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Apr 17 2017 10:15am

Kate Baxter’s The Last True Vampire Discussion Thread

The Last True Vampire by Kate BaxterForbidden love, dark pasts, age differences, all the angst you can bear and more... Nothing beats vampire romance for a good stake through the heart, eh? Which is why Kate Baxter's paranormal romance The Last True Vampire, Book 1 in the Last True Vampire series, simply had to be our second H&H E-Book Club selection!

Devour your copy of the book, and then join us in a bloody awesome discussion about Michael and Claire's story in the comments below!

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. In the meantime, here's a non-spoilery Q&A with author Kate Baxter to whet your appetite.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished The Last True VampireThis is a post to discuss the entire book.***

Need a refresher? H&H reviewer Jane Kriel writes:

In The Last True Vampire, Michael or Mikhail is the last of the Ancient Ones. Alpha. Sexy. The kind of tortured Byronic hero that is going to break your heart before he puts it back together again. The heroine Claire is one strong ass femme fatale, street smart, admirable and fierce—but check your pocket if you cross paths with her because the little hustler totally just swiped your wallet. When Mikhail meets Claire, he recognizes her as the one who can save him:

After a century of pain, the unending torture of his existence, he’d found the only creature who could wake him from his stupor and return his soul to him. Immeasurable strength fueled every movement and he was no longer the shade of the vampire he’d once been.  The world melted away until there was only her. He’d found the one thing he needed to survive in this gods-forsaken world.

On the other side, Claire’s reaction to Mikhail and the vampire intrusion in her life is slightly less poetic and a little more freaked out:

What. In. The. Hell? Maybe these guys were of some deranged cosplay group? She’d witnessed some pretty effed-up shit in L.A. but this took the cake.Let's discuss!

Read Jane's full review of The Last True Vampire here.

Now, onto the discussion!

  • The Last True Vampire gives us a taste of fated mates, what were your thoughts on the execution of this trope? Do you typically like it or not?
  • Dhampires are both the key to Mikhail's destruction and his salvation, did you perceive them as the enemy or as allies at first? What was your impression by the end?
  • What was your favorite piece of worldbuilding?
  • Which character was your favorite in The Last True Vampire and what did you love about them?
  • Claire realistically is bewildered by the paranormal world she's throw into. How do you think you'd react if you suddenly discovered vampires were real?

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Learn more about or order a copy of the books in Kate Baxter's Last True Vampie series:

The Last True Vampire (Book #1)
The Warrior Vampire (Book #2)
The Dark Vampire (Book #3)
The Untamed Vampire (Book #4) (available May 2, 2017)
The Lost Vampire (Book #5) (available August 1, 2017)

 

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9 comments
Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
I LOVE fated mates so I was all over this book! I thought it was really interesting to see how Kate handled this world and thought the idea of different levels of vampirism were really interesting.
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
@JenniferProffitt -- Yes, the mythology/origin of vampires in every series is so fascinating, and LTV is no exception!

I'm torn on fated mates, because like Kate says in her Q&A, it can involve instalove, and that's not my thing at all. Yet of course the idea that there's one person out there for all of us is very romantic... Anyway, so I really appreciated that the attraction was there right away for Michael and Claire, but that their HEA was still not a foregone conclusion and they had to work for it.
Elizabeth Halliday
3. Ibbitts
I'm not really sure if I should participate in this discussion thread because I did not finish the book, so Admin, please delete my comment if you find it inappropriate.

I love vampire books ... well, the ones where the vampires are the good guys; (I don't read the ones where the vampires are monsters) and I'm always looking for new ones. It seems as if authors are trending away from vampires and toward shifters these days ... everybody and their brother-in-law's second cousin is writing a shifter book. Unfortunately, this book wasn't the one for me. I kept telling myself to keep reading, that it would get better, but it didn't. At Chapter 20, when yet another point of view was introduced, I bailed.

What I liked:
The storyline concept.
The fated mates. (I read Christine Feehan and Lynsay Sands, so fated mates are something I'm accustomed to and I find the idea romantic.) And don't discount InstaLove; I've experienced it in real life!
The Dhampires (I really like it when an author puts forth an original idea; when their vampires are different from what everybody else is writing ... even if it's vampires that sparkle!)
The supporting cast.
I even liked the names of the characters.

What I didn't like:
The collective memories. All that angst. The flashback sequences were way too overpowering for me. There is a difference between conflict and angst. I don't deal well with angst; it feels like whining to me. Who does Michael think he is, anyway ... Heathcliff?
The berserkers. The graphic descriptions of the vampire mutilizations and slayings were vomit-inducing.
I never seemed to get in sync with the author's writing style. Sometimes it just doesn't click and it didn't this time for me.
The genre. This book isn't a romance novel ... it's a thriller with some boinking thrown in.

I am grateful to be included in this book club and to be given free books to read, and I realize that every member of the club is not going to like every book, but it makes me sad to give a poor review. I really wanted to like this book, but I just ... didn't. I'm sorry.
Georgieal
4. Georgieal
So I really enjoyed the mythos and the world building. It was fascinating and creative. I struggled a bit with the romance but loved that out wasn't "bam we're all up in that" but more of something there H and h had to work together for. All in all a fine read.
Jennifer Proffitt
5. JenniferProffitt
@Ibbitts, You're so right, not every book is for every person--I hope you enjoy next month's book. It's definitely different!

To your points: So, I read Kresley Cole and the first book in that series opens with a character ripping his own leg off to get to his mate. Sometimes it's real hard to read!

I thought the Dhampires were really interesting too. Very unique idea!

I love fated mates too!!! I know that can be an unpopular opinion but I love them ;)



@Georgieal, I liked that the romance was something the H/h had to work for too! That's when I love Fated Matest best!
Nicole Leapheart
6. BoxyFrown
I really enjoyed this! I'm new to Kate Baxter books, but I'm also a new fan! This reminds me of back when I went through a serious vampire phase and I was devouring vamp books like there was no tomorrow.

The Last True Vampire gives us a taste of fated mates, what were your thoughts on the execution of this trope? Do you typically like it or not?
I enjoy the idea of fated mates, especially when it's still a surprise to the hero/ine. Loved that fact that vamps lose their soul and it is returned to them with their lifemate!

Dhampires are both the key to Mikhail's destruction and his salvation, did you perceive them as the enemy or as allies at first? What was your impression by the end?
Dhampires and vamps need each other in this world. It doesn't mean that they have to get along, as with any family. There are lots of politics and old traditions as well as new. Vamps can't be in the sunlight but dhampirs can; dhampirs have to be made a vamp by a vamp.

What was your favorite piece of worldbuilding?
I liked that if you caught it, there is a big world that includes lots of supernatural creatures. I'm not always a fan of dhampirs and almost-vamps, but I really like the way it's done here.

Which character was your favorite in The Last True Vampire and what did you love about them?
Jenner was my fave and I'm about to one-click his story next. A big strapping ready to kick ass warrior? I love to see them fall.

Claire realistically is bewildered by the paranormal world she's throw into. How do you think you'd react if you suddenly discovered vampires were real?
I would like to think I would roll with the punches, but realistically I would probably just pretend like nothing was happening and try to live my life. FAIL. lol
Tina Mason
7. ratchet409
I have to agree with Ibbitts. I typically love vampire/paranormal themed romance novels (Kresley Cole and Gina Showalter are both favorites) but I found this one lacking. The story was overly descriptive and I jumped whole paragraphs while hoping I wasn't missing any main plot points. I also couldn't find a reason to care about either Claire of Mikhail/Michael. I was eager to read this book but was disappointed by the end.
Jennifer Proffitt
8. JenniferProffitt
@BoxyFrown,
A big strapping ready to kick ass warrior? I love to see them fall.
Isn't it the best?!?!?! I love it too!

@ratchet409, I think this one definitely has a different slant than Kresley or Gena--I'm big fans of them too--I can understand what you mean about the writing not living up to what you mean. There are so many books where I'm so excited for the premise and then find myself skipping a lot of the book. Personally though I'm so excited for the third book, The Dark Vampire.
Georgieal
9. mrsbombayjr
Hi guys,

Im a vampire fan so I enjoyed the book. I like the vary degrees it to took become a vampie. However, I didn't understand the purpose of the collective. It seemed to be an inconvenience to be bombarded by centuries of memories that left you temporarily defenseless. I think the collective should haven given a history of memories that those who saw them gained strength, power, etc. Overall I enjoyed the book and would continue the series.
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