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The Lioness: A True Love Tale [Kindle Edition]

Jake Bonsignore
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Book Description

Seventeen-year-old Adria Catarr is a carefree, stubborn girl with an insatiable sweet tooth. When she stumbles into Lando Cardé, the incognito prince, during the annual Midsummer Festival and mistakes his charm for love at first sight, her naïve heart is quickly broken.

Kaidan Sordell, a childhood friend, is there to pick up the pieces and help Adria mend her wounds. His affection for her has gone unnoticed for so long that he’s not sure if he’ll ever have the nerve to tell her how he truly feels.

With the last summer before adulthood upon them, Adria and Kaidan decide to seek out the Temple of the Red Mare. The legendary tales of it revealing a heart’s truest desire is too tempting for lovelorn Adria to pass up.

Will she realize, though, that what she’s looking for has been trekking beside her all along?

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About the Author

Jake Bonsignore is the author of multiple novels, including Empyreal Illusions, Awakening the Fire, and The Lioness. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with magna cum laude honors. Outside of his literary pursuits, he enjoys playing sports and is a fitness enthusiast. He is currently working on his next novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jake Bonsignore (16 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00II0V4HM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,019,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 13 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Lioness was a wonderful read! The storyline was fast paced and incredible. The scenes are very well described and played out. Jake did a wonderful job at expressing the character's feelings as well as create the scene. It really felt like I was in their heads. Wonderful!

My favourite character has to be Kaidan. He is sweet and shy, and I thought that was absolutely adorable. The way he cares for Adria is heart warming. My feelings for Adria on the other hand are mixed. I kind of think she's annoying and naive, as in there were times I wanted to smack her, but sweet and somewhat charming. The more I read, the more I liked her.

The story shows what kind of impact love really has on our lives. It also shows how naive a girl in love can be. I loved the message of the story. I have to say, this was probably the best love story I have read so far! It had a really descriptive way of showing the growth of the two characters, and how they developed and learned together.

The ending to The Lioness is perfect. I absolutely cannot wait for The Tigress! I loved the characters (more so towards the end) and really enjoyed that we got to see not only Adria and Kaidan's story, but another one as well. I have to give the book 5 out of 5 stars. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Love Tale 24 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Where to start this review, that's the question. This book left me speechless for a while. I was in tears and couldn't see to type. This story is one of love, trust and inexplicable bonds - it really a true love tale. There are trials and tribulations along the way, but who better to face them with than your best friend?

Adria Catarr is our heroine and it's her journey we follow. It all starts one fateful night at the Midsummer Festival when she meets the crown prince, Lando Cardé. He's handsome and kind, pays her compliments and whisks her off her feet at the dance. Just like that, Adria believes she's in love and goes home with a feeling of joy in her heart. Upon finding out that Lando is in the dauphin of Masselia, Adria believes it's her destiny to find him and she sets off on a journey with her best friend Kaiden Sordell who is travelling to try and get a place at a very prestigious school.

We follow along as the two friends have an adventure together on their way to Masselia. Kaiden is in love with Adria and has been since they were children, but will he tell her and if so, will she reciprocate the feelings?

Adria is in for a bit of a shock upon her arrival in Masselia and Kaiden is in for a shock of his own. The pair are drawn back together and set off on another journey, this time a much more fateful one. This time, they seek out the Temple of the Red Mare. There, they will discover much more than they ever thought possible.

What truths will the pair reveal? That's for you to read the book and discover!

If you read this story, you won't be sorry you did. It was a beautiful novel, cleverly written so that you don't know what's around the corner. There is much laughter but also many tears to be beheld within the pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read! 18 Feb. 2014
By David
Format:Kindle Edition
I really thought this was a good story, and the author really is good at conveying the romance in this wonderful novel of his. I've read a few romantic novels in my time, but I must say, this guy really brings compassion within the story. It's just a lovely read from start to finish. Anyone who loves a good romance story, should definitely give this book a read. I would give this novel a 10/10, for the wonderful portrayal of the characters in it, and the luscious storyline that runs through it.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Love 20 Feb. 2014
By Wanda Green Swafford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The author does a great job of showing us what being seventeen years old feels like though the eye of the characters Adria and Kaidan. Kaidan thinks he knows what he wants for his future but then Adria's actions and her delief in love changes their lives, ultimately for the best. Adria is like most girls when it comes to love. Only after being hurt and sick does she realize what true love is. This is my favorite quote from the book..
"Somebody once told me that when you're meant for each other, you don't fall. You rise. You become a better person and go out of your way to wow your partner. Love always brings you up, not kicks you down."

There were lots of laughing out loud moments and moments that caused my eyes to water. This is the first book of the authors I have read but I will be watching for his next book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Love Tale 24 Feb. 2014
By Gothic Angel Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Where to start this review, that's the question. This book left me speechless for a while. I was in tears and couldn't see to type. This story is one of love, trust and inexplicable bonds - it really a true love tale. There are trials and tribulations along the way, but who better to face them with than your best friend?

Adria Catarr is our heroine and it's her journey we follow. It all starts one fateful night at the Midsummer Festival when she meets the crown prince, Lando Cardé. He's handsome and kind, pays her compliments and whisks her off her feet at the dance. Just like that, Adria believes she's in love and goes home with a feeling of joy in her heart. Upon finding out that Lando is in the dauphin of Masselia, Adria believes it's her destiny to find him and she sets off on a journey with her best friend Kaiden Sordell who is travelling to try and get a place at a very prestigious school.

We follow along as the two friends have an adventure together on their way to Masselia. Kaiden is in love with Adria and has been since they were children, but will he tell her and if so, will she reciprocate the feelings?

Adria is in for a bit of a shock upon her arrival in Masselia and Kaiden is in for a shock of his own. The pair are drawn back together and set off on another journey, this time a much more fateful one. This time, they seek out the Temple of the Red Mare. There, they will discover much more than they ever thought possible.

What truths will the pair reveal? That's for you to read the book and discover!

If you read this story, you won't be sorry you did. It was a beautiful novel, cleverly written so that you don't know what's around the corner. There is much laughter but also many tears to be beheld within the pages. This book should come with a warning that reads: "WARNING: A whole box of tissues required."
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I couldn't put it more honestly than this: The Lioness: A True Love Tale is a revitalising story of how true love is something that makes you rise. When you are in love, you don't fall, you rise. If it weighs you down, the truth is it probably isn't true love. It reminds you that love is something special that isn't taken by rights, it's given freely.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and full of life 20 Feb. 2014
By Laura L. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The lioness is a vividly described tale of the journey to true love. The writing style is different and sometimes is hard to get used to, but about a third of the way through I really began to enjoy it. Half way through I couldn't put it down! I love the world in which the author has created and I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a book that is full of life and colour and love.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a revolutionary and revitalizing tale of the true power and impact of love on our lives 17 Feb. 2014
By Shadowplay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Lioness is a revolutionary and revitalizing tale of the true power and impact of love on our lives. Without love, we are incomplete. Try as we may, nothing can take its place. The life ­altering change, the heights of encouragement, and the depths of fulfillment cannot be accomplished by any other emotion or feeling. The sheer power in the purity of a single act of true love is simply beyond the comprehension and vocabulary of the human race in both its accurate description and immeasurable impact on our heart and soul.

Adria Catarr sees herself as nothing special. She is merely a normal girl who happens to have a major sweet tooth. A short encounter with the crowned prince, Lando Cardé, has her believing that she has finally been found and claimed by true love. What she sees as true love is soon unmasked for the lie that it is. When all hope seems lost, Adria’s longtime friend Kaidan Sordell helps to pick up the pieces of her broken heart. As he stands by her side and helps her through this dark time, her eyes begin to truly open and she begins to see what she has missed for so long. Will she continue to refuse what has always been right in front of her for the sake of a dead hope, or will she finally choose to embrace what she has always dreamed of?

Adria is such a beautiful character who symbolizes the heart and soul of every girl. We dream and long for true love to find us, but we start out not understanding what that really is. We mistake any fond gesture for true love and soon we find ourselves accepting false and destructive versions of the real thing. It is only through patience, wisdom, and experience that we are able to recognize and cherish true love when it finally presents itself. Once it walks into your life, I would beg and implore you not to let it go because without it life will be an empty and dark shadow of what it could have been.

I truly loved watching Kaidan’s transformation throughout this journey. While it is no less breathtaking then Adria’s own transformation, there is just something about him that tugged relentlessly at my heart. He suffered and grew as he watched the girl he loved pursue another with reckless abandon. He longed for her to pursue him with the same ferocity, and I found myself rooting for him along the way. His heart was a boundless and stunning treasure that could not be hidden from or ignored by Adria for long. Being as stubborn as Adria, Kaidan discovers that this quality can at times bring with it a most remarkable reward. What some might see as hopeless, others might interpret as a possibility that should not be quickly disregarded.

The pages of this incredible book contain powerful and compelling truths that will sear your heart and leave you contemplating them long after you have finished reading. If you allow them, they will offer you a different perspective on your life. Choices that you may have overlooked will come into focus, and hope will have an opportunity to overcome despair and fear. Allow yourself to feel. Give your heart the chance to explore its limitless potential to give and accept love. You will never regret it.

Jake Bonsignore has left me utterly astounded with his deeply honest and highly provocative exploration into the human need and capacity for true love. He pulls no punches when detailing our shortcomings and yet he does not hold back any of the hope for change that he offers. This is a story that will leave a profound mark on whoever dares to read it. The masterful storytelling will have you walking alongside our beautiful couple the entire time, and you will not fail to ever know the impact that they have on each other and those around them. The storytelling skill and the heart poured into the pages of this book are truly amazing and left me wanting more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a love story that I would read again and again... 17 Feb. 2014
By shannan lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This has to be the best love story I have read. I absolutely loved this book. I loved the characters of Adria and Kaidan and following their story to true love has touched my heart. My favorite books are ones that allow me to have all kinds of emotions and this one did just that. This book is a my fairy tale and I will read it again and again.

This is the first book I have read by this author (even though I have his other two Empyreal Illusions and Awakening the Fire). I can't wait to dive into those as Jake is obviously a very talented author. He is on my favorite authors list without a doubt.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a wonderful true love story. You will not be disappointed. I give this book 5 ***** and just really can't say enough great things about it.
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