Book review: The Lion Tamer Who Lost + competition

By Louise Beech
Published by Orenda Books

Synopsis: Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t…

Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?

What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?

How did this book end up in my hands? I was selected to participate in the blog tour for this book and I happily accepted.

Was it a page-turner? Oh yeah! I couldn’t have turned the pages any faster. This novel is addictive!

Having read the synopsis, did the book meet my expectations? My expectations were met and exceeded. The synopsis gave me the basic plot outline but the emotions that the words radiated… oh my, those are difficult to capture in a few words on the back cover of a book!

Did I like the ending? [no spoilers] I did and I don’t think I will spoil the ending by saying that it broke my heart. You can cry sad or happy tears, after all. That will be up to you to find out. 

Three words to describe it. Emotional. Sad. Hopeful.

Do I like the cover? Yes, I love it. It’s a shame that we will never see the cover featuring 'book Ben' though (this will make sense once you read the novel!).

Have I read any other books by the same author? No. And may I add ‘Why, oh why?!’. I will make amends.

Will I be recommending this book? Yes, I am doing it right now. Please read it. I’d hate to think of you going through life without knowing the story of The Lion Tamer Who Lost. Plus, as clichéd as this might sound, we all need more LGBT literature as fantastic as this!

Anything else? Yes! The publisher has kindly offered one copy of The Lion Tamer Who Lost to go to a lucky reader! All you have to do is follow me on Twitter and retweet the competition post by 28/10. UK only. All comments left below will count as extra entries (one per person). Good luck!


  1. When I saw the title I thought this was going to be a children's book! But it sounds like a really great read.


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