I must have been on a reading roll this weekend because I finished my May TBR List winner before I finally settled into sleep Sunday night. Charming is the first in the Pax Arcana series by Elliott James featuring John Charming, an ex-knight, former dragon slayer and witch hunter, in hiding. He's made a quiet life for himself in a small town, working as a bartender in a pub. All that changes when a blonde, followed by a vampire, walk in the door.
Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a book they are reading or thinking about reading soon. It is also where I share my first impressions about the book I am sharing.
Once upon a time, she smelled wrong. Well, no, that's not exactly true. She smelled clean, like fresh snow and air after a lightning storm and something hard to identify, something like sex and butter pecan ice cream. Honestly, I think she was the best thing I'd ever smelled. I was inferring "wrongness" from the fact that she wasn't entirely human.
I later found out that her name was Sig.
Sig stood there in the doorway of the bar with the wind behind her, and there was something both earthy and unearthly about her. Standing at least six feet tall in running shoes, she had shoulders as broad as a professional swimmer's, sinewy arms, and well-rounded hips that were curvy and compact. All in all, she was as buxom, blonde and blue-eyed, clear-skinned as any woman who had ever posed for a Swedish tourism ad.
And I wanted her out of the bar, fast.
Every Tuesday, Jenn from Books And A Beat hosts Teaser Tuesdays at which time participants grab their current read, open to a random page, and share two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page while avoiding any spoilers.
Teaser from 38% of Charming:
"That's pretty ironic," I said. He was close enough now that I had his scent despite the incense. I chose my words carefully. "Coming from a naga."
"I don't think so," he said, and from the pool behind him a twelve-foot wave gathered up and came crashing toward me.
and at 49%:What do you think? Would you keep reading?
Sig busted the right door open with her shoulder like a linebacker and swiveled her SIG Sauer around the swinging edge, then saw three dead bodies and stopped. She gave me an eyebrow that said Really?
I knew going in this would be a high action urban fantasy novel, and it kicks off right away. John seems to know how to find trouble--or else it finds him.
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