Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Release-Review: THE LION TAMER by Dahlia Donovan (The Sin Bin #6)

The Lion Tamer
Series: The Sin Bin #6
Author: Dahlia Donovan
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: M/M Romance
 Release Date: February 20, 2018


One dominant Marine.
One troubled rugby player.
The Sin Bin will never be the same.
Gray Baird’s to-do list for the year includes starting a restaurant, claiming his submissive, and keeping his nosy friends out of his business. He has his work seriously cut out for him.
Scottie Monk prides himself on bullying his way through problems—and sometimes even people. His life is spiralling out of his control, but he refuses to break. The last thing he expects is to find peace in the confines of submission.
One man will try to tame a lion.
One man will try to heal.
And both men will have to join forces to deal with a toxic family and invasive paparazzi.

The Lion Tamer is book six in Dahlia Donovan's international bestselling gay romance series, The Sin Bin. Each one features hot rugby players and the men who steal their hearts.

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Carra's Review

First, know right up front that you really need to have at least read The Royal Marine and The Unexpected Santa before starting The Lion Tamer.  If you haven’t, you won’t truly be able to appreciate the changes in Scottie’s character as he grows and develops throughout the story.  And second—if you like age gap stories, and stories where a very snarky, cocky, jackass of a guy gets taken in hand…well, you’ve come to the right place.

I love Gray’s attitude, and how he deals with Scottie.  Gray is a no nonsense type of guy, and he controls everything around him.  It just takes a look or word from him to have Scottie in line—no matter how much Scottie tries to fight the submission.  Part of the enjoyment of the story comes from Scottie coming to realize his true wants and needs, and that he honestly does want to submit to Gray.  This is very much Scottie’s story, and there is a lot going on between his drinking, his father, his brother, his falling for Gray…plus the developing friendship with the autistic twins, and the ongoing friendship with Scottie’s rugby mates (a very nosy lot, every one of whom are always ready not just to tease their friends but to support them as well).

With so many aspects to the story, at times it did feel slightly unfocused to me, and the flow of the story could have been smoother.  After reading the other books in the series though, I was intrigued enough to want to see if Gray could really tame Scottie’s wildness.  The two do have physical chemistry, but I didn’t quite feel the emotional connection between them as strongly as the physical side.

The Lion Tamer was a 4-star read for me, and though you only really need to read the two preceding books to be able to grasp Scottie and Gray’s full story I would definitely recommend reading the rest as well so you can get to know all of the other characters.  This book would have been 18+ just based on Scottie’s foul mouth alone, but you’ll also find sexual content including scenes of BDSM.

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Author Bio

Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress.  She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters.  

An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.  

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