The Royal Marine (The Sin Bin #4)

Title: The Royal Marine (The Sin Bin #4)
Author: Dahlia Donovan
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Release Date: October 14, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 192
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Who keeps the Royal Marine’s heart safe when he’s running headlong into danger?

Akash Robinson fuses his Indian and British heritage into his baked creations. His life is all things sugar and spice, especially when a blind date leads him to the older military man of his dreams. Family, friends, and an unwanted admirer all threaten both his sanity and his budding romance.

Hamish Ross carries the names of his lost soldiers on his back. He takes his work seriously with no time for love. All it takes is one impulsive kiss to lead him into uncharted romantic waters.

When a sarcastic baker mixes with a stoic alpha marine, who will come out on top when the flour settles?

The Royal Marine is book four in Dahlia Donovan’s international bestselling gay romance series, The Sin Bin. Each one features hot rugby players and the men who steal their hearts.

I wanted something light and sweet when I picked this one. It didn’t disappoint.

Akash is enjoying his night out on town. The only problem is that his friends didn’t plan very well and tried to set him up with two different guys.

I had just started the book but I was already grinning. The writing is light and teasing and Akash vacillates between horribly embarrassed at his attraction and being attracted to Hamish. (It even rhymes, heh!) The story is told in alternating third POV but it’s interspersed with Akash/Hamish’s thoughts. Their monologue is both funny and sarcastic.

Both Akash and Hamish have a whole cadre of friends. They are nosy, meddlesome and above all they are funny. Both are being prodded to date not that either needs a lot convincing.
Their first date ends up being family dinner. I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds as recipe for disaster. Even Akash’s parents thinks so, and they wanted to met their son’s new boyfriend.
The story skips merrily on its way as two men work their way toward relationship. This is a cheerful, charming romp.

Chapter 12 started with text exchange. With running commentary in the background. I was howling with laughter!
The book keeps its upbeat tone even in face of complications arising in their lives. The relationship shifts and grows as we get to know characters better. It has a nice, unhurried pace. The “I love you’s” come in emotionally charged moment.

It’s a lovely upbeat read designed to lift reader’s spirits and bring a smile on his face. In my humble opinion, everyone can use something this funny and sweet.

The Sin Bin Series

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