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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 cArtist 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?...

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Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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Designs of Desire Reviews

  • V
    2019-04-30 17:40

    This story started soooo good, and then shit hit the fan and it went down the hill.Unnecessary drama, BDSM(WHAT THE!!), some readers hate the "baby" endearment, in my case I can't stand the "pet" endearment and this spoil the story for me a huge deal.I didn't know the story was going to turned up that way otherwise I would have never bother to read it.

  • Andrew Grey
    2019-05-08 19:37

    I enjoyed this story very much. the characters were vibrant and the story carried me through my reading hours. I rarely get time to read any more and this was a great way to spend the few hours I get.

  • NancyM
    2019-05-26 15:39

    1.5 starsI was really looking forward to reading this book. The blurb is lovely, and the excerpt was intriguing. This is what I got;There was random tidbits everywhere, random people named and then never seen again, it seems they were only introduced to cause an MC anguish and that was all. Chase - I was 99.9% annoyed with him throughout the book, he was in their personal business way too much. I'm actually surprised that he wasn't in the bedroom directing the MCs during sex. Things you thought would be important (view spoiler)[James' story behind his ex, his "accident"(It was italicized and had quote marks around it book, so you'd think it was important) his other abusive ex, his father (no one seems to know where he is. I'm not saying this is important but why mention him is such a vague way?), his ex's trial, how his disease effects things (I would have liked to see more of what this disease is like and how it affects/effects people), his job (it's not mentioned anymore), WOW! you have a [secret] kid!?!, going to college at age 15 (would have been nice to get some back story, does that mean Seth is a genius? If so what kind of genius?), etc (hide spoiler)] were brushed aside; only learning about what happened in regards to some things towards the end (and it's through those darn random tidbits!)

  • Nikki McCarver
    2019-05-17 18:28

    I was truly blown away by the emotion that is so prevalent and expressed throughout this book. I found myself tearing up several times during this book, and finally at the end just having a good happy cry. James was such a tormented character, that I really couldn't believe he was still able to cope with life. This book hot home on so many real issues that are still going on today. I hate the fact that people tend to be ruled their ignorance and that bigotry and prejudice are still so prevalent in this society. James grew up in an unsupported household that actually encouraged abuse. How many other children have grown up that same way due to other circumstances? I'm a firm believer that good and bad are found within the person, not in their lifestyle choices or skin color.Seth on the other hand was raised in a hate-free environment, with a family that supported his choices and stood by him. How wonderful would our society be if we all were nurtured in this same environment? I'm actually glad Seth was able to show James that not everyone had the narrow minded views of his family. It helped heal him as a person.This book will definitely take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. I would love to read another book by this author! It is definitely a top pick. My only regret is that I cannot give this book more than 5 spiders!! I do hope the author returns to write about Chase. I see a swarthy bodyguard in his possible!!

  • Catherine
    2019-05-02 18:51

    *** DNF @ 20% ***This story and these characters had promise, but the execution of both ended up being a hot mess. I powered through the awkward writing and cheesy dialogue. I got past the fact that Seth ordered food for James during the couple's first date. I willfully ignored the way my eye started to twitch when Seth called James "Pet" after less than a 24-hour acquaintance. But I had to throw in the proverbial towel when Seth stood over James while hand-feeding him his breakfast the morning after their first date. Nope. Nuh uh. I can't. I can't even.Seth ended up being creepy, James came across as weak (even thought I'm fairly certain this was the exact opposite intention of the author), and the whole whole thing had a Harlequin romance novel circa 1985 vibe to it.Think I'll pass on future work by this author.

  • Wendy Ann
    2019-05-01 22:42

    Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews - 3 1/2 heartsSome characters have the worst luck (whether in finding the right person, family issues, etc.), but James might rank up there at the top of the list with multiple ex’s who were despicable and a family that should be shot for the evil things he endured either directly or through lack of support from them. It’s a wonder that he didn’t have more issues – such as being introverted or emotionally scarred. His physical and psychological issues were hard enough to read about, and yet, he showed enormous strength of character. It was easy to see why Seth felt compelled to protect James, but was equally amazed by his strength. There were a lot of threads going on in the plot for this one. Given its novella length, a couple of threads ended up a bit loose vs. being solidly woven into the story. For example, there is a hint of BDSM D/s elements here but they ended up feeling more awkward than central to the story. A little more of the back history on each character would have helped answer quite a few questions. On the plus side, I enjoyed the portrayal of a strong character facing life challenges and coming out ahead. I enjoyed the supporting cast of characters and the concept that the family you make can be equally (or even more) important than the one you are born with. I enjoyed the support and encouragement Seth provided to James that helped him flourish. And, I enjoyed the spark between Seth and James. There are no doubt going to be elements of this story that some people will really enjoy while others will dislike. As a whole, I enjoyed this story and thought it was a good first book from this author.

  • Mandi
    2019-05-09 22:48

    started off ok, but wayyy too much going on that's never really explained or glossed over. and I didn't think James needed someone who treats him like a child, takes over his life, and makes all his decisions for him. after everything the poor guy went through, he needed a partner who made him feel stronger and more independent.

  • Thomaidha Papa
    2019-05-10 15:51

    1.5 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book Reviews how much is too much?This was the main question popping in my mind while reading this book. I did not like this at all. The overbearing plot that was suffocated with so many elements and incidents, so much hate attacks onto one single person was plain and simple unreal.We get to witness a most non-realistic relationship blooming seemingly out of nowhere. Seth and James met and in a matter of – God I don’t even know how much time passed as the concept of time was a blur and you could never really get a grasp of it – a heartbeat they became not only a couple, but a family, with a child in the ready and a happily ever after that was more than Godsend. The premises of their relationship were non-existent, the bdsm element that came with it as a non-negotiable fact was ludicrous, and I had no idea how the “Sir” calling on James’ behalf came about? Especially since James was so hell bound on not having a “kinky” relationship to begin with. The obsessive and controlling behavior on Seth’s part was quite surreal, so much so that had me cringing and questioning the sanity of that character. James’ reaction to him came awfully near to a person suffering from Stockholm syndrome. They simply did not make sense. Nothing they did really made sense.And as for the abuse James suffered from practically everybody in this damned story that was just too painful to read. And again I come to ask myself; just how much is too much? Because what I read surpassed even that.I made notes on thing I came across that were out of context or lacked credibility or out of the sphere of reality altogether. But as I reviewed them in order to get my wits about and write this review so it could be constructive I saw they were too much and sorting them out and writing them down would make this review an essay on this book.So I’m not going to dwell and linger on them. For me this book was not good and required a serious case of revision before it went out on the shelves, because while the idea was enticing, everything failed to make it an enjoyable read.Thommie

  • Candice
    2019-04-29 17:27

    2.5 StarsWow. So ummm...when did James sign up be in a D/s relationship? When did Seth have the right to come waltzing into James's life and start demanding things? What gave Seth the impression that James would tolerate that?See, I am not into the BDSM life. I don't understand it, but that's me. Personally, if I were, I wouldn't let it get outside of the bedroom. Seth ordering food for James without giving him a choice? Laying out clothes for him to wear? Telling him exactly what will happen on a given day? Seth calling James 'pet' and James calling Seth 'sir' out in public? Yeah, that wouldn't fly. Personally, I saw Seth as being an arrogant asshole. He came into James's life and took it over. It really pissed me off, especially since knowing his background and all of the abuse James suffered.To be honest, I was ready to put the book down at 50%. I couldn't do it anymore. I was getting so upset, I just thought why the hell am I putting myself through this? But, instead, I got drunk. 6 beers later, I picked up the book again and drank 3 more while reading it. So after 9 beers, I was finally able to finish it and somewhat enjoy the role reversal. I liked that James said eff you this is my life. I didn't care for Chase butting in (view spoiler)[texting and meeting with Seth without James knowing? RUDE!(hide spoiler)] Then Seth held onto a BIG secret after knowing everything about James. Have I mentioned that I think people are too forgiving?I will ask this. (view spoiler)[How did Danni know Rhys? So much so that she actually ran into his arms? Wait, that was his name, right? The bodyguard? I was drunk by this point, so I might have the name wrong. HA!(hide spoiler)]Overall, if it wasn't for the booze I wouldn't have been able to finish this. Seth is an asshole. James is a sweetheart, but for some reason attracts abusers. He also has the inability to say no, which really pisses me off..5 Star round up for James finally letting Seth have it! (twice)

  • Anke
    2019-05-15 14:28

    I have a run of bad luck - or is it my mood? I don't know, but this book is another DNF. I pre-ordered it, at least I got it with a discount, was looking forward to reading it, but now at 15% I'm done. This story is missing some life, don't know how to say it else. It's like watching someone painting-by-numbers. The beginning was nice enough, but soon it moved to insta-attraction and then (view spoiler)[ to a BJ at 14% of the story during their first private meeting outside of business (hide spoiler)] Sorry, but this story is not for me.

  • Jackie Mckenzie
    2019-05-01 15:46

    I loved this book and I am so happy to find out the author is planning a series for these guys. The supporting characters were wonderfully written and deserve to have their stories told. Please read my full review at The Novel Approach and pick up a copy of this book, you will not be disappointed.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-04-27 16:49

    I would be more than happy to read more books by this author, and I would love to see Chase get his knight in shining armor also. No matter all the turmoil James is put through, he does get his HEA and more than he ever bargained for. If anyone deserved it, James did.You can read more of Jackie's review at The Novel Approach

  • LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
    2019-05-12 22:50

    2.5 StarsA "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" ReviewJames Bryant is an artist currently working in a design firm where his immediate boss constantly gives him a hard time and only gives James the jobs no-one else wants. When he gives James a new brief, he assumes it’s more of the same, until his best friend and co-worker informs him that it’s “not like most of the scraps Brian-the-dick tosses you.” In fact, it’s for a chain of hotels being developed that cater specifically for the GLBT community, and the CEO is hot!When Seth first sees James he’s instantly attracted to the man who, although suffering from a physical disability, refuses to let it define him. Seth wants James and is determined to get him. At their second business meeting on site of the first hotel, James runs into his ex, who’s a part of the construction crew and has a panic attack as memories of his abusive past come flooding back. Seth calms him and reschedules James’ presentation for later that afternoon. After the presentation, Seth makes his move, informing James that they are going to dinner, where he proceeds to order for James. A week later and Seth arrives at James’ studio attached to the house. After the tour, Seth orders take-out for them (as he feels like Indian and doubts that James can make that) and the night ends in sex.This is not so much an insta-love as it is an insta-relationship. There’s no build up, no getting to know the characters, no discussion before Bam! They’re suddenly dating. As we learn later when he states that James is submissive, Seth is apparently kind of a Dom but his behaviour mostly comes across as overbearing, controlling and manipulative. Seth really needs to work on his communication skills. There’s no discussion about a relationship, never mind any form of a BDSM one, yet Baby and Pet abound pretty much right from the start. It’s like the author is forcing a fast connection between the MCs instead of letting it happen organically.About a quarter of the way in, we learn that James actually has a genetic condition that contributed to the severity of his injuries sustained in an accident caused by his abusive ex. And that’s how the majority of information is given – piecemeal and often in an almost throwaway fashion after the fact. I think that was one of the biggest reasons I had trouble feeling any connection to either character, their relationship or the story. So much of the information is either only hinted at or doled out later on with people from the MCs pasts suddenly cropping up out of the blue and other things glossed over, so it’s really hard to understand the why of something. The narrative jumps all over the place, essentially answering the question before it’s even asked thus putting the answer out of context.There is absolutely no indication to gauge how much time has actually passed, not only from the beginning of the book to the end, but also from one scene to the next. To me, it only seems a matter of weeks, a few months at the most, but the characters talk and act as if it’s been quite some time. The writing was a bit clunky – it’s like chunks of the book had just been left out, the dialogue was often stilted and there was a lot of telling rather that showing. The sudden change from one scene to the next was very jarring. One minute we’re in the middle of meet the parents and the next we’re suddenly in a sex scene. I had to keep stopping and get my brain to change gears. I felt like the author was trying too hard with flowery descriptions like “his piercing blue orbs” and “his hungry, throbbing entrance” along with a fair bit of sugary sweetness.The premise sounded lovely and I was hoping I would love this book. In the end, it just felt like the author was trying to cram too many different things into the book. BDSM elements, insta-love/relationship, tragic past, childhood abuse, a kid, evil grandparents suing for custody of said kid, abusive ex’s (3 of them!), mystery, threats, a homophobic family and psychotic brother and mother. The result of which is all of those elects feeling underdeveloped.Although I certainly have no objection to it, I’m not usually all that fussed on kids in romance books, but in this case it actually made things more interesting. I really liked Danni. She was definitely my favourite character. In fact, The extra half star is just for her. The cover is gorgeous.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-16 22:26

    This story was actually kind of difficult for me to get through and I have to admit that I ended up skimming through a lot of it. It started off well, but then nothing really happened to make the story stand out. Nothing grabbed me, and there was very little substance to the story. There was no strong plot line that kept me wanted to turn the page to find out what would happen next. I didn't connect with the main characters as much as I usually do, and I just found it very difficult to get into and to keep going.One thing that really bugged me was the use of pet names. It actually drove me crazy after a while, and I'm the kind of person who usually loves that sort of thing! I'm not one to complain over the occasional use of pet names. In fact, I usually encourage it. But seriously, "baby" and "pet" were really overused here to the point where I found myself rolling my eyes every time Seth used those words. And I've always disliked the term "pet" anyway, so that didn't help.The story wasn't terrible but it was very slow and felt as if it lacked any real direction. It was very sweet, but maybe a little too sweet in places. There were a few scenes that felt rather contrived and certain parts just didn't feel particularly realistic. When I'm reading contemporary romance, I like a degree of realism. This didn't really have that.Something that particularly confused me were the hints at BDSM. We were told about a past relationship where Seth had engaged in sexual practices that involved inflicted pain on his partner. The author also had James call Seth 'Sir' every so often and threw in words like "submissive" which all hinted at a BDSM theme, but then the author never really followed through on it. I'm not against BDSM at all (even if it's not something I read too often and even then I don't read anything too hardcore) but it would have been better either to leave that out completely or to have actually fully incorporated it into the story. It just ended up seeming random and out of place here.To be fair, I'll outline a couple of things I liked about this book:- Chase was an interesting secondary character and although he was a bit interfering, he was a great friend to James. I appreciated that. It was nice to see that James had a support system and that Chase was so protective of his friend. Okay, so there was one drunken scene where he was a bit of an idiot, but overall he was a good guy.- I'll admit that Seth and James were cute together. It was overly sweet and corny at times (which elicited many eye rolls and snorts of laughter), but it was also very lovely too.- James wasn't portrayed as the poor cripple or as someone who couldn't do anything for himself, and I liked that. I'm glad the author didn't portray James as being physically weak or incapable. - The writing was good - not perfect, a few typos here and there, but still good.- This isn't actually related to the story, but I love the cover. Seriously, it's stunning.Overall, this book wasn't as good as I had hoped. It wasn't what I had expected after reading the blurb, either. I'm left feeling rather disappointed.

  • GayListBookReviews
    2019-05-06 17:44

    C+When I started this book I had some assumptions about it. I was pretty much wrong about all of them.Assumption #1: This will be about Seth showing James the road to love and healing.I’m not saying that Seth didn’t love James or even that he didn’t inspire James, but James was the dominant personality when it came to his own healing. Nothing happened unless James allowed it. Which threw me off because…Assumption #2: This will be a sweet fluffy bunny romance.No. This is a BDSM light story. There are moments of beautiful control and Dominance/Submission that I really loved. Every single moment of the story that had elements of D/S were perfect. I loved this twist to the story. The control Seth has in and out of the bedroom is classic Dom, and James discovery of what a healthy submissive relationship looked like was dramatic and engaging.Assumption #3: The art would set them free.Nope again. Yes, James’ art and passion was a fun plot element. I wanted to walk into his studio and see the paintings on the wall, flip through his sketch book or attend a gallery show. But James and Seth had to work some basic relationship skills out. We were party to every flib, flop, and fantastic moment.I was partial to Seth. I felt he was more of an onion character. His layers were many and some of them were unexpected. In fact, half way through the book a plot twist arose that completely threw me off my game. I sat blinking at the screen confused and had to take that new twist and work it into the people I thought I had come to know. I don’t know if it worked for me to be honest. This aspect of Seth’s life felt incredibly unlike him. I wasn’t sure if somehow James and Seth switched personalities without me knowing but I kept at it and in the end it worked.James was interesting. I liked the stronger James opposed to the broken man. Let’s be clear James life sucked, forever. There was such extreme abuse it felt unrealistic and overboard. I wasn’t able to connect with his tragic life because I didn’t believe it. James the artist, boyfriend, and best friend was fantastic though. I liked the lines he drew in the sand and the fact that he never moved from them.The secondary characters were as intriguing as the main characters in the story. Chase, James’ best friend was dynamic. I was a Chase fan from the first scene and cheered him on the whole book. There are other characters that brought the story to life that I really enjoyed as well.The villains felt too evil and got away with an amazing amount with the sheer number of people constantly around James.The book was more confusing than I expected. There were elements of the story that were over the top, and felt forced. I wanted to like this book more than I was able to.And I will say that I am a cover junky. This cover was the reason I wanted to read the book. It’s stunning, relevant to the story and completely beautiful. Well done Reese Dante.Reviewed by Beans

  • Charlie R
    2019-04-27 14:29

    I found this story to be a gigantic mess. James was such a beautiful man, previously damaged by two very abusive ex's (and by 'abusive' that includes serious physical trauma that landed him in crutches as well as sexual and mental abuse). Along comes Seth, a powerful biz man that James does design work for.But Seth is a Dom (apparently) who tells James he's a submissive type. James is, naturally, terrified. Will Seth want to hurt him? Will he become abusive like his past relationships? Oh, no, Seth is a 'good Dom'! He may insist on ordering James to do things (like speak or not go into work that day), open doors for him, order all his meals, call him 'pet', get a 'commanding tone' when he doesn't like something James does, and generally try to control and dominate James, but he would never HURT James! It just felt so wrong. Full stop. What James (and this story) needed was comfort, understanding, gentleness, protectiveness, not another man to come into his life and try to control him. It really made me ill.I'm not a big fan of BDSM anyway, but I can enjoy it when both parties are healthy (mentally and physically) and it's clearly just a fun sexual game that sticks to the bedroom. That was not the case here. The BDSM tone was completely unnecessary in this story and, further, was absolutely wrong for it and for a damaged man like James.If anyone insisted on ordering my food for me (nevermind what I might feel like eating), or tell me I couldn't do something I felt I needed to do, or otherwise try to dominate my life, I would fucking smack them--and that is irregardless of whether or not I might enjoy some light bondage in the bedroom. So yeah, I really don't get that kind of relationship and the author certainly never convinced me that James 'needed it'. On the contrary, what he needed was encouragement to be strong and come out of his shell and make his own decisions and to be treated like an equal. Pampering and cherishing someone is one thing, ordering them about and treating them like a child is another.Disappointing, because I was really looking forward to this one based on the cover/blurb.

  • Debra
    2019-04-28 19:34

    3.5 starsFirst off the cover is just gorgeous! Reese Dante did a great job with it. I loved James. He is an artist, living with a disability that has been exacerbated by an abusive ex. Seth is a wealthy CEO who falls for James almost immediately. James has trust issues for good reason, but agrees to dinner with Seth. Even with that background the two fall very fast into a relationship with light BDSM undertones. There were some time jumps and I did have some difficulty gauging how much time was passing in the relationship, but it did seem to go very quickly.James' past is horrible between both his family and few exes. It was almost too much when all his past relationships are laid out to see how much he has suffered, and that also added a bit to my finding that the relationship progressed just too quickly. Seth also has a past that comes out of left field and changes everything for them. Luckily James has a best friend in Chase who is willing to stand up for him to anyone that might cause harm. I'm actually looking forward to reading Chase's story.I enjoyed the characters, especially watching James come into his own, but the pacing was a bit disjointed for me and there was a little too much going on.

  • Nikki Prince
    2019-04-25 18:48

    I really loved this story between artist James Bryant and CEO Seth Burns. The emotions that run through this book will make you laugh as well as cry. There are a myriad of interesting characters throughout the book that help keep the story believable and in real life terms.James Bryant has such a troubling past you see why he is the way he is and scared to take a chance on love.Seth Burns is someone who didn't come from a background such as James'. There is so much depth within this story that all you can do is peel back the layers and enjoy.This is a great m/m story that doesn't just have hot sex in it (and it's hot) but it has realism. I will be looking for more from this author.-review also on

  • Тамрико
    2019-05-05 16:38

    The second part of the book threw me off so much, I don't think I can write a review right now, but I must leave a few words:The first half of the book was smooth, made sense (for the most part) and was pretty enjoyable.The second part? All things that could go wrong, did go wrong. Every other character in the book that wasn't already gay or lesbian turned out to be one. Poor James was used, abused, raped, tortured by nazis beaten, attacked in a public place... I am tagging this book "pity-fest". First half - 4 stars.Second half - 1 star.Total score - 2 stars.

  • Wendy Dinwiddie
    2019-05-02 20:33

    I was really touched by this story. James's is a man with a genetic disability that was made worse through terrible abuse by an ex-lover. He is just trying to live day to day and survive, having given up on love when he meets Seth. Seth is immediately taken by James. He realizes he will have to work hard to win his love. The embark on a journey that deals with tragedy, the past and the present and will need each other to get through it all. They have love and support of many friends along the way to enhance the story. Definitely 5 stars and you might want some tissues on hand.

  • Janie
    2019-04-27 21:38

    Well if I wasn't a fan of this author before, I most certainly am one now. I truly loved this book! I loved that Seth was strong enough to love and care for James as he most definitely deserved a man to honestly love him for who he is instead of seeing an invalid. James was such a strong and lovable character that you just couldn't help but want to wrap in cotton and protect. I started this book and just couldn't put it down until I finished it. So glad I bought this book!

  • Rick
    2019-05-17 14:40

    This was a great story - loved the characters. Looking forward to the book about Chase ~ I got the feeling that there is a story coming about him. Looking forward to more from this Author.

  • ~RMG
    2019-05-12 14:26

    1.5 stars - Could've been a good story, but it crashed and burned halfway through. Sigh...

  • Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
    2019-05-03 22:43

    This review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.3.5 starsThis is the story about James who lives with EDS and is permanently disabled by an ex-lover. Mentally and physically damaged, James has no self-confidence and doesn’t believe someone such as Seth, a CEO of his own company, would want someone like him. When Seth pursues him, he can’t help but think Seth will eventually become violent or dump him soon after their relationship starts. However, Seth is serious about James and adores him for his talent, his beauty and his personality. When things start to work out between them, multiple situations occur that threaten their happy life including becoming a full time parent, dealing with a violent stalker and breaking down the walls James still has built up. When everything that can go wrong, goes wrong, will James and Seth still make it as a couple or will James’ fears come true and Seth will leave him for good?This is a difficult story for me to rate and review. On one hand, I enjoyed it to some extent; it was one of those books that I didn’t want to stop reading but on the other hand, it has a lot of issues. I enjoyed the characters and I really adored the fact that James was so broken emotionally. Because of his past, he’s afraid of anyone that is bigger than him or interested in him. When Seth enters the picture, he doesn’t think anything good could come out of forming a relationship and truly believes that Seth will eventually get violent with him. It’s sad, to be honest, but I liked that James was so meek but had moments when he would stand his ground. As an artist, he’s praised for his art work and I really enjoyed the times that he would get lost in painting. I also liked that his disability and disorder was mentioned at times to reinforce the fact that he had physical problems. Although, it took a little while to learn that James has EDS, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, so when that came to light, I couldn’t help but have a ‘Whaaaa?’ moment.Seth, though, I felt was very contradictory. I would like him at times but then I felt like, at others, he was very condescending when he handled James. They have a sort of dom/sub relationship going on without the BDSM sex (just kinky sex for you smut lovers). By that, I mean Seth would control portions of James’ life such as ordering food for him, demanding he do this, telling him what to do and even silencing him at times. That part of the story, I wasn’t fond of because Seth would make this grand speech of not being like James’ past boyfriends and then he’d do actions such as that, which totally negate what he just said. It was frustrating to say the least BUT James seemed to revel in Seth taking control so I can’t exactly fault Seth for doing that. I just didn’t like the tone he took with James at times when James was already feeling so low, even if it did smooth James’ worries, it felt too much like Seth was scolding James or bullying him.The best thing about this book were the secondary characters. I simply adored Chase and his exuberant ways. I loved that he was so easily excitable and enjoyed the banter that would come up between Chase and Seth. I also really liked Rhys and truly hope that there is a story about Chase and Rhys to come someday. There were other characters such as Mel, Brittany, and Danni that never failed to make me smile and I very much enjoyed Seth’s parents because they weren’t what I was expecting from a highly rich couple.I think the biggest downfall about this story is the fact that the author incorporated so many conflicts into the book but didn’t properly resolve the issues to their full potential. It seemed that whenever something bad would arise, there would be a quick resolution within a chapter then a new problem would come up and a resolution would occur soon after. This happened throughout the novel so, by the end, there was probably seven, eight, maybe even nine or more situations that not just James but Seth had to go through as well. It was overwhelming because there would be a good lead up to what was happening and then everything would be fixed quickly or you would be told that they talked and everything was back to rights. To be honest, I was disappointed at that and that’s why it is hard for me to decipher my feelings because I’d like the way the story was going and the new situation that James was thrust into but then things would be fixed by what seemed like just an easy way to wrap up the issue so you can move on to the next problem. If the author had focused on one or two conflicts that spanned the whole book, without having the other inane issues, I would have enjoyed this one much more but because there were so many, it seriously hindered my enjoyment.All in all, I liked the story but at the same time, there were a lot of issues with it. Not just with the many conflicts and weak resolutions but also with stunted dialogue and overall there was just too much sex for my tastes. Readers should be aware that this novel does contain some kinky sex. For me, the writing was engaging and made me want to continue even when I was saddened by the lack of execution and I enjoyed the characters especially the secondary ones. I’d recommend this to readers who are looking for a sweet, easy read about a damaged man who finally gets a love he desires.

  • Rae Ryans
    2019-05-03 20:52

    I've only recently begun reading M/M romance, so I'm not an expert on the genre. However, I've been an avid romance fan for over ten years. For me as a reader all I want are developed characters, a strong plot, and a believable conflict to drive the story. I found all three within Designs of Desire.The cover has an artistic flair, but I do find it doesn't really represent the light BDSM, hence why I'm mentioning it here. It isn't your run of the mill BDSM either, and it was different but in a good way.The MC suffers from EDS, which is a rare condition that is also hereditary. I have two family members who suffer from it. Although everyone suffers different levels of pain, it's a very real condition that can lead to mental issues too. This is the part I loved, showing a disability and its side effects throughout the story. I do wish the disability was more forthcoming in the blurb, but that's a personal preference.At times the dialogue is a bit stuffy, but I did like the use of nicknames. It helped me keep track of who was speaking at all times so that I was never lost. The story itself does raise questions, especially for those unfamiliar with BDSM or used to heavier kink. But, as in most cases of erotica, the story doesn't work without it.Over all I do recommend the story because we all read a book differently, and I will/have read more from the author.

  • AliciaJ
    2019-04-26 19:48

    I really enjoyed the story. There were just a couple of odd things that I kind of noticed. One was the somewhat stilted dialogue. Apparently this author doesn't believe in contractions, so that took a bit of getting used to. Another was that I had no clue what the MC's looked like and no idea where the story took place, which was a bit weird too. But luckily enough, I was engrossed enough in the love story developing between the MC's that these were minor inconveniences, something I noticed but that didn't really detract at all from my enjoyment of the book. I'm definitely reading the next one.

  • Melissa Kendall
    2019-05-12 15:38

    Not only did I have the privilege of reading an ARC copy of this book I also had the chance to critique this book when it was in it's early draft format.James is an amazing man who has been put through the wringer but come out the other side a lot stronger than he thinks he is. Seth is a take charge kind of guy and the moment he meets James he sets about going after what he really wants.Their interactions were great and though the world throws a copious amount of challenges at them when they work together they come out on top.This was a thoroughly enjoyable read 4 out of 5

  • Trisie
    2019-05-20 16:28

    DNF..I can't keep forcing myself to read it anymore. Firstly I was really fed up with James's attitude toward Seth when the whole D/s mess started. Sometimes there's a fine line between inexperience and downright stupidity. It was like James wasn't even listening to Seth's explanation at all. Nevertheless I still kept reading. That hospital drama totally did me in, though. It seemed so forced to me. I guess I'm not in the mood for this kind of stuff today.

  • René
    2019-04-26 16:48

    Who fell in love with this book? I did!!! Another new series for me to devour. James has to use forearm crutches because of his disability but doesn't let that slow him down one bit. He's had to deal with shitty people all his life so I was glad when Seth stepped up to treat him like the prince he was. Throw in James' friend Chase and you've got a fun but romantic read.I can't wait to get into Chase and Rhys story. That just sounds like there's sparks.

  • Angela
    2019-05-18 15:41

    Oh my gosh! This book is AWESOME! It has drama, intrigue, and SO much emotion! Seth is a ROCK for James. He is loving, encouraging, and backs his man 100%. I couldn't believe the unmitigated gull of his(James) so called family, but I will let you discover that on your own. This price is elevated, and this is the absolute first time I've EVER said this too; the price is elevated for an ebook BUT it is so worth it!