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The Lion's Den by Katherine St. John

knorman918's review

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mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.5

alonereed's review against another edition

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dark mysterious medium-paced

2.0

sarahstripp's review

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adventurous tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

lexhayz's review against another edition

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5.0

Listened via audiobook. I loved this way more than I ever thought I would. This book is just pure wicked, luxurious, twisty escapism. I honestly was sad that it ended! The narrator, Christine Lakin, was excellent too. Can’t wait to listen to more books narrated by her!

sophiegillot's review

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mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

amylowe's review

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mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

ronja11's review

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adventurous mysterious fast-paced

3.75

rosiekerber's review

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mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75

candypop's review

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4.0

I’m pleasantly surprised. I didn’t check the reviews before I read this book so it was a great to see the plot unfold near the end to be bigger than a chick lit/summer read. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover so they say.

kbranfield's review

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4.0

4.5 stars.

With a dash of intrigue and a smidge of suspense, The Lion's Den is a sparkling debut by Katherine St. John.

Actress Belle Carter harbors a few trepidations about her upcoming trip with her long time friend Summer Sanderson. But a free vacation on wealthy businessman John Lyons' luxury yacht outweighs her concerns. She is soon off on a lavish adventure with Summer, their friend Wendy and Wendy's roommate Claire, Summer's mom, Rhonda, sister Brittani and Brittani's friend Amythest.  Belle overlooks her misgivings over Summer's somewhat cool attitude towards her and vows just to enjoy herself.  But John's controlling behavior soon extends to Summer to her guests and Belle's concerns continue to grow as she makes unsettling discoveries.

Belle has been trying to make it as an actress for several years. Although she has not had any breakout roles, she refuses to give up on her dream.  She and Summer have been friends since they were teenagers but their friendship has hit a bit of a rough patch recently. Her attempts to placate Summer often fall short of the mark, but Belle tries to keep her annoyance at her friend's behavior in check.

Instead of reconnecting with her friends, Belle is relegated to the "B" list throughout their trip. She and Amythest are roommates and they surprisingly hit it off.  Belle is a little concerned that Amythest is walking a dangerous line with Summer and her entreaties to  take care fall on deaf ears.  Growing more anxious over Summer's behavior and John's manipulations, Belle is having a difficult time as everyone becomes increasingly tense.

The Lion's Den is a riveting novel that has a fun yet surprisingly substantive storyline.  Belle is a fantastic protagonist that is easy to like and root for. Summer is a devious gold digger with a possessive streak and she is loyal to no one but herself.  Fast-paced and engrossing, Katherine St. John brings this marvelous novel to a twist-filled conclusion. An absolute gem of a read that I highly recommend!