4 Stars for Stripped with the Vampire (Austin Immortals #1) by Jax Garren #MM #Paranormal @JCGarren


Title: Stripped with the Vampire (Austin Immortals #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Jax Garren (Valkyrie Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 11, 2015 – 353 pgs


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.

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This is old-fashioned, violent vampire lore, where fangs are sexiest when they’re part of sex, where an Underworld-esque world exists in artsy paradise Austin (Sunnydale, anyone?). This book is action-packed. Its plot and ferocity never stop. It’s a breathless, dangerous journey. I was riveted. The mythology of Old and New World clash together nicely.
Mortal stripper Vince and vampire Charlie are decent heroes. They deal with romance and loyalty with maturity, but they don’t delve deep into the existential. The world is as it is, which is vibrant and alive.
My one complaint is that the story revolves around a seedy goth club and a stripper. It’s fine for characterization, of course, but for plot, it seems like just torching the place would be satisfactory. But the from Dusk Till Dawn/Anne Rice vibe is persistent, and vampire fans will be pleased.
C.E. Case


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Jax Garren is the author of hot, urban paranormal romance like the Austin Immortals and the Tales of the Underlight. Though descended from Valkyries and Vikings (she’s part Swedish), Jax was raised a small town girl in the Texas Hill Country. She graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in English and a minor in Latin then found her own Happily Ever After with a handsome engineer who is saving the world through clean energy technology. Jax can be found at jaxgarren.com, at facebook.com/JaxGarren or on Twitter as @JCGarren. She loves meeting new people, so online or in person, make sure to give her a Viking “Hail!” adventure, and love.


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