This review of Designs of Desire is part of Tempeste’s ‘Remember Me’ blog tour with Creative Minds Promotions.
Desires Entwined: Book 1
Artist 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?
Characters often make or break a good read for me, and I loved the characters in this story. It’s not just James and Seth who are well drawn—excuse the pun—but the supporting cast come across as very real. I’m hoping they are in the other books I have to read in the series.
James has EDS—Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome—which means “the stuff that holds joints together doesn’t work as well so when damaged don’t bounce back like normal people ‘s does.” I thought the author explained the repercussions of James’s EDS very well, but without bogging down the text. James doesn’t allow his condition to stop him from being a strong character, and I loved that about him.
Although Seth and James get together very quickly, I found that didn’t detract from the story. After all, this is romance, and showing a slow burn doesn’t always work, unless the author wants the story to take place over a long period of time. I thought she juggled that side of it very well.
I also enjoyed the fact James is an artist. The descriptions sucked me in, and I felt as though I wasn’t just told about his talent, but shown as well. The family scenes were adorable, and I loved the banter with Chase. He’s a great character.
I’d recommend this story for readers who enjoy several sex scenes, mild BDSM, and a good read about characters who, despite what life throws at them, embrace their future with the help of love and those who care about them. 4 out of 5 stars.