Friday, February 8, 2019

Eye of the Beholder by M.D. Grimm

Is it better to risk it all… or never know what could have been?

After surviving an abusive childhood, Vulcan remade himself upon arriving in Los Angeles, California. He became a blacksmith for the paranormal community and strives to earn the respect of the vampire covens and werewolf packs that call LA home. He also prevents the pain of loss by keeping everyone at arm’s length.

But he never planned on meeting a former Roman soldier by the name of Marcus Cassius Vespillo. Something sparks between them and turns into a friendship he never considered possible. He can’t deny his intense attraction to the intelligent, courteous, ancient vampire. And it scares him.

Though Vulcan is wary of seeking more with Cassius, an attack leaves him at death’s door and forces him to reexamine his priorities. But Cassius has his own secret, one that promises tragedy and loss. And if that wasn’t enough, a slayer arrives in the States, one with a bloody connection to Cassius… and Vulcan himself.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

It's been a long while since I've read paranormal romance, so this book was a nice change of pace for me. I love a good bite scene and Eye of the Beholder had a few of them that were well done. I enjoyed the steamy scenes between Vulcan and Cassius enough to sift through some long discussions on the Roman empire (from an aged vamp's perspective) and talk of old names and such. The two main characters were sweet and endearing and I enjoyed their banter and spark. Being hunted by an old rival, the coven is up in arms and Vulcan isn't letting Cassius fight the battle alone. He's just found someone he's willing to live (and die for) and despite everything his mentor taught him about fearing vampires, Vulcan can’t help but love Cassius. There're some different spins on the vampire nature in this book, so it's not all the same old vampire stuff, but there are some that I have found repeated in other well-known stories also. Decent mix of what you'd expect with a new a new perspective added in. Loved the epilogue – happily ever after!

M.D. GRIMM decided to become an author in the second grade (kind of young to make life decisions, but whatever) and nothing has changed since then (well, plenty of things, actually, but not that!). Thankfully, she has indulgent parents who let her dream, but also made sure she understood she’d need a steady job to pay the bills (they never let her forget it!). After graduating from the University of Oregon and majoring in English (let’s be honest: useless degree, what else was she going to do with it?), she started on her writing career and couldn’t be happier. Working by day and writing by night (or any spare time she can carve out), she enjoys embarking on romantic quests and daring adventures (living vicariously, you could say) and creating characters that always triumph against the villain (or else what’s the point?), finding their soul mate in the process.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Eye of the Beholder by M.D. Grimm to read and review.

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