Title: The Lion Tamer
Series: The Sin Bin #6
Author: Dahlia Donovan
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: MM 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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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book in the Sin Bin series so far and after having the tasters we’ve had of Gray and Scottie, I really needed to see what was going to happen with them. Two really strong personalities; Gray being strong and silent, and Scottie, a forceful personality but always lashing out and alienating people left and right. They were both interesting characters, with a lot of depth; would they be like oil and water together?
From the get-go Gray knew what he wanted but he also knew what Scottie needed too. The problem was just getting Scottie to submit and just allow what Gray was offering: peace in submission. Peace from all the inherited problems with his father, and peace for just allowing himself to be who he really is. I liked how Gray chipped away at Scottie, just showing him what he could be without being forceful and overbearing, allowing Scottie to feel and find that serenity almost, in his own time. Gray was patient and he only had Scottie’s best interests at heart. When we were first introduced to the couple, I honestly couldn’t see them together, but after delving deeper into their psyche, it became so clear that they were exactly what each other needed at this point in their lives. Can they navigate though the problems thrown up by family and the press to get some kind of happy? You’ll have to read this to find out.
This book was like peeking through a looking glass into the lives of a great group of friends, at a snapshot in time almost; it didn’t just concentrate on Scottie and Gray’s relationship, you saw the rest of the group too. I think this made the book and the series for me, this camaraderie and brotherhood. Sure, they took the mickey out of each other and riled each other up at any given opportunity. but they were true friends at heart who cared about each other and would drop everything to be there for one another; big, tough men with a ton of heart. 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. It would help to read at least books 4 and 5 in the series (The Royal Marine and The Unexpected Santa) before this one so you have a little background on the couple.
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We first met Gray and Scottie in The Unexpected Santa (Sin Bin 5). Gray, ex marine, tired of soldiering, turned chef. Scottie, ex rugby player, falling down drunk most of the time.
Gray just wants a quiet life separate from the sins of his past. He wants to open his own restaurant and finally live his life on his own terms. Which just happens to include a belligerent, drunk Scottie.
Scottie, damaged by his past, just wants to live in his numb, drunken haze. Surrounded by friends who only want the best for him but unable to fully accept their help. When he finally gives into whatever it is he feels for Gray it’s life changing. The first time he calls Gray sir, even though he doesn’t really understand the strength of that word, is freeing for him. Scottie craves what Gray gives to him when he submits, peace, strength and although he won’t admit it, love
This book was a surprise. I’ve liked the other players in the series but they have just been interesting characters. 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.
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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.