Thursday, May 4, 2017

Throwback Thursday Review ~ The Wanderer by Dahlia Donovan


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?

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"The feels, the characters, the have to read this one. It will break your heart, but if you stick it out, it will put the pieces back together."
"I give this book five out of five stars - I thoroughly enjoyed it and am eager to read more by the author. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading relationships full of laughter, care and honesty, particularly if you enjoy the odd Monty Python reference or Jedi joke!"

4.5 Stars

I wasn't so sure about this book when I first started reading it. The first scene, The Prologue, takes place at Graham's twin brother, Rupert's, wedding. In the first couple of pages the author mentions/references like about 5 or 6 people, and I was ready to close the book. It was confusing, but once we get past the first couple of chapters we begin to not only learn who some of these people are, but the focus of the story turns towards the main characters. I looked at Goodreads and even though this is the first book in the series, it looks like this is a spinoff of another series.

When his uncle passes away, BC, a retired rugby player, inherits not only his evil little dog, Zeus, a 5 pound Yorkie, but the family inn, as well. Graham is a traveling writer. He travels around the world having adventures and writing about them. The two hook-up at Rupert's wedding, thinking they'll never see one another again, but when Graham shows up at BC's inn, sparks fly again.

I absolutely loved this book. I loved both Graham and BC from the first time they met, and as the story moves forward I fell more and more in love with them. I especially loved BC, I loved that he instinctively knew what Graham needed. He knew when to hover and when to leave him be. When to make him laugh and when to be serious, and seriousness wasn't a big part of this story. It's loaded with laugh out loud moments of teasing, name calling and slapstick like comedy. This story deals with a very serious illness, but the author handled it realistically, yet with a humor that kept you from sobbing your eyes out.

The story is well-written and although a little slow-paced in places, it was an extremely enjoyable read filled with laughter, love and a little steamy sex, as well. This is my first book by this author, but if this is any indication of what her writing style is like, I'll be checking out her backlist of MM books, and I'm definitely looking forward to more in the future! Highly recommended!!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement.*


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.   
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