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A Dark Ones Novel - 05: Last of the Red-hot Vampires Mass Market Paperback – 7 Jun 2007
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Frenzied fun. (Best Reviews)A laugh riot...invigorating and steamy. (ARomanceReview.com)
While traveling through England with her best friend, physicist Portia Harding, accidentally summoning an ethereal virtue who gives her the gift of weather control, is stalked by Theondre North, the gorgeous son of an angel, who needs her help in changing his fate.See all Product description
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New Portia is walking around with a literal cloud over her head and a heart-stoppingly handsome maniac trying to kidnap her. But Theondre North is no run-of-the-mill lunatic. He's a nephilim - the son of an angel - whoneeds Portia's help to change his fate. Problem is, Portia's down-to-earth attitude frustrates being from both heavenly and hellish realms, and gets Theo turned into a vampire. But at least he has Portia to satisfy his newfound hunger ... and possibly save his soul. "
Even though I found this book very entertaining and amusing, I was very close to giving it 4 stars. And the reason is ....
The first 4 books in Katie MacAlister's Paranormals (A Girl's Guide To Vampires", "Sex and the Single Vampire", "Sex, Lies, And Vampires", "Even Vampires Get The Blues") are absolutely fantastic and actually about vampires. But this one, nothing of the sort....
But again .... the story is very interesting, amusing and engaging. Most of the characters are supernatural beings, there is quite a lot of "traveling" between worlds and of course there is romance.
If you are a type of a reader that pays immense attention to every detail concerning, for example, the historical parts of the story or any other descriptive flaws of the surroundings/characters etc., than I would definitely advise you to stay away. This books is just pure fun and light entertainment. So fans of paranormal mysteries/romance, and of course fans of Katie, go ahead and buy this book and enjoy it :)
Our heroine is both very intelligent and very dense - intelligent in book-knowledge, dense in her initial inability to face up to the fact that some strange supernatural things are going on around her which cannot be explained rationally. Fortunately by a third of the way through the book she has accepted that she's right in the middle of some strange stuff and instead gets involved in her Trials, seven tasks she has to complete to prove that she is worthy to be a 'virtue', something that was passed on to her without her knowledge. However her trials have now become more complicated as she is now responsible for the fact that the hero in the story, Theo, a Nephilim (surely the singular is a Nephil?) has had his soul removed and is now a vampire; Portia thinks she may be able to help Theo to get his soul back so this is the cause of another quest.
Although a love story (supposedly) it felt more like a lust story with the main attraction of Theo to Portia being his looks although he apparently likes her for her character, which was appealing once she got over her inability to accept the supernatural events which were plaguing her, although she also foolishly jumps into things and ignores others' warnings which isn't particularly endearing. The reader doesn't really get to see them fall in love, they just suddenly find themselves there and pretty thoroughly in love too. Some of the conversation between hero and heroine was toe-curlingly cheesy, particularly from this English reader's point of view although it might be more bearable to American readers.
The setting in England is enjoyable although the author makes some rather basic mistakes (she suggests we use kilometres rather than miles for road distance measurements, she has a local character named Milo, for example) but she writes with evident affection about some of the more unusual west-country people and places. Although there was a fair amount of plot in this story the subsidiary characters weren't particularly fleshed out and we didn't really get to understand what made these people tick. There was lots of explanation of events and of the supernatural world but little true depth in the characters who were carrying us through the story.
And the misleading title? The Vampirism that afflicts Theo is a minimal part of the story, he's not described as 'red hot' and indeed doesn't really behave in that way, and he's not the last of vampires as far as we know, we learn little about vampires at all in this story. For those who were attracted to 'Vampire' in the title this story may be a disappointment, being more about the supernatural and completing a quest, but for those who want a light read this book serves reasonably.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book, [...] © Helen Hancox 2007
The book was less about vampire and more about a wierd, heaven but not heaven court, made up of many unlikable and shady characters. It was a bit difficult to keep things straight. The writing, as usual for MacAlister, was entertaining. Perhaps if I'd picked it up as a book written to stand on its own rather than part of a series, I might have liked it better. I simply was expecting one thing and got something quite different.
Portia Harding sits in a fairy circle and does an incantation, prompted by a friend, to prove that there's nothing to this supernatural lark. And boy is she wrong. Now she finds herself embroiled in supernatural politics and being very attracted to a vampire.
He's not really all that much of a vampire and sometimes the story felt a lot forced but it's not a bad book to spend some time with.
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