The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires (Dark Ones Series #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 newfound hungers -- and possibly save his soul.
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Overview

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 newfound hungers -- and possibly save his soul.
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Katie Macalister returns to the land of the Dark Ones in this sixth installment in her bestselling vampire series, which is, once again, funny, sexy, and more than a little zany. Macalister takes her lead character, the very pragmatic physicist Portia Harding, and shakes her to the core.

Portia is so rational she can explain quarks and particle reactions to anyone; she even thinks that love is merely a chemical reaction. So when Portia accompanies her friend Sarah on a paranormal tour of Britain, she is more than ready to scoff. However, investigating a fairy ring, Portia inadvertently summons up sparkly little lights and Hope, an agitated, paranoid woman. She is a "virtue," desperate to pass her gift on to Portia -- the gift to control weather. Accompanied by a small personal cloud, Portia then meets a handsome maniac trying to kidnap her: Theondre North, a nephilim, the son of an angel. When Portia destroys a demon's body by mistake and talks back to a demon lord, the demon retaliates, taking Theo's soul and turning him into a vampire. How Portia falls for Theo, fights the demon lord, passes seven trials of faith, and acquires the mother of all hickeys is the heart of this very funny book. Ginger Curwen
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"MacAlister's fast-paced romp is a delight with all its quirky twists and turns, which even include a murder mystery." —-Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451220851
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Series: Dark Ones Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 501,283
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author


Katie MacAlister is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous romance novels, including the Aisling Grey series, the Nobles series, and the Dark Ones novels.

Karen White has been narrating and directing audiobooks for more than a dozen years and has well over one hundred books to her credit. Honored to be included among AudioFile's Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration and direction.

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Interviews & Essays

Heart to Heart Interview with Katie MacAlister Heart to Heart: We love The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires, the sixth (and not the last) in your bestselling vampire books. It's a lot of fun to watch the very pragmatic physicist, Portia, have her skepticism shaken so thoroughly! Katie MacAlister: I loved writing Portia. I put much of myself into her (I studied astrophysics at the University of Washington when I was a fresh young thing, I'm very skeptical, and I see beauty in science), so it was great fun putting her into situations where she tried like the dickens to explain things by what she thought of as "rational" terms, but which just didn't mesh with this new, unexplainable world she found herself in. Portia was also a product of a recent podcast I've been enjoying, that of the New England Skeptical Society. I loved the thought of taking someone whose roots were firmly grounded in skepticism and plunking her down in situations where everything she valued went out the window. Like me, Portia turned out to have a soft, romantic, squidgy center, so of course she fell for the one man who defied everything she knew. I was also amused by the way Portia continued to make order out of her world once she accepted the fact that it wasn't what she'd known her whole life. She gave me a chance to explore the importance of faith in her life -- not a religious faith, but more the ability to accept that, sometimes, there are things which just aren't going to be easily explained…like falling in love with someone who at first glance seems totally wrong for you. H2H: Do you think of these books as a series or books that are loosely connected in various ways? KM: The Dark Ones books are pretty much a loosely connected series -- some characters overlap, but for the most part, each book shows you a snapshot in two people's lives when they met and fell in love (and usually battled demons, demon lords, and assorted other nasties). With these books, it's not so important that people read them in order as it would be in the Aisling Grey books, in which the same protagonists tell a story over a series of novels. The books are connected together, however. They are set in the same part of the Otherworld and use the same Dark Ones lore. But I'm trying to bring fresh new elements into the stories, rather just retelling the same story using nothing but the Moravian lore. That's how the Court of Divine Blood came about: I knew there had to be a counterpart to Abaddon, and I thought it would be interesting to see what it would take to get a Dark One -- someone one thinks of with more hellish than heavenly roots -- into its fold. H2H: And -- we have to ask -- how do you account for your heroines' inability to resist the Dark Ones? KM: All my heroines have one thing in common with me -- they are born romantics. Some may hide it better than others (like Portia), but deep down, they know when they have found the man of their dreams. When you give that man a dark past, a desperate need for the heroine, and, usually, a stubborn nature that is just far too much fun to overcome, it's no surprise they fall for them. I know if a dark, sexy man showed up on my doorstep and told me that I was literally his reason for existence, I'd have a hard time closing the door in his face. My husband wouldn't have any problem doing that, but we weren't discussing him… H2H: What scene was the most fun to write? KM: Oh, boy, there were so many fun scenes to write in that book, it's difficult to pinpoint one. I hate to admit how sadistic I am toward my characters, but I think the scene where Portia hailed on the mare while struggling to control her jealousy and anger really showed a lot of her character. But I have to say that for all-out snickering to myself, the scene where she lands in a pile of discarded oyster shells was the most satisfying, because it allowed her character a growth moment -- while covered in horrible muck and bird poop. And how many of us could manage to experience personal growth while covered in that sort of hideous guck? H2H: We know you are amazingly productive. What books are you working on now, and what books will be published shortly? KM: I'm just about to start writing another Dark Ones book, ironically enough. I'm still mulling over story line ideas now, but I think I will be introducing a new element with the yet-untitled seventh vampire book. I just finished Holy Smokes, the fourth Aisling Grey book, and had more fun writing that than should be legal. I really love writing about the dragons, and had especial fun with Holy Smokes because things are shaken up a bit by the end of the book. Aisling, Jim, and all the dragons will be back this November [2007], when Holy Smokes is published. Sometime at the beginning of next year, Ghost of a Chance, the first book in my new paranormal mystery series, will be hitting shelves. The mysteries will also be set in the same Otherworld as the rest of the paranormals but will focus on a part I've yet to discuss much: the poltergeist society, and the Akashic League, which governs all things ghostly. The two main protagonists in that book are Adam Dirgesinger (a poltergeist who also happens to be a U.S. marshal) and Karma Marx, who is a Trans-Anomaly Exterminator…which basically means ghost buster. The mysteries have some crossover types of characters from the romances but will pretty much inhabit their little corner of the Otherworld.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    Question

    Just a question.. it says this is the sixth book in a series. I was wondering what the first five were, in order? I'm very interested in reading them all.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a wild zany romantic fantasy

    Facts, nothing but the facts, are how physicist Portia Harding sees the world. Logic can apply to anything and those items that fail to be validated in a consistent reliable manner simply mean some facts remain unknown.----------------- When Portia visits a so-called English magical site, she assumes superstition or con artists worked their trade to bilk the locals. However, she soon learns that there are some odd things in the universe that do not fit the Harding concept of reality when she skeptically chants, which summons the virtue Hope from the Court of Divine Blood. Seeing an opportunity to save herself from a deadly threat, Hope transfers her ability to control weather onto Portia before vanishing into seemingly thin air without further explanation. Portia, using logic, assumes it must be something she ate causing hallucinations especially with the cloud over her head and when her next visitor claims to be something called a nephilim, the son of an angel Theondre North. He tells her he will protect her while he needs her to change his fate. However, she stands accused of murdering a virtue and his fate leaves her neck exposed to a bite or two unless she becomes illogically in love.----------------- This is a wild zany romantic fantasy that will have the audience wondering what next will happen to the female Mr. Spock. The fast-paced story line never slows down as one incident follows another destroying Portia¿s logical thought process that she clings to in hopes of waking up except when Theo kisses her. Paranormal romance readers will enjoy this madcap tale of the logical physicist who finds love with THE LAST OF THE RED HOT VAMPIRES.-------------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    Cute

    Its a cute book. Not my favorite in the Dark Ones series but the Dark One in this book makes you want to keep reading to see how he and his Beloved will fair in the end.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    ok but...

    ok but not her best i could not get in to it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2009

    The Last Of The Red Hot Vampires

    Katie Macalister is a great writer I highly recommend you read the whole dark ones series it is worth the read very romantic story good plots and Vampires how can you go wrong.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Not too bad

    This book took a few starts. She definitely has better stuff out there. This author is very uneven in her books. Some are great, some are decent and others are impossible to even get through the first page. The good ones, though, are definitely worth getting. I recommend taking a few minutes to skim through and find the ones that appeal to you. She isn't the kind of author that guarantees a great read. You have to choose the book with care.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2007

    Not one of her best

    I've read all of the Dark One Series, and this is by far the worst in the line. It had too many plots, too many people and a half finished story. I love Macalister's Aisling Grey series and hope her next book isn't a dissapointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    not what I thought it would be, but still good

    This was a good book, but if you get it just because its about vampires you might be disapointed. All in all, I liked it.

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