Adrian has been somebody who has managed to pick the wrong sort of men to date, and seems wary of dating again.... until he meets Simon, and the sparks fly between them.
Simon is a year out of his last relationship, and although he writes romance, he really doesn't seem to think that he is worthy of being loved - although a lot of this can be down to his family while growing up.
Simon and Adrian start dating, but Adrian is well aware that Simon is not relaxed whenever they meet, and decides to take things really slow with Simon. The fact that Adrian is deaf and Simon is hearing doesn't make any difference to their budding relationship, it just means that they are learning new things together.
Just as you think that this is going to be a sweet love story, Simon's unease and then his family take centre stage, but just what Adrian do about this. Does he stay and talk with Simon or does he just bolt?
What I really love about this series, is that all the characters are part of a great group of friends, who have each others backs, and no matter if they find a partner, they are still there for each other. I also love that you also find out what is happening from the couples from earlier books in the series.
I must also say here, please keep scrolling down and read the Guest Post that Tempeste sent to us, it explains more about her characters, and is also quite a personal insight into who Tempeste is. Thank you Tempeste for sending us such a personal guest post.
I don’t know that that’s what I set out to do, really. When I began Designs of Desire, I was writing more for me than anything. I was venting my frustration and pain at how I was treated due to my own EDS and forearm crutches (as James is in the story) though I now almost exclusively use a wheelchair. When I shifted from a single story to writing a series (thank you, Dianne Hartsock, for demanding Chase’s story, lol) I continued to write what the characters dictated. I’ve never gone into one of the Desires Entwined stories with a set goal of ‘introduce xx type of character.’
Each set of MCs has grown organically. What kind of person would be the best match for that character? What strengths? What look? What does each bring to the story both in need and power? In each case, it’s produced a different set of character matches—and in the case of Dal and Alex (my gender fluid character) they weren’t even a planned story until I was partway into writing, lol.
Part of it, though, is that life is varied and wonderful, so why shouldn’t my characters show that? We aren’t all one thing, one type of person, right? So why should my characters all be one type? I plan to delve into more and varied forms of people, but as the characters come, not because I chose to force it. No one will enjoy that, me the least of all. The only time I’ve written to a prompt of the type of character was for Caged Sanctuary, but that still feed a need in me as I knew I was going into a wheelchair before long at the point I wrote it. Some of the research I did for it was... well, for me too. The chair Kade uses, in fact, is the same one I use J
The parts that are hard to write aren’t the differences, the types, or the like. What’s hard at times is the pain that comes with being different. The pain James went through due to rejection and abuse. The horror and guilt Chase suffered due to his loss as a teen. The pain and empty place Alex endures from being beaten and thrown away when caught out as genderfluid by his family... I could go on, but the point is the same, it’s the characters journey, their past, and their pain that's hard to write and to know, not the type of character to write.
I love my guys! (Even when they are being ornery, lol.)