone—security footage relays on a constant loop in his office.

Everything Lula isn’t meant to notice about Mr. Rahim intrigues her: the cadence of his accented voice, the stoutness of his build, and his self-imposed prison that mirrors her own.

Lionheart is a romance of huge stakes that asks one question: Is love enough to mend a broken soul?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Alo is a wounded vet, not only physically, but mentally. He wanted to hide away and watch the world through a monitor. It was safer that way. Uncomplicated. That is until he hires a new maid who intrigues more and more as he watches her. It is a little creepy stalkerish, but as you get know him it’s easy to understand and dismiss.

“I was a total pervert. I watched Miss Fowler move around the manor like she was my favorite movie on repeat, monitoring her each day with renewed interest, picking up on details I hadn’t yet noticed.”

Lulu has a problem, she sacrifices herself to others even when they don’t ask. She thinks she needs to take care of everyone in her life, that she’s somehow responsible for them, but in return all she gets is heartache and unneeded stress. Problem is, she can’t seem to help herself.

Lionheart is a slow paced and endearing retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It takes two broken people and puts them together to make them whole and content while overcoming their own insecurities.

I’ve read similar books to this before and I’ve read it done it better. There’s no passion, nothing to draw you in and hold you captive, it’s more of a slow calm with an occasional hiccup of excitement. I wanted to only give it three stars, but there’s this part in the book when Alo has a discussion with someone, which includes a bat, and it pretty much made the entire book better for me. That and the texts. They were entertaining and sometimes quite funny.

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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