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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 ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
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    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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    THE LION'S DEN turned out to be the perfect read for my current mood. It was light, frothy, and utterly mean-spirited, a scathing critique on social climbers through the medium of locked-room murder mystery aboard a private yacht. Similar to Janelle Brown's PRETTY THINGS, everyone in the book is an awful person... but some of them are more awful than others.



    Aspiring actress Belle is a little surprised when her friend Summer invites her
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    Katie B
    Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, fiction, read-in-2020
    The more I got into the story, the more this one turned into a binge read. This is exactly the type of book I needed right now. Rich people behaving horribly. Doesn't get much better than that when you are in the mood for an escapism type read from your fairly boring and normal life.

    Belle is an actress but still hasn't managed to nab that breakout star type role so she can't quit her job as a waitress quite yet. When her best friend, Summer, invites her on a Mediterranean getaway aboard her very
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    Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
    What an amazingly addictive read!

    I spent the majority of the past 2 days just devouring this book. I really, really enjoyed it! I could have done without all the French/Italian/Spanish. It was pretty easy to figure out the gist of what they were saying, but there was more than was necessary.

    It has everything you could want... definitely a perfect beach read for this summer.

    But, can a girl get an epilogue?? I need to know what happens to everyone!
    Susan
    Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book was fast paced, couldn't put it down! A childhood friendship, betrayal, mystery, on a grand scale... really enjoyed it! Won it in a giveaway yesterday! Thank you!
    OLT
    Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
    It takes a long while to get a payoff when reading this book. Maybe the last 70 or 80 pages were interesting or at least supplied a bit of a surprise, but the first 270 or so were a slog for me. It wasn't exactly because of the superficial characters and their superficial lives and their lack of any redeeming qualities. I can handle that if the plot is interesting enough and the writing is good. But in this case the characters here have the vocabulary and complexity of thought of your average ...more
    Samantha
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This book is referred to as a beach read, which I suppose it is, but I feel that term degrades the well-written plot of THE LION'S DEN. There's the lifestyle of the rich and glamorous combined with the drama of a Real Housewives' show with an exciting twist and murderous scheme. Definitely recommend and will look forward to other books by this author!

    Thanks to Katherine St. John, Grand Central Publishing, and NetGalley for the pre-pub access.
    Annie Girard
    Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I read this book in one sitting... and I have a 3-year-old. It's addictively page-turning and made me feel like I got to go on a luxurious all-expenses-paid yacht vacation in the South of France... from the safety of my couch. Katherine has a delicious way of describing both beauty and deceptively beautiful wickedness. But what starts as a seemingly empty-calorie beach read, deftly twists and turns into surprising depths. So good.
    Heather
    Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to Grand Central Pub. And Netgalley for allowing me to preview this thriller. Belle is unsure whether to accept her friend Summers invitation for a week on her boyfriends yacht to celebrate Summers birthday. She finally decides to go and is among several other friends of Summers. Theyre all packed for some great fun in the sun until it isnt fun. Soon they find out their host, Summers much older billionaire boyfriend, is having them drugged before they go to bed and that they are locked ...more
    Toni Laliberte
    Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book was awesome! Filled with rich people, dirty deeds, betrayals and murder. This book proves you never truly know someone and that some people will do anything to succeed.
    Anna Wood
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Whew! Just finished this page-turner by an incredible new author and my heart is still racing! This book will absolutely capture you and take you with it! Be careful in the Lions Den folks... ...more
    Leona Bulgin
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed this book, was saving it for a cold, snowy weekend and once started reading it I couldn't stop. Highly recommend, full of great plot twists and turns.
    Katherine Younkin
    Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: crime-thriller
    Belle is an aspiring actress when she can get the work. Otherwise, she serves drinks working at a popular nightclub in LA. When she is offered an all-expense-paid week on a yacht in the French Riviera, she starts packing. The vacation does come with a downside. She is invited by her childhood best friend turned career opportunist, Summer. Summer has latched on to a billionaire business mogul, John, more than thirty years older.

    Belles relationship with Summer is complicated. They were former
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    Mary
    Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I appreciate receiving an ARC of this novel. It was very hard to put down. It is a story about extravagant behaviors of the very rich and also a thriller. There are many unexpected twists and turns. The author's flashback technique of setting the background is very engaging. Just as Belle gets to a crisis, the chapter ends and we are taken to a previous scene that prepares us for the ending, yet doesn't give us quite enough to guess what comes next.
    Readers get a little touch of decadent
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    Julie Cox
    Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This book provided a delicious lens into the lives of the ultra-rich for whom private jets and Mediterranean yachts are the norm.

    When Belle, a struggling actress, is invited for a week of luxury by her one-time best friend on the friend's new, much older, boyfriend's yacht, she can't resist the temptation of such an alluring offer. Despite her reservations, slowly revealed to the reader through a series of breadcrumbs and well-placed flashbacks, Belle accepts and can almost immediately tell
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    Lisa Ladd
    Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    If you are looking for the ultimate beach read, especially if you are as sick of winter as I am, look no further. Katherine St.John has crafted an absorbing whodunit that will keep you on your toes until the very last chapter.

    Belle and Summer have been best friends since high school, and though their life choices are quite different, Belle believes that Summer's gold-digging tendencies are due to her own insecure upbringing. But when Summer invites Belle and some of her other close friends on a
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    Stacy Books
    Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did, but it was un-put-down-able! Luxury, riches, sex, betrayal, lies, and intrigue all wrapped up into a well written page turner. A really fun beach-read romp into the lives of the mega-rich, and the wannabes. A great choice for a summer vacation or long weekend.
    3GirlsMom
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I approached this read with no preconceptions: unknown (so far) writer, generic beach-read murder-mystery cover, promise of class clashes. Little did I know how I would be cemented to my chair for a day and a half while I followed Belle and Summer along their Mediterranean route. The story follows Summer (the user) and Belle (the used) as their friendship devolves from the relative equality of their high school days, through the vicissitudes of their upward climbs in career and social status, to ...more
    Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
    Belle, a struggling actress and all-around nice person, is invited on a weeklong cruise on a private yacht in the Mediterranean with her semi-BFF, Summer, to celebrate Summers birthday. Summers mom and loudmouth sister will be there as well as a couple of friends from college. It sounds like a wild all-girl party in the Riviera and Belle is excited, and nervous. She and Summer have had their ups and downs and Belle is not fond of Summers immensely wealthy sugar daddy, John. Hes twice her age and ...more
    Victoria Freter
    Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I received a free copy of The Lion's Den through Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

    When I entered to win this book, I honestly thought this was going to be a standard cookie cutter book. All I will say, is boy was I wrong and I am glad I got a chance to read/review this book. I rate it 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5). It loses half a star for the slowness in the beginning and the first couple of flashback chapters were a little painful. Now that I have finished the book, I
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    Katie
    Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: first-reads
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    Pat Doucett
    Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This book was different. I thank everyone for the advance reading copy. Boy if this is how the rich live then I am glad I am closer to middle class. This book proves that the grass is not greener on the other side. The old saying "the more you have the more you want" is so true. At first it seemed like everything was beautiful then reality set in. Why people become so mean is beyond me. My motto in life is kindness gets kindness but Summer certainly hasn't learned that and I'm glad she is ...more
    Nicole
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Review coming soon!
    Alissa
    Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
    Real Housewives on a boat with a mystery.
    Some language and sexual situations.
    Kathy
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Received an ARC from the publisher. A bit slow in the beginning but it ends up being a fun little thriller with lots of twists and turns at the end. Good beach read.
    Diane Cline
    Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This was a good read ... kept my Interest and I really enjoyed the book ...
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    Katherine St. John is a native of Mississippi and graduate of the University of Southern California. Over the years she has worked as an actress, screenwriter, director, photographer, producer, singer/songwriter, legal assistant, bartender/waitress, yoga instructor, real estate agent, and travel coordinator but finds she likes writing novels best. Katherine currently lives in Los Angeles with her ...more

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