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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Review: Nocturne by Syrie James

Publisher: Vanguard Press
Genre: Fiction, paranormal romance
Hardback 264 pages
Book Source: Wunderkind PR
My Rating: 90/100

From Vanguard Press' website:

From international bestselling author Syrie James comes a haunting and deeply romantic story of forbidden love that will steal your heart and never let you go.

When Nicole Whitcomb’s car runs off a Colorado mountain road during a blinding snowstorm, she is saved from death by a handsome, fascinating, and enigmatic stranger. Snowbound with him for days in his beautiful home high in the Rockies, she finds herself powerfully attracted to him. But there are things about him that mystify her, filling her with apprehension.

Who is Michael Tyler? Why does he live alone in such a secluded spot and guard his private life so carefully? What secret—or secrets—is he hiding? Nicole has secrets of her own and a past she is running from—but Michael understands her better than anyone she has ever known. Soon, she is falling as deeply in love with him as he is with her—a profoundly meaningful experience that is destined to change their lives forever.

As the sexual tension between them builds, however, the clues mount up. When Nicole learns her host’s terrifying secret, there is nowhere for her to run but into the blizzard raging outside, and Michael may be the only one who can save her life.

Three Reasons Review:

1.) Reasons you chose this book

I accepted this book for review because I read James' other book, Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, and loved it.  Also, I have heard wonderful things about Dracula, My Love, and Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte.  So I figured, lets give this one a try, shall we?

2.) Reasons you liked or disliked this book

Reasons for liking: I liked Michael's character and the vampire background and myth James created.  Michael is a very sweet guy, but inside him lurks a monster, that he cannot always control.  Therefore he choose to live in the middle of nowhere, with very little contact with humans.  A recluse and very private person, although he does miss the human contact and interaction.  But again, there is the monster thing.

I also liked the set-up of bringing Michael and Nicole together, the car crash, etc.

Reasons for disliking: Nicole, plain and simple.  For some reason, the woman worked my nerves.  This stranger saved you and states how private he is.  You can tell from his surroundings and demeanor, that he is recluse.  Therefore, why, oh why, do you keep torturing this man with questions?  I understand it moves the plot along, and gets Michael to open up, but ...I just wasn't crazy about her.  I feel as though Nicole didn't take Michael's feelings into consideration when asking all of her pesky questions.  Basically I didn't like Nicole, and because of that, the story was just meh for me.

3.) Reasons you are or are not recommending this book

Although this book was not for me, I did finish it.  It's a quick read at only 264 pages.  Also, considering there are only two characters in the story, kudos to James for the writing and coming up with all of the conversations between Michael and Nicole.  James' writing is very descriptive, and she puts you right into the story. Hence the 90/100. 
Even though I didn't like this book, it won't stop me from reading other other works. 
For more information, please visit Syrie James website:

Thanks to Elena from Wunderkind PR for my review copy.


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