Sep 232013
Review: CharmingCharming (Pax Arcana #1) by Elliott James
Published by Orbit on Sept 24, 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

John Charming isn’t your average Prince…

He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn’t change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar… Right?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Commence fangirling in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

Awesomely terrific. This book had everything I love in an adult paranormal story. A hot main character who is snarky and sarcastic and oh so amusing. Lots of action. A lusty attraction that manages to stay clean, even while being very passionate. Did I mention the snarky sarcasm?

This story set up an incredibly detailed, and believable, backstory about why paranormal creatures can be around in the modern world without being detected. The Pax Arcana is a detailed set of rules and magic that makes most humans unaware of the paranormal. It’s believable in both a fantasy setting, and in real life.

I don’t normally enjoy werewolf stories (I know, I know, the horror), but this absolutely made me change my mind. John Charming is such a mix of werewolf and knight and sheer sarcasm, that it’s impossible not to love him. I can’t even express the ways I adore him.

Overall, it may be a tad obvious that I loved this story. It was so amusing, told in the first person view of an incredible main character. I’m sad I finished the story because it was just released, and there isn’t a date for the next one. I guess I will have to satisfy myself with the available short stories from the Pax Arcana world until the next full length book comes out.

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