4.5 and 5 Stars for Temptations of Desire (Desires Entwined #3) by Tempeste O’Riley – #MM #BDSM #Erotic @TempesteO

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Title: Temptations of Desire (Desires Entwined #3)
Author Name: Tempeste O’Riley
Publication Date & Length: September 22, 2014 – 200pgs

Synopsis

Alexander James Noble is a gender fluid gay man who gave up on finding Mister Right a long time ago. He’s not asking for much, though. He just wants a guy who loves all of him and appreciates his feminine form too.

At the local LGBTQ center where Alex regularly volunteers, he meets Dal Sayer, an officer of the Milwaukee PD. Because he’s been rejected one too many times, Alex doesn’t trust the huge cop and the interest he shows in him, but once Dal sets his mind on something, he goes all out. Pushing aside his preconceived notions, Alex opens up just a little and soon caves.

From their first date—while dealing with his father’s failing health and his parents’ demands for him to settle down and have children—Dal never takes his eyes off his goal of making Alex his. But proving to Alex he isn’t like all the men who couldn’t see him for who he truly was and only wanted to hide him away is harder than he thought.

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Review

FiveStars

ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS STORY!!!  While I enjoyed the Jamie-Seth and Chase – Rhys stories, this one was my favorite.

Dal is a detective who is the brother of Rhys. Dal sees how happy his brother is, and when he meets the beautiful Alex, he can’t get him out of his mind.

Alex is shy, sweet and wants to find someone who will understand his fluid desires. With a past that has created scars both physically and emotionally, Dal has his work cut out for him.

With family pressures placed firmly on Dal’s shoulders, he tries to appease his family, while being true to himself. The family dynamic in this story was refreshing, even if it did confuse me at times.

O’Riley did an amazing job at developing the how and when Dal and Alex’s pairing came about – it was beautiful in its construction.

Alex and Dal find their way to each other and when the sparks fly, man, is it HOT.

I really enjoyed that O’Riley brought Alex’s family back in to the story – helped to repair some of those scars.

While this book did not have the mystery in it that the others did, I enjoyed it all the same. Dal and Alex’s love was so awesome to watch unfold. I liked how O’Riley wrote about a subject that you don’t often see – I feel like there is an entire group of people who are left out of the LGBT group, but O’Riley did an amazing job with this story.

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FourandHalfStars

This book is part of a series, but I only read this one and its companion short story. I picked it up specifically because of the bisexual and gender-fluid characters.

Ms. O’Riley more than delivered on those counts. I loved her direct exploration of both themes. I was a little concerned that it was a shade cliched, with Dal being a big, muscled, manly cop and Alex/Lexie being very feminine even when identifying as male. However, Dal wasn’t at all a stereotype, and neither was Alex/Lexie. I adored them both and probably could read about them forever. They were utterly perfect.

I liked how Dal didn’t quite understand Alex/Lexie’s gender fluidity at first but came to make sense of it. That felt realistic, from experience. And even though the ending really was a bit contrived and cliched, I’m a sucker for exactly that kind of ending.

My only issue, which is why I can’t give it 5 stars, was glossing over the action of catching the serial killer. That would have been exciting! As it was, it ended up being skipped in favor of a really awkward information dump. Yes, it would’ve made the book longer, but I would have preferred that. It made the parts that came afterward feel rushed and confusing.

All in all, though, it was good, and I highly recommend it.

4.5 stars

Amy

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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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