Temptations of Desire
(Desires Entwined, Book 3)
by Tempeste O’Riley
Genres: Contemporary, Gay, Erotic, Romance
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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
TEMPTATIONS OF DESIRE is different than previous books in the series because the timeline coincides with Desires' Guardian. Parts of Dal and Alex's story was included in book 2, so even though it focuses almost exclusively on Alex and Dal, in some ways it is an alternate point-of-view reading experience.
Despite the fact that I already knew how it was going to end, I was thrilled with this story. Dal and Alex's journey is complex, emotional, and they are dynamic as a couple. Together they face their own demons, the attempts of society to force people who are different to fit into preconceived molds, and the subsequent challenge to the norm and remain true to themselves.
Their love is truly extraordinary and no couple deserves to have their story told more than these two. The emotional depths that O'Riley reaches with TEMPTATIONS are second to none and I loved watching their romance blossom like a flower in the sun.
Freebie!! (Desires Entwined, Book 3.5)
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.
Tempe is a hopeless romantic that loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. 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.
Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA.