Desires Entwined 2: Desires’ Guardian by Tempeste O’ Riley

Title :  Desires’ Guardian             Word Count : 64,556

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : 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.

My Review :  Rhys has recently dumped his boyfriend  after finding his twinky ass in his bed with another man. He feels really betrayed and has sworn off twinks. When he first meets Chase through their mutual friends James and Seth, he immediately pre-judges him. Chase is a sweet loyal friend who takes care of his friends like no other. He is used to being stereotyped because of his looks and that bothers him. The moment he first laid eyes on Rhys, he felt an instant chemistry, but he was rebuffed by Rhys’ attitude. Rhys thinks that Chase is just an empty-headed party boy twink who is just looking for a roll in the hay. He is very rude to Chase which hurts Chase’s fragile spirit. Chase tries as best as he can to stay out of Rhys’ way.

When James convinces Chase to offer his tech god services to Rhys’ PI firm, Rhys is a little bit skeptical. Working in close quarters with Chase seems to be an endeavor in futility.  He can’t seem to resist his attraction as more layers of Chase’s personality are revealed. He realizes that Chase is a sweet, loyal caring young man who is very dedicated to taking care of his friends. Chase has a lot of soul deep scars from his teenage years after finding his cousin who committed suicide. Rhys wants to just protect Chase from all possible harm, but Chase constantly fights for his independence.  He is not very good at seeing his own worth and has only ever let in his best friend  James in his heart. 

Things are definitely not smooth sailing between Rhys and Chase when they become lovers. Chase takes the lead in their sexual relationship,  it’s one of his rules. For the first time in his life, the big strong Rhys bottoms for another man and he loves it. He likes giving Chase control. Chase is afraid of the vulnerability that he thinks bottoming will bring out in him. Rhys shows him that it is time to open up to a partner who can appreciate his worth.

Their is an ominous shadow hanging over their budding relationship,  when someone starts killing off Chase’s exes. Rhys is very afraid for his lover and they start spending more time together . The positive in all this is that the more they are with each other, the more they realize they belong to each other. Life is turned upside down when the monster reveals himself by kidnapping Chase.  Rhys is out of his mind with worry, until they find his beloved.

Chase learns to embrace the beautiful things that are happening in his life and leave the past where it belongs. I wouldn’t say they are a match made in heaven, but they are definitely two men who believe in love and will make their relationship work. I didn’t always feel the chemistry between them throughout the whole book. I felt a little disconnected to this  one for some reason.  I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try. 

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