Book Review: The Lion Tamer

“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

It’s ALIVE! The Lion has been released.

The Lion Tamer has been released into the wild.

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Friends.

Friendship is really one of the themes that connect the Sin Bin series.

Strong friendships run through each novel in the series. Relationships that are strong enough for friends to become family. The Lion Tamer is no different. In fact, it might be the story where those connections are even more important.

Scottie & Gray both suffered through terrible childhoods. In their experiences, blood family have hurt them more than anyone else. It’s their friends who gather around them to support them.

One of my favourite friendships in the entire series is actually the one that has developed between Gray and Alice & Alex, the autistic twins who first appear in The Royal Marine.

Here are just a few reasons why:

  1. Is there anything better than watching as hard-as-nails marine become gentle and kind?
  2. Alice and Alex have gained an immense amount of confidence from it.
  3. Origami parties. The visual. The visual is priceless.
  4. Patience.
  5. Snow angels. (You’ll have to read The Unexpected Santa to see why.)

Do you enjoy platonic relationships in romance novels?

What’s your favourite non-romantic relationship in The Sin Bin?

 

Five Ways The Lion Tamer Surprised Me

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.

  1. Scottie’s growth and his strength in facing his demons. I wasn’t sure he had it in him.
  2. Scottie’s little brother. He’s a darling. I love him.
  3. You’ll see.
  4. The Red Card. I could honestly write an entire novel centred around it.
  5. 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.

 

Ten Things I Hate About You

Scottie and Gray from The Unexpected Santa and The Lion Tamer are two of the grumpiest men I’ve ever written. Seriously. They are.

And I ADORE them for it.

I also love the teen movie Ten Things I Hate About You. (Don’t judge me.)

So, I thought I’d write a few things that both men hate or very strongly dislike.

Gray.

  1. People who don’t pay attention to motorcyclists on the road.
  2. Bad food.
  3. Cowardice
  4. Close-mindedness.
  5. Potholes.

Scottie.

  1. Nosy friends.
  2. Most of his family.
  3. Child abusers.
  4. Golf.
  5. Vegemite.

Is there anything you hate or strongly dislike?