Saturday, August 23, 2008

Review: Lion Tamers by Sutton Fox

Book One - Traveling Circus
by Sutton Fox
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Length: Short Novel
Digital Price: $4.50
Digital Publication Date: August 4, 2008
Print Publication Date: February 2, 2009
Cover art by Renee Rocco

Jmo: Okay, let me be the first one to admit I’m not a big fan of racing. I know. I love sports but racing has never been one I followed. So when Morgan told me about Lion Tamers I wasn't enthused but being a voracious reader I jumped in. With my second Okay of this paragraph, let me say I might not be a racing fan but I just became a huge Sutton Fox fan. This book totally blew me away! It’s been a while since I had a book twist me through every emotional turn before slapping me down totally exhausted but satisfied.

Morgan O: Kinda like good sex, eh? Yea!! I’m so glad I was able to convert you! I absolutely adore this book and I don't care how many times I've read it, I still love it.

Jmo: What’s not to love? The entire premise of the book hooks you from the first page. Sutton has complete control of her characters and uses them like weapons to make you care about them. You can tell she knows her way around the racing world. Her scenes at the race track made you believe you were smelling the exhaust.

Morgan O: *Jumps with glee* Jmo gets it! I usually have more feelings for one character over another, but in this one, I love both of them. I'm rooting for both of them which makes it all the more satisfying in the end. I love the way she writes the settings. Yes, they are very real. She has a talent for getting the reader into the scenery without using too many words… unlike me.

Jmo: I rarely get this emotionally involved with characters but I couldn’t help myself. I’m not ashamed to say I fought back a severe case of the sniffles on a scene here and there. When you’re reading an author as in touch with her characters as Sutton is you’ve got no choice. From the first line you’re invested and you can’t stop yourself from loving them.

Morgan O: Since we're going Alpha this week I think it's plain to see these two characters are alphas, which does cause some problems, but when they work those out.... watch out babeeee.

Jmo: Whenever you get two dominate personalities together you’re in for some major sparks. Sutton balances it with such tenderness. I was amazed at the depth of her portrayal.

Morgan O: Damn, all I can do is agree with you. You're doing a fine job of heaping on the praise here! They also have little girls in common which pulls them even closer. Annie is absolutely adorable.

Jmo: I think that’s what got me the most. Both Morgan and Tyler had a strong sense of family. I could relate to them. They weren’t cardboard cutouts wanting nothing more than meaningless sex. Lion Tamers was pure romance!

Morgan O: And high octane action from the very start.

Jmo: It was action packed but she didn’t let the action overpower the story.

MorganO: How she balances it all, was just amazing - high speeds and hot romance - the action keeps the pages turning the romance and emotion makes you slow down just a little so you don't miss a thing but tight writing makes it all work.

Jmo: All I can say is this. Lion Tamers has got to be one of the top ten books I’ve read this year. I’d easily push it past some of the books I’ve been waiting a year to read!

Morgan O: I'd put it in the top ten best I've EVER read. I hope to see this one heading for the national bestseller charts

Jmo: I think the only way to sum this review up is, if you haven’t been TAMED you’re definitely missing one of the best books of this year, I include the big print houses in this statement. If you want romance, action and the best hanky read you’ll ever find, Lion Tamers is the book for you.

Can we say a solid 5 because we don’t go up to 5 million?

Morgan O: I agree, a solid 5 stouts! Might have to add some clovers too...

Jmo: You're not getting me Lucky Charms.

Morgan O: Those are for Jenna, I won't touch those. I don't wanna get hurt.

JMo: That sums it up for this review but I’m not alone in saying when book 2 comes out we’ll be racing to the review.

Morgan O: I get it first!!

Jmo: Guess we see who gets the checkered flag in this duo!


Sutton Fox said...

Thank you very much for the great review. I'm humbled, and truly honored. All the best, Sutton

Piper Denna said...

You guys got the review spot-on. I loved Lion Tamers too. Sutton does a great job getting her reader attached to her characters. And little Annie adds the perfect dose of sweetness.