Title: Designs of Desire (Desires Entwined #1)
Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Published Date: July 28th 2013
Genre: Gay Erotica
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
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
Now, let’s talk a little bit about erotica. A lot of erotica is just that. Erotic sex with a tiny bit of story woven in between the sex scenes. Designs of Desire has a nice storyline that binds the sexy M/M sex.
James is an artist, but he doesn’t get to spend a lot of time with his art because he’s got to make ends meet as a corporate designer. He’s assigned a project designing corporate branding and art for a LGBTQ hotel chain owned by Seth. From their first meeting, the attraction between the two of them smolders, but it isn’t until James is confronted by an abusive ex at Seth’s hotel project that Seth is driven to learn what makes James tick.
The romance between the two men is sweet, tender, and steamy. There’s a good thread of suspense that runs through the book, mainly centered around bigotry against James for his lifestyle.
The story is worth five stars, however, I think the book could benefit from a good edit to make it perfect. The potential is there for five stars, without a doubt and even if the author never touched it again, it’s still WELL worth reading. However there are a few issues with repetitive phrasing that could have been fixed with a fresh edit.
That said, I kept picking up this book over and over again, despite having a ton of work to do over the course of several days. The characters drew me in and I was rooting for Seth and James the whole way. I want to read more about these characters and I know they’ll stay with me for some time.
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Tempeste O’Riley’s page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_894
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