The Botanist

Dahlia Donovan
The Botanist
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Publisher
Hot Tree Publishing
Release Date
August 2017
ISBN
9781925655063
Series
Book 3 of The Sin Bin
Genre
GLBT

SUMMARY
Wyatt "Earp" Hardy is a US Navy SEAL. His life begins and ends with those two words. He readily risks himself for the men under his command. Trouble is—he can't live for them during a time when military policy weighs heavily on who he is.

Researching for his master's thesis, botanist Aled Demers's life is about to unravel. One torturous nightmare run-in with drug runners leaves him permanently scarred. He knows he's lucky to be alive after being rescued by a group of SEALs, but suffering from PTSD takes its toll.

The SEAL and the botanist come from different worlds, but one rescue links them together. Can Aled recover enough strength to risk his heart? Will Wyatt's leaving the navy force him to reassess more than just his career choices?

The Botanist is a short story introducing two key members to The Sin Bin series.

Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Aug 28, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
29 people found the following review helpful
THE BOTANIST is part of The Sin Bin series, and let me tell you, this may be classed as a short story, but it is full of everything you could wish for... apart from one thing, which I'll get to later!

Wyatt (Earp) Hardy is a Navy Seal, on a combined exercise with the UK. They come across a boat that shouldn't be there, and their scans reveal four bodies on-board, when there should only be one. It turns into a rescue mission, and Wyatt lays eyes on Aled for the first time. Aled has been tortured, and is in a state of shock. However, he is returned home, and Hamish and Wyatt hope that he will be okay.

He's not.

I am a long-term fan of Ms. Donovan's; she has never disappointed me with any of her stories - and trust me when I say this one is right up there! Wyatt is a giant of a man, with a heart to match. He wants to push Aled in some ways, but never bad ways. He goes above and beyond to do what he thinks will help. Aled, what a brave and courageous guy, even when he thinks he isn't. The rapport that these two have is off the charts, and I loved the pair of them.

With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, this was one helluva story that packs a mighty punch for being short. And that, right there, is the only problem I have with it! I NEEDED MORE!!!! I seriously wasn't ready for this book to be over. I loved every single word. There just weren't enough of them to please me 😉

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely!
Do I recommend any of Dahlia Donovan's work? You betcha!
Do I want more from Aled and Wyatt? YES!!!!!!
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