Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Temptations of Desire
Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Series: Desires Entwined #3
Heroes: Alexander James Noble/Dal Sayer
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 22, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon
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Blurb: 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.
Temptations of Desire takes place at the same time as Desires’ Guardian, which was Rhys and Chase’s story. This one, however, is the tale of Alex and Dal (Dal is Rhys’ brother). Dal is scoping out the LGBTQ youth center he’s supposed to provide security for when he meets Alex, the hot young man who cooks for the center every Saturday. Intrigued by Alex, Dal is determined to take the sexy man out and woo him into a relationship. Alex really likes Dal but he’s terrified of Dal rejecting him when he finds out Alex likes to dress in women’s clothes but that won’t stop him from being with Dal. What ensues is a better connection and subsequent relationship than either of them thought but when Dal’s parents start to hassle him to settle down and give them grandkids, things start to get a little rocky. Can these two work through the strain that Dal’s parents are putting on him when Dal doesn’t even want to deal with the pressure?
From the first book in this series, I was intrigued by Dal. I just loved that he was such a gentle but fierce cop. He’s the sweet and caring type and won’t let someone else’s opinions stop him from getting or doing what he wants. He’s also supremely loyal and protective of those he loves so he goes to great lengths to help them out. I loved seeing the way he was around Alex and then how he was around Rhys, which was at the same time very different and very similar… if that makes any sense LOL. I absolutely adored Alex. He’s the cute little twink but he’s also a little feisty. I loved that he was so anxious over Dal’s reaction to his feminine side but just adored Dal’s reaction to that secret. As a couple, I found them adorable and I just couldn’t help but smile when Dal took Alex on dates. As for side characters, I loved seeing Rhys again and it was interesting to meet Kai and Dalton. I don’t remember them from previous books so it’s possible they’re new characters and I’m hoping ones that’ll get their own story!
I was really loving this story up until the end. I felt like a HUGE chunk of the book was missing because a lot happens but we don’t actually get to see it happen, only told about it and I was actually a little confused by it all. I wanted to see Dal during his search for Chase, I wanted to see him get shot and that whole situation, as well as, experiencing how Alex took the news of Dal and his feelings while he met Dal’s parents for the first time. Plus, I wanted to experience the news they were moving to Chicago or at least have them talking about it and how this affects their personal and professional lives (their friends, family, etc.). Yes, most of these parts were in the previous book but they weren’t from Dal’s POV and, to be honest, I don’t really remember the situation so reliving it would have been helpful. I just felt like something was missing because none of that was in the story and while I thought this was an amazing book, the rushed and glossed over ending lessened my enjoyed a little bit.
All in all, this was still a fantastic book and might possibly be my favorite of the series. I adored both Dal and Alex and loved exploring Alex’s gender fluidity. They’re a great couple together and I liked that Dal was so supportive of Alex. I was a tad confused about Dal’s parents but I loved seeing more of Rhys, who’s also a favorite character! I had a few issues with the story but overall, I really loved it. This series keeps getting better and better and I just can’t wait to see who gets their story next!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*