#Review The Wanderer (The Sin Bin) #1 by Dahlia Donovan — Available Now!
When life kicks a wanderer in the bollocks, all he can do is fight for his life.
Bad boy BC Brooks screwed up his lifelong dream of being captain of the English national rugby team. Lost and confused, he hides from his failures until an unexpected inheritance forces him to make a change.
Graham Hodson lives for travel, adventure, and one-night stands. Wanderlust rules his life. He never expects a brief encounter with a stranger to haunt his dreams and follow him across the world.
One diagnosis shakes both men to their core.
One journey through the depths of recovery brings two perpetual bachelors into the unknown territory of love.
The Wanderer is book one 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.
Series: The Sin Bin - Book One
Release Date: April 8, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Page Count: 248 Pages
The Wanderer by Dahlia Donovan starts off with a bang bringing the two main characters, Graham and BC, together at a wedding where they meet each other in a closet for a little mutual gratification. They go their separate ways assuming they will never see each other again.
Graham, a travel writer, who explores all over the world, has been tasked with an assignment close to home. His twin brother, Rupert, sets him up with a place to stay at a bed and breakfast owned by BC, an ex-rugby player, aka wedding closet-partner.
The chemistry between these two—as soon as they meet again—comes back full force. The banter is hilarious and they both give as good as they get, but they don't do romance or feelings...at all. The sex is low-key and throughout the course of the book becomes almost nonexistent due to health reasons.
Both, Graham and BC, have issues in their past that reflect how they now look at their present relationships meaning neither are willing to commit. Graham starts to feel the pressure of getting too close so he runs but the last thing he expected was for BC to come after him.
Graham becomes sick and BC shows the real strength of his character. Whether he admits it to himself or not—love, loyalty, and devotion poured out of him. He never wavered or faltered, he was a pillar of strength for Graham as well as his safe place.
This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it, a lot. I hesitated in reading it due to the subject matter is one of my personal hard limits, however, the author handled all of it with care and dignity. She instilled laughter and so much humor before, during and after the life-altering events keeping the plot running smooth and consistent.
My only complaint—if I were going to have one—would be the repetitiveness and overuse of the "Britishisms" and, in turn, also took me out of the story trying to figure out what certain words meant. The story takes places in Cornwall so it's to be expected, but there was a lot I had never heard of being an American.
The Wanderer shows you not to take life for granted and it also shows that when you need help to surround yourself with family and friends. Don't cut those that love you out of your life. This is a sweet and light romance that never got heavy staying true to both of the character's personalities.
There is an amazing secondary cast of characters that help to bring this book full circle and I'm looking forward to reading more about some of them in future books. This ends with a happy ever after or, at least, a happy for now and a lot of smiles.
Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.