Emily does a great job of getting you interested in the story right off. From the start of Chapter 2, she takes you to a completely different scenario. It is, literally, a slingshot!
The main setting for Charmeine is modern day. Emily uses current and past events to help set up the story. In chapter 4, I was sitting in a limo, enjoying the conversation between Shane and Tab. Not literally, but the story was that visual and consuming.
The character believability factor is very high. At points in the story, you forget Tab is an immortal. Charmeine: One hot female who is vulnerable with an invincible side you really do not want to mess with. Shane and Dmitri, even though they are supporting characters become essential to the storyline shortly after they are introduced. Shane is pretty much your best friend.
Conflict: Internal / External. Emily does a very good job of separating and then combining the two. Each character has morals and real life, emotional, struggles. The external part? One, main, source is calling the shots. With a serious pain in the ass to Charmeine / Tab / Shane thrown in.
What I really loved about the book? The overall story. The way Emily kept me off guard by switching up without any warning. Honestly, I think Shane is my favorite character. With the setting in actual places and true events, every moment became more real. When I was reading it, I was so into the story I jumped when my phone went off. No joke here! The way Emily showed how light and darkness exist in each person.
What didn’t I really like? You know I have to give the low points. At times, Emily dragged the story out by being a little too descriptive. Especially in some of the interactions between Charmeine and Tab. I am talking about some physical descriptions that are repeated. Technical: Not being able to go right to a specific chapter from main page / side navigation.
Overall Recommendation: Definitely read this one! Charmeine is a combination of romance / suspense / historical and fantasy. High believability factors combined with excellent character development and a “not knowing what to expect next” factor. The way Emily ends part 1 will leave you saying “What the hell??? I need to find out what happens!”
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)