Title: The Wanderer (The Sin Bin #1)
Author: Dahlia Donovan
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Release Date: 29th Apr, 2017
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Graham Hodson lives for adventure. His entire life has revolved around his obsessive wanderlust. His inner fear of staying in one place or being with one person for too long has kept him on the go. The last thing he expects is a sudden diagnosis to ground his travel—permanently.
Boyce “BC” Brooks has screwed up his lifelong dream of being the captain of the English national rugby team. He’s lost everything. When his uncle leaves him an inn and a dog in Cornwall, he has little choice but to try his hand at innkeeper.
Can two jokesters kicked around by life and their own decisions find stability when their world shakes beneath their feet?
The Wanderer is the first book in the Sin-bin series by Dahlia Donovan. The MCs here are Graham Hodson, a ginger-haired travel writer, whose wanderlust never allows him to stay in one place for a long time and Boyce “BC” brooks, a gorgeous hulk, former rugby-player who is completely smitten with our ginger-wanderer.
The story is mainly set in Cornwall where the MCs meet for the first time through mutual acquaintances. After a very brief and naughty interlude in a coat closet during a wedding, Graham and BC meets again later through Graham’s twin brother.
Graham has commitment-phobia and he bolts everytime he feels something deep. Same thing happens with BC but this time, BC braves his fear of flying and goes after Graham. And who does not appreciate a gorgeous guy who not only cares for you deeply but also faces his fears to be with you? Not Graham.
But their budding relationship gets a jarring shock as Graham falls ill. Graham’s wings are cut short as he suffers through a horrible trail. What starts as a casual relationship develops quickly into much more as BC stays, cares and loves Graham through it all.
I loved the banter between the MCs. They always poked fun at each other which was adorable. The story gets a little mellow with Graham’s illness, but the banter and all the support and love from their friends and family, keeps it hopeful and sweet without turning too upsetting.
The plot was pretty straightforward but the most interesting element was the characters. BC and Graham’s family and friends were a well-knit unit and I loved the bond among them and their interactions very much.
This story goes to show how life is unpredictable and how love is not all sunshine and rainbows all the time. It was endearing and also fun to read at the same time. It’s a sweet story with a very positive and beautiful ending. I will look forward to more from this author.
“Yes. I’d happily wander with you for the rest of my days.” Graham struggled to get the words out.
“Of course you would, you’re a sentimental numpty.”
“I love you too.”