Review – Stoned in Charm City by Kelly A. Harmon (#bookreview, #review)

Stoned in Charm City (Charm City Darkness, #1)Stoned in Charm City by Kelly A. Harmon

My rating: 5 of 5 gargoyles

What a rolicking good time this book ended up being. It wasn’t a classic romance, more along the lines of an urban fantasy, though there were definitely erotica moments (mmm, Jak) and a potential romance (Greg) for heroine Assumpta (love the name)..

There was much to enjoy about this book. I loved the “minions” as Assumpta comes to call the demons that attach themselves to Greg and her. There was a great hunt for not just one, but two holy relics in and around the church she attends. I really liked the fact that Assumpta wasn’t just a Catholic by her name/parentage, but in how she thought and processed the world. It wasn’t an add-on for the character, she lived and breathed her beliefs. Yes, she has issues with the Church (most Catholics do) and that’s what made her such an incredibly believable character for me.

Greg was fun too, though we never really get inside his head. It was interesting to watch him move from atheistic skeptic scientist to a believer in God (in general). The battle to get Greg baptized was fantastic with the demons trying their best to stop the process.

Lest the above threaten to drive you off, this is ‘not’ a preachy book. Yes, there is religion woven in and you can’t take that out without losing some of the best aspects of this book. This IS a battle against the devil and his minions, good vs. evil. Ms. Harmon never shies away from that fact or tries to play down the angel/demon/good/bad aspects.

So to recap – love the book. It’s got great action and true mortal consequences. I liked the ending and how it leads into the next book (which I will eagerly devour when it becomes available). Greg, Assumpta, Father Tom, and Jak were all great characters. Definitely worth your time if you like paranormal stories. 5 gargoyles all the way!

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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