Review: The Foundling by Wendy Rathbone (The Foundling Trilogy Book 1)

The Foundling is a hot, tropical male/male erotic romance that takes place on a nameless island somewhere in the vastness of the Caribbean. Diego is a powerful man with a tragic past. Out on the expansive ocean in his private yacht, he discovers a beautiful and mysterious man adrift on a raft, near death. The bond that forms between them in the aftermath of Alec’s rescue is one of fierce passion, though lacking in trust. Can they make it work, or will Alec’s amnesia bring forth secrets so disturbing as to tear them apart? A passionately erotic love story of desire and darkness, exquisite and explicit.

This book was really good. There was an interesting dichotomy between this man that is not nice by any means with his drug smuggling, prostitution rings and money laundering, and his flowery story. The language used is big and robust, with Diego constantly thinking about living in paradise and how beautiful the place is. You truly feel like you’re there in the Caribbean experiencing it. Makes for an absolutely fascinating read. I loved how Alec calls him a romantic smuggler. My heart breaks for Alec and the things he most likely went through. It was interesting watching him learn to trust Diego. Plus watching their relationship evolve from rescuer to friend to lover. Can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.
Four and a half

About Wendy:
Wendy Rathbone has had dozens of stories published in anthologies such as: Hot Blood, Writers of the Future (second place,) Bending the Landscape, Mutation Nation, A Darke Phantastique, and more. The book “Dreams of Decadence Presents: Wendy Rathbone and Tippi Blevins” contains a large collection of her vampire stories and poems. Over 500 of her poems have been published in various anthologies and magazines. She won first place in the Anamnesis Press poetry chapbook contest with her book “Scrying the River Styx.” Her poems have been nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling award at least a dozen times. Her recent books include: “Pale Zenith,” science fiction novel “The Foundling,” male/male romance novel “None Can Hold the Dark,” sequel to “The Foundling” “The Secret Sharer,” science fiction romance novella “Unearthly,” omnibus collection of 7 out-of-print poetry booklets “The Vampire Diaries: The Myth,” available from Kindle Worlds “The Vampire Dairies: Deep In the Virginia Woods,” available from Kindle Worlds Upcoming very soon: “My House Is Full Of Whispers,” erotica short story collection “Letters To An Android,” science fiction novel Look for more novels and short story collections coming up in 2014. She lives in Yucca Valley, CA with her partner of 32 years, Della Van Hise.

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