Number of Pages: 237
Publication Date: August 5, 2016
Themes: Trust, Family, Love, Healing, Self-Acceptance, Self-Worth
Alo Rahim, an Arab-American, is a broken soul, who had served in war. He has seen things and done things that has him isolated to the world.
Lula, in all her good heart, attempts to help her bankrupt father and disabled sister by taking a job at Bluegrass Manor. Mr. Rahim agrees to hire her as help with one exception – to not set her eyes upon his face. Accepting this one condition, Lula learns there is so much more to Mr. Rahim.
The ultimate question – Can love heal this broken man’s heart?
This is the third novel that I have read from Ms. Fran Seen, and by far my favorite! Told in alternating perspectives of both Lula and Alo, the reader is quickly pulled in this unique romance.
True to the subtitle, Lionheart is a retelling of the classic and treasured tale, Beauty and the Beast. Though the reader will not find magical singing candles or fussy talking clocks, the underlying theme of a man hidden from society and a beauty (inside and out) comes in to try to heal him is there.
It is impossible to not fall in love with both Alo’s secluded nature and Lula’s sweet personality. The pair makes this such a wonderful and captivating read. Though the setting is described, it is the characters’ inner thoughts and feelings that make this read soar. On top of this, the romantic scenes were perfect. There were only a few of them, and it was more out love than lust.
One of the aspects I appreciate in this novel is the clear research the author did in order to incorporate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The flawed character, Alo, has suffered from PTSD after serving and its side effects has taken a toll on his relationships, not only with friends, but with his own family. Ms. Fran Seen has included enough information for her readers to sympathize with Alo, but not too much to bog the reader down. I really felt for this veteran.
Overall, I absolutely loved this read! I really cannot find anything to criticize or any way this novel can be improved. It was perfect in my eyes.
As a warning: There is an attempted rape scene and a couple of violent scenes.
I received a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.