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 stor...moreBoth 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.(less)
While expecting a typical vampire romance story, this book was a positive surprise. The plot and characters are well developed and believable, while t...moreWhile 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.(less)
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 purcha...moreAnother 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.(less)