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

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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?

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ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Mr. Rahim or Alo isolates himself. He does not want to be seen by anyone, and he’s been fighting an inner battle alone. He has physical scars to match his mental ones. He’s accepted the fact that he has to live the rest of his life in desolation, until Lula barges into his life.

Lula has a sweet and caring soul. She is constantly helping people who do not deserve it, and she just doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. I felt so bad for her. The people in her life are just terrible. They don’t appreciate anything she does for them. It was incredibly frustrating. Don’t even get me started on Garrett. I wanted him to die within minutes of reading about him.

Alo and Lula’s relationship wasn’t ideal at first, but it developed into something really beautiful. This story could be sad at times, but it was balanced out with sweet and romantic scenes that I adored. It really does the job of warming your heart.

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