“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
“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
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:
- Is there anything better than watching as hard-as-nails marine become gentle and kind?
- Alice and Alex have gained an immense amount of confidence from it.
- Origami parties. The visual. The visual is priceless.
- 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?
“This is a gentle story that starts from an act of extreme violence. Of one man working to free another from the walls of fear and the horrors of his torture that now bind him. Along the way they fall in love. It’s the trust, the easing into each others lives, and finally the bravery to go forward…this time in tandem.
This is more a romance, there’s very little actual sex. That makes sense when you consider that most of the story Aled is so damaged that he is not feeding himself. To have them jump into sex would destroy any authenticity the author is building up between her characters and her readers. No, the beauty lies in tthe concisenessof the narrative and the future unfolding for them both.
” 4.75 stars from Melanie M. at Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
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.
“The Unexpected Santa is a terrific Christmas prelude for all fans and readers of Dahlia Donovan’s The Sin Bin series. It’s that delicious taste of what’s to come, combined with the sweetness and joy of the holiday season when the twins come into the picture.” 4.5 stars from Melanie M. at Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words