Kindle Reader ★★★★
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Story had a fascinating blend of romance, mystery, and art. Look forward to see what happens next. Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2024 It all began when the beauty interviewed for the photography assistant position. Instant chemistry and attraction are there from the moment the two meet. Juliette Burns had an addiction to life-changing experiences and the next one would surely come in the shape of Saxon Payne. Juliette is naturally drawn to the stunning views of photography and the strong pull towards Saxon. Soon, the attraction explodes in a fiery sexual union. An intense whirlwind romance ensues. Juliette couldn’t have been happier. There was a shining light in her. But with light comes darkness and the secrets that have been hidden in the dark soon rise to the surface. The words were eloquent and artful. At times, the read was a little long and slow, but, otherwise, this was generally enjoyable. Story had a fascinating blend of romance, mystery, and art. The best scene that I did not see coming was at the very end. Look forward to see what happens next.

Peggy ★★★★★
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This was on a completely different level and a level you don't want to miss out on! Out of my normal read but good grief it was well worth it!

Lucy Appadoo ★★★★
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I enjoyed this romance between Juliette and Saxon, with the diversity of characters in the photographic and elitist world. Who would have known about the mystery of Juliette's backstory and trauma, and the real connection between the two lovers; Saxon and Juliette. The characters are authentic and grounded, and work well between their public world where she works for Saxon and in their private, intimate world where they fall in love. I wasn't expecting the ending of the story, and would have preferred Juliette's story to be resolved. I'm not a great fan of cliffhangers, but nonetheless, it was a pleasant and entertaining read.

djforjesus ★★★★

So many romances have similar premises, but I hadn't read one quite like this before. I enjoyed it! I did have trouble with the head-hopping at times. The author should have considered breaking up the perspectives into sections instead of just going from one to another. That's why I have it 4 stars instead of 5. Otherwise, solid read!

Literary Titan ★★★★

Eyes of the Beholder by Swinn Daniels marks the captivating start of the Dark Photography Folio series. Juliette Burns secures an exceptional opportunity as the first assistant to the renowned Saxon Payne, a true master in photography. As their professional relationship blossoms, so does their romantic involvement. Juliette’s childhood memories are shrouded in mystery before age eight until hypnotic recollections unveil her mother’s association with the Enlightened Path, a cult. Her belief in her mother’s demise shatters when an unexpected encounter brings her face to face with her. Swinn Daniels exhibits a writing style that effortlessly draws readers in. He skillfully immerses us in the world of photography without inundating us with technical jargon. While photography serves as a backdrop, the narrative encompasses a broader scope. The characters are well-defined, making it easy to distinguish between them as the story progresses. Amidst the dialogues, there are moments of valuable information exchange that prove beneficial to both the characters and the readers. I would have liked these instances to have been integrated in smaller increments or seamlessly woven into the narrative fabric to be even more effective. Although the story provides a delightful slice of life, a stronger element of tension to invest in the characters’ journeys would have elevated the engagement. The story concludes with a gripping cliffhanger, which is a treat for readers who relish the anticipation of forthcoming series developments. Swinn Daniels adeptly upholds a consistently engaging narrative pace. While there is the limited presence of significant conflict, paired with the characters’ relatively unhindered progression, this aspect only slightly inhibits complete immersion. The writing flows effortlessly in The Eyes of the Beholder and welcomes readers, holding promise for substantial growth and evolution in the upcoming installments.

Donna ★★★★★
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This was a great read, and I did not see that ending coming! Daniels has a way with words and brings a lot of humor into a very sexy story. The relationship between Juliette and Saxon is so touching as it blossoms and then heats up. There is a very real connection between the characters and it made me wish I could hang out with them in real life- especially Maxine. I have rarely experienced such intriguing backstories for characters in a romance novel, with a fascinating mystery unfolding throughout. Looking forward to the next one!!!

Tony Parsons ★★★
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Juliette Burns (27, daughter) was waiting in line with the others to test for the 1st. asst. fashion photography job at Saxon Studios. 500 had applied. Tony (Saxon Studios mgr.) would administer the final testing. Juliette Burns (27, daughter) introduced herself to Saxon Payne (Saxon Studios, famous photographer). Later, when Juliette was hired Saxon invited her to dinner & introduce her to Hervé Gallant (French, Luxaire et Fils president). The Romanov Tiara was being displayed in a photograph setting. Grace, Alderwood College of the Arts. Tony took Juliette to the Javier Vallmora (Spanish photographer) presentation. Saxon & 5 other asst. were attending also. Grace Banks (Daizu ad agency creative director) took Saxon’s portfolio & was admiring his photography. She critiqued them & handed him her business card. Prep room. Saxon & the others started to develop/form the Daizu. There were 15 smaller 16” x 20” prints. Later, what were Jack Burns (father, world famous photographer) & Saxon discussing? Ra Chi Chi restaurant/bar. Why did Juliette & Cassie meet with Maxine (hypnotist)? I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing free books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. Warning: This book contains descriptive accounts of adult content expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader. If you are especially sensitive to this type of material, it is strongly advised not to read any further. An awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very professionally written romance book. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge description list of unique characters, settings, facts etc. to keep track of. This could also make another great romantic movie, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued. I’m not real sure I got the whole story content, so I m going to only rate it at 3/5 stars.

Eyes of the Beholder

Book 1 of the Dark Photography Folio

Juliette Burns lands the job of a lifetime as first assistant to one of the best photographers in the world, the infamous Saxon Payne. Things heat up and Juliette thinks she’s found the man of her dreams, a lover whose skills and empathy are matched only by his drive and talent. But Juliette has a secret, one that could destroy their relationship, unless she solves the mystery of what happened to her as a child – when her mother kidnapped her into the Enlightened Path, a cult whose five hundred members all mysteriously disappeared on the same day - the day she can never remember. Eyes of the Beholder takes the reader to the world behind the lens, where fantasy and reality intertwine in a searing read you will find impossible to put down.

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