Lionheart by Fran Seen #AuthorInterview #BookReview #Booktrailer @FranSeenWrites

Posted August 25, 2016 by Loredana in 2016, 5 Star, Author Interview, Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Exclusives, Loredana, New Release, Our Review, Standalone / 0 Comments

by Fran Seen
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 familyÔÇÖs 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 thereÔÇÖs a catchÔÇöLula isnÔÇÖt allowed to look at him. No one in the manor has ever laid eyes on Mr. RahimÔÇÖs face. Although, Mr. Rahim has eyes on everyoneÔÇösecurity footage relays on a constant loop in his office.

Everything Lula isnÔÇÖt suppose 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?


This is an awesome post, if I do say so myself. ┬áWe bring you a triple threat; not only do you get to read a review on the next book you’ll be adding to your TBR, but you also get to meet the woman behind the words and see a book trailer!

Once Upon A Page would like to welcome Author Fran Seen!  Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to answer some of our questions and letting us get to know you a bit better.  To all of our book lovers, we encourage you to take a few minutes to check out the author interview, read the review, and see the book trailer.

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I was fortunate enough to have read a previous work by this author. ┬á(If you’re interested, the review for┬áLoneWolff┬ácan be found here). ┬áSo, of course, when the chance arose to review┬áLionheart,┬áit was a no-brainer.

The premise of the book is the retelling of the Beauty and the Beast. ┬áAlo, the Beast, is a recluse by choice. He suffers from demons and residual trauma from the war. ┬áAs with many veterans, he struggles to adapt to his redefined persona now that he’s no longer a warrior. ┬áHis┬áloneliness is palpable; he’s lost within himself. ┬áI believe his self-imposed solitude is truly the beast, not Alo.┬áThe fact that Seen in no way trivialized his torment and went to great lengths to ensure she accurately represented his pain and horror is greatly appreciated. ┬áShe certainly sheds light on this hidden pain of our wounded warriors. ┬áPTSD is a beast unto itself.

I am grateful Lula finds a chink in his armor and is able to scale his seemingly impenetrable walls. ┬áUnlike the traditional Belle, Lula has her own demons. ┬áShe struggles with the guilt associated with her sister’s accident, the fact that her father can’t keep it financially together, and how her mother just walked away. ┬áThe added wrench in the┬ásituation is her sister’s boyfriend, her ex. ┬á Despite the bleak prospects of her life, Lula’s optimistic outlook cannot be squelched. ┬áShe breathes life back into the desolate mansion and the vacant soul of Alo.

Seen asks if love is enough to mend a broken soul. ┬áIf you define love as a single-faceted emotion, then I would respond no. ┬áHowever, if we are talking about the various dimensions and depths encompassing this highly-sought four-letter word, then I shout a resounding yes! ┬áLula seems to know that love means being a friend, being a shoulder, being a listener, forcing the difficult conversations, and looking beyond what the eye can see. ┬áThat is the beauty of Lula; she can see the beauty beneath Alo’s beastly pain.

I pondered for quite a while trying to determine who was the “Lionheart” in this story. ┬áI’m not sure what Seen had in mind, but my assessment is the title defines both of them. ┬áBoth Alo and Lula are warriors. They have fought different wars with difficult collateral damage, but they fought their way to each other.

It’s a beautiful story, written in such a fashion that you forget it’s a tale as old as time. ┬áI hope you will be as captivated by this story as I am!

About Fran Seen

Fran Seen is a writer of romance. When she's not pounding away on her keyboard, she's an explorer of really old cemeteries, mother to four extremely ugly fur-babies, reader of super spooky stories, supporter of the Thin Blue Line, and a make-believe political commentator.

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