The Last True Vampire (Last True Vampire #1)
by Kate Baxter
As Michael’s eyes lit on a female not twenty feet away, he knew without a doubt that it was her blood that called to him and her scent that had awakened him. This female had tethered his soul and returned it to him.
He is the last of his race. The one true king of the vampires. Michael Aristov roams the nightclubs of L.A. after dark, haunted by his past and driven by his hunger. The last of the Ancient Ones, he alone has survived the destruction of his race at the hands of the slayers. Now he is forced to hunt and feed like a common vampire, a creature of lust. Nothing in this world can fulfill his needs…until he meets a woman who’s everything he’s ever wanted. And more.
Her name is Claire Thompson. Her blood is so sweet, so intoxicating—the smell alone draws Michael to her like a moth to the flame. Sly, sexy, and seductive, Claire seems to be the only mortal who can satisfy his craving and seal his fate…forever. Can she be trusted? From their very first kiss, the last true vampire sweeps Claire into a world in which darkness rules desire—and where falling in love is the greatest danger of all…
I have been dying to get my hands on The Last True Vampire for months now so, of course, I was super excited to be able to sit down over the weekend and read it. Unfortunately after all that build up I was more than a little disappointed that I didn't end up loving it as much as I had hoped I would. Maybe it was all of the anticipation and expectations but there were so many things that just didn't work for me.
So let's start with the hero, Mikhail, because most of my issues with this book began with him. Mikhail has been existing but not exactly living since the demise of his race at the hands of the Sortiari. He's the last true vampire and the only one left that can turn dhampirs (vampire kin) into vampires and rebuild his race, unfortunately without his mate, Mikhail isn't strong enough to turn them which is where my main issue with him comes in... Here's this race that depends on him yet he rarely feeds, making them all completely miserable, and doesn't even attempt to search for his mate to help the dhampirs become vampires. I guess I was just expecting a more capable king rather than a miserable emo vamp.
Next we have our heroine, Claire, who I loved at certain parts and loathed at others. She starts off a street smart hustler and turns into a TSTL heroine that is so contradictory to the way she was in the beginning of the book. I totally give her props for leaving Mikhail at the first chance she got but she let her misery go on for way too long in my opinion. Luckily, when push came to shove she showed her strength in the end and I was happy with how everything worked out.
I loved the action and suspense, especially when Mikhail stopped being all woe is me and started kicking some Sortiari ass. And I really loved when Mikhail let his true feelings for Claire show towards the end but I wish the romance throughout the rest of the book was a little stronger. I guess I never really felt the connection between Claire and Mikhail that I was expecting between a fated couple.
Which brings me to my absolute favorite part of this book... The sexy times. I'm not sure what that says about me but the sex scenes definitely made this book for me. While I never really felt the love between Claire and Mikhail you could cut the sexual tension with a knife... And when they came together? Explosive! When it comes to vampires, the more biting and blood sucking the better in my opinion, and Kate Baxter did not disappoint in that regard.
I wish I could say that The Last True Vampire was everything I was hoping it would be, and I guess certain parts of it were, but in the end this was just an okay read for me. Quite honestly I'm not sure if I'll read the next book in this series, especially after the few parts of this one that were in Ronan's POV, but I might give it a go to see if he can redeem his character in my eyes.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of The Last True Vampire in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.