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The Caretaker (The Sin Bin Book 2) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B06Y5XBG1D
- Publisher : Hot Tree Publishing (July 8, 2017)
- Publication date : July 8, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 404 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 153 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #696,718 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The writing and flow of this story was solid and the editing very good. My only complaint in this department would be that the Welsh glossary should have been provided at the front vice the back. Flipping back and forth in an ebook is not as smooth as with a hard copy book.
Nothing overly angsty here, Taine and Freddie both feel attracted to each other and pursue those feelings after a little nudge from helpful friends. Taine is older and wiser and I loved his attitude toward life. Freddie is a caretaker to the core of his soul and I loved how much he cared for his patients as well as his meddling family. I have been anxiously waiting for this book for about three months - since reading the last book. Five green, green, green stars. Will Scottie's story be next?!
A couple of recommendations for readers. This can be read as a stand-alone, but you'll really get more enjoyment from the character interactions if you read The Wanderer first. And though it is not part of the Sin Bin series, After the Scrum has some of the same characters and should probably be read even before The Wanderer. (But don't let my 'order of reading' stop you from getting this book.) My last recommendation is regarding the Welsh terms spoken by Freddie and his family. There is a glossary of terms in the back of the book. Check that out first. I didn't realize it was there and spent a lot of time googling terms because they weren't completely obvious.
By: Dahlia Donovan
5 out of 5 stars
The story The Caretaker (The Sin Bin Book 2) by Dahlia Donovan is a wonderful story of two people who come from different backgrounds and find they have a connection. This is the story of Freddie Whittle and Taine Afoa. When they meet there is an attraction between them. As they learn more about each other this attraction only grows stronger. Taine soon finds himself not able to think of anything else but Freddie. When times get tough and people get in the way will their feelings for each other bring them closer together or will their relationship fall apart?
This is the second book in the Sin Bin series and the second book I have read by the author. It only reinforces that she is an amazing author who creates beautiful stories and wonderful characters. I really like Freddie. He is a person with a big heart and is always there for the needs of his patients. He works with patients with cancer which means that he deals with sadness all the time and tries to make them feel special. Freddie is someone who takes the death of a patient very hard. When he first meets Taine he is attracted to him and does think of him, however, his job seems to be overwhelming him. When a situation arises that causes Freddie to leave on vacation he finds that Taine is coming along with him. How far will their relationship develop? Freddie has people in his life that say they are looking out for him, Freddie thinks they are smothering him. Will they put an end to any relationship between these two?
Taine is a retired international rugby star. He first sees Freddie when he is visiting the cancer ward of the hospital that Freddie works for. When they finally meet face to face Taine is interested. However, the age difference between himself and Freddie at first causes him to hold back. Then he is convinced that he needs to go to the Netherlands with Freddie. After they return a situation comes up that causes Taine to shut down. He knows that he should contact Freddie, however, can’t seem to make himself make that call. What will happen to this couple? Will Taine finally act on his deep feelings for Freddie and not let anything or anyone get in the way of their happiness?
This story chronicles two people falling for each other and the obstacles they face. It also shows the ugly side of hate and deals with people who have no tolerance for those who are different from themselves. What Freddie has to endure by these ugly people left me angry and frustrated. I also felt happiness for both Freddie and Taine and rooted for their getting their happy ending. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. This story does include adult situations which would make it a book for those 18 years of age or older.
As to Freddie's obsession with cheese, I never understood it but I guess everyone could do with a signature vice and Freddie's is his addiction to cheese until Taine introduced him to a few of the sensual kind. I mean, it even drove him to Holland so he could experience an iconic cheese market and a cheese museum. Taine, love the man and tolerate his food obsession!
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Together they were a fascinating partnership and seeing them develop into a loose Dom/sub pairing fit really well within the narrative as Freddie struggled to lose the tight grip his two dads wouldn't let go of.
I loved seeing more of the gang, still all happily settled, and Freddie's boss Genevieve also had a bigger role here, which made me laugh a lot from her meddling.
This one's seriously steamy, as the pair get into some erotic spanking and light bondage and I adored how carefully Taine treated Freddie's first time having anal sex.
It ends with a very solid HFN and I'm sure there'll be more from these two in the later books.
Freddie's cheese is Frannie's Watson.
Freddie is a lovely guy with a really big heart, good friends and very caring and over protective fathers.
Taine is a recently retired successful rugby player who doesn't do relationships but once he meets Freddie he can't get him out of his mind and his fellow retirees (overgrown school boys) encourage him to go after Freddie as they can see he's attracted to him.
He struggles with the age difference between them but it's clear that it's not an issue for Freddie who is much more worried about his clients than a budding relationship with the kind and loving dom.
Dahlia definitely knows how to entertain her readers.
I've pre-ordered next in the series but I'm also champing at the bit to read about the troubled Scottie.
I'm not 100% sure if the writing style changed from The Wanderer to The Caretaker or if I simply grew used to it, but I wasn't as confused by it this time around. There also were way less instances of time or events that were simply summarized in a few sentences, though they were still much more present than I'm used to.
One thing I loved was the charming quirks of the characters, from Taine's love and familiarity with his hamster Speedy (who had way too little on-page time!) to Freddie's obsession with cheese. Little quirks like these seem to be one of the author's strengths, as I still fondly remember BC's fear of spiders in book1.
I also liked how casually queer the characters in this series are, but while I understand not everyone wanting to use labels, I wish there had been other words used than just "gay". Several characters, including protagonists, are obviously bi (or pan) but the word "bi" is never actually used, which given the amount of bi (or similar) characters struck me as a bit weird. Only gay characters are described in their sexuality.
The romance part between Taine and Freddie is quite nice, though I wish some parts had been more detailed instead of just skimmed over. It's hard to put into words, but I felt like for some scenes there was such an intense focus on just one character which left me completely at loss for what the other character was doing in those moments - which is weird when the two of them are actively interacting, like during a sex scene.
I was also surprised by how fast the two of them jumped from 100% vanilla into BDSM, but I didn't mind that too much as consent was very explicit and repeated confirmation of consent was present during all of the kinkier scenes, which overall were on the "milder" spectrum of kink.
There are several funny and some extremely awkward scenes, the latter ones often involving Freddie's overbearing parents. Their problem to see Freddie, who is 26, as an adult is one of the main plot points along with the age gap between Freddie and 41-year-old Taine.