Genre: NA, Romance
Lionheart is a story following Lula (weird nickname) who, in order to help her family’s financial problem, takes a job at the formerly vacant Bluegrass Manor. No one has seen the person who lives there and even while working there, Lula isn’t allowed to look at his face. He keeps to himself, busy with the 27×7 surveillance of his Manor.
The book is supposed to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The full name of the book is “Lionheart: a Beauty & the Beast Retelling”. But the thing is, the only part of it that relates to the fairytale is that there’s a mansion, Lula is trying to help her family, and Mr Rahim (aka The Beast) isn’t the best looking guy.
Sometimes it doesn’t feel that it’s a retelling at all. The book is a lot more focused on Rahim’s past in the army and his PTSD. The story is him and Lula trying to stop simply existing and start living.
I liked Lula, and Alo (Mr Rahim) was okay as well. I loved the interactions between the two and the romance was okay. Not the best though. It also seemed like a step was missed in the progression.
The army focus and the various philosophies in the book were really good. It addressed people’s mindset after 9/11, religious discrimination, the politics and lies behind war and how recruiters hide so many things about the repercussions of fighting for your country. It showed a different, less noble side to the army. It was interesting and probably one of the best aspects of the book.
The pace was good while the writing was just okay. There were run-on sentences and imagery that didn’t really speak to me. There was also unnecessary stuff thrown in there. Like, in any other book, a character might casually mention how she broke her arm, while other character are talking about injuries. Except, here, instead of a casual mention, flashback mode would commence.
Overall, this was an interesting read and while it wasn’t the best, I’m glad I read because it gave me a newer side and story to some things.