A Mika Review: Bound by Desire (Desires Entwined #1.75) by Tempeste O’Riley

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5:

Bound by Desire coverDespite his past abuse, James has come to terms with his relationship with his Dom and lover Seth. Seth treats James with all the trust and love his sub desires. There is only one thing left to do to make it all complete: Seth needs to put a collar on James.

I honestly liked the novella much better. I felt like James knows and has agreed to the relationship and situation he’s in. That aspect is something I felt was missing in the first story. It was so nice to see James  confident and loved by Seth.  Seth’s character too showed an improvement from Designs of Desire, the first novel. Seth felt far less exasperating. I think both characters made great progress in this one. I’ll continue on with these two.  I want to see how their relationship develops further.

I definitely recommend this story.  Just be aware of the bdsm components to this story and series.  Now on to the next  installment in Desires Entwined series by Tempeste O’Riley.

The cover artist Reese Dante. I think the cover was fitting based on the last book big announcement at the end. It was nicely done, and I really liked it.

Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press (free download)       All Romance (ARe)– free    not available at amazon

Book Details:

free ebook, 5000 words
Published May 30th 2014 by Dreamspinnerpress (first published May 1st 2014)
ISBN139781632160393
edition languageEnglish
seriesDesires Entwined #1

Books in the Desires Entwined series in the order they were written and should be read:

Designs of Desire (Desires Entwined, #1)
Bound by Desire (Desires Entwined #1.75)
Desires’ Guardian (Desires Entwined, #2)
Temptations of Desire (Desires Entwined, #3)
Truth in Lace (Desires Entwined #3.5)

A Mika Review: Designs of Desire (Desires Entwined #1) by Tempeste O’Riley

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Rating:  3 out of 5 stars

Designs of Desire coverArtist 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?

Hmm, where do I start? It was an extremely quick relationship to begin with. I mean, one moment on the page James is introduced to Seth, the next it seems that Seth is sticking his tongue down his throat. There were some things I didn’t understand or had issues with. It didn’t come across as James agreeing with some of the things that he got involved with. Yes he spoke up, but did that mean he agreed to be in a D/s relationship?  I honestly didn’t think he knew what it meant in the beginning. I found Seth to be over bearing, aggressive and down right condescending. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t totally dislike him, just for a majority of the book. I felt he came on extremely too strong to someone who’s been abused in multiple ways. I disagreed with how the character of James allowed everyone in his life to take over.

I didn’t understand the relationship between Seth and James primarily because I felt like certain components were missing in this story. James past should have been better addressed, maybe in a prologue. James’ family issue was another issue, it didn’t really have much explanation. And then the bad guys came out of left field. It seemed like the reader was expected to understand certain things. Also it felt like “the accident” was talked around. I guess if we really put two and two together we’ll get it. I didn’t expect riddles; I’m honestly not clear on the car part of the situation.

I felt like the “mystery” was really secondary to the story, it felt like an afterthought. I did find myself enjoying it more as the story progressed, although I wish for a little more details. Certain characters grabbed me more than others. Rhys, however late he entered the party. and Chase were two of those.  Chase was a little petulant but that was okay. Seth only grew on me because of his treatment of James. James deserved some happiness. I mean everything bad that could happen, happened to him.

All in all, I liked the story just wished for more…of a little of everything here. I recommend this to people with patience, who are familiar with the bdsm theme.

Cover artist Reese Dante. After reading the book I felt the cover was accurately correct. It helped me visualize the bracelets and rings that James needed.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press          All Romance (ARe)            amazon                 buy it here

Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages
Published July 29th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 28th 2013)
ISBN139781627980050
edition languageEnglish
seriesDesires Entwined #1
settingMilwaukee, Wisconsin (United States

In the Book Spotlight: Aria Grace’s “Just Stay” (book tour and contest)

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Book Name: Just Stay
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Author Name: Aria Grace

Author Bio:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Aria enjoys the year round sunshine and laid back environment of the west coast. She lives with her husband and two children on a quiet hill that gives her lots of time to read and write. Her first series was a semi-traditional look at sexy gigs found online. She has now ventured into the exciting M/M world of gay erotica. She loves to hear from readers so please feel free to drop her a note or visit her at http://www.ariagracebooks.com.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ariagracebooks
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Cover Artist: Sexy Men Pix

Blurb:

When Spencer agreed to help take down the leader of a Portland crime family, he didn’t realize he’d end the night with the bloodied body of an unknowing accomplice in his arms. His initial interest in Dylan was purely physical but when Dylan stepped in front of Topher’s gun and saved Spencer, the lust quickly turned into something more. Something he wasn’t sure he’d ever find in the fast-paced dot com world he was from. 

For mature readers.

Categories: M/M Romance

Excerpt:

He looks over his shoulder at his back, straining to see the smeared blood. “This should be fun.”

I turn around and step back to him. “Oh, right. Well, um, I can, you know, help with your back…if you want.”

Dylan’s eyes drop to my crotch and slowly trail up to my face. “Sure, if you don’t mind.”

I silently follow him into the bathroom. He turns on the bath faucet and sets the temperature. Looking down at his boxers then back at me, he steps over the side of the tub and lowers himself into the rising water, careful to keep his bandages dry.

“Ahh, that fucking hurts but it feels good.”

I reach for the bar of soap and unwrap the delicate paper surrounding it. Dipping it in the water with a hand towel, I lather it up. “Lean forward a little.”

Dylan looks deeply into my eyes before scooting forward and resting his cheek on the side of the tub. With gentle strokes, I wash away the smears of blood on his back and side. When there isn’t anything left on his back, I hold my breath and move the towel to the outside of his bronze bicep.

One eye peeks open and Dylan smiles faintly without stopping me. “I could just fall asleep.”

“Well, I probably can’t lift you out without hurting your shoulder so try to stay awake for another minute.” With much more force, I run the sudsy towel over the front of his torso, stopping about an inch from the waist band of his wet boxers.

Pages or Words: 240 pages
Tour Dates: December 29th, 2014

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