Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Desires’ Guardian
Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Series: Desires Entwined #2
Heroes: Chase & Rhys
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: Most people see Chase Manning as the party-boy twink he seems on the surface. Only James, Chase’s BFF, knows the depth of his loyalty and the extent of the wounds Chase carries inside. When Chase meets Rhys Sayer, things don’t go well, but he can’t shake his attraction to the huge, sexy man.
Rhys is a man of contradictions and fear—a strange combination for a PI and bodyguard. He’s in a bad place emotionally when he sets eyes on Chase for the first time. When Chase puts the moves on him, Rhys insults him, thwarting any possibility of a relationship. Rhys doesn’t see himself as a complicated man, but he dreads the very kind of connection he desires.
Just as they’re trying to overcome their uncertainties, Chase is put in harm’s way. Luckily Rhys and their friends have all the right talents to help Rhys save the man of his dreams.
When they first met, Rhys insulted Chase and since then, animosity has been the prime emotion between them… followed closely by desire. Chase hates Rhys for being a hypocrite but that doesn’t stop him from helping Rhys out when James asks Chase to give Rhys a hand. A little computer work for Rhys shouldn’t be that hard but it’s the last thing he wants to do especially for someone he hates. Being in close quarters means their attraction grows even stronger but their new relationship starts out rocky. When a new threat comes at them, will their fragile relationship be able to withstand the upcoming danger?
Awww, man! I ADORED these guys! It’s no surprise really considering that Chase hates Rhys but still, I loved seeing them circle around each other! Chase is still the feisty, stubborn man he was in the first book, Designs of Desire, and gets all riled up whenever Rhys is around. Rhys is still the big, hard man he was in the first book and has no issues with picking a fight with Chase. They channel their attraction into hatred and that makes being around one another uncomfortable. Fortunately, their desire is so overpowering that no matter how much they think the other is an asshole or jerk, they still feel a strong connection. Their interactions were so fun to read about; the banter and bickering but also the sweet moments when they let their walls down and let the other in. *sigh* This one comes with a bit of surprise in the dynamics of their sex life (you’ll understand when you read it) and I adored almost every minute of it!
I really, really loved this book but my major issue with it was that the transition between the end of one chapter and the start of another always left me feeling like a portion of the book was skipped over. More than a few times I was confused on where the characters were and when exactly after a chapter ended that the new chapter was taking place. Sadly, the parts that were skipped over were always something I wanted to read about and experience while Chase and Rhys experienced them. Beyond that, there was a tad too much sex for me but that’s, of course, a personal issue and I also felt like when Rhys was sorta courting Chase, that he didn’t really feel passionate about it. I wish we could have experienced him leaving Chase the gifts and got to see his POV during that time because I think it would have given us a better idea of what Rhys really thought during all that.
In the end, I still loved this book and enjoyed it more than the first book, Designs of Desire. The characters are well developed and quite different and the plot, while getting a little busy towards the end, still had me intrigued and glued to my kindle screen. I just adored the connection between Rhys and Chase, even when I was yelling at them to stop being blind! LMAO. Still, I had a lot of fun reading this one and I really CANNOT wait for the next one! If you enjoyed Designs of Desire then you’d definitely like this one.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*