The Foundation (Behind Closed Doors #1)

Title: The Foundation (Behind Closed Doors #1)
Author: Diana McKinley
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 27, 2016
Genre(s): New Adult
Page Count: 400 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5

Throughout high school, Benjamin Alcott had a single goal in mind – to escape a home environment that was anything but loving and supportive. With determination and perseverance, Ben has risen to the top of his class, both academically and athletically. And with careful planning, he has secured scholarships which ensure he has a real chance to see through his goal of becoming a doctor. But beyond that dream, Benjamin also wants a place where he can live freely and openly as the young gay man he is without shame, persecution, or fear.

Cord Robinson also has a dream which he has held close to his heart for years, while he patiently waited for Benjamin to grow up and leave home – for Ben to be his. Cord has already gone through the steps of coming to terms with his sexuality and then coming out to his family and friends. And now that college is over for him and his best friend Branden, who is also Benjamin’s brother, Cord is ready to let Ben know that he is interested in a real future with the beautiful young man.

But as Ben prepares for his graduation, the violence at home reaches a breaking point and he flees. When Cord realizes what has been going on behind the Alcott’s doors, it’s a race against time for him to find Ben and then open his heart to the one other man he wants to build a life and solid foundation with as Benjamin prepares to finally spread his wings and fly.

CONTENT WARNING: Explicit Sex, References to Childhood Physical Abuse (No Sexual Abuse)

So much potential, but I couldn’t get past:

1. The dialogue was pretty corny; even for me. I like some cheese in some of the books I read, but this was up there.
2. The dialogue is repetitive.
3. There was almost nothing happening in this book. I don’t mind lots of “I love yous, ” and overprotectiveness but there has to be some kind of progression to the story, but I found little to none here. This story felt stuck.

I really, really wanted to like this, but it just didn’t work for me. That being said- I would give this author another chance because the potential was there.

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