Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Temptations of Desire
Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Narrator: Jeff Gelder
Series: Desires Entwined #3
Heroes: Alexander James Noble/Dal Sayer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 17 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
Review – Book: Book Reviewed Here by Nikyta.
Again, I completely agree with Nikyta. I LOVED Alex and his own unique gender identity and how easily Dal accepted and went with it. It seemed to really flow. I was, however, concerned that nobody – even Alex and his twin – seemed to really find a pronoun that was comfortable for use. I think “they/them” would be appropriate here as when Alex was Lexi the pronoun “he” was still used and when listening to this and hearing the very feminine sounding voice being called “him” was somewhat off-putting.
I was also a bit confused about Dal’s family situation. It never made sense how it could be ok for one brother to be gay but not the other.
However, I really liked these two as a couple and in general I liked their story a bit more than Rhys’.
Impression – Book: I loved it
Review – Audio: I had the same complaints with the narrator as in book two. He did a great job with giving Lexi/Alex a high, somewhat gender neutral voice and then giving Dal a lovely deep voice. The sound quality and editing were good. But my main issue is that Jeff Gelder sounded very monotone and stilted throughout much of the book and it wasn’t my favorite of his narrations.
Impression – Audio: It was good
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*