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?
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
A story so big and emotional that you will find yourself holding your breath, crying, smiling and sometimes laughing. This is not a story of two different guys that sweetly and surprisingly fall in love but more a story of guys not so different who somehow find their way to each other although talking about their feelings isn’t comfortable for either. Graham, a twin, is the wanderer traveling around the world as a photographer. He has a home although he rarely is there and he has strong family ties. He is most comfortable traveling on his own. While at the wedding of his best friend Francis to a former rugby player, Graham is suffering from terminal boredom when he spots an “absolutely gorgeous bloke” and the boredom dissipates immediately. When their eyes met, Graham noted that the other man appeared interested as well and soon he Graham was pushed and otherwise led into a closet by the strong, attractive man for an extremely carnal encounter. No names were exchanged and they didn’t speak again. This might lead one to think that this is a story based on the sexual relationship of two men and they would be entirely wrong.
Graham’s wedding closet partner is a former rugby player who can’t seem to forget the encounter and Graham from his mind. BC (Boyce) is a bit of a wanderer himself as he hasn’t found his passion. He played rugby but not with conviction. His heart was never engaged in the game, in fact, BC hasn’t really felt strongly or fully engaged in anything. No occupation or relationship has really become his primary focus until the ‘hookup’ with Graham. As BC assumes control of the bed and breakfast left to him by his father, he continues to perseverate on Graham and the wedding encounter.
The story, the adventure with Graham, BC and their friends was much more intense than I expected and I’m ashamed to say that I started reading and put it down after two chapters as I wasn’t yet hooked. Returning almost a week later I don’t understand why I ever set this aside. This is a perfect example of “actions speak louder than words” and the actions of former rugby player, BC fully demonstrates his feelings about Graham even though he can’t say the words. A beautiful story.