Clare London: Blinded By Our Eyes

Et me try to make some sense of the notes that I took a long while agoThe first thing that I remember is how I enjoyed the writing style It wasn t the first book I ve read by Ms London and I had the same experience then with the short story Upwardly Mobile Her writing is evocative and beautiful the cadence of the first sentences sucked me in effortlessly This is how the book opens The sound of a man crying was the first shock Deep racking sobs echoing off the smooth walls of my showroom The whole gallery was usually deserted and cool at this late hour despite the urban truth that London never slept Yet tonight something in the air resonated with tension And huddled in the far corner was a slender pale young man Arms clenched around his drawn up nees his eyes hot and wet staring at me through a fringe of bedraggled dark curls He looked angry and scared and for the first few seconds it was all directed at meAnd this first paragraph not only grabbed my attention because of the wonderful language in addition it already foreshadows the suspense that was going to Toffees night noises keep me invested in this story as well Because Blinded By Our Eyes is foremost a murder mystery and the romance takes place in the backseat so to speak Gallery owner Charles is trying to figure out whoilled one of his most promising artists in his gallery and because the story is told in first person from his point of view solely we don t Flawed (The Butcher, know who to trust or not along with him This adds to the suspense especially when he meets Anthony to whom he feels attracted Because as far as henows Anthony could be the iller This rather intriguing but simple premise worked very well for me Although despite of the presence of the murder mystery Blinded By Our Eyes is not really a plot driven but a character driven story and everything takes place in just a few settings mainly the art gallery and Anthony s atelier The backdrop of the mystery is revealed by bits and pieces of conversation and a nice cast of secondary characters eeps you guessing about the murderer until nearly the end The only small complaint I have is that the romance between Charles and Anthony played second fiddle because I loved Charles and Anthony s explosive chemistry Their HEA came a bit unexpected and too uickBut overall I loved this well paced character driven and beautifully written mystery that had some hot romance added to the mix Favorite uote He stepped back but swayed toward me at the same time as if his body were confused between what it should and what it wanted to do His eyes Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins kept flickering over my mouth his tongue darted out and licked at his own like he was still tasting me I had to do that I had to He grunted What is this I want to touch you so fucking badly So much Can you believe it The whole three stars are given to the mystery part Because the motive for the murder was pretty sinister and dark and a bit psychological The romance well nobody tell me that this will be a mystery heavy book so I will say that the romance is pretty non existent Or if there is between Charles and Antony I don t buy it Oh there is sex but sex is not romance The circumstance when Charles and Antony meet and what follows is not strong enough for me to care about them or even to be called a relationship Antony doesn t even show up until 13 of the bookMost of the time I feel like an outside audience watching this mystery unfolds without particularly caring about the players inside. Dsome sculptor with unsavory ties to Paolo Charles is unsettled by Antony's forceful nature but irresistibly attracted to his passion and his artWhen the evidence points toward Antony's guilt Charles is thrown into emotional turmoil Has he lost his heart to aille.

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I needed something for traveling and I thought an audiobook would be just the thing but I can t believe I m gonna say this but for the first time I didn t like the narration Blinded by Your Eyes is of a weak rushed murder mystery and sex scenes didn t make it a hot romance I have to say the protagonist is a bit of a boob Maybe the problem was the author Clare Londo i was debating between two and three stars and went with two because honestly i didn t like it very much the MC was fairly b Well executed mystery a pleasure to see London hitting her stride in this demanding genre Jaime s ReviewI ve always been a fan of Ms London s writing Blinded by Our Eyes is no exception I loved this book for so many reasons Mostly because I ve been reading London for so long been enjoying her books for so long I could not have anticipated the immens Clare s writing is a perfect blend of plot and romance DNF 33%I always considered Sean Crisden a good narrator He s always does what a good narrator should do speaks clearly hits the emotional notes and allows the story to come through He doesn t necessarily add anything to the material not for me anyway but he didn t detract from it either Until now I couldn t believe this was him It was painful y all And speeding it up didn t helpAnd the story was not what I was hoping it d be I really enjoyed Ms London s contributions to the Petit Morts series and have been looking for something else by her to read This is just a rambling mess barely worth the mystery elements and from reviews by others there s not much of a romance element either 35 starsI m pretty impressed that the author could take a classic mystery with a few obvious clich s but craft the story in such a way that the clich s work pretty well and the mystery is interesting adept and clever It s not perfect and the ending especially didn t work for me as it felt like the lone mistake in a good story but the villain and reasoning behind the murder is emotional and fascinating For readers looking for a solid murder mystery and can look beyond a few awkward contrivances definitely think about picking this up Art dealer Charles arrives at his gallery after a trip to find an artist dead in a bloody pool and Charles ex lover devastated at the scene The gruesome murder of a promising artist preys on Charles mind as does the subtle accusation from the police that Charles ex lover Joseph may be a suspect When Charles starts to realize that Paolo a talented artist Charles adored may have been completely different Charles starts to uestion his own assumptions Now suddenly seeing behavior comments and subtly that he s always ignored Charles starts to wonder if he s been blind to everything He s now worried that his own ignorance could result in Paolo s murderer being someone Charles even nows The murder mystery aspect is the central aspect of the plot and it s well crafted for most of the story Although the set up may feel rather clich d and typical innocent civilian gets caught up in a murder that they decide to solve on their own here the story does a commendable job in offering complex reasons for Charles involvement He starts to wonder who illed Paolo mostly due to his slow realization that he s been blinded to a lot of things around him Realizing that Paolo may not have been the Pages From Bee Journal kind gentle artist he thought henew Charles uestions his thoughts about his employees and friends This is an interesting take. London art dealer Charles Garrett has devoted his life to appreciating and acuiring beauty both in art and in his companions His fashionable life is rocked to the core when he discovers the body of a young artist Paolo Valero in a pool of blood in his galleryAs Pao.

And helps carry the story for why Charles is digging into Paolo s death Yes he s trying to figure out who did it but he s so trying to figure out if he s right or wrong in reading people This helps Stones of Witness keeps the ultimate culprit a mystery and the tension high as the reader follows Charles first person point of view You learn uickly that Charles is not a reliable narrator since he views the world through his own bias Once realizing this Charles is scared uncertain and determined to figure out the truth He wants tonow if he s really been so blind for so long or is someone fooling him The cast is well characterized and given good depth Charles comes across as an interesting mix of innocence na vet and ambivalence He is the impetus for a lot of his own issues which he slowly comes to realize Buffeted with his almost rose colored glasses he s ignored reality and coming to grips with that harshness changes him The romance between Antony and Charles is rushed although there is dynamic chemistry Their scenes together are explosive on many levels and show some of the best use of subtly description and conversation Charles wild ideas towards Antony cause a lot of passion and emotion both good and bad These scenes are especially nice to give tension and fear as Charles realizes he can t simply accuse random people of his wild assumptions Their instant passion is easy to believe although Antony s later actions feel scripted and less authentic I didn t believe their easy resolution but as that s not the focus I could ignore that honestly The great descriptive prose gives the book an interesting appeal It has a languid writing yet the pace feels uick and interesting It never slows down or gets boring and the ending is clever and explosive The final culprit offers a brilliant explanation of the emotional physical and psychological reasons for the murder and the entire scene is fraught with tension and drama The only downside to this is what I felt to be a totally clich contrivance I don t want to give too many spoilers and I don t consider this a huge one but skip over if you don t want to read it the villain confesses all This didn t make much sense with the complex personality afforded the culprit Either they re an emotional wreck or a cunning genius and really they are portrayed as both yet their final actions didn t support this fully I found it to be an easy way to wrap up the mystery and frankly that contrivance is annoying in murder mysteries Yet this is definitely reader dependant and some may not mind I enjoyed reading the story despite this Overall I enjoyed reading Blinded by Our Eyes for the great cast and compelling mystery It s not perfect but the charm of the main characters translates very well and the story sucks you in The small details carefully worded dialogue and incorporation of art crafts a great backdrop to a classic tale with a fresh spin Although the final ending bugged me I still recommend this to readers if you re looking for a solid and interesting story 2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention 5 from at least 1 judge Genre Keywords MM Contemporary Murder mystery ArtRating 45 out of 5 starsHeat level 2 out of 3 flamesWhy I read it I received a review copy from the publisher through NetgalleyI ve read Blinded By Our Eyes before I went on vacation and almost forgot to write a review about it That would be a shame because this excellent short novel deserves to get some attention So Lo's mentor Charles is haunted by the horror of his violent death Seeking closure he investigates Paolo's past and soon discovers a tangled web of motives and potential suspects some closer to home than he ever imagined He's drawn to Antony Walker an aggressive han.

Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives loves and writes A lone brave female in a frenetic testosterone fuelled family home she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant She’s written in many genres and across many settings with award winning novels and short stories published both online and in print She says she likes variety in her writing while f