Review: The Lion Tamer by Dahlia Donovan (Sin Bin #6)

Note: This ARC was provided by the publisher via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Lion Tamer is the sixth book and the fourth full-length novel in the Sin Bin series written by Dahlia Donovan. Before reading this latest release, I'm going to highly recommend that you read the full-length novel The Royal Marine and the holiday novella The Unexpected Santa. The former introduces both thirty-seven-year-old retired rugby player Scott Monk and former marine and police chief turned chef Gray Baird, and the latter basically serves as the prequel to their main story here in The Lion Tamer. You'll have a better understanding of both men when you read those two other books. Scottie is a peripheral character in The Royal Marine even if Gray is only a supporting character. Be aware that this new book is quite heavy on dominance and submission.

After more than three decades in the marines and in public service, Gray Baird is ready to pursue new things in his life in Cardiff. Cooking is his passion, as is his desire to have Scottie Monk bend to his will--to finally submit to everything they both want and need. Working for a group of retired rugby players that co-owned The Sin Bin, an exclusive club, and who had him cooking up a storm in the newly opened restaurant Ruck is all good, although it's the manager who's got Gray's attention. But Scottie is going to prove to be a difficult one to tame, with too many demons that he's barely able to manage. The rugby player's addiction to alcohol and abusive childhood has him wary and angry, but if anyone's up to the challenge of taming him, it's his dominant marine.

I quite liked The Lion Tamer! This is, hands down, my favorite book in the series. I like the push and pull between both men and how this about more than just sex for either of them. Scottie and Gray are complicated men, although maybe Scottie more so than Gray, no thanks to his addictions and anger management issues. I admit that I was pleasantly surprised at the mention of the Philippines in the book (I always get a thrill when I see my country mentioned in a not-so-negative light anywhere!) and that it was connected to an actual event that did happen here, and the same goes for the mention of Florida and the hurricane that hit. I'm not sure if this is the last book in the series, but if it is, it definitely signs off on the highest of notes. This gets five stars. ♥

Release Date: 20 February 2018

Date Read: 20 February 2018

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