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