Rekindled love, Vampires and Aztec Gods. A review for Stripped with the Vampire by Jax Garren

Stripped with the Vampire Book Cover Stripped with the Vampire
Austin Immortals
Jax Garren
Paranormal Romance
Valkyrie Books
March 11, 2015
353
Netgalley

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.

 

I do so love me some vampires. Combined with a theme of lost lovers finding each other again and a paranormal adventure, yeah sign me up. For this story though, it didn’t quite work out. An over the top theme with Aztec Gods, I can work with. Holes in the plot, wooden writing and too-stupid-too-live characters, didn’t make a good story for me.

The story is straight up as the blurb tells it, but it gets a lot deeper. Secret vampire societies, romance, action & adventure and various characters that carry the story. It’s a bit like Veronica Mars meets True Blood. The plot in itself is not so bad. The slow, rekindling, romance between Vince and Charlie works.

What didn’t work for me were the multiple plot holes. Events that were first 6 months that were later a year. Evil baddies that were supposed to be caught, but just vanished off page – multiple times – only to reappear later. There were more bits like that. However, especially the part with villain conveniently getting away again and again got old real fast.

Despite that I liked the romance between Vince and Charlie and how we got to know Charlie and his background. Vince is an okay character too. A free spirit with a strong personality. Together both characters are very sweet.

This is just one of those books that I wanted to like, but didn’t work for me.

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