6 Oct 2013

WW4BB & FFBC Presents: A Spotlight & Review on Florid Eyes by Nicky English

Posted by Amanda Masters on 12:09:00 am


FLORID EYES 


"Get ready to be sucked into this suspenseful treasure hunt with a drop of love."

No one has ever questioned Violet Lancaster’s ability to change the world. As a brainy and self-righteous PhD student at the prestigious Georgetown University, Violet is determined to make a name for herself in Washington, D.C., by working hard to pay her dues, but her moral system is turned upside down when she runs into a man in distress on a lonesome night. 

Josh Levinson was born into an elite Philadelphia family in the year 1776, when the thirteen colonies declared independence from Britain. Together they break every human and supernatural law to hunt down a mystical Native American bow and arrow in hopes to liberate an entire species and to keep it from the evil tyrants from the Far East.

Florid Eyes takes you on an intricate adventure intertwined with an epic romance. 



My Review


Florid Eyes: A Novel by Nicky English
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this book! it was full of action and intrigue but I have to say reading in the third person kind of threw me off of the story a bit. I really wanted to connect with the characters and I didn't feel like I did as much as if it wasn't written that way. However I really enjoyed the story line and I really enjoyed the characters.

Violet is taking her nightly jog when she meets the most interesting man, they share conversation and then she doesn't expect to see him again. However they run into each other time and time again and Violet becomes more and more curious to who Josh really is, not only that but she feels something for him even though they have only known each other for a couple of days.

Josh is a vampire and his old and ancient family are vampires as well and out to take him out before he can find the ancient cure for their race. He never expected that when he met Voilet that he would ever see the stubborn and beautiful woman again. Josh feels this undeniable pull toward her but knows it can never be as he is a monster and just being around her is a danger.

All that is thrown out the window when he takes her home and vampires are awaiting them. Now the two of them on the road together running toward and hopeful future. Can they get to the CURE before his grandfather and his people? and Can he continue to deny the growing feelings between himself and Violet?

Nicky English is a amazing storyteller and I really enjoyed the story. The characters were intriguing and quite complex and the bad guys surprise you over and over.

A great read for all the Vampire lovers out there. TBR it Today!

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Excerpt


 Violet Lancaster likes to run at night. She enjoys the sound of the wind blowing through her dark chestnut hair when she runs on the lonesome streets in Georgetown. Her ponytail swishes with every step as she jogs on Key Bridge over Potomac River, connecting the upscale D.C.  neighbourhood and Rosslyn, Virginia. She feels liberated when there’s no one in sight, as if all six lanes that hundreds, if not thousands, of the country’s most influential figures drive along every day have been cleared for her. Occasionally she stops to overlook the water and the towering Washington Monument from afar. As a third-year government PhD student of arguably one of the most prestigious schools in the most cutthroat and political city in the United States, sometimes serenity is what she needs to keep her sanity. Tonight is no different. Violet rests on the bridge and stretches her toned body. Her bangs stick to her forehead and her sweat drips down her angular face as she stares at the water, trying hard not to worry about her work due in three days. She feels a sense of coldness creeping in from her back. She turns around to nothing.  She slowly jogs her way back to her overpriced apartment just outside the Georgetown University campus. When she approaches that infamous long flight of steps where The Exorcist was filmed, she hears a sob. It’s past two in the morning. If it were in New York City, where she’s from, people might just walk away at the fastest pace possible, but not her. How can she make a difference to the world and be a role model for future generations if she doesn’t even have the guts to check out some potential crime in the making? She presses 9-1-1 on her phone and keeps her thumb close to the call button just in case. She slowly walks up the stairs and addresses a man sitting on the fifth step from the top.  “Sir, are you okay?” She keeps a safe distance.“Oh, I’m okay. Thank you. I’m fine.” The man lifts his head.  He tries to avoid her eyes, but she manages to have a good look at him. Even from five feet away under poor lighting, she can tell he has nice features. He looks slightly older than her with his stubble but has a boyish look. The streetlight has cast a yellow hue to his tousled, dark blond hair. It didn’t take long for her to notice those sapphire eyes under his bold brows.  “I heard some noise and wanna make sure everything’s all right.” “I got mugged by a man outside a bar, but I fought him off. He’s gone now. I’m just resting. Don’t worry.” The man in distress wipes the dirt off his high cheeks.“Oh my! Is that blood on your shirt? Are you hurt? I should call the cops.” “Oh, that’s not mine. I punched the clown and broke his nose. I really am all right, ma’am.” He gets up and checks the blood stains. Standing seven steps above her, she can still tell the man is at least six feel tall. She isn’t exactly a petite woman, but the way he stands and his elongated shadow make him look even taller than his real height. He takes his bow to walk away, but Violet follows him. “Do you need to go to the hospital?” she asks.“Really, I’m not hurt. I’ll just go home. I live close by.” He squeezes out a smile and walks away.“You shouldn't be walking. Do you even have cash on you? If you need cab money, I can give you a ten here, but that’s all I have. Is that enough?”“Madam, I have my money with me, see?”  He shows her a billfold. In the meantime, she’s almost blinded by the beams of a taxi. “I appreciate your help, but I’m okay. You should be concerned with your own safety at this ungodly hour. Please just go home.” He hails the cab and pushes Violet into the vehicle.  He pulls out a hundred and hands it to the driver. “Make sure this lady gets home safe. Good-bye, ma’am.” “What about the money? How do I pay you back? What’s your name?”  That’s all she can utter while still comprehending what’s going on. “I’m Josh. Keep it until we meet again.” As the cab takes off, the perplexed Violet turns around, but Josh has vanished without a trace.

About Nicky English

Nicky English is a journalist, an educator, a podcaster, a couch potato, a dreamer, and a child at heart. Learning is her passion, so is the English language, which she believes is the tool to unlock the door of knowledge. Born in Hong Kong, she received intensive writing training at The University of Iowa, where she double-majored in journalism and political science. Apart from the Hawkeye State, she’s lived in Chicago and Philadelphia. When she was a guest student at Georgetown University, she fell in love with Washington, D.C. She also has a Master of Arts in Communication. A little side note—she cannot imagine a world without her Mac and iDevices. Like many crazy ones, she hopes to change the world one day at a time. 



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