Monday, August 25, 2008
The Last of the Red Hot Vampires
So this weekend I finished book 5 of the Dark Ones series - Last of the Red Hot Vampires, by Katie MacAlister. As you can see from the cover - it looks like one of the many cheap and cheesy romances; the actual book might have been only a few grades above.
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 is walking around with a literal cloud over her head, and a heart stoppingly handsome maniac trying to kidnap her. But Theo North is no run-of-the-mill lunatic. He's a nephilim - the son of an 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.
I have no clue why the title of the book is "The Last of the Red Hot Vampires" it really didn't make much sense to me. Theo wasn't even borne a vampire, he was cursed into one about 1/3-1/2 way through the story.
I had a hard time getting though the book. It took me about 3 days to read through it. Yes, it is unique, but it was also quite boring to me for a while - a lot of stuff is going on too. While Katie MacAlister's Dark One's books are definitely paranormal romance, I would still want them to be higher quality then the Harlequen trash that's out there. The books aren't as trashy, but they are incredibly sappy.
If you are looking for another book where there is a sexy guy, a chick with problems, some adventure then they fall madly in love with each other - so much so they will die without each other, then here's the book for you.
Book 6 - Zen and the Art of Vampires comes out Dec 2008.