Feb 20

Thursday Teasers: Desires’ Guardian

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Today’s Taste is from my newly contracted (and unedited) Desires’ Guardian. DG is the story of Chase and Rhys, whom you first met in Designs of Desire, and will be out June 2014 from Dreamspinner Press.

The sheet, Chase now realized was in all actuality a curtain, slid to reveal a painting of… of him! Well, it was him, but not him at the same time. The artistry was magnificent but over half his face there was a lion superimposed. The lion part even had his ear cuff clipped to the furry ear. Chase stood there gaping, barely noting the gasps and clapping which burst all around him.

Chase moved to the side, trying not to attract attention as questions and praise swarmed James. He couldn’t stop staring at the painting, trying to see how it could possibly be a representation of himself, but couldn’t. He wasn’t powerful or strong like a lion. And while he knew he was descent looking, the man in the painting had an ethereal beauty that dumbfounded him. It was both humbling and uncomfortable to look upon and hear Jamie’s voice in his head saying that was how he saw him.

Chase was startled out of his thoughts when two of his friends, Simon Tyler and Dale Millar, nudged him. “Chase! Did you know about the painting? It’s amazing,” Simon gushed.

Chase shook his head. “I didn’t. He can’t really see me that way, can he?”


Chase is outwardly a party-boy twink, or at least that’s what many think when they first meet him. Actually, Chase is a loyal friend with deep wounds that only his BFF knows anything about. When he meets Rhys things don’t go well, but he can’t shake the attraction for the huge, sexy man.

  Rhys Sayer is a man of contradictions and fear—a strange combination for a PI and bodyguard. When he first lays eyes on Chase Manning, he’s not in a good place emotionally and causes any possible future together to go poof, maybe. Rhys is not a complicated man, he doesn’t think so at least. But he fears the very type of relationship he desires, and even worse, Chase is his dream man in more ways than one!

  Can Chase move past his hidden pains to truly let a man into his heart in the forever kind of way? Can Rhys win over the whiley Chase and teach him that love and trust are his to grasp?

About the author


Tempeste O’Riley grew up in the deep south and escaped her conservative, oppressive roots as soon as she could. Tempe is an out and proud omnisexual/bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life but writing has always drawn her back – no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life.


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  1. Shawna

    Thank you for the very tiny, miniscule taste… lol…
    Can’t wait until June. Is there a set date in June for the release?

    1. TempeO

      No date set but I will let you all know as soon as I have one.
      I do know Reese Dante will be doing the cover again *yippee* soooo stay tuned ;c)

  2. pablomichaels

    Now, how is Chase going to respond to James? I feel is discomfort even though he is humbled when the two men inquire about his knowledge of the painting. Will there relationship become more heated? I love how this story is being unveiled through paintings

  3. Naomi Shaw

    I hope they stay friends and understand the painting a bit more. Great taster

    1. TempeO

      James and Chase are best friends, so no worries there

  4. diannehartsock

    Wow! I was pretty sure it would be a painting of Chase, but a lion? He must have a hidden strength that James sees in him. Can’t wait to see when James explains it to him. and better yet, what will Rhys think of it! 🙂 *this is getting so good!*

    1. TempeO

      All will make sense when you read the full story, Dianne. Promise 🙂

      1. diannehartsock

        And when will that be… 🙂

  5. ~RoseAnderson

    Your description makes me really want to see that painting. 🙂

    1. TempeO

      thanks so much, Rose. I love art and Chase, so combining the two… yeah… 😀

  6. Jake Malden

    A well-spun tale from all I can see, Tempeste (love you name). The big reveal of the painting and Chase’s reaction are very well done. I’m guessing his lionine (real word?) qualities will come to the fore…

    1. TempeO

      Thank you, Jake.
      Chase is often a lion in a twinks body, lol. He shows it in Designs of Desire (where you meet the characters the first time) and again you will see his spirit in Desires’ Guardian. Hope you enjoy and return! :c)

  7. TempeO

    Desires’ Guardian comes out this June, hun. So not too much longer, I promise ;c)

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