Author: Jax Garren
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
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.
Approximately 110,000 words.
Stripped with the Vampire very much felt like the book it was in that it was the first in a new series. There was a lot of world building and explanation about the characters and how they had evolved over the centuries. Even with all the explanations I felt a little lost in the first couple of chapters, as though I was thrown in without all the detail I needed.
Charlie is a 300 year old vampire and doesn’t easily fit into the society he belongs to. He is old fashioned, shy and easily intimated and has a huge chip on his shoulder about being gay, something that is not readily accepted with other vampires. He is also seen as too human by his peers and is not someone they rely on for anything of importance.
Vince is a really fun character and makes no apology for who he is or how he lives his life. He has known Charlie for many years, first as a friend then later as a lover but for the past 5 years or so they have had no contact. When Charlie found out how Vince made his money, a fact that Vince hadn’t been honest about, he walked away from their relationship and never looked back.
Neither man has really moved on but Charlie is still very stuck in his ways.
When a job goes wrong and Vince ends up marked for sacrifice to an Aztec god he turns to Charlie for help. The implications are far reaching and could end up meaning the vampire society going to war. There are good vamps, ones with their souls intact, and then there are bad vamps who don’t care who they kill or what damage they inflict on society.
The story is consuming and sometimes quite complicated and I don’t think I would class it as a romance. There is in fact very little romance and even less sex, it is more a story of Charlie and Vince reaching a compromise whilst fighting for their lives. They are surrounded by some very colourful and interesting secondary characters who I imagine we will see more of as the series grows.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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