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The Wanderer

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Doctor Jude Evans has built a safe but barren life for himself in a small western town where he pours all his passion into caring for his patients while hiding his secret yearning to love another man. Gabriel Fontenot is a drifter who is handy with a gun, prospecting for gold, and trying to forget the night the letter "O" was carved into his hip. Suffering from hard living ...more
ebook, 154 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Loose Id, LLC (first published September 2010)
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Nile Princess
Doc Jude is the only doctor in a small Western town in 1879. The townspeople, terrorized and controlled by David Smith, are simultaneously grateful for Jude's service and wary of him because he's 'a reformer'. Because of this Jude finds himself just much of an outcast as Mouse, a blind 9-yr old boy, he's semi-adopted. 'Wanderer' Gabriel rides into town and things take a turn for the worse when he saves Mouse from a whipping at the hands of David Smith. Gabriel is suffering from a chest infection ...more
I truly did not think I was going to like this one due to what felt like a rough start...I really liked this. It's my first Jan Irving, won't be the last. Doctor Jude, the shy gay virgin and Gabriel, the kinky gay gunslinger they oddly worked. The sex scenes were pretty well written, gritty and deliciously hot.

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The difficulties being gay in this time period was realized in this story.
Bark (Has Atrocious Taste)
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Sigh This book ended too quickly. It was a lovely, gritty, realistic and kinky romance between a wandering gunslinger and a quiet, lonely doctor. Set in 1879, the conflict and fear was palpable. I only wish it were longer as I felt some of the plot points could have been expanded upon. But I'm frigging greedy and always want more.
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
The Wanderer has something that other books only pretend to offer. It has a perfect balance--between characters that feel like real people, action and suspense, romance and last but not least, sex. It is one of the best books in this genre I have ever read.

Jude is a doctor in a small town, Sylvan, somewhere in Western USA, after the Civil War. He has a little clinic where he takes care of his patients and the occasional ill farm animal. Then, one day, a stranger comes into town. Gabriel, a gunsl
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think this book deserve a very simple but straightforward review. Why 5 stars?

It's romantic but not sappy.

It's kinky and sexy but not porn. Each sex scene was perfect placed, and well done.

It's also the story of a blind young boy without family. Jude (the doctor) is his family. I love his point of views, telling me how much he care about Jude and how strong he is being independent even with his disability (don't forget it's a historic romance... Not a modern days blind kid. He is living in t
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars!!

Hmmmm, this book was wonderful & tough on some levels for me. The tenderness of the main character Jude (who was also a doctor) also hid a fascination for a taste of the forbidden (in that era)---a love of men, a love of theatre, a fascination with danger, a forward thinker. Gabriel, Jude's patient-to-lover, was an educated, cultured man, who also hid a darker nature, one of guns, wandering from town to town, male brothels, and even domination/BDSM. The only part of the book whi
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was interesting and surprisingly D/s and kinky. Although I struggled with the good Doctors OOC immediate fall into kink even while still an uptight, sexually repressed, virgin, the interaction between the men was compelling to watch.
Jimmy Hanson
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, m-m
I waffled on the rating for this one, and am simply going to say "2.5"

In a word on style: frustrating. Each scene is less than a scene, more a picture or two taken and then retaken from a different angle, added with another picture focused on another character and then added with three more floating. Paragraphs were put together well and the parts, once started, were good. But they cut off seemingly in the middle of a thought, or a purpose, breaks put all over the place, to where I really feel l
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. The characters of Jude and Gabriel were well-defined, and had conflicts that felt real and true. Jude wanted to do good in the world, wanted to help people and feel like a part of something, but suffered because he couldn't really be himself. Gabriel wasn't the kind of man to settle, with tragedy in his past that set him moving. It isn't like he's always running from that though. It's more like he's just become a wanderer, never wanting to be tied to a place. The questio ...more
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! What an Extraordinary Book!

First things first: It appears that many of the books by Jan Irving have recently become available on Kindle, which means that I've got a lot of catching up to do since I also loved "Straight Cowboy." I am looking over her works with deep scrutiny for others in which I can wallow.

And, wallow I did in this one. Nothing in this book is something I'd ever thought would work, especially when all the elements are mixed together.

You have Doc Jude, a well-loved 30-year-
Feb 08, 2013 rated it did not like it

Dr. Jude-ina meets the tall, dirty cowboy. Jude-ina is a virgin...but has impure thoughts. He gives of himself to the townspeople and blind boy (go Jude-ina!).

After nursing Tall & Dirty when he is sick and naked and sweaty and doing some naked cuddling. The bad rancher tries to kill Jude-ina (oh no!).

They run off into the woods together and proceed to go at it like bunnies, even though Tall & Dirty has a freakishly large appendage (is it going to fit? why yes it does in a variety of
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm-historical
This book was a short historical that had some classic Jan Irving dark vibes. It was just "okay" for me. I wanted a little bit of a slower burn between the leads, but probably shouldn't have expected one given the length of the story. Also, things were tied up a little too neatly.

Having said that, I would totally read another book in this world, particularly if the author writes something about Mouse as an adult.

I think I always compare Jan Irving's other books with my favorite of hers, The Jan
Mar 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Oh, god. This book was bad. It read like: He was going to hit him. Smack! The fist connected. He hit him. So-and-so couldn't believe he'd hit him.

The point of a book is for the person who reads it to understand and infer what is going on. You don't have to explain EVERYTHING TO DEATH.

Ironically, even with over-explaining and really dead writing, I didn't understand what the frig was happening. Crazy, huh?

By page 4 I was skipping whole paragraphs. By page 18 I realized this wasn't for me.


Jude is a doctor in a small town where loving another man is considered a crime. He's struggling with his attraction to the same gender as he tries to better the lives of the towns people.

The balance is broken when a wanderer comes to town and is taken in by the doctor. Gabriel has his own painful story to tell and he never stays in one place for long.

Even knowing that their relationship can't last forever the two man can't fight the growing attraction.

And that's only the beginning of their pr
This book did not have the best reviews and I was really surprised by how much I loved it. I am not sure if it was because my expectations were really low or that I just loved the story and characters. I was totally entertained from the first page to the very last. I thought the sex was pretty hot and the characters were loveable - so that makes it a winner in my book.

It was a pleasant surprise for me and I am really glad I read it.
Isis Rosendo
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth the buy! Excellent story!

I thought I wasn't going to like this story since I'm not fond of cowboys and guns stories, but this is an exception. Such wonderful characters and the plot was very good. The love scenes are HOT HOT HOT! I can't wait to read more BL stories from Jan Irving!
I would say that this is closer to 3.5 stars. It is hard for me to review because I liked the story, characters and the writing, but yet... I loved Mouse and would love to read a whole story just about him. The more I try to think what I didn't like I realize how much I did like. Ok, solid 3.5.
Meh ... this one just didn't click with me ... it was well written ... the characters were vivid ... a little WTF-ery with the D/s but that was a minor problem ... just didn't work for me ... a shame because it is usually the kind of writing I like.
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I usually don't read historical books but I somehow stumbled upon this one. It was good, problably nothing I will remember down the line but entertaining while it lasted. I haven't read anything by Jan Irving before but I might look for more sometime in the future.
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This story was really well written, even the plot is realistic and all the characters were interesting with good personality. I really enjoyed this story, and the end is just great, love it. Okay maybe that bully David Smith wasn't much of a character... but he fit well into the story.
Jessie B.
This book wasn't terrible but it couldn't decide if it was cute or gritty and as a result did 't manage either.
Whoa these guys were hot!! This should have been longer!! I needed more. Loved this story! Loved the characters and the sex was smoking. Geez.
Feb 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
I am stubborn - mostly even if I am unhappy with a book I will finish it. This one ... I kept waiting for it to get somewhere. And then I got tired of waiting.
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
Very enjoyable read. Loved the setting and the characters. (and them smex was smokin' hot!)
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Jan Irving has worked in all kinds of creative fields, from painting silk to making porcelain ceramics, to interior design, but writing was always her passion.

She feels you can’t fully understand characters until you follow their journey through a story world.
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