Book Reviews

Eye of the Beholder by M.D. Grimm at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Vampires / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 08-February-2019

Book Blurb

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.

 

Book Review

I am not a history buff, at least not to the same extent as many people, but the idea of being able to learn about the customs and lifestyle of Ancient Rome from someone who lived it, struck me just as interesting as it did Vulcan. The fact that Cassius is the oldest vampire Vulcan has met or even heard of makes his fascination even stronger. Pair Vulcan’s love of history with Cassius’s appreciation of an intelligent human who truly respects his country, along with an attraction that is off the charts, and ‘Eye of the Beholder’ smoldered from page one.

Vulcan had an abusive childhood and after traveling for a while once he escaped his father he ended up in Los Angeles and met Dain, a master craftsman of all things metal, who took Vulcan on as his apprentice. Dain knew about the supernaturals that lived amongst the humans and he introduced Vulcan as most of them were clients of Dain’s, although Dain made sure Vulcan understood (always!) that these paranormals are predators at heart and are not to be trusted – no matter what. When Dain is killed suddenly, Vulcan inherits his estate along with his business and his clients.

“I lifted my head off his shoulder and sat straighter, putting distance between us. He frowned, the soft smile he’d been wearing fading away. I was sorry for that, but I needed to keep some barrier between us. He could be my friend, nothing more. And even that was more than I’d bargained for.”

I found it very intriguing how utterly clueless Vulcan is about his own worth, attractiveness, and appeal although I suppose I shouldn’t be, seeing as how much verbal abuse he suffered growing up. Vulcan knows he’s good at blacksmithing but beyond that he literally doesn’t see himself the way anyone, Cassius or the vampire duchess of LA, see him. It was somewhat sad, actually, to watch his interactions with Cassius and to see how poorly Vulcan views himself as an object of Cassius’s romantic interest. There were more than a few times I wanted to reach out and smack Cassius and tell him to be just a wee bit more forceful in his desire, although I found it honorable that he didn’t want to frighten Vulcan away.

“I was too gone the night before to consider his actions, but now I did. What did it all mean? Why did I mean so much to him? Why would he go through the trouble? I was just one puny human. I shook my head, amazed and supremely grateful. I was only alive because of him.”

I enjoyed this book although there were a few things I had some issues with. Vulcan spent more than the first half of the book going back and forth within his own mind and it became somewhat tiresome after a while. Cassius is an amazing character but I feel as if there’s so much more I could have discovered about him but wasn’t given the opportunity. The “mystery” portion, so to speak, didn’t come as any surprise and I really don’t care for predictability although the writing here was very well done.

All in all, ‘Eye of the Beholder’ is an exciting tale that I wish had a little more meat on its bones. However, my discontent is only my opinion and doesn’t reflect upon the writing or overall creativity of the story. The author indicated that this was a standalone and probably would be her only vampire story. If that is truly the case then I thank her for the thrill ride.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 153 pages/54461 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-February-2019
Price $5.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/eye-of-the-beholder-by-md-grimm-10154-b