Sunday, April 30, 2017

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Wanderer by Dahlia Donovan

Title: The Wanderer
Series: The Sin Bin, Book 1
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: April 8, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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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?
Start at the Beginning
by Dahlia Donovan

I love the first paragraphs of The Wanderer.

From the prologue:

Weddings were a pain more excruciating than a broken nose, or tooth, or both—an event to be avoided when at all possible. Only the blissfully ignorant would voluntarily submit themselves to the farce of “marital bliss,” never mind the noise, whimpering women, and a priest who would undoubtedly drone on and on unless someone whacked him upside the head.
Why did I agree to this shit? If this bint sobs into my sleeve one more sodding time, I’ll shove her into the aisle, manners be damned. I should’ve claimed a sudden bout of dengue fever in Macau and been done with it.

It still makes me giggle months after I first wrote it.

The first few sentences manage to bring Graham’s sarcasm, mood, and philosophy on life into sharp focus. He’s not interested in love or demonstrations of it. Commitment is way down on the list of things he wants to have.

In so many areas of his life, Graham could be considered completely fearless. Not in love. He’s a cowardly lion when it comes to relationships. He’s a man who has made one massive mistake and refuses to try again.

A cowardly ginger lion.

The first paragraph makes me laugh because I know what’s to come for him. Graham finds in The Wanderer how much courage he actually has. He learns, I think, how to love—and be loved. It’s not perfect, but he doesn’t need it to be.

After all, perfection is boring.

Dahlia Donovan blew my mind with this one.

The Wanderer is an emotionally gripping journey of a nomadic soul who spends his days traveling the world and effectively running from love. 

When he stumbles across BC, Graham quickly finds someone worth giving up his heart again.

But love is not without heartache.

I cried throughout parts of this book and fell so madly in love with BC who more than exemplified the meaning of unconditional love. 

You have to one click this one today. I promise you it's worth it. 
Have the tissues ready everyone because you are going to need them. I'm going to let you in on a little secret, right now I both love and hate Dahlia Donovan for her book the Wanderer. I I had to keep putting it down so that I could ball my eyes out. The feels and the raw emotions that you feel while reading this book will have you reeling long after you finish it. I can't say enough about this book. I will warn you though that it can be a difficult read due to the subject matter of someone fighting a battle with a horrible disease. However, if you can read it, it is well worth it and I highly recommend it. 

Graham travels the world and writes about his adventures. He's not looking for love, but even he can't hide the fact he feels an attraction that scares him toward BC, the man he hooked up with in a closet at a friend's wedding. That aside, he doesn't want love to complicate his life, however, he is about to get some news that will shock his life, and as much as he doesn't want to depend on anyone, he realizes that he needs BC. 

BC is a rugby player that had been let go from the team. Butt hurt and bitter from that, the one bright spot in his dreary life is meeting Graham. Now if only he could convince Graham to give them a shot. That said, fear has a way of bringing people together. 

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. The characters are realistic, their reactions are perfect and not too over the top or unbelievable. And the story itself is so well written that I had a hard time believing it wasn't real. Pick it up today. 5 stars!

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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