Desires’ Guardian by Tempeste O’Riley ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

21798147Title: Desires’ Guardian

Author: Tempeste O’Riley

Narrator: Jeff Gelder

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 06/14/2016

Length: 06 hours 39 minutes

Genre: Gay Romance


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.

Story Review:

If you have read the first book in this series, and fell in love with Seth and James as I did, then you will already know who Chase is. He is the best friend, champion and confidante of James. Small in stature and feisty in character he is nothing like you expect him to be.

When Rhys and Chase first cross paths one night Rhys is in a bad place after finding out his boyfriend had been cheating. Seeing Chase who very much resembles his ex raises Rhys’s temper and he insults the man before he can even think about what he is saying. Chase is not a man to give out second chances freely – these two will not be friends. With a bit of interference from James Chase ends up working closely with Rhys and although Chase has to admit there is more to Rhys than first meets the eye he is determined to have as little to do with the man as possible as he just can’t get past the insult from their first meeting.

They do get together eventually or we obviously wouldn’t have our HEA but before that can happen they have to get over their snarky attitudes with each other. I loved how possessive Rhys was but that Chase wouldn’t give him an inch unless he wanted to. Their happiness is short lived when the current case Rhys is working on crosses over into their lives and Chase is suddenly in grave danger.

Narration Review:

Jeff Gelder is not a favourite narrator of mine and really didn’t work all that well for me here. His tone sounded flat and jarring. Sentences felt broken – as if the last couple of words were suddenly added on and it made following the story line difficult at times. Personally I much preferred the ebook on this one.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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