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.