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The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires

(Dark Ones #5)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  5,576 ratings  ·  164 reviews
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 ki
Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Feb 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Lady Mockingbird
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, e-books
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
Mar 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
This bordered on was so boring. I really wanted to like it. I liked the Aisling Grey series by this same author and my only compliant was that the plots seem so similar after a while. Nevertheless, there was plenty of humor and fun. If you're looking for that, find another book. The plot was so slow and the action was so stilted that I was hard pressed to get through more than a few pages at a time. Portia is a scientist on vacation when she becomes inadvertently a "virtue" that can con ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I think this would have been a higher score if I savored the book instead of speed reading through it. I wasn’t able to pick up the funny parts that way, which was the point of reading it. It’s just that the humor isn’t the same as in the Aisling Grey series, which I super love.
Zel Polev
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Oct 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
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 :-(
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ aka Barbara
Each book they are getting better..this is more like a 3.5 but rounded it up
This book was ridiculous. I don't know if the author was being funny or threw together some crazy stuff, but it was pretty weird. It was also kind of dated. The vampire part didn't kick in until later, but when it did, it was about vampires. All in all, this was a dorky book to admit to reading. I tried to explain the plot to my friend, and it was really hilariously bizarre to summarize. That being said, it was funny and entertaining and a light read. And I can say with 100% certainty that I hav ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was infuriating and I'm still not clear on a few details that happened in the end. I stopped trying to understand certain details, and just decided to finish the book.

I felt Portia's skepticism went on for waaaaay too long. Her denial became absurd and annoying. I enjoyed the trials but it really just fell flat to me. The beginning almost took too long and the end felt rushed and very unclear. Just a bit of a mess overall.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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My Review: The first three of the books in this series were fabulous, but the last one I read and this one are just okay. It's kind of the same story each time. I don't know about you, but I like a bit of variety. I have the next two, but they might be the last ones I read in this series. Life is too short to read boring books.
Jodi Spall
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The book started out with the female lead yet again making stupid decisions. But I'm glad I continued reading as it improved. This series is still nowhere near a favourite for this genre, but it's worth a read.
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire, faery, angels, series
I liked this addition to the Dark Ones series. It is a little different, in that our hero is not a vampire at the beginning of the story, made it a little more interesting. Our heroine is a physicist, which also makes for some interesting twists.
Bonnie Stinson
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-ones
Very nice. Great summer read. Now I need to go backwards and read the earlier ones!
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Another crazy fun read from MacAlister.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was ok, the heroine was pedantic, the hero was long suffering, the story was ironic.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Katie MacAlister is the queen of funny paranormal romance. Her books always have me LOL and smiling.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Not the best in the series but I still love the world of the Dark One’s so I’m sticking to the series.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always i loved this book cover to cover.. You can't go wrong with the dark ones entertaining you!
Jennifer Prescott
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook from library

This series just gets better with each book!
Randi T
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book immensely.
Glenna Kachtik
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Theo was great, Portia just drove me batty with her pigheadeness. In the end, she saved the day. It was a bit drawn out.... could have ended much sooner.
Nix Buttons
The first time I read this book I liked it okay. But it just didn't feel like a part of this book series. When I first read it, it seemed to belong to another book series or none at all. That was confusing and therefore irritating. But beside this feeling of not fitting in the book is really good and I liked it. When I read it again knowing it is a bit different actually liked it a lot. The only thing that was not to my liking and therefore cost it one star was the fact that (view spoiler) ...more
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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
Gnome Claire *Wishes she was as cool as Gnome Ann*
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
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For as long as she can remember, Katie MacAlister has loved reading. Growing up in a family where a weekly visit to the library was a given, Katie spent much of her time with her nose buried in a book. Despite her love for novels, she didn't think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. Since her editor refused to allow her to include either witty dialo ...more

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