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…
That. Was. AWESOME!!! Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to begin. I have read a lot of vampire books over the years and I have never encountered the twist that Baxter brings to the Last True Vampire series. Mikhail (sorry, just like Claire I cannot call him Michael either) is the last of his kind – an Ancient One, a true vampire – and as such, he is the king of the vampires. His “subjects” are the dhampir, beings born of a vampire mating or vampire/human coupling and are still in possession of their souls; while they are neither human nor vampire they are the only beings capable of being turned into a vampire. The cost of a dhampir becoming a vampire is that their soul is lost to them, until they find their mate.
THAT was the twist I was so intrigued by – that when the vampire finds his mate, his soul returns to him as it is tethered to his mate’s soul. When Mikhail encounters Claire it is true that her blood calls to him, but it is the power that surges into him when her soul tethers his soul to him that really gets his attention. And it is that moment while he is stunned that Claire makes her escape – not because she fears Mikhail (she actually has no idea of what he is), but she fears the way he makes her feel. Because of her rather dismal upbringing, Claire is used to taking care of herself and as much as I disliked that she in essence raised herself, it made her strength and independence believable. That Baxter kept Claire’s character consistent in the face of the trials and upheavals she endured throughout the book – and there are a LOT of them – gave me a bit of a girl crush on Claire. She is not fearless, but she doesn’t allow her fear to control her – she knows when to fight and when to run – and while she did put herself in danger, she separated herself from Mikhail to make sure that her decision to stay with him was hers and not influenced by their bond.
While the sex was unquestionably hot, it was watching Mikhail come to the realization that he couldn’t remain emotionally detached from Claire that moved the romance aspect along. The inclusion of the slayers and what their true nature was added a huge element of action to the book that helped propel the storyline forward. But it was the mystery surround what made Claire so special that had me fascinated, especially considering how far Ronan was willing to go to obtain the knowledge for Mikhail. The sex, the romance, the action, and the mystery kept me glued to my Kindle and I devoured The Last True Vampire. I cannot wait to see what Baxter has in store for Ronan in the next book in the series, The Warrior Vampire.