Dahlia Donovan and Hot Tree Publishing bring us a beautiful love story, a short story, involving an unlikely cast of characters. @DahliaDonovan, Exquisite once again! Published 8/26/17.
Navy SEALS are on a training exercise with their British counterparts when they identify a small boat in their designated combat zone, an area where there should be no boat. Wyatt, SEAL team leader has been thinking about leaving the Navy and time to move on to other parts of his life, partially due to DADT restrictions. When his ‘spidey’ sense tingled as they drew closer to the out-of-place boat, he had no way to know that this would change his life forever.
Young botanist Aled, on sabbatical from his studies, has been kidnapped and tortured by sea pirates who mistakenly believe he is their drug mule. His physical and emotional scars from the terrible events of his torture and resulting PTSD combine to make him a captive in his own home.
This story is wonderfully written, perfectly paced and deals with a relationship at its most intimate level without sexual intimacy! I don’t remember a more beautiful love story involving the basic themes of hurt and recovery or a more patiently developed relationship. Wyatt’s overwhelming feeling is that Aled is “his botanist” no matter how long it takes, how many years, and that of “good fortune that no one else ever realized how amazing Aled is before they met”.
I do recommend reading all of the Sin Bin Series, in the proper order, so that you can fully appreciate these interesting men, an international and diverse cast of characters!