The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires (Dark Ones, #5)
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The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires (Dark Ones #5)

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On a trip to England, physicist Portia Harding is stalked by a heart-stoppingly handsome maniac.Theondre North is a nephilim-the son of a fallen angel-who needs Portia's help to change his fate. Problem is, Portia's down-to-earth attitude frustrates beings from both heavenly and hellish realms-and gets Theo turned into a vampire. But at least he has Portia to satisfy his n...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 414 pages
Published October 17th 2007 by Wheeler Publishing (first published January 1st 2007)
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Lady Mockingbird
Mar 24, 2008 Lady Mockingbird rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance (pulp) Readers
Recommended to Lady by: No one
I've been reading Katie MacAlister for a while now. And I have to say that I'm getting tired of the "Moravian Dark One" finding a Beloved and going through the seven stages of joining theme. It felt, while reading this book, like deja-vu. There were entire chapters that made me stop and squint, thinking I'd already read this book before. Which mean's Katie's found a formula lots of readers like, and is sticking to it so closely that this book is practically indistinguishable from any of the othe...more
Barks & Bites
I tried to read this for my real life book meeting. It's a by the numbers paranormal romance with stereotypical characters. You have the disbelieving physicist heroine who annoyingly questions everything, the daffy best friend who doesn't question anything, and the gorgeous hero who is an angel/vampire/other assorted paranormal creature.

Portia, an uptight physicist takes a trip with her best friend to visit faery rings, attend seances and go ghost hunting. Why, might you ask would a skeptic know...more
Jen
Wow, this was terrible. And not in a so-bad-but-fun way. If I never read the word "sweetling" in written conversation again I'll be a happy woman. I mean, I didn't get into the book with high expectations, I just wanted a bit of a piece of fluff, but this was so ridiculous that it wasn't even entertaining. The characters were all one-dimensional and flat, the romantic leads fell in love with no provocation or build-up, and the plot was too rushed and yet somehow also boring.
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Portia Harding is a physicist, with a logical, down to earth mentality. As a matter of fact she is downright stubborn when it comes to the paranormal. It doesn't exist and their is no such thing as magic. Unfortunately for Portia her friend,Sarah has no such problem believing in magic or the paranormal. They travel to Scotland and find a fairy ring where Portia reads one of the summoning rituals Sarah has downloaded from the internet. Presto- Chango a virtue arrives and transfers her powers to P...more
Stacie
This was horrible. Out of all the books in this MacAlister series this has to be the worst! Aside from the extremely annoying heroine, the chemistry between Portia and Theo was pathetic. The sex scenes were lacking the intense love connection all the other books had! There were so many new terms created for this book it was so easy to get frustrated and lost. The writer should have made a vocabulary index. This had to have been rushed. Spoiler Alert: The ending was written to be intense but ende...more
Jennifer
I have not been reading these books in order which really makes me crazy. But I like the MacAlister books so much I have been reading anything I can get my hands on regardless of order. Yikes - It was hard to say that out loud. You know how it is though - you go through a dry spell and then you find an author you like so you start to grab at all their books and read them kind of frantically to chase away the "I am bored with all books" feelings.

I like the Dark one's series and wish I had read i...more
Sarita
OK - Now I need a shelf that reads - Unfinished -
I couldn't finish this book.????
I really enjoyed her Aisling Grey series so I picked up this one to give it a try and.... uh no. I just couldn't deal with this female character.

To all the members in this group who have read Katie McAlister, let me know if you've read this book and had different feelings.

I'm hoping maybe my timing was just off.
Sara :-(
Dana
It took Portia until page 119 to believe in the “Otherworld” and its inhabitants. It was frustrating and unpleasant having to read about her denial for so long. I did not like it at all…in fact I hated it. It gave me a headache and was a completely awful experience that I wish to never experience again. Portia gradually got better as she accepted the fact that the events occurring were real; she was still frustrating though. Overall, I didn’t care for any of the characters that much, and I’m fed...more
Claire
I'm a sciencey person and Portia just really frustrated me, she was written as what the author obviously considers the typical 'scientist/physicist' and I actually found her view of scientists insulting to be honest. Portia is so close-minded it's ridiculous- she seems to make up random theories of how to explain whats going on and then stick to those theories no matter how much the situation changes, that's not what scientists do! We look at whats happened, investigate and then think how it cou...more
Kate
Physicist Portia Harding’s life is grounded in facts. There’s nothing that can’t be explained by logic and science. Until she travels with her best friend to England—and accidentally summons an ethereal Virtue who bequeaths her gift of weather control to Portia…

Now Portia’s walking around with a literal cloud over her head—and a heartstoppingly handsome maniac trying to kidnap her. But Theondre North is no run-of-the-mill maniac. He’s a nephilim—the son of a fallen angel—who needs Portia’s help...more
Jenifer
Portia Harding is a skeptic who accidentally summons a virtue who grants her the gift of weather control, Theo North is a nephilim, son of a fallen angel, who needs Portia to help him change his fate. When Portia's skepticism accidentally gets Theo turned into a Dark One, he turns to Portia to save his soul.

The story sounded really interesting, but there was almost nothing I really liked about Portia. She seemed like such a one dimensional character and the fact that she was such a skeptic and...more
Artemisa
For some reason I wasn't in a mood to read any of my other books. I wanted something sexy, but not set in the Regency or some medieval like society. I wanted something in the present.
I was a bit let down by the last book, it was a bit too more of the same for me, but I think that enough time has passed that made me want to return to this familiar grounds, but this book manages to be diferent without straying from the same formula.


At the begining of the book I was wishing for the Dark One to appe...more
Marishka Valentine
The fifth book in the “Dark Ones” series, “The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires” was an expected read and quick to get through. As it is sadly coming to pass, with each successive book in this series the plot has gotten more and more cloned from previous books. Each book could be summarized as: we are introduced to the female protagonist (Portia Harding in this case) and possibly a best female friend(s). Something (usually magical) happens, and we are then introduced to the love interest (Theo North...more
Pamela
This is my first Katie McAlister book, though my best friend has been trying to get me to read her stuff for ages. As far as paranormal romances go, it wasn't bad. The basic storyline (about the otherworld of angels, graces, and nephilim) was really fascinating, and I'd love to see more stories set in (and focusing more on) this world. The main character was an interesting change from the usual romance heroine; she's a physicist, and it was fun to see a completely pragmatic, logical person strug...more
Kathy
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Jennyfurann
This book was ok. Started promising, but I didn't really like the follow through. She could have made this into a series so easily. More backstory for the Characters and the world they find themselves in would have been nice.

I also felt like the book wrapped up really quickly and sometimes I had a hard time following the situation all the way through (like how things got resolved). It was a little jumpy.

It read really really quick, I was done in less than a day. If you like vampire novels and...more
Estephy Figueroa
I was disappointed in this book. The main character is not at all likeable so I just couldn't get into the book. Then the plot had so much going on and so many other characters were introduced that I felt it was chaotic. The author tried to introduce an entire new mythology in a short amount of time and it just didn't work for me.
Diana
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Jennifer
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Gardavson
Meh. This book really had little to do with the Dark Ones, IMO. Theo doesn't start out as a Dark One, is cursed into being one, but once a Dark One, even that wasn't the focus of the book. It was more of a side issue. The book doesn't belong in the Dark One's series. It wasn't a bad book, it was ok, it just wasn't what I signed up for, if you know what I mean.

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 w...more
Anita
I'm glad to be done with the Dark Ones series by Katie MacAlister. Her writing is formulatic and just doesn't do it for me. I know that Katie MacAlister has a devoted following, but I don't really get it. After reading this entire series back to back, I think I could vomit if I have to read one more hokey soul mate reference.

This book is rather convoluted, but the basic plot has the herione, a physicist, fall in love with a nelphalim (half angel/half human) who is later cursed to become a Dark O...more
Jenny Delandro
I like my paranormal romance with a humour

The story is rich and full and although the heroine, Portia, is a bit stiff at first, but she is startling when she finally gets going.

Theo is a quiet kind of hero - trying to steer this woman into the course of least distruction.....
he has limited success...

HEA is after she sends all the bad guys to hell with her as well and then Theo rescues her with the sovereigns help and he won't tell her who the sovereign is... and the fun begins

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reread in 1...more
Barbara ★
Portia believes in nothing paranormal and debunks everything beyond the point of annoyance. Her and her friend visit one paranormal site after another - page after page - and Portia never lets up. I kept saying to myself, "get to the damn point already." And finally around page 100, it gets semi-interesting though I still had to force myself to continue reading.

All in all I found this book irritating and not worth the read. Portia is one of the most irritating heroines and Theo may be gorgeous b...more
Dynila
I remember this as being better than the cheesy title and cover art implied it would be, but not good enough to pursue the remainder of the series.
Katy Moore
While I pretty much love anything Katie writes, I liked how this story was a little different than usual. It's really hard to explain without giving too much away, but not only was the situation quite different from the usual setting, but the Dark One himself was different. I will admit that this book didn't make me laugh as much as some of the others, but it did make up for it with interesting details and strange happenings. I would highly recommend this book, and once again, I even know men wh...more
Deirdre
The main character, Portia Harding, uses science as an excuse not to accept things that aren't normal and is quite argumentative. Actually she comes across as being quite like a lot of my scientist friends. She's not quite a sympathetic character and when she's given some magical powers and bumps into a quite hot vampire things are never going to be quite the same.

It's the kind of book that works if you put your brain in park but has serious issues if you start thinking about things. As a light...more
Caitlyn
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Amy
This was probably one of my favorites in the series so far. I do wish I liked the series more as a whole, though. I was wondering how they were going to work the whole "Dark One" concept into the story, up until about halfway through. It was a new twist to see the hero turned in the middle of the book, instead of suffering for centuries while waiting for a Beloved. I loved Theo and that he wasn't all dark and depressing, the way many of the Dark Ones are. Portia was okay, but I skipped so many p...more
Khalia Hades
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...more
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