Review: “Secretly Dating the Lionman” by Sue Brown

TITLE: Secretly Dating the Lionman
AUTHOR: Sue Brown
SERIES: Cowboys and Angels
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 27, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback


Can a man burdened with family drama find his way into the arms of a happy-go-lucky stripper called Lionman?
Cris likes a drink at the Cowboys and Angels bar after his shift at the strip club—until one night when a trashed young guy named Mikey tries to kiss him. He’s not Cris’s type, but Cris is good enough to see the kid home safely. There he meets Mikey’s handsome older brother, Bennett, and there’s an immediate spark between them.
But Bennett might not be in a position to start a relationship, let alone with the carefree Cris. He’s trying desperately to hold his family together, with a younger brother who’s running off the rails and hostile parents who will never accept not just one, but two gay sons.
When Cris is unexpectedly fired and Bennett’s family drama escalates, they turn to each other for support. But can a shoulder to lean on develop into something much closer, something they both deserve?

Secretly Dating the Lionman is the second book in the Cowboys and Angels series by Sue Brown. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last. I wasn’t able to read the first book in the series before reading this book, but I don’t think that I missed anything that would have affected this book. I think reading the first book would have enhanced my reading experience and I can’t wait to read it to find out more about how Gideon and Dan, who are the owners of Cowboys and Angels bar, met and became a couple.

I really enjoyed Cris. He works as a stripper at a straight strip club called Forbidden Nightz because it pays more than stripping at a gay club. His stage name is Lionman, and he dances to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” He enjoys his job but can’t stand the new club manager who keeps changing his shifts without notifying him which is screwing up his dating life. After work, he likes to get a drink at Cowboys and Angels where he runs into Mikey who he met at a gay speed dating event held at Cowboys and Angels. The attraction isn’t mutual because Mikey is so far in the closet he just might be in Narnia. But that doesn’t stop him from hitting on Cris when he gets drunk. When Cris does a good deed after taking home a very drunk Mikey, he meets his older brother Bennett. Bennett is everything that Cris is looking for in a guy. He’s older and has some mileage on him just the way that Cris likes them.

I liked Bennett. What makes him happy is making sure that the people that he cares about are happy. And so his big focus is making sure that his younger brother Mikey is happy. And if it makes his brother happy to continue to pretend to be straight and have a fiancé, then that is what Bennett is going to help him do, and if that means that he needs to make sure that Cris isn’t interested in his brother than that is what he will do. But Bennett didn’t expect to fall for Cris himself. Now not only does he have to worry about his brother coming out of the closet to his strictly religious parents but he will have to fight his own feelings to come out also in order to keep the man that he wants.

When Cris ends up getting fired, he will end up bartending at Cowboys and Angels until he can find another job that pays as well as stripping so that he can continue to pursue his first love, painting.

To enjoy this book, you don’t have to have read the first book, but I would recommend that you do so that you can enjoy all of the cameos from the other characters in the first book that are in the second book.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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