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Published April 29, 2015 by Wilde City Press
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.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
This is really the story of Vince Voss. He is an individual who will drown at the least hint of rainfall. At least, that is how where I come from call snotty, egotistical, think-they-are-gods-gift-to-humanity types who turn up their noses on everybody. I really hated Vince from the first page but knowing there is going to be a twist, then yes, I continued. Halfway through the story, Vince is someone we would all like to have as a friend and maybe a lover.
The story begins in the typical Beauty and Beast fairy tale scenario, the Disney kind. Where a prince is turned beastly by a witch who wishes to teach him a lesson. Only in this story, the witch is Vince's mother herself which kind of makes me question the sanity of this individual. So he becomes ugly and unpalatable resulting to his getting introverted and looking out to the world under a hood of shame. He begins to see that his beauty no longer has an influencing factor to people doing his bidding. People are repelled, they are fearful, they are judging. To get back his looks, he has to get someone say they love him, before his birthday. That is not an easy task. Especially when the three words are supposed to come from the heart.
Vince almost gives up but tries all kinds of types of women. He fails. Then his eyes meet those of Peter's across a crowded and dark room. There is a sizzling in the air. Pale faces turn their way, cold lips meet his, will Vince get his heart's desire?
Thinking vampires? Yes.
But STOP! Hold your horses. That is just the first part of the book. The second part, now that is where the real story begins. Mea culpa, I should never have judged before finding out. This is when Vince and I both come to realize, reality is not what it seems. There is something out there that can influence life or screw it up. Should I tell you what? I don't think so, otherwise, spoiler alert would be flashing.
As per Ms Lyons' style, she takes elements from everywhere, gives these treatments in her own unique style and come out with a HOT! paranormal romance. Oh yeah :D
WHAT INFLUENCED THE STORY by Guest Bloggermomma: Louise Lyons
I started writing The Eye of the Beholder about 18 months ago. I’d always liked the “beauty and the beast” scenario and I remembered reading a story where someone had “the ugly spell” cast on them. I can’t remember the name of the story, but it was to do with an age-old curse where the main character would get their looks back when they fell in love with the right person. Then I saw a movie called Beastly which had Vanessa Hudgens in─I do like M/F stories, believe it or not! It was another “beauty and the beast” story, where rather than fall upon a curse, the character is punished for being unpleasant and the idea of the spell is to make him change his ways.
It made me consider writing my own story, but with a twist. For instance, what if the person under the spell fails to find love and thinks their destiny is to stay that way? Or what if the person they’re supposed to love has a hidden agenda? If both parties are secretly using each other for their own gain, maybe bringing love into the mix would be more interesting, and certainly more difficult.
So I created the character of Vince, a not-very-nice man who’s so vain and convinced of his own appeal, he can’t see what others see when they look at him. His mother died in childbirth and her twin sister is the woman who brought Vince up. She’s bitter and selfish after the loss of her sister, and from having a child she didn’t want foisted upon her. So it’s understandable that Vince would grow up to be like her.
Vince’s mother is the one who casts the spell from beyond the grave. A witch in life, she’s retained her power and decides this could be the only way to make Vince mend his ways and become the loving person she hopes he can be.
As for Vince’s love interest─well, of course this had to be a man. Something Vince had considered on and off, but never tried. So he’s reluctant to take this step at first when he meets Peter, a vampire. But when no one else will look twice at him, he thinks this will be his only chance to get free of the spell. He starts off using Peter, playing on his loneliness in the hopes that Peter will fall for him.
I’ve always loved vampire stories, since I first read Anne Rice and watched Interview With the Vampire. Who doesn’t love Brad Pitt? Then of course there was Twilight, and both of these influenced my Peter. He’s a lonely soul, an ex-drug addict “changed” by accident, but he has the support network of three other vampires who live together as a kind of “family group”, led by a fearless and somewhat overbearing female. She makes the rules and contributes to Peter’s unhappiness with misguided efforts to protect him.
One aspect of the story was even influenced by a member of my own family. Christine, Peter’s “sister” has the abilities of a medium and is also able to pick up on things that have happened in the past. A lady in my family, after the death of her mother, spent a period of time visiting a medium who was able to tell her things about herself and people she knew. The medium had to hold an item belonging to the lady to do this. I’m not sure what I believe really; I think a lot of the things said were probably coincidence. But I used the idea for Christine, who holds Vince’s wristwatch and learns things about him that he’d rather not have anyone know!
A lot of things came together to give me the incentive to write the story and then as is often the case with my writing, my characters began to direct the way they wanted to behave, so I went with the flow and let them help!
About the Author
Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad Dobermann, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.
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