Shrouded in fog on a hillside high above an isolated California coastal town, The Candle Bay Hotel and Spa has been restored to its former glory after decades of neglect. Thanks to its new owners, the Darlings, the opulent inn is once again filled with prosperous guests. But its seemingly all-American hosts hide a chilling, age-old family secret.
Lured to the picturesque spot, assistant concierge Amanda Pearce is mesmerized by her surroundings--and her seductive new boss, Stephen Darling. But her employers' eccentric ways and suspicious blood splatters in the hotel fill her with trepidation. Little does Amanda know that not only are the Darlings vampires, but that a murderous vampire vendetta is about to begin--and she will be caught in the middle. For as the feud unfolds and her feelings for Stephen deepen, Amanda must face the greatest decision of her life: to die, or join the forever undead.
Acclaim For Tamara Thorne's Haunted
"...a wonderful, terrifying book...a worthy successor to The Shining and Ghost Story." --Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author
"Don't read it if you have something else to do...it just might have to wait." --After Hours
"Combines eerie eroticism with page-turning terror." --Pasadena Weekly
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About the Author
And that was how I was born, which is pretty peculiar since this was an August night in Los Angeles.
Frequently, someone wearing a wary expression asks: "Why do you write horror?" Okay. That's really two questions and I'm going to answer both. (1) "Why am I a writer?" isn't a bad question, in fact, it's pretty impressive. But all that goes out the window when you add (2) "Why horror?" The answer to (1) is that I was born with a drive to write. It's a calling. The answer to (2) is I've been fascinated by the occult all my life. Okay?
All right, but "horror" still sounds a little ooky to most people. So to put this in perspective, find an MD, a proctologist, for instance. Ask him why he became a doctor. If he loves his work, there's a very good chance he will say he was born with a drive to become a doctor, a calling to the profession. But if you ask why he's a proctologist and he tells you he's been fascinated by assholes all his life, well, think about it. That "horror" stuff doesn't sound so weird now, does it?
Didn't think so.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of the best books I have EVER read. Tamara mixes the right amount of sexuality, and vamparism. It is the first romance/vampire novel I have read! It was absolutly magnificent!
Ms. Thorne really out does herself this time. The characters are enchanting and the plot is intoxicating.
This story was ok. I read other books by her and loved iti celt thestory started out strong the seemed to get weaker and weaker. It does not have a ending is there got to be another book with more letting you know what happens to them. It leaves tomany questions. I hope her other booki gotten will be better I had high hopes tofind another author to kerp me up at night turning page after page this book is not it.
This was my first vampire novel and it was very entertaining. The plot is very interesting and really had me wanting to find out what will happen next. But my biggest grip would have to be the ending climax. With all the hype of the Father's return I really thought it would be an all night slugfest.Plus with all the talk about trueborns and the power they possess I really thought that Julian would have manhandle the Darlings. The ending was really lame and disappointing and that made me not to care what choice Amanda will or would have chosen.With all that was happening leading up to the climax it just suddenly stopped and that was really disappointing for me.