Temptations of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

23153233Title: Temptations of Desire

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: 06/15/2016

Length: 06 hours 17 minutes

Genre: Gay Romance


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.

Story Review:

Temptations of Desire is book 3 in the Desires Entwined series and mostly runs concurrent with the timeline from book 2.

Alex/Lexie was a beautiful character who I think all readers will fall for quickly. Caught in such an innocent act by his parents, nearly beaten to death and then thrown away like yesterday’s rubbish he never lost sight of who he truly was and against all the odds he survived, grew up and has a relatively good life. He loves his job which is also his hobby, he has an amazing best friend in Kai and if he has had to give up on ever finding true love – well he’s ok with that – sort of. Alex is gender fluid and those that love him accept him and that’s what really matters.

Dal is equally beautiful but very different. A bisexual man which is a fact that becomes that very important in the story. He is smitten with Alex from the moment he sets eyes on him dancing around the kitchen and very quickly arranges the perfect date. Dal is a cop who sees and has to put up with bigoted attitudes everyday but he has the biggest heart and is exactly what Alex needs if he can just be brave enough to share his whole self.

As much as I loved both Dal and Evan I loathed the storyline that involved Dal’s parents. It just didn’t sit well and felt forced. Dal’s father is ill and suddenly out of the blue decides he wants one of his sons to be settled down with a wife and kids. It can’t be Rhys as he’s gay so let’s make a completely irrational demand on the bisexual son, set him up with a blind date and expect him to get the deed done – erm no. This came out of nowhere and Dal had both his parents shouting at him and using the most ridiculous arguments – I didn’t like it at all. Then when they finally all meet up, not under the best circumstances, everything is resolved in the blink of an eye.

Narration Review:

As with book 2 Jeff Gelder’s narration just didn’t work for me. These are excellent stories that needed more from the narrator than they got. They came off sounding stilted and difficult to listen to.


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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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