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Friday, July 17, 2015

review: Stripped with the Vampire by Jax Garren

“Love will find a way against time itself.” - Sylvia Day, Catching Caroline

Stripped with the Vampire
the night Vincent Ceasar Pagano is hired to dance by Tzitzi at Tooth and Nail, a goth club, all hell breaks loose. led by a mysterious masked man, members of the Liberi Pestorum Cruenta (Children of the Blood Plague) almost drain him of precious blood. Tzitzi's plan to sacrifice him to the Aztec god Xipe Totec is also thwarted when Vince manages to escape. bleeding and broken in body and spirit, Vince runs to the only one he knows who could help him - Charles Travert, his ex-boyfriend and an 18th-century vampire.
from the get go, i knew this was a different kind of m/m romance with its supernatural elements, interesting characters and strange myths thrown in. the writing was well-executed and grounded on research and the worldbuilding was unique.
for a first male/male paranormal romance novel, author Jax Garren impressed me with the attention to detail and creativity she lavished on this book. her take on her immortals is fresh and original.
my only "sore" spot (as with any kind of romance novel i get to read lately) is the endless rationalizing lovers throw at themselves whether they are good for each other or not. it is all right to know about the whys and why nots at the beginning or at some point but when it gets repeated a lot throughout the book, i find it too cumbersome. in this case, it made me want to scream at Vince and Charles to "either just stop already or get on with it! time's a wasting!"
nevertheless, i like this first book of the Austin Immortals. the vampires and the humans with their strong points and imperfections are unforgettable. it is great to know and note that some of them will have their own stories coming out this 2015 and 2016. it would be interesting to read those books as well.

*Stripped with the Vampire is available at  Amazon. for more information about Jax Garren and her work, please visit her website at www.jaxgarren.com

my personal rating is:
Stripped with the Vampire contains material not suitable for younger readers 17 and under. 




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Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy for review via NetGalley. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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