Even with the sixth novel in this series, the author manages to keep the plot original and surprising. While the fast-paced story is comparatively touEven with the sixth novel in this series, the author manages to keep the plot original and surprising. While the fast-paced story is comparatively tough in the erotic scenes as well as in the action sequences, the author manages to keep the tension high and the reader glued to the pages. While we have the obligatory, but really hot finding-a-lifemate story, more of the dark secrets of the Brethren society are revealed and the fight between Brethren and Darkyn continues.
What I love about the Darkyn series is the original and complex background story, while the romance part is not the only focus as with so many other publications in this genre. While those inevitably get boring after the umpteenth vampire-meets-lifemate variation, the Darkyn novels still fascinate and entertain on a high level....more
Both stories are ok, but I liked the first story best because it brought a better christmas mood. Thus it would have been better to put the first storBoth stories are ok, but I liked the first story best because it brought a better christmas mood. Thus it would have been better to put the first story at the end....more
While expecting a typical vampire romance story, this book was a positive surprise. The plot and characters are well developed and believable, while tWhile expecting a typical vampire romance story, this book was a positive surprise. The plot and characters are well developed and believable, while the erotic/romance part is well dosed but thankfully not overdone. Very entertaining read....more
Another book I desperately wanted to read since it first came out, but managed to do so only 10 years later for several dumb reasons: 1. delayed purchaAnother book I desperately wanted to read since it first came out, but managed to do so only 10 years later for several dumb reasons: 1. delayed purchase until it was out-of-print - aargh 2. couldn't find an affordable used copy - grmph 3. let it sit on my shelf for fear it might not meet my expections Talk about missed opportunities...almost...
But back to the subject: My expectations for Candle Bay have always been high in the sky, due to its summary which got me hooked immediately, mostly positive reviews all over the web and my appreciation of other books by its author. As you may already guess from the rating, the book indeed met my expectations! *wipes brow*
I simply loved the creepy atmosphere created by the ever-present fog surrounding the Candle Bay hotel, as well as the weird radio DJ's paranoid warnings of things that may lurk in the dark.
The characters are well drawn, each with is own little quirks and secrets, and keeping the vampires very human despite their vampiric nature. Like Uncle Ori, who deems himself the godfather of the Darling family but is not taken too seriously by his relatives, who humour him anyway. Or the mischievous twins, spoiled brats who just want to have fun and never think of the bloody consequences. Just your usual everyday family madness...
The story itself was well developed and I liked the open end, leaving enough room for a sequel, which unfortunately was never released, but fortunately is not required either. I enjoyed and smiled at the references to other books, movies and persons as well as the measured wit in deadly serious situations (pun intended). As the cover suggests, the novel also contains some romance, but fortunately it is only a further ingredient and not the main course.
I guess the book Highly recommended, and not only to vampire aficionados....more