When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme, they thought communication would be their biggest challenge to their happily ever after….
Signs of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley
Series: Desires Entwined, #4
Release Date: November 30, 2014 (ebook/print)
Length: Novel / 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Categories:M/M Erotic Contemporary Romance
We’re honored to host author Tempeste O’Riley today! Here to kick off her tour for Signs of Desire, we’ve asked her to elaborate on here experience writing Adrian’s character. Welcome, Tempeste!
First I’d like to thank you for having me over today! I love 3 Chicks <3 As for what it was like writing Adrian… well, it was fun yet a major challenge at times. With Adrian, I had to take out all the sound cues to life that as a hearing person, I know I take for granted. In fact, there’s a little reversal of that concept of that shown when Adrian takes Simon to a Silent Supper (lunch) and it’s Adrian that has taken certain things for granted, lol.
I had a little advantage though, as I have taken ASL classes off and on since high school and took some Deaf Studies courses in college (it was my minor, in fact). I am not fluent in ASL, sadly, but that’s a long story that I one day hope to fix. But using ear plugs and going to the store or out to eat and then using the experience to help inform the scene… talking to some of my Deaf friends via online or vid chat, thinking back to the courses with the college professor that Adrian is loosely (very as my prof was very straight ☹ and happily married) and how he dealt with certain situations helped immensely.
The biggest thing was making sure that Adrian wasn’t seen as disabled while the fact he was Deaf was still very visible (especially with his being able to lip read as well as he could). Things like if Simon turned away while speaking meant Adrian had no idea what was being said. Or if someone came up behind him, he would have no clue they were there. He also can’t hear a doorbell or a knock on a door, an alarm clock ring, etc. All these things are addressed, but I tried to make sure that while included, there are not overwhelming. Adrian’s Deafness is just like his hair color or his eye color or skin…. It’s a part of who he is, but it should never be the be all and end all of defining him. He is a man, first and foremost—one that wants to love and be loved, to live life and enjoy it with his friends and family. His is a very rich world, just a silent one, that’s all.
Simon Tyler knows his job as a gay romance author makes his lack of faith in love more than a little ironic, but he’s tired of being used for his wallet. When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme orchestrated by his best friends—though he’s not the target—Simon’s not thrilled, but since he’s sworn off happily-ever-after anyway, he goes along with it… until he meets the object of their efforts, Adrian, and finds perhaps he hasn’t given up on love after all.
Professor Adrian Keys has tried to date hearing men before, but being deaf himself, he’s never had any success at making a connection. After his friends con him into going out and Adrian realizes it’s all an elaborate plan to set him up, he braces for yet another failure, only to discover there is a spark—except it’s not with the man his friends had in mind, but with Simon Tyler instead.
Not all their friends have found a way past their romantic failures, but Simon and Adrian might be on the path to happily-ever-after.
Meet the author:
Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t—defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since.
Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, they has done many things in their life, yet writing has always drawn them back—no matter what else life has thrown their way. They counts her friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life. They lives in Wisconsin with their children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.
Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Tempe’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their/theirs/themselves. To learn more about Tempeste and their writing, visit http://tempesteoriley.com.
There was much anticipation, on my part, for the next book in the Desires Entwined series. One thing Tempeste O’Riley always manages to deliver is a twist to each story. Whether it’s a surprise Dom situation or a suspense filled attack to contend with, there’s always something unexpected.
For Signs of Desire, I’d say the unexpected was the slow build. Instead of Adrian and Simon falling hard and fast, there was a slow, steady courting that eventually turns into more. Simon’s hesitation comes from past hurts. Boyfriends who cheated or eventually just wanted his money more than him. His a bit leery of love. A romance writer that thinks love is for those around him and in books, not for him personally. I really liked Simon, he was proud and had a quiet strength. He wasn’t 100% self-assured or arrogant. He was sweet and caring with a strong love for his friends. Even though his own family pushed him out, he was well-adjusted with his made family of supportive friends.
Adrian was intelligent, kind and supportive. He never pushed Simon, happy to let Simon pace their relationships. Unfortunately, that led to them being a bit stagnant for a good portion of their story. It would have been okay if we were learning more about them but instead things just spun around for a little while. Someone needed to take a leap of faith and grab the bull by the horns!
With his friends prompting, Adrian realizes Simon needed a firm hand and a bit of pressure to completely give in and relax into their relationship. Adrian was perfectly content filling that role. Now, Adrian is Deaf and this added an interesting element to their story. Adrian wasn’t sure how willing Simon would be to signing and making the right accommodations for Adrian. All pointless worries because Simon is not selfish. Simon worried about not being what Adrian needed. He was more than willing to start learning to sign right away.
Signs of Desire is a sweet addition to the Desires Entwined series. The cameos by Rhys, Chase, James and Seth were fun additions to the story. The friendship between them all is too great to ignore in consecutive books. We also met a few new friends with a lot of potential for their own stories. If Tempeste O’Riley sees fit to do so, I’m sure these guys will be enthusiastically received.
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!