Monday, February 26, 2018

2CLLR #MondaySpotlight w/#Giveaway: The Lion Tamer by Dahlia Donovan

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The Lion Tamer
by Dahlia Donovan

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.


Tell us about The Lion Tamer.

As the follow up to The Unexpected Santa, I thought I knew what I was getting into with starting The Lion Tamer. Gray and Scottie surprised me in many ways. Their story is more about personal growth, healing, trust, and facing painful truths than I initially imagined it would be. In the end, I think their story might be one of my favourites The Sin Bin.

What initially inspired you to write The Lion Tamer?

From Scottie’s first appearances in The Sin Bin series, I knew he would be difficult. I didn’t know who’d be able to ‘tame’ him.  The title itself came from a joke Gray makes, playing on how the mascot for the rugby team Scottie played for is the lions.  I don’t really think there was one specific thing that inspired the novel; it was just a lot of little bits that built up through writing the first five books.

Tell us little about the characters in The Lion Tamer.

Gray Baird is stubborn. He’s a retired Marine and police chief. He’s all dominant with no time for bullies, cowards, or bigots. A man who knows exactly who he is. 

Scottie Monk has a lot of baggage. He’s struggling with the remnants of an abusive childhood that he self medicates with alcohol. A hot tempered former rugby star, he doesn’t really know there's a submissive in him until he meets Gray.

I enjoyed watching the sparks fly between them.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

I touched on a few subjects that I had personal experience with in this book.  It was hard to delve into those emotions while writing.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 

All of it. I really enjoyed writing this book. It might be my favourite in the entire series.

What are your future project(s)?

I’ve wrapped up all of the books in The Sin Bin, though a few won’t be published until later this year.  I’m now working on a cottage mystery series that I’m greatly enjoying. It’s quite a change of pace from contemporary gay romance.

“I’m not a fucking kitten.” Scottie tried to shove him away, but Gray held him still. “What the fuck do you want?”

“Well, you’re certainly not a lion.” Gray bent forward to drag his nose along the side of Scottie’s neck, biting him just above his collar. “No, not a lion. You also still reek of booze. Forget to shower this morning?”

“Fuck you.”

Gray couldn’t resist a smirk when the evidence of Scottie’s arousal pressed against his leg. “Get back inside for the tasting, kitten. We’ll finish this later.”

Striding away from the heavily breathing man without a second look, Gray reached down to subtly adjust his dick. Fuck. Scottie brought out the best and worst in him. Taking things slowly wasn’t proving to be easy by any stretch of the imagination.

Maybe I’ll pay him a visit tonight.

Tuck him into bed like a good boy.

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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