5 Stars for Designs of Desire (Desires Entwined #1) by Tempest O’Riley – #MM #BDSM #Erotic @TempesteO

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Title: Designs of Desire (Desires Entwined #1)
Author Name: Tempeste O’Riley
Publication Date & Length: July 29, 2013 – 200pgs

Synopsis

Artist James Bryant has forearm crutches in every color from rainbow for fun to sleek black for business. He even has a pair with more paint splatters than metal. After his family’s rejection and abuse from a man he thought loved him, James only just gets through the day by painting. He lives in constant fear that he’s not worthy of anything, let alone love.

As CEO of his company, Carrington Enterprises, Seth Burns is a take-charge kind of guy, and he is instantly smitten by the artist helping with his newest project. When he witnesses James suffer a panic attack, a protective instinct he never knew he had kicks in. He truly believes nothing is unobtainable—including James—if he’s willing to put in the time and effort.

James is shy and confused by Seth’s interest in him as a person. With Seth’s support, can he work through his fears to finally find the true love he deserves, or will someone finally land the crushing blow he won’t survive?

*M/M Contemporary Romance w/ (lite) BDSM elements*

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FiveStars

James (Jamie) is such an innocent, loving, trusting, loyal person. However, with a past like his, he guards himself and his heart well. Jamie has been betrayed by love before, but has grown so strong despite his past. Jamie’s past has shaped many perceptions that he has about people seeing him, rather than his canes. This leads to misunderstandings between him and Seth.

O’Riley did an awesome laying the groundwork for the struggle that Seth and Jamie would need to overcome.

When James’ past collides with his present, Jamie must fight to find the strength to share his past with Seth, a man he is falling for. Seth then helps Jamie realize his self worth. With danger looming closer and closer to Jamie, Seth will stop at nothing to protect Jamie from whomever has it out to hurt the love of his life.

The characters in this story were well thought out, developed and made for such a strong cast. Separately, each character had strength, but together, they became this unbreakable force.

I really enjoyed this story. While the book had undertones of BDSM, it was more about power exchange than the physical BDSM that so many books contain.  The characters were developed well and I thought that O’Riley did an amazing job at not rushing the romance. It had a great overall feel. The mystery was one that I didn’t expect in the story and I felt that it really helped to show how close each group of characters were – their friendships, love, trust in each other. I would definitely read more of this author.

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AuthorBio

Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud omnisexual / bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

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