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The Lion's Den

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,502 ratings  ·  755 reviews
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
Published June 30th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing (first published May 19th 2020)
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
“A friend’s knife is always sharpest, but double betrayal is special torment.”

The Lion’s Den is a fast-paced, entertaining read about a group of girlfriends invited to spend the week on a luxurious yacht in the Mediterranean. Filled with cattiness, betrayal, and deception, I could not put this book down!

When Belle, a sometimes working actress, is invited by her best-friend Summer to spend a week on her very much older boyfriend’s yacht in the Mediterranean, Belle accepts expecting a week of lu
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, arc

The only known predators of lions...are humans.

Look no further! You've found the perfect 2020 poolside read! (No COVID-19 or murder hornets to be found here, fellow readers!)

4.5 brutal stars

I was so in the mood for a backbiting, cat-and-mouse game in an exotic locale...and that's exactly what I got with The Lion's Den. Set primarily on a yacht in the Mediterranean sea, there were an untold number of less than desirable personalities in this story, but there was so much mo
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ 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 a
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Betrayal, secrets, deceit, and wealth are the words that come to mind after finishing The Lion’s Den, a fast-paced, fun, escapism story.

Belle is invited by her friend Summer to partake in a week long excursion through Europe on her rich older boyfriend’s yacht. Belle is skeptical given Summer’s past behavior but she could really use a break from every day life so she decides to accept. Things are sketchy as soon as Belle, Summer, and the rest of the group of girls board Lion’s Den, where they’r
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases, 2020
Well, FUCK!!!

I'm not sorry for cussing because this screwed my brains out. This was so good and thrilling at the same time.

Lion's Den is now my biggest surprise for this year. I was hesitant to read this at first because I judged this book way too early. I thought this going to involve only some petty drama between best friends in an expensive vacation to the Mediterranean. IN A YACHT! WITH OVERFLOWING DRINKS SERVED BY GOOD LOOKING CREW! WITH A BREATHTAKING VIEW!

Unfortunately, the holiday went
Sheyla ✎
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, mystery, publisher

The Lion's Den was a great way to evade reality. It has a combo of good things:

Perfect summer reading: ✅
Mediterranean Yacht cruise ✅
Mystery aboard ✅

Our heroine is Belle. She is an actress but not famous yet. She has been invited by her best friend Summer to spend a week on her rich boyfriend's yacht cruising the Mediterranean. Summer has also invited her mother, her sister Brittani, her friend Wendy, Claire and unbeknownst to Summer, Brittani has decided to invite her friend Amythest, an exo
Michael David
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well this was a juicy and deliciously wicked summer surprise!

Belle, a struggling actress and waitress/bartender, is invited to celebrate her BFF Summer’s birthday aboard her rich and older boyfriend’s yacht in the Mediterranean. Along with a few of their other girlfriends, everyone is ready for a week of sun and fun on the water. Unfortunately, it’s not smooth sailing. Summer and her boyfriend, John, are very particular about a lot of things, and there’s underlying tension between Belle and Sum
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
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Well this was fun!❤️ This book really has a bit of everything! I think that is one reason I found it so much fun. There was the catty, mean girl vibe...the gold digger...mixed in with mystery and suspense. One minute I was wrapped up in the the mean girl drama..the next I was wondering...who is going to die next!

When Belle has the chance to go on a cruise on her BFF's boyfriend's yacht...well she jumps at the chance. Off to the middle of the Mediterranean they go! Your passport you ask? No worr
Theresa Alan
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’d read two books in a row that I had to force myself through, so I was looking for something that would really pull me in, and this one percent succeeded.

The tone at first seems like we’re reading a fun story of a week on a yacht with Belle’s wealthy friend. Well, Summer isn’t wealthy, but her 63-year-old boyfriend is. Belle is a semi-successful actress who sometimes still needs to pull shifts bartending to make it. She met Summer in high school and they both met Wendy in college. There’s Cla
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

You know that book you need to kick off the summer reading season? That's what The Lion's Den was for me. It gave me a whole lot more than I bargained for -- in the best way.

Belle and Summer are best friends and have been for awhile. However their lives are a bit different. Belle is a struggling actress and Summer is in a relationship with someone who gives her anything she wants. Summer invites Belle and some other girls on a yacht trip and although Summer hasn't treated Belle the best,
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS.WAS.EVERYTHING!!! Sex, betrayal, intrigue, murder, luxury...It was f*cking awesome! It’s been a while since I had so much fun reading a book! It definitely should be one of the books of the summer. Can’t wait to read more from Katherine St. John.

4,5 ⭐️
Larry H
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

The Lion's Den by Katherine St. John is a soapy, melodramatic beach read about money, friendship, and betrayal.

Belle and Summer have been friends since high school. And while there were lots of good times, a great deal of their relationship has consisted of Summer taking advantage of Belle or Belle having to clean up after her.

Still, when Summer invites her on her extremely rich (and much, much older) boyfriend’s yacht for a Mediterranean cruise, Belle jumps at the chance to get aw
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rated 4.5

Belle is off on a one week vacation to the French Riviera on a huge, private yacht with a group of beautiful friends to celebrate 26 year old Summer’s upcoming birthday. The trip is being hosted by Summer’s fabulously wealthy and much older boyfriend John. Belle and Summer have been friends since high school but the friendship has soured. Summer is selfish, a liar and is caught up in the lavish lifestyle of billionaire John. Although the relationship between the two friends is strained,
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
I received a copy of this book for free from the Publisher (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. What a crazy ride! This book really took me on an adventure through the lives of the rich.

This is a summer mystery novel that kept me guessing until the very end. All throughout the novel you know something is up, but it won’t all be revealed until the end. The way it all came about was very smart and clever. I liked how there were small little mentions of things that woul
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what it says about me, but I'm really starting to dig the trashy, catty, mean girl reads, and this one was all of the above and more!

The premise sounds almost trite - aspiring (aka struggling) actress, Belle, agrees to a week long French Riviera jaunt aboard her childhood best friend's boyfriend’s yacht. It's no surprise that before they even get their sea legs, all is not smooth sailing in paradise. Belle is super naive and makes extremely poor friend choices and even dumber choic
Abby Jimenez
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You guys. THIS BOOK. This isn’t the kind of book I'd normally pick up. I don't do thrillers. I legitimately could not put this down. My husband got annoyed with me lol

I love the writing. The plot keeps you guessing. It feels like Mean Girls, but on a yacht with billionaires and danger lol

Highly recommend!
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!
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 mi ...more
"The Lions Den" by Katherine St. John was such a great summer read!! This is not just a fun, light beachy read, this one had mystery, twists, and suspense!!  (Thank you Grand Central pub for the gifted review copy!)

This book was a super entertaining summer thriller. The last third of the book really was the best, as that's when most of the action happens and the story all comes together. I really loved how this one ended, it was excellent!! This author thought of such a clever story and really p
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I was not expecting the twists and turns in this one!! Addictive and fun 😊
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's nirvana on the Mediterranean. A long-haired flamenco guitarist picks a melody with his eyes closed, the notes drifting on a gentle breeze that lifts the heat of the day as waiters pass hors d'oeuvres to a handful of elegantly dressed guests scattered across the deck. The shimmering sea is speckled with ships suspended in the tide, and green hills rise from the water, dappled with villas whose windows are lit fiery orange by a setting sun that bathes the entire scene in golden light.

Sounds l
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Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Lion's Den by Katherine St. John is an entertaining and addictive page-turner set in the world of wealth and privilege. Belle's best friend Summer invites her to spend a week-long Medeterrenian vacation on her sugar daddy's yacht. But what promises to be a vacation of a lifetime turns into a nightmare. This book has everything: a glamorous setting, drama, betrayal, romance, and murder. I am so glad I had a chance to read this book because I loved it! I cannot wait to read more books from thi ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alright I have yet another ideal summer read for you guys today, this one is wicked and salacious and way more fun that I was expecting it to be. It gave me Jackie Collins vibes with the whole rich people behaving badly thing and then also reminded me a little of Below Deck as it’s set mostly on a luxury yacht. I expected it to be fluffy and light, total brain candy and while it was, it also ended up being a little dark and mysterious as well.

This is all told from Belle’s POV as she joins her BF
Melissa Rose
Meh. I can't pinpoint it precisely, but I found this book a drag to get through. I wanted to give up, but honestly, I wanted to see if the ending was worth the slog. It wasn't.

That wasn't to say that this book was all terrible, I mean, there were moments where the plot held my interest.

However, despite the high reviews, I believed that the reveal was mediocre at best, and I found that the manipulative and controlling nature of the characters to be genuinely triggering for my anxiety.

Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Nicole Chinnici
The Lion’s Den was a wild ride of a story and my idea of a perfect beach read!

This book follows Belle, who is invited by her best friend, Summer, on a glamorous girls’ getaway to the Mediterranean aboard her billionaire boyfriend’s yacht. It begins on day one of the vacation, and then in alternating chapters follows the trip as it devolves into something of a nightmare and also the evolution of Belle and Summer’s friendship since it began when they were sixteen. This structure worked well here,
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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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