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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 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 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 newfound hungers—and possibly save his soul…


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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 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 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 newfound hungers—and possibly save his soul…

30 review for The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires

  1. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bark | Ladies Of Horror Fiction

    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 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 knowingly waste her time and money this way? You got me. While visiting the faery ring, the friend takes off for some vague reason and Portia decides to read aloud some incantations her friend conveniently left behind. She ends up summoning a virtue who bestows her with powers to control the weather. Portia then literally walks around with a cloud hanging over her head. And still she doesn't believe . . . I had the same trouble with this Katie MacAlister book that I had with the previous two I attempted to read. They are much more annoying than funny to me. The heroine is uptight, upright, and places herself in situations that make absolutely no sense to me considering her views on all things remotely "woo-woo" and unproven by science. The hero is an angelic creature (and it's a good thing too because I doubt any other guy could put up with Portia) who finds himself in harms way because of Portia's stubbornness to believe a word he says. I admit defeat, sigh. This book did me in. I gave up somewhere around page 196 after rereading the same paragraph a good 20 times. Overall? A decent if over-done premise but a terribly lame execution. The result? It bored the heck out of me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lady Mockingbird

    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 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 others in this series. This is definitely not the best of Katie's books. (Unlike the Aisling Grey series which works well) It is choppy, the sex scenes are repeats of ones she's used in the 5 books preceding this one, and they feel rushed. I think even Katie herself is bored with the Dark One's theme, and churned out this one without as much care as she usually puts into her stories. The book was a moderately enjoyable read, but not one I'll keep in my library.

  4. 4 out of 5

    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 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 ended up feeling like a huge flub. She walks out of an abyss into Theos arms and they get it on? WTF? I couldn't figure out where the hell they were getting it on at! I can't believe I finished this mess. I was hoping it would get better. The most annoying was Theo's reference to Portia and his 'sweetling'. I couldn't help but be reminded of The L.J. Smith Vampire Diaries Bomb where Elena is refered to as 'my little lovey love'.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bex

    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 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 Portia, who has no idea what happened or how to control them. Theo North shows up shortly and tries to convince Portia she needs him to be her Champion, cause she has seven trials to face to be confirmed and allowed into the Court of Divine Blood. He is a nephilim, the son of an fallen angel and a mortal, and he wants entry into the Court. If he helps her become a Virtue she can help him get a soul and gain access to the Court. Unknown to both they are caught up in plot by others who are trying to take over the Court. As they work their way through the trials many unexpected things occur, such as a trip to Abbaddon to face Bael, the ruler. It was humerous, and had a funny romance. If readers are looking for clever, witty, paranormal romances, then they need look no further than Katie MacAlister to begin their list. Portia's conversion from skeptic to believer is filled with laughs and highlighted by moments of profoundness. This is my least favourite Dark One novel yet, but it is still entertaining and the ones that came before this one are wonderful.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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 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 up with the word “sweetling.” There was nothing that excited me in this story, and very little that intrigued me. It was nice to gain more information about the Court of Divine but the inhabitants were so dreadful, that it killed any enjoyment I would have experienced. I hope that some of the information I learned is pertinent to the understanding of the next book in the series, or one after, otherwise this was a complete waste. On a more positive note, at least there was some ethnic diversity in this book; the main male character (Theo) is of Indian decent. I am happy to see some ethnic diversity in the characters and would appreciate more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This bordered on DNF...it 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 This bordered on DNF...it 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 control the weather. She spends the next 120 pages denying this and avoiding the one man - Theo, a nephilim - who can assist her. This is a romance, but it takes almost half the book until they kiss. By then, I was simply praying for an end to the torture that was this book. I really need to follow my rule - 'life is too short to waste on bad books' - and give these up when I realize I'm not getting anywhere, but hope springs eternal. In this case, the book was hopeless.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chayong

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zel Polev

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Urg This series was a bit forgettable to me. I know I liked some parts of it but I can't recall much of the later books. I hope this book is just a slump instead of a beginning of the end. This book is actually a bit of a hard read for me. I couldn't wait until the ending not because the pages just flew by but because I lost interest so long ago. The biggest problem I have with the book is the characters. The characters were just...I didn't really connect with them. I didn't care for them in the Urg This series was a bit forgettable to me. I know I liked some parts of it but I can't recall much of the later books. I hope this book is just a slump instead of a beginning of the end. This book is actually a bit of a hard read for me. I couldn't wait until the ending not because the pages just flew by but because I lost interest so long ago. The biggest problem I have with the book is the characters. The characters were just...I didn't really connect with them. I didn't care for them in the least. I thought they were a bit flat and I was just wondering how these characters can display such lack of charm. They just aren't interesting. I feel like they have negative charm, which is actually annoying. Portia didn't do me any favours by being the skeptic character. I think her schtick went on for too long and she didn't really have the personality or gravitas to carry a story. I expected bigger than life personalities to balance the absurdities in the author's novels and this one was just inexplicably charmless. The conversations are more or less the same but my failure to connect with the characters made me so disinterested in the story. To be fair, there is a story. I liked that there were trials that Portia had to finish. I thought that was a good foundation for a developing story. However, the sheer fact that I didn't care about Portia or Theo was what broke this book. I initially rated this book a two star but I'm downgrading it to one just because I found it to be annoying. My favourite part of the book was Portia asking her friend for help. There was still the case of the missing virtue and she had somebody on her side to help her investigate, a romance writer who was previously wrote in the mystery genre. The story revolves around Portia and Theo. She became a pawn in a fae's plan to take power. She was turned into a Virtue and was framed for the murder of the previous Virtue. Theo, who had been looking for an exculpation from a member of the court, honed in on her. However, she was a skeptic and thought the whole ordeal was merely a hallucination. However, the weird things won't stop happening. Unbeknownst to her, she was being tested before she was fully inducted. Some tests she passed and some she failed. She eventually comes around to the fact that the paranormal events were real. Before she does though, Theo loses his soul because of her stubborn realist attitude. Anyways, there is the last court intrigue. One of the fae was trying to induce a restructuring in the court. They prevented it though. Theo got his soul back and Portia became a virtue. Theo met the sovereign who was posing as a lowly member of the court.

  10. 5 out of 5

    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 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 it in order. I am tempted to go back and rebuy all the books so I can read them as they were written - but then I look over at my "to be read" pile and change my mind. Good books with humor and sex and a story that keeps you happy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    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 :-( 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 :-(

  12. 5 out of 5

    t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ aka Barbara

    Each book they are getting better..this is more like a 3.5 but rounded it up

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    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 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 have never read this book before. It wasn't a carbon copy of previous books in the series or of what you'd expect from the genre. It wasn't a book I may have read before and forgotten about. It was goofy, so I'm giving it three stars for marching to the beat of its own drum.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    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. 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Registered on Bookcrossing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5... 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. Registered on Bookcrossing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5... 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Spall

    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. 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Stinson

    Very nice. Great summer read. Now I need to go backwards and read the earlier ones!

  19. 5 out of 5

    SandraE

    Another crazy fun read from MacAlister.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Josephine

    It was ok, the heroine was pedantic, the hero was long suffering, the story was ironic.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    Katie MacAlister is the queen of funny paranormal romance. Her books always have me LOL and smiling.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Demei

    Not the best in the series but I still love the world of the Dark One’s so I’m sticking to the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    MISS A E ATHERLEY

    As always i loved this book cover to cover.. You can't go wrong with the dark ones entertaining you! As always i loved this book cover to cover.. You can't go wrong with the dark ones entertaining you!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Prescott

    Audiobook from library This series just gets better with each book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Randi T

    Enjoyed this book immensely.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Glenna Kachtik

    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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    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)[her p 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)[her plan would not have worked out because after the Joining Theo could not have survived without her. Of course she did not know that, but for the reader it is obvious and spoils the ending a bit. It just seemed like a hasty and unrealistic ending to me. But I did like the sovereign appearing in a later book, it is explained who/what it is and how everything fits together. (hide spoiler)] This time we have a human and a nephilim (something like a fallen angel). Well, at least at the beginning she is a human and he is a nephilim, that changes quickly. Portia is a physicist liking logic and reason, not believing in any otherwordly stuff. Her best friend Sarah is just the opposite, dreaming of being abducted by aliens and believing in the Otherworld. On a research trip, on which Portia accompanies Sarah, Portia accidentally gets involved with the Otherworld and suddenly finds herself with the power to control weather and is told to be a virtue. And as if that wasn't bad enough, she gets charged with murder of the former virtue Hope. To complicate things even more, she meets Theo right after getting her powers; well, meet might not be accurate because he tries to strangle her and kidnapps her. In Bring Out Your Dead we got to know a thing or two about hell and now we actually get to know more about what mortals call heaven and the system behind it. But beside Christian and Noelle having small roles, the story is different from those before. We have a non-believing human becoming a virtue and an old nephilim becoming a Dark One, but already having found his Beloved before being turned or even knowing what a Beloved is. Both know they belong together and they want to be together, they go through everything together as a team (well, after she nearly had a mental breakdown and he tried to kill her). Here my review for the whole series: Summary: easy to read, humorous, paranormal, kick-ass romance with lots of good sex. The basic ideas are the same in every book: Every single book is humorous, has an macho Dark One and a kick-ass Beloved. The Beloved is the only human(-like creature) in the whole world who can save the soul of the Dark One and end his pain, most Dark Ones never find their Beloved. The dynamic between the godlike male and the female is always hot and really funny to observe. In most books at least one of the two doesn't want the relationship or has issues, he mostly wants to dominate her but she doesn't like that and gives it to him straight. Eventually he is under her thumb and she realises it may not be as bad to have a male in her live. There is a crisis they have to overcome and bad boys that need to be kicked in the ass. Always the same basic ideas and always successful. Nonetheless, each story is unique and all books are different, therefore it doesn't get boring, quite the opposite. Of course the stories are (more than) a bit corny but the really hot sex makes up for it. The story is always interesting (and funny) and the magic system and magic world that is revealed a bit more with each book is really(!) fascinating. First, the Dark Ones (kind of vampire) are introduced together with the fact that there is magic and there are psychics like summoners, who interact with ghosts, or guardians, who make sure that nothing demonic makes itself at home in the human world. But there is a lot more to it and at the end of the official tenth book I was very pleased with the system and magic world (like the system of heaven, hell, god and devil; it's just great)! My only critique is that the background story that becomes apparent after a few books is kind of annoying because it takes a very long time and you still don't know anything. Normally a common thread is nice but this is just annoying. I hate not getting answers to events and questions that happened, right now there are ten official books and which each book (starting with the sixth) there are only more questions. The first books can be read as stand-alones but all the characters we meet appear again in later books and I would reccomend to read them in order. I know there are quite a few books in this series, but they are easy to read and e.g. for the second book I did not even need 6 hours to read it. read: (?, 07.03.15,) 11.08.15

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Setting – three week trip to England, Scotland, and Wales for paranormal/old magic… investigating pubs, castles, fairy rings, crypts, etc. and Court of Divine Blood (kinda like heaven). Theme – discovery, faith, love Characters – Portia Harding of Sacramento – researcher in Atomic Scale Technology – extremely logical. Lost her faith as a child – raised in a cult where punished if questioned the leaders or the religion… locked in a closet – and now is an extremely logical, concrete thinker. A loyal Setting – three week trip to England, Scotland, and Wales for paranormal/old magic… investigating pubs, castles, fairy rings, crypts, etc. and Court of Divine Blood (kinda like heaven). Theme – discovery, faith, love Characters – Portia Harding of Sacramento – researcher in Atomic Scale Technology – extremely logical. Lost her faith as a child – raised in a cult where punished if questioned the leaders or the religion… locked in a closet – and now is an extremely logical, concrete thinker. A loyal, good friend, she accompanies Sarah, an author who is researching paranormal, to help her ‘see’ the realities. Sarah – mystery / romance writer; exploring the paranormal in England and brought along her friend Portia. Though very different personalities, they are close friends – and she wants to believe in it all… She makes a bet with Portia (for ‘I told you so rights’) that she will find a phenomena that cannot be explained away with science. Hope – a virtue at the Court of Divine Blood with control of the weather. Milo – of the court, but wants more. In cahoots with Hope to manipulate things so as to demand a restructuring. Poses as husband of woman who likes occult, joining Sarah and Portia at séances & such, where he and Portia commiserate together – he administers the logic challenge, though Portia is not forwarned. Theo North – a nephilim (son of a fallen angel), immortal, seeking acceptance by the Court, which requires one of the virtues to ‘propose’ his name. He has been through most of the council, and hopes Hope will be the one to help him. Bael, first prince of Abaddon – demon lord Mythology: mixed up… The Court of Devine Blood, with its virtues and sovereign – from which all religions have been based on in some form. If a virtue passes it’s power to a mortal, the mortal must succeed at 5 of 7 challenges (logic, strength, defeat demon, purity, grace, etc). Abaddon is roughly hell, with demons and demon lords. Dark Ones and Beloved – Vampires and their lifemates. Portia is left at a fairy ring as Sarah goes back for the camera, and she chews on a blade of grass, and reads aloud the cantations Sarah has gathered, and out pops Hope. Hope assumes she had been summoned (or so we believe), tells Portia she is threatened, waves her hands over Portia assuming she is her trained replacement. Then disappears… and then Theo shows up, threatens Portia, tells her to run when he realizes she is mortal and the Hasmallim (court enforcers) are on their way. And hence begins the hilarious adventures of Portia, Theo, and Sarah as Portia gives in to her attraction to Theo, as Portia allows her logical mind encompass more (though any dimension has operation rules to be discovered), as Portia and her champion Theo deal with the challenges, as Theo becomes a vampire (cursed by Bael) & Portia his Beloved (the only one he can feed from) – which is part of Milo’s plan to overthrow the Court, as Portia and Theo use their wits to track down Hope (whom the court thinks is dead), who is in league with Milo. And love and persistence and sacrifice bring great rewards to them all.

  29. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    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 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) and there’s some witty dialog. Then add a little bit of conflict with mostly interchangeable bad guys, a few sex scenes, some self sacrifice, and poof! you have yourself a Dark Ones novel. I do enjoy Katie MacAlister. But only in small doses. If these books are taken on their own, and not read one after another, they might be better received. As I said, the most trouble I had with these books were how the same they were. However, I did find myself liking the first one, as well as one of the later books, which I had read after taking a long break from the series. Even though I knew the plot by heart, it was much easier to swallow because I hadn’t just been reading it the night before. I must also admit that I skipped through most of the “sexy” bits. Once you’ve read one moan-moan-groan-YAY scene, you’ve read ‘em all. And it wasn’t particularly detrimental to the reading. Although I know they talked a bit during their fun times, they usually re-capped what they had said not long after they were done. I do like Katie MacAlister’s style, however, when it comes to some of the witty comebacks she provides. Although not everything is a zinger, there was enough laughs and giggles I this book to make up for anything found lacking from the duds. Conclusion: 3 stars, and recommended only if you can take each installment in small doses.

  30. 4 out of 5

    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 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 could be explained considering different theories. Portia also goes on about proving things- anybody whose does any science knows that you can't actually prove anything you can only disprove (technically gravity is an unproven theory- but I'd happily get on a plane that relys on that theory) you develop a theory and then gather evidence to support your theory. Then other scientists will test your theory and try to disprove it or gather more evidence and the theory will adapt. Nobody with Portia's close mindedness and inflexibly to consider any other explanations could ever make it in the scientific community. What frustrated me the most was not that Portia wouldn't consider the supernatural an explanation but that she didn't even consider more than one scientific explanation for what was going on- she saw something she didn't like and explained it away she should have been interested and excited with this new phenomenon and tried to find out more about it rather than dismissing it! Seriously if I had my own personal rain cloud I would be fascinated about what could have caused it but portia just decides to ignore anything that doesn't fit with her world view regardless of the evidence. Sorry rant over.

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