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

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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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FiveStars
Tempeste is definitely an author with an incredible talent for making the readers fall in love with the books she writes. This book was no exception.

Alex and Dal were both in book 2 and this book I believe is just a follow through on their story.

Alex is genderfluid. And Dal is bi sexual. I think this makes it so much easier for the two men to be able to meet both of their needs.

There is a physical attraction they both feel for each other from the very moment they meet. And just like any mother couple they have things that they have to overcome in order to be together. One being the fact that Dals father is very insistent on Dal finding a nice girls and settling down and having a family.

That is not going to happen though and Dal is not going to let his fathers wants to persuade him. Alex is it for Dal and Dal is it for Alex.

Alex and Dals passion for one another is off the charts and I truly loved being along for the ride during their journey.

As always I look forward to reading more by Tempeste in the future.

Tosha

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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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4, 3.5, and TWO 3 Star Reviews for Signs of Desire (Desires Entwined #4) by Tempeste O’Riley #MM #BDSM #Erotic @TempesteO @dreamspinners

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Title: Signs of Desire (Desires Entwined #4)
Author Name: Tempeste O’Riley (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 30, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme, they thought communication would be their biggest challenge to their happily ever after….

Simon Tyler knows his job as a gay romance author makes his lack of faith in love more than a little ironic, but he’s tired of being used for his wallet. When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme orchestrated by his best friends—though he’s not the target—Simon’s not thrilled, but since he’s sworn off happily-ever-after anyway, he goes along with it… until he meets the object of their efforts, Adrian, and finds perhaps he hasn’t given up on love after all.

Professor Adrian Keys has tried to date hearing men before, but being deaf himself, he’s never had any success at making a connection. After his friends con him into going out and Adrian realizes it’s all an elaborate plan to set him up, he braces for yet another failure, only to discover there is a spark—except it’s not with the man his friends had in mind, but with Simon Tyler instead.

Not all their friends have found a way past their romantic failures, but Simon and Adrian might be on the path to happily-ever-after.

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FourStars
So you get Simon with this book who was hurt in a previous relationship so he is leery of being in a relationship again.
Then there was Aiden who is deaf and a IT professor who used to date Chase and is now good friends with him.  There was a definite attraction between these two as soon as they meet at Chase’s dinner party. So you know when you are reading a book and you feel like something is going to happen and it builds up… But then everything wraps up so neatly that you are left there thinking that was it. Unfortunately that is what I felt after reading this book. But do not get me wrong because I really did like the attraction between these two and the steam was off the charts hot! The way Aiden cared so much for Simon and the way Simon cared so much for Aiden that he went out and took classes just so he communicate better with Aiden. I just was expecting something big to happen so I kind of felt like that was wrapped up a little too nicely for me. But other then that I did love the character this author created and the authors pretense of this story.So all together I really did like this book between the sweet and the steam between Simon and Aiden!
Kara
ThreeandHalfStars

I really enjoyed this story.  I liked that it was not an instant love connection.  These stories are a good balance of romantic relationship and friendship.  There was both give and take between the two characters and the sex was very hot.

Simon has been burned too many times and he is gun-shy when it comes to trust and developing relationships.  He has a horrible family, that I wish had more to do with this story.  I felt the situation could have been resolved more.  While he is successful in all that he does, his wealth and status seem to be a deterrent for developing meaningful romantic relationship.  But, Simon has amazing friends.  And, when they set him up with Adrian, sparks not only fly, they catch fire.

Adrian is an amazing man.  He is deaf, but that is only a part of what makes him so awesome.  I wish that we had more about him in this story – what he does for the community of people he serves.  I also wished that we knew more about his mom.  She was talked about a lot, but nothing was really resolved in regard to her role and place in Adrian’s life.

Overall, this was a sweet story that developed over a good amount of time.  It had the previous characters in the story and created an even more awesome look inside this tight knit family.  But, this story also left me wanting more development.  I felt that O’Riley touched on a lot of things that could have been expounded on, but weren’t.  So, in the end, while it’s a sweet story, I was left with a feeling of, “huh, guess that’s it.”

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 ThreeStar
I was so excited to read this book. The blurb had me and I thought it could be a great book. Ugh, it was just ok. It reminded me when people tell me to go see a movie it was soooo good and then it was just ok. There was a good build up and I was all excited and then ehhh, that’s it. The chemistry was good and I liked the whole deaf/hearing aspect of the book and the building of the relationship, it just felt like I was missing something or there could have been more. I guess every relationship can’t be off the charts and this was just more real life and just ok.
Angie
ThreeStarThis is a sweet, simple story.  Simon’s wealthy, homophobic family has made his love life almost impossible.  Adrian has sworn off of hearing men because his deafness always ends up making them too uncomfortable.  Brought together by a mutual friend, Simon and Adrian are both initially wary and guarded.
I enjoyed both the central characters and their group of friends.  Writer Simon and professor Adrian are interesting men, each with some baggage that prevents his loving easily.  We are well into the Desire series and fans will enjoy quick catch-ups with favourite couples from previous books.
There is very little angst here.  Simon and Adrian bond over good food with encouragement from their friends.  This is an easy, feel-good romance. At times I felt this was a little too easy.  The story lacks meaningful conflict and while the chemistry is great between the two leads, I missed the excitement, hope and anticipation of really good romance writing.
At times the writing is a little choppy and especially at the start it was clunky enough to distract me from the the story.  For me, the well-developed characters compensated for the awkward style, but readers will need to be in the right headspace for this tender, sugary romance to work for them.~Sarah

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

1.3

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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ThreeandHalfStars

First, let me provide a googled definition of Gender Fluid:
Gender Fluid: Gender fluid is a gender identity which refers to a gender which varies over time. A gender fluid person may at any time identify as male, female, neutrois, or any other non-binary identity, or some combination of identities.
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I love books, I learn new things everyday. I had no clue that “gender fluid” was the term used for that. I was aware of it, but never really thought of the title.
Anyway, I liked this book. Alex or “Lexie”, was such a sweetie and needed so much loving. What happened to him when he was a teenager sucked. His parents should have been jailed. Really! I’m glad he met Dal, who is another sweetie. They were perfect together but what brought it down to 3 1/2 for me was the jumps.
I know this is book 3, and i admit to not reading book 2 (yet), but it seems that you have had to read book 2 to know what ever scenes skipped for book 3. It was confusing. I wish the author just wrote the whole kidnapping scene in anyway. I also didn’t understand how Dal’s father could be so cool with him being Bi, then suddenly demanding for him to have kids and a wife like “normal” man. I was like “wtf?” Even if his father thought he was dying, the father could have just said he wanted grandbabies. There are other options to have kids these days, ya know. What made me go “huh?” was when there was another time jump and his dad was suddenly ok with Alex. I suppose I have to read book 2 to understand why…?
~Cookie

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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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Cover Reveal for Signs of Desire (Desires Entwined #4) by Tempeste O’Riley #MM #BDSM #Erotic @TempesteO @dreamspinners

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Title: Signs of Desire (Desires Entwined #4)
Author Name: Tempeste O’Riley (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 30, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme, they thought communication would be their biggest challenge to their happily ever after….

Simon Tyler knows his job as a gay romance author makes his lack of faith in love more than a little ironic, but he’s tired of being used for his wallet. When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme orchestrated by his best friends—though he’s not the target—Simon’s not thrilled, but since he’s sworn off happily-ever-after anyway, he goes along with it… until he meets the object of their efforts, Adrian, and finds perhaps he hasn’t given up on love after all.

Professor Adrian Keys has tried to date hearing men before, but being deaf himself, he’s never had any success at making a connection. After his friends con him into going out and Adrian realizes it’s all an elaborate plan to set him up, he braces for yet another failure, only to discover there is a spark—except it’s not with the man his friends had in mind, but with Simon Tyler instead.

Not all their friends have found a way past their romantic failures, but Simon and Adrian might be on the path to happily-ever-after.

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