Title: The Lioness – A True Love Tale
Author: Jake Bonsignore
Release: February 14, 2014
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?
Goodbyes were always troublesome for Kaidan. He simply was not fond of them under any circumstance. Hearing it from Adria was no different. The manner of which she had said it carried an air of finality that he was not ready to cope with. How could he, really, when the prior evening had been so enchanting? Merely reminiscing about it caused another lump to form in his throat.
So this is farewell, Adria had said with her usual winning cheer. I believe in you, Kai. You’re going to be a star, the brightest of them all!
“You’re going to be a star,” he would mutter to himself, only to curse the moisture that welled in his eyes. He could vividly recall every detail about her as if she was still standing in front of him, from the candy-pink gloss of her lips to the granite shadow over her wide, cerulean eyes. They complemented her silky, blue-and-white dress and the blossom in her long, chestnut locks. As always, Adria was flawless.
Even so, he had let her go. Kaidan had escorted her to Orlidus and had done nothing to stop her from seeking out the crown prince. The perfect girl, the perfect moment…and in the blink of an eye, she was gone. Already his hand felt wrong from not grasping hers.
No, Ria, he lamented. You are the one who will be a star, not me.