This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Last True Vampire starts a new series based on vampires and dhampyries. While the story line had a few twists, this did seem to drag in spots and have you smacking your head at what drives people to do what is clearly not in their best interest. The heat is wild, but doesn’t make up for some of the holes I found in the plot.
Michael Aristov is the last of the true vampires. Long ago, the vampires were almost eliminated, except Michael survived. Unable to turn the dhampyri any longer, he must continue to look for his soul mate to tether his soul back to him and make him stronger. He has lost all hope that he will find his mate, thus giving up hope for his race of people until one night when he meets a woman in a nightclub and promptly loses her in the crowd. Now Michael will do anything to find her before the slayers locate her and they lose all hope.
Claire Thompson is surviving day by day. A youth riddled with little hope, she turns to grifting only as a last resort to pay the bills. During the day she waits tables at a diner located in the not so good section of town. When she pick pockets a man at a nightclub, she is irritably drawn to him, but runs knowing she has to get away if she wants the watch she has lifted. Unable to sell the watch, she wants to located the one man she is drawn to find.
The big problem? Well Claire is clearly a human and Michael a vampire. And the two should never meet. Throw in slayers determined to end the vampire race and even some covens of dhampyri that don’t want to be turned and you have an interesting story that leaves you wondering who can really be trusted.
Now here’s my biggest issue and why I had to put it down a few times before I finished it. The heroine is basically an idiot. Sorry. I can’t say I would take the news that there are vampires really well, but that isn’t what hangs her up so much. She just can’t believe they are fated. Now she is attacked by the big bad evil and Michael saves her. She sees what they are capable, that they know who she is and *gasp* where she works and lives. So when Michael takes her off and yeah, I’ll get to his problems late, does something stupid, she runs. But right back to where she lives and works. *smacks head against wall* She doesn’t think the big bad guys aren’t going to come after her again? Michael can’t find her and at times won’t go find her. So I just wanted to throw my hands up and point the direction to them all.
Now, good ole Michael is a chauvinist pig. So he knows she is human and won’t survive as long as he does, so he puts her to sleep while he tries to figure it all out. Days and days he just puts her to sleep until she reveals what she really is and overcomes sleep. I just wanted to kick him in the nuts over this. The best practices is to shove her by the side until you figure it out? Nope, that doesn’t fly in my book.
So all around, I didn’t like these characters. They were asking for everything they got and then some with their actions. If someone attacks you and basically they know where you live and work….and you don’t want to stay with the love of your live…MOVE!
There are sub plots with Michael’s second in command and a coven leader. This seems to be an upcoming thread to get played out.
Overall, I just was pretty bored with the story. Seems like a vampire troupe that has been done a few times along with the one female that you think is smart, but really isn’t thinking and a caveman who thumps his chest. Maybe it’s the first book in a series issue. Hopefully the next one fixes a few issues that brought this experience down for me.