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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
The allure of Judy Burr’s Lion Song is that it seems to be marketed as romance fiction, but it is actually based on the author’s real-life experience and is a memoir of sorts. It is also in the way that her brush with the Feds makes for a moving backdrop of her evolving romantic relationship with Rod Steersman. Judy is the last person on this planet who would ever want to be served an arrest warrant, but the government is charging her with wire fraud and conspiracy to committing it. The Feds are pulling a fast one on her, which puts her in a considerable predicament as she needs to work and support her household. Along comes Rod, a businessman who is determined to bail her out. His no-nonsense, get-down-to-business attitude appeals to her. As they try to weather the storm they face, Judy and Rod will discover more about each other. After a string of failed marriages, Judy will have to re-evaluate herself if she is ready for a fresh start.
With each chapter, Judy Burr peels away the layers of her struggle with relationships and her legal battle, revealing her fears and flaws as she delves into self-assessment. Writing in the first-person POV lends a consistent perspective to the narrative as her memoir-cum-romance fiction unfolds its events. You can appreciate the honesty in Burr’s voice as she conveys a fascinating exploration of relationships, careers, and failures. Lion Song is simply a tale of an ordinary person facing existential predicaments, but the storyline makes it all surprising. Every chapter is told as one dynamic episode, which ultimately leads to a woman standing up for herself and wielding her true power as she goes through hell. It sounds like girl power, but Rod is afforded significant characterization—the result is a real-life romance story that will keep you invested.