“The book is beautifully written and is easily my favorite in the series so far. ” 5 Stars from Momma Says to Read or Not To Read
“I truly love this series and all the characters. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. Dahlia is a fantastic author and I always look forward to reading her next book. ” 5 Stars from Steamy Book Mama
“It felt like the author was talking about friends you knew and cherished and that’s a real gift to be able to write about characters that feel so real and you’ve a great affection for. I’ve enjoyed being back in the Sin Bin with this lot and this is a great addition to the series. ” 5 Stars from Kirk at OMG Reads
“Gray and Scottie really jumped off the page for me. Their struggle to work out the problems in their relationship while juggling family, friends, and their own anxieties truly made this an interesting book to read.” 5 Stars from Ramona at OMG Reads
“Overall, it was a great addition to the series. It’s well-written and entertaining, angsty and bittersweet and with a nice HEA. It was pretty cool catching up with the rest of the Sin Bin guys, too. Very recommendable!” 4.5 Stars from Mari at Book Bayou Junkie
Five Ways The Lion Tamer Surprised Me
As a writer who rarely outlines or plots in advance, I’m often (read: always) surprised by some of the twists and turns in my own stories. Some of my novels shock me more than others. You’d think I’d learn to expect the unexpected.
When I started The Lion Tamer, I knew roughly where I wanted it to go. I didn’t quite anticipate the journey it would take to get there. Scottie, in particular, surprised me. Then again, he is the more mercurial of the two men. Gray is quite set in his ways and stable in comparison.
In any case, here are five ways (or things) that surprised me in the sixth Sin Bin story. I’ll try to avoid spoilers if you haven’t read it yet.
- Scottie’s growth and his strength in facing his demons. I wasn’t sure he had it in him.
- Scottie’s little brother. He’s a darling. I love him.
- You’ll see.
- The Red Card. I could honestly write an entire novel centred around it.
- Gray’s patience. Honestly, he should be up for sainthood.
Even though I always promise myself I’ll at least attempt to plan in advance, my stories still surprise me.
I have to admit, I love that about writing.
Or, How Jane Austen Inspired My Gay Romance
One thing Saint Jane did brilliantly in all her novels was absurd humour and painfully human characters. She exposed the frailty of human ego. She made you cringe at painfully awkward proposals while you rooted for her heroines to find their true love.
When I wrote After the Scrum, my first Gay Romance, I used her approach to characters and humour. The story is filled with irreverent humour. I used my observations of human nature as an autistic to form many of the slightly zany villagers of Looe. It certainly made for lively characters.
I hope my beloved Saint Jane would approve.
The other way Austen’s novels have shaped my writing is in showing the path of love is rarely smooth sailing. You only have to look at the tribulations of Anne Elliot in Persuasion (my favourite of her novels). The Wanderer and The Caretaker, in particular, show how matters of the heart can be equal parts pleasure and pain.
When I first considered this post, I’d wanted to write about why readers should dip their toes in the Gay Romance genre—and my novels of said genre. As you can see, I got a bit distracted. A lot distracted.
The thing is if you love absurd humour, witty banter, and love stories, you’ll enjoy my novels.
If you love great romances, you’ll enjoy the Gay Romance genre.
The love is the same—it’s just two men snogging.
And it’s good snogging as well.