Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages
At a Glance: Signs of Desire is a nice addition to a sweet series.
Reviewed By: Karen
Blurb: 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, Simon’s not thrilled, but since he’s not the target and he’s sworn off happily-ever-after anyway, he goes along with it… until he meets Adrian, the object of their efforts, 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.
Review: I enjoyed Signs of Desire and getting to know Simon and Adrian in their story. I thought that watching their relationship grow from a friendship into a romantic relationship was done really well. Both guys have things that they need to overcome and be reassured about, whether it is physical issue or an issue of trust that causes their reservations, and they work together to make sure these things don’t stand in their way.
The guys from the previous book are here in this edition as well, and show us again how family doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with blood and everything to do with who stands up for you, has your back and wants the best for you.
I found myself rooting for these two guys throughout the book to get their HEA. There really wasn’t much angst in this story, though I’m really not sure if that’s a good thing or not. I guess at the end of the book, I found that I liked it but that maybe it was missing a little something. But overall, I think Signs of Desire is a nice addition to a sweet series.
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