Title: Winterfield Series: Eye of the Beholder
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Characters: Preston Davison, Cary Fielding
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense
When Preston is attacked by an unknown assailant, he’s unable to face the future looking as he does. With the help of his new roommate, will he let down his barriers and meet his best friend Cary face to face again?
When porn star Preston is attacked by an unknown assailant who may have been working for his former boss, he goes into seclusion, unable to face the future looking as he now does.
Meanwhile his friend, Cary, and Cary’s boyfriend give up trying to find Pres and move on with their lives. Then, through his online business, Pres reconnects with his friend, although Cary doesn’t know it is Pres. Will Pres, with the help of the woman with whom he is living, be able to let down his barriers and meet face to face with Cary or will his fears keep them just online friends?
I’ve read several books by Edward Kendrick and I’ve enjoyed them all. I like his easy style of writing and his characters are always well-written, likeable people.
The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash a lot of it. Cary and Preston have been best friends for years. Although they’ve shared just about everything together, neither man is willing to admit their love for each other.
Preston in particular has harbored unrequited feelings for Cary. Although their lives have taken very different directions, they’ve remained close, but when Cary begins dating a nice man, he realizes that they will never be together and hopes the best for his friend. But when he is viciously attacked and horribly scarred, this breaks his spirit and he runs away, not telling his family or Cary what happened or where he’s at. Lucky for him, he has a friend that happened to be a nurse on duty the night he was attacked and she talks him into moving in with her, while he heals and decides what he wants to do with his life.
Cary was on a business trip when he reads in the paper about Preston’s attack and because of bad weather he’s stuck out of town and cannot get to his friend. Once he gets to the hospital, Preston is gone and Cary is forced to try to get on with his life without him. But neither of them can forget the friendship they have for each other and the love they secretly have between them.
I liked this book. My heart broke for Preston when he was attacked. I understood his anxiety about wanting to hide away from others, but I also wanted to shake some sense into him too. In his mind he’s done the right thing by disappearing from his loved ones, but in reality he’s just isolated himself more. Thankfully, his friend, Tabitha, is able to help him heal and begin to realize he needs to bring his loved ones back into his life and not to hide himself away anymore.
I also liked Cary. I felt sorry for him when he couldn’t get to Preston in time and understood why he went on with his life…even though he never forgot or wished to be with Preston. I also enjoyed how they reunited and was glad to see how everything worked out in the end.
I do wish Cary and Preston had more time together in the book. I would have liked to have seen them really connect more than they did. The book moves very quickly and there is a mystery about who hurt Preston. I admit I was a little surprised who hurt him, but I thought the ending was a little rushed and ended up wishing some things wasn’t wrapped up so quickly. There were a lot of things left unsaid between them and some questions were left unanswered, but since I think this is the first book in the Winterfield series, I hope we will get to read more about this couple and see how they’re able to move onto the next step of their relationship.
This book is what I like to call a sweet romance…in other words; there are no sex scenes in this book. They share a kiss and that’s all of the sexual contact they have between them. Now, please don’t get me wrong…this is totally fine with me. Sometimes I want to read a strictly romantic book without all of the hot and heavy stuff, and I do think this story is a great choice if you’re not in the mood for a sweet and loving romance.
Eye of the Beholder is a sweet and thought provoking romance. I really liked these two men together and enjoyed watching them work through their fears to be together. I enjoyed it and I’m definitely hoping there will be more about these two characters in the next book of the series. Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi