The Eye of the Beholder by Louise Lyons ~ Book Review by Caroline

25503391Title: The Eye of the Beholder

Author: Louise Lyons

Publisher: Wilde City

Cover Artist:

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date:

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

Vince Voss is obsessed with physical beauty. Influenced by his aunt, with whom he runs a modeling business, he has become unfeeling and cruel. Vince’s mother, who was a witch in life, returns to show him a better way to live. She casts a spell to take away his good looks and he finds himself challenged with searching for someone to love him, without the use of physical attraction.

Vince eventually meets a lonely male vampire, Peter, and despite his reluctance to get involved with him, he decides to use Peter to help him lift the spell. Little does he know that at first, Peter is using him too, and he finally realizes what’s really important when he falls for Peter along the way.

My View:

Vince Voss is an arrogant pig! Along with his aunt, who is equally awful, he runs a modelling agency and spends his day preening whilst belittling the woman that work for him. If you aren’t beautiful and size zero he has no need to even acknowledge you. He lives in a self-absorbed bubble where the only person important is himself.

His mother was a witch but she sadly died when he was born. It seems she has been ‘watching’ over him all these years and she doesn’t like what she sees. When she finally shows herself to him she presents him with a challenge to encourage him to change his ways. She is going to take away his pretty looks and he has until his next birthday to find someone who truly loves him for who he is, otherwise he will keep his new and very different look forever.

Finding someone that doesn’t shy away from him never mind falls in love with him is more difficult than Vince could ever have imagined. In the darkness of a Goth club, somewhere Vince wouldn’t have been seen dead in a few weeks ago, he meets the pale and exquisite Peter whose diet for the last decade has been blood.

Since Peter became a vampire he has been desperately lonely and he knows the chances of running across another gay vampire are slim. He becomes almost obsessed with Vince and slowly but surely the two men become friends. This is kind of like a modern day beauty and the beast but with two men who are each seeking out the other for very different reasons.

This is a slow burn romance that felt a little long in places. Vince is dishonest with Peter at first, something that may come back to bite him and not in the way he imagined. Peter may be lonely but is he willing to settle for something less than he truly desires, something that hurts his heart.

I loved Peter and I think by the end of the story Vince had won me round just a little. Louise Lyons certainly gave us a character that was difficult to like and had to work hard to redeem himself.

Links

The Eye of the Beholder on Goodreads
Wilde City
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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