Book Review

Book Review: The Lion’s Den by Katherine St. John

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Audience: Adult Fiction / Mystery
Length: 368 pages
Author: Katherine St. John
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: June 30th, 2020
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


Belle likes to think herself immune to the dizzying effects of fabulous wealth. But when her best friend, Summer, invites her on a glamorous getaway to the Mediterranean aboard her billionaire boyfriend’s yacht, the only sensible answer is yes. Belle hopes the trip will be a much-needed break from her stalled acting career and uniquely humiliating waitressing job, but once she’s aboard the luxurious Lion’s Den, it soon becomes clear this jet-setting holiday is not as advertised.

Belle’s dream vacation quickly devolves into a nightmare as she and the handful of other girls Summer invited are treated more like prisoners than guests by their controlling host-and in one terrifying moment, Belle comes to see Summer for who she truly is: a vicious gold digger who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Belle realizes she’s going to have to keep her wits about her — and her own big secret closely hidden — if she wants to make it off the yacht alive.


My eyes were in shocked mode practically the entire time. I didn’t know what I was going to get from reading this, so an incredible fast-paced thriller was surprising and intense.

Have you ever watched the show Below Deck? Because this felt like instead of watching the crew, you were watching the guests. And the guests had utterly jumped off the deep end. I hated so many of them (and that was entirely the point so I wasn’t upset about it). The very few redeeming characters were the right touch for this kind of story.

I really didn’t see the biggest twist and I flat out shouted at my steering wheel while listening because I was SHOCKED. Which then amped the story even more. I loved Belle’s place in the novel and getting everything from her view. I wasn’t sure about the flashback chapters initially. As they continued and started making much more sense I was just as invested with those as the present story.

Definitely had some raunchiness I didn’t love, but this story was just too good to put down. Loved the audio version and I will be checking out her next book. This was highly entertaining and different from my usual reads which made it all the better.

Overall audience notes:

  • Contemporary romance
  • Language: strong
  • Romance: kisses, open & closed door scenes
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: sexual assault, rape, murder, drowning, suicide, suicide ideation, being drugged without consent

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