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The Wanderer

(Rider #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  20 reviews
After getting out of the Army, Landon Bradley packs up his motorcycle and heads North West in hopes of closing up old battle wounds and maybe even settling down. Not accustomed to staying in one spot for too long, he's not certain that he'll ever find a place that he can truly call home.

When he finds himself stranded in a small Wyoming town, Landon meets Maxine Abrams,
Paperback, 350 pages
Published October 26th 2011 by CreateSpace
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Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I have a special connection with this book.

I originally wrote it because of my infatuation with a man in an Army uniform on a motorcycle. Who could resist that?! But in time, writing the book in the span of two months, a special place in my heart was reserved for the characters and their stories.

When searching to create a cover for the book I found a man that was willing to lend his combat boot clad foot and his beautiful Harley for the cover photo shoot. But what I didn't expect was for him
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, I did not expect such an emotional intense book. The characters pictured by Maravel feel really real and alive. She delivers a touching story about an army veteran who tries to find his place in the world, now free to choose where he would like to go. Usually he prefers to be alone and on the road. One day he meets a very special woman and from now on things are different. Once again her book has a lot to offer. I like the values and emotions Maravel portrays alongside the main ...more
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"There's something in your eyes that scares me,"
Max whispired, looking through the window.
Landon took her face into his hand and made her look into his eyes "What?" he asked. "What do you see?"
"Fear," she answered plainly. "I see fear"

Shawn Maravel has become one of my favorite authors, The Wanderer..she did not disappoint! The Wanderer follows Landon Bradley, Landon has just finished his time in the military, he doesn't have family, and has never known what it feels like to call a place
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
Four Stars

Love the U.S. Military and I was happy to have picked up this enjoyable story. Our hero, Landon, spent fifteen years in the Army and has finally decided he had enough. Landon has always felt that he never belonged. Growing up as a foster child, he's use to leaving those he gets close to. He is a lost and wandering soul with no girlfriend, no family nor close friends. After being discharged from the Army, he sells all his belonging, hops on his cycle and rides cross country to Oregon to
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
You all know this book is not my usual type of book to read. But when Shawn asked me to review it, how could I say no? I couldn’t, because I’m always looking for new books that will take me by surprise and you know what, The Wanderer hit that spot.

The story follows Landon Bradley who has just finished his time in the Army and decides to hit the road. With no family, friends or girlfriend to speak of, he’s just looking to cruise around, enjoy the life of travel and take some time to reflect on
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Review also posted on my blog: The Book Barbies

I bet everyone in this world think no one understands them and that despite everything, they're lonely. I think I'm lonely. But Landon Bradley is truly lonely. 100%, completely and fully lonely. If I go missing today someone will call the cops. My family will be worried, if I died people would mourn me (or so I think) I have a couple of friend who might cry but Landon Bradley has no one. No mom or dad or cousin or grandma or friend or coworker or
Tabby -  Shattered Hearts Reviews
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Military Love. Heartfelt Sigh. This book was given to me for a review from the author herself, Shawn Kristen Maravel. After reading it, twice, I must say that I am epically glad that I said yes! :)

I had a special connection to this book from the beginning. I was raised as an Army Brat and I am currently married to a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army. I tend to be drawn to books about the Military life, and even though this entire book takes place after
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Even more than I did Shifting Gears. The Wanderer is the story of Max and Landon. Landon grew up bouncing from foster family to foster family, girl to girl, never settling on anyone or anything until he joined the Army. He served in the Army for over 15 years and now he was out. Retired. Time to make a life somewhere, even though he didn't have a plan.

The only plan Landon had was taking his Vulcan and traveling to Bend, Oregon to see the family
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zz2012-read
The Wanderer is what I would call a 'real' romance. It wasn't your typical 'love at first sight', mushy, unbelievable romance where the characters are virtually naming their first borns after knowing each other for an hour.
Landon is a guy that you just can't seem to dislike. Even when you know perfectly well all about his womanising and commitment-phobic ways you still develop a soft spot for him because you know he is just a product of his upbringing and that he is still a good man at heart.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This is the first book that I have read written by Maravel and I was so impressed with her writing and the characters.
It was so well written and the character were down to earth and just felt so real. Like every day people that you and I would know, that you and I could be.

Landon was a fabulous character. My heart really went out to him and I felt myself really caring for him and for his outcome. I love it when that happens, when I get so caught up in the characters that I really start to care
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Can you spend your whole life with a guard up? The Wanderer is another great read from the Indie Shawn Maravel! I waited eagerly to have the semester to end so that I could give my full attention to the book. The book was well worth the wait. Landon is a lost, guarded soul who has had been through a lot in his 35 years of living. He is released from the military after serving not one, but a few leaves in the middle east. Landon doesn't do well with sitting still on one spot in life as he now ...more
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Wanderer follows Landon Bradley after he has just left the Army. Landon has no family and no place he has ever called home, so he just heads out to where ever is bike takes him. Landon is perfectly fine with just traveling from place to place, until he ends up in Wyoming. He meets Maxine, and does not know what he is in for.

I really enjoyed the Wanderer!! The story and the characters were so well written. I love that they are so real and you can relate to them. My heart breaks from Landon
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The Wanderer is a fun romance that takes you for a ride on the back of Landon's motorcycle as he travels from town to town with his memories of times past and new adventures of the present. He's lived most of his life as a playboy. Just when the girl he may be dating at the time starts to really have feelings for him, he takes off. This habit is how he lands in the Army to begin with. The Wanderer has two strong main characters, Landon and Max. both characters appear confident , secure, and ...more
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After getting out of the Army, Landon hops on his bike and heads to Oregon. He grew up in foster care and honestly believed that he was destined to live alone, no family and definitely no love. When he crashes his bike the last thing he expects to find at the mechanic shop is a woman that total gets him. Maxine (Max) offers him a place to stay until he can get back on the road but these two have more in common that either of them expected.

I loved the story. The Landon and Max were written in a
Bella Street
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you need to crash and burn to find what you've been looking for. Landon finds meaning after a lonely existence in Max, and their romance will wring your heart out like a rag. Well done, Ms Maravel!!
Laura's Book Addiction
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed "The Wanderer". This is the first book I have read from Shawn Maravel and it won't be my last. She writes great characters and even better novels.
Anne Frisbie
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this romance. Appropriate for young adults. Landon’s Army background and experiences are really well done.
Nina Life of a Bookworm
wow this is great book! Totally loved the story, characters are so real and it can happen anybody! Shawn I hope that you will continue to write 'cause you have so much potential! I look forward to read your books in future!
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“Though he wouldn't dare admit that he might have felt more for her. He wasn't ready to care for a person that much when he still didn't care too highly for himself. most days Landon regarded himself as a lost soul, a wanderer. Who could love such a man?” 17 likes
“To be fair, you can tell me what you think of me,” Max offered. “I didn’t mean to offend you. I was just making a few observations.”
“How could I possibly know enough about you to make a proper judgment?” His tone was harsher than he’d anticipated. “You’ve taken a stranger into your home without so much as a second thought and offered everything but your bed. Crazy comes to mind. Suicidal maybe.”
Max leaned forward in her chair, readying her defenses. “Excuse me?”
“I don’t mean to sound ungrateful here but please remember that you don’t know me. I appreciate all that you’ve done but that doesn’t entitle you to judge me.”
“I wasn’t judging you,” she bit back. “But maybe you’re right. I don’t think I thought this through at all.”
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