Survival Instinct by Janie Crouch

Charming by Elliott James

Synopsis: 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?


Review: I really enjoyed this book. The world building was fantastic and I loved the spin on classic fantasy and not so fantasy creatures (Knights Templar, Vampires, Valkyries, Prince Charming etc.) the new developments were both interesting and logical. The diverse and colorful cast of characters was interesting and each own had their own unique talent and story, which represented how different people deal with what they cannot explain. John was charming, pun intended, he was a great narrative with a wry sense of humor. The plot moved at a great pace and there was a lot of action, character development, and world building included in what felt like a jam packed story.
 
The only thing I did not enjoy quite as much was the love triangle. It felt somewhat unnecessary to the story except as a roadblock to Sig/John's relationship as a whole and I found myself becoming bored during those portions of the story. There were also some interesting threads left untied at the end that will, if there is a sequel, lead to some additional and interesting character developments. Overall a great start to a new urban fantasy series.
 
Rating: 4/5 Diamonds

Reviewed by: Jennifer