- Mass Market Paperback: 470 pages
- Publisher: Pinnacle; 1st Printing edition (August 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786013117
- ISBN-13: 978-0786013111
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,317,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Candle Bay Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2001
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Fresh-faced Amanda goes to work as San Francisco's Candle Bay hotel concierge, straight out of college. She's a lover of horror stories, but is completely oblivious to the fact that her employers, the Darling family, are an old vampire clan, and the Darlings do everything in their hypnotic power to keep her unaware. The Darlings have an ongoing gang-war with another vampire family, the Dantes, and are presently hosting one of the original trueborn vampire race - an extreme rarity, in the world - Julian Valentyne.
Julian comes bearing a gift: a precious, hitherto believed to be mythical elixir, that prolongs even vampire longevity and heals humans more quickly than usual, which is a valuable commodity to vampires whose hotel business is a front for a revolving food supply - the Darlings feed (lightly) on their sleeping guests, hypnotically erasing their memories of the nocturnal encounter, and being able to eliminate the wounds on their meals' throats before morning helps.
Julian is hardly an altruist, however. He has ulterior motives. He seeks a fabled treasure beneath the Darlings' hotel. Toward keeping his benefactor host family confused as to his true intentions, he turns them into drug addicts, exacerbates tensions between them and the Dantes, and works his charms on Amanda - who is the reincarnation of his sole human love, from Atlantis - to win her away from the attentions of Stephen Darling.
It may even be of importance for Julian to succeed in finding the treasure, despite his horrendous tactics - if he doesn't, both the human and vampire races may soon find themselves extinct.
This book succeeds on pure style and panache.Read more ›
This book has it all; sex, violence, gore, romance. What else can a horror fan ask for? Plot synopsis? You got it!!
Amanda, an innocent little thing, goes to work at Candle Bay resort, owned by the Darlings, a vampire clan. Candle Bay is an exclusive resort outside of San Francisco. The Darlings have an on-going feud with The Dante's. And the fun begins.
Thorne outdoes herself with each effort and is quickly becoming one of the best female horror writers published today. Her pacing of a novel is smooth and effortless, her characters are fleshed out, the violence quick and painful to the jugular, and the sex...Well you need to read this novel.
I have yet to read Eternity but it looks fantastic. Her new novel, The Forgotten, to be released in November 2002, also looks awesome.
Tamara, please, please, keep 'em coming!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
over all a good read. vampires to hate a hero to care about. ending left me a hanging a bit, but still good. wish for a little romance but then I love, love.Published 1 month ago by Brenda
I enjoyed the book, but don't feel like it was up to Ms. Thorne's other books.Published 5 months ago by Terry Hebert
Loved this book....didn't want to put it down....scary and addicting !!!
I'd love to be a guest at this hotel !!!
While I didn't love this book, I didn't hate it. It had some good elements, especially the mythology of vampires, which was the best plot element. Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. Ruetz
Tamara is always entertaining. This was noi exception. I laughed much of the time and went right along with the story. Good work.Published 19 months ago by Rusty7
I bought this book used and was encouraged after reading all of the positive reviews for the story. What a disappointment! Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by T. Harmon
If u like vampires then u will definitely like this book. It was creepy & scary with a little romance. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Jenny Grauso