Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Release Blitz ~ The Lion Tamer (The Sin Bin) by Dahlia Donovan (Review)

Release Blitz ~ The Lion Tamer (The Sin Bin) by Dahlia Donovan

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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4.5 Stars!

I've been waiting for Scottie's story ever since I read The Caretaker and each book since then just made me more anxious to read it. If you haven't read the series, I suggest reading at least The Royal Marine and The Unexpected Santa before you read this one, as they have a lot of Scottie and Gray's backstory. You probably won't be lost if you don't, but you'll be missing out on great books. Another thing, this book deals with a D/s relationship and while the BDSM scenes are not all that detailed or hardcore, if this isn't your thing, you might want to pass on it.

That said, I think Scottie is pretty much one of my favorite characters in this series. He has a lot of depth and has gone through so much. His father is an abusive, drunken bastard and Scottie has bore the brunt of his attacks. Now that his father is sick, his younger brother pushes Scottie into helping the old man, while Scott has to deal with his alcoholism and building a relationship with Gray. 

I really liked that the author didn't try to portray the D/s relationship as the cureall for Scottie's issues. Scottie went to rehab and worked hard to get better for himself and his relationship with Gray was just an added bonus, something that made him feel better in addition to therapy.

The part I had more trouble with was that Silus, Scottie's brother, pushed and pushed for him to help their father, not caring what Scottie went through because of him. Silus wasn't bad, he was just young and immature, but it kind of rubbed me the wrong way. And of course, Scottie always gave into whatever Silus wanted because it was either that, or seeing how Silus would do it himself. So yeah, that was the one part I just didn't enjoy.

Scottie's relationship with Gray gave him what he needed and they had great chemistry together, despite the age difference, or maybe because of it.

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!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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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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