November 9, 2016 by kitmoss
WRECKED by Deanna Wadsworth
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 15, 2015)
Review written by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
This novel offers a lovely combination of true love, mysticism, primitive versus sophisticated, all of it exciting and on Key West. Mathew is the son of a merchant who, when the ship that they are taking to the New World with lots of cargo, wrecks on a reef and Mathew is thrown overboard. Next thing he knows, he is in the arms of a strong and exotic man named Rief, who works as a salvager and just happened to see Mathew fall. They are all each other ever wanted, Mathew sweet and intelligent, and Rief strong, talented, and mysterious. Mathew is in Key West with his father and his sister, both rather overwhelmingly wrapped up in their own worlds and both uninterested in and unforgiving of Mathews predilections, even those they don’t know about. The salvage company in Key West is responsible for the ship now so Malcolm and Rief have reason to be thrown together. And that’s when Malcolm learns that the exotic salvager has a psychic past and is intrigued that the man seems to have known that Mathew would someday come into his life.
The author pulls together a fascinating view of Key West in the eighteenth century with the added spice of the mystical. I enjoyed just how unusual the plot was. The characters are strong and well-drawn.