Darling Girls By Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

Darling Girls

By: Tamara Thorne, Alistair Cross
Genres: urban fantasy, Paranormal Thriller, Vampires
Pages: 609
Published on: April 16, 2018
Darling Girls By Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

Fang Meets Fang

The vampires of Candle Bay and Crimson Cove come together for the Biting Man Festival in Eternity, California, to celebrate a centuries-old tradition that quickly turns murderous as they’re faced with old enemies, uncontrolled bloodlust, and the unpredictable antics of a self-proclaimed vampire slayer who is hellbent on destroying them all.

Also by this author: Eternity, Mother, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, The Crimson Corset

How is it possible for 2 authors to write so many books that have never let me down? I may call them mean names sometimes, but their writing always surprises me and leaves me wanting more, but not in a bad way.


Darling Girls is no different. It takes place in Eternity during a Vampire festival that formerly sweet Amanda is trying to crash and force a wedding. She is a horrible person and vampire. She was so nice in the first book, but something went terribly wrong with her in the time since then.


We get a nice in-depth, barf-worthy glimpse into the pig that is better known by his human name, Neil. Neil is a self-proclaimed vampire hunter with an enormous unwarranted ego. He is the epitome of disgusting. Every time I read anything about him it made me cringe. In fact, my notes actually say, “disgusting, immature, lazy, self-absorbed douche” in one place and “his mother should have swallowed” in another! He uses the phrases “little slut” and “little bitch” that lead me to believe he has “little” issues down below if you know what I mean. I feel so bad for his mom.


As usual, I love the chapter names throughout the book such as “So Long, and Thanks for All the Blood” (similar to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and “Are you there God? It’s me, Neil.” They also refer to someone as “The Mad Shitter” and that had me laughing so hard I may or may not have fallen off the couch.


The Darling twins, “Juicy” Lucy and “Poison” Ivy were a different sort of character that at times left me somewhat grossed out but also somewhat curious. I will say I didn’t love the ending, but not because it wasn’t awesome and well written, but because I’m just mad that I didn’t like what happened.


I recommend Darling Girls to anyone who likes dark vampire books that aren’t all lovey-dovey but not aren’t cold either. Try to check out the other books about the Candle Bay and Crimson Cove vampires before you read Darling Girls if you can. They aren’t completely necessary to read first but will give you a better understanding of the dynamics of the story.


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About Alistair Cross

About the Author

Alistair Cross' debut novel, The Crimson Corset, a vampiric tale of terror and seduction, was an immediate bestseller earning praise from veteran vampire-lit author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and New York Times bestseller, Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series. In 2012, Alistair joined forces with international bestseller, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write - among other things - the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their debut collaboration, The Cliffhouse Haunting, reached the bestseller’s list in its first week of release. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which has featured such guests as Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of HELLRAISER 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore.

About Tamara Thorne

Tamara Thorne has collected ghost stories, true and fictional, since she saw her first Twilight Zone as a tot, and continues to this day. In addition to writing novels and stories of the paranormal, she also writes non-fiction and is an active ghost hunter. She makes her home in southern California with her husband and their feline family and when she’s not writing, can be found haunting ghost towns, phantom-filled hotel rooms, and other spooky places. Tamara loves to hear from her readers. Whether you have questions or comments or would like to share your own ghostly experience,come visit her at her website www.tamarathorne.com.

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