Book Review – Bound By Desire by Tempeste O’Riley


A Spin-off of Designs of Desire
Desires Entwined: Book 1.75
Despite 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.


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After reading and enjoying Designs of Desire I wanted to read more of James’ and Seth’s story. One of the things I really liked about this novella was the way in which Seth is focused on James’ needs and made sure—very important because of his EDS—he was comfortable every step of the way. Not just comfortable physically, but emotionally as well. James is not into the BDSM scene like Seth is, and Seth respects that. When they have sex it is very much about the giving of power, and not the taking of it. The collar Seth gives James is a sign of his love, like the ring James already wears, and it’s not obviously a collar so James won’t feel uncomfortable wearing it in public. I loved the inscription on the collar, and the mutual love and respect between the two men.

I’d recommend this story for readers who enjoy reading a descriptive, emotional, and hot story about not just BDSM sex, but two men who love each other and are moving into the next step in their relationship. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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