Sunday, May 17, 2015

Review: Stripped with the Vampire ( Austin Immortals #1 ) by Jax Garren

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In a world of dark spells and blood ties where no one is safe, love is the most powerful magic of all. 

Shy vampire Charlie never intended to see Vince again after the bad boy human broke his heart. But when Vince turns up beaten and marked for sacrifice to an Aztec God, Charlie will do anything keep him safe. 

Vince has never forgiven himself for the lie that ended things with Charlie. The spark between them is as hot as ever, and Vince would risk body and soul to make it a fire again. But as they hide deeper in Austin’s supernatural society—a world of lies, dark magic, and warring immortals—he finds the path to reconciliation more twisted than he’s ever imagined.


Urban Fantasy


The reason I picked this up was because I read Jax Garren's Tales of the Underlight before and was surprised to see her PNR M/M in Netgalley. A paranormal M/M, how can I pass it up.

Vince, 24, a human, work as a stripper. Woot woot! During one of his gig, he stumble upon a Aztec cult and he was the intended human sacrifice. *gasp* After being attacked by vampires and crazy cult members, Vince decided to seek help from his ex-boyfriend, Charlie.

Charlie, the three century year old vamp prefer his privacy and minding his own business. He was never one to put himself under the vamp politics scrutiny. Charlie is very much a closet gay due to the fact that being a gay in the vampire world was frowned upon. 

Actually I like the whole reason and conflict between Vince and Charlie. Vince is a wild young man and love strutting his package around on stage. While Charlie is very old school and reserve. Charlie felt that he can't give Vince the freedom and unable to accept that Vince so blatantly flirts with everyone. Vince was still hurt by the way Charlie broke up with him without giving him a chance to explain himself. But now that they are force to being together again, all the old feelings resurface again. 

I've decided that this book is more of an urban fantasy than paranormal romance. There were simply too much attention paid to the conflict between the vampires and the Aztec cult. Charlie is not even the alpha vampire in the conflict. Instead, we have Cash, the other vampire who is the ass kicker. There are a bunch of other colorful secondary characters, but I ended up skimming most of their action.

For me, the reason I read M/M is for the sex and this book felt short. I only got one and a half sex scene. I need less talking and more sex for a M/M to work for me. I need more lust, more mentioned of cock to sate my pervy mind. The ending was pretty cute though. It left a smile on my face despite the lack of sex between these two cutie.

I only recommended this for those who prefer M/M with urban fantasy plot and only medium heat involve.

Rating 3/5