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I Belong

Review: Nocturne by Syrie James

Title: Nocturne

Author: Syrie James

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: January 4, 2011

Format: Hardcover, 288 Pages

ISBN-10: 1593156286

ISBN-13: 978-1593156282


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 and soon comes to realize that the feeling is mutual. But there are things about him that mystify her, filling her with apprehension—and Nicole can’t shake the feeling that he doesn’t want her there.

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.

But as the sexual tension between them builds, the clues mount up. When Nicole learns the terrifying truth—that her host is an ages-old vampire who is torn between his love for her and his desire for her blood—there’s nowhere for her to run but into the blizzard raging outside, and he’s the only one who can save her life.

Filled with unexpected twists and surprises, Nocturne is a page-turning, haunting, and deeply romantic story of forbidden love that will grab your heart and not let go.

Quick & Dirty: A nice romance with likable characters, but this story lacks depth and believable conflicts.

Opening Sentence: It began snowing at nine.

Excerpt: Here

The Review:

On her way to the airport, Nicole Whitcomb gets caught in a dangerous blizzard in Colorado and has a car accident.  Bleeding and unconscious, Nicole is lucky enough to be rescued by the handsome and enigmatic Michael Tyler.  Unfortunately, Nicole doesn’t know that Michael has a terrifying secret.  Michael reluctantly decides to help Nicole, not really wanting to open himself or his home to a complete stranger.  As they get to know each other, they begin to develop feelings for each other.  Nicole and Michael try to fight their undeniable attraction.  Nicole eventually discovers that Michael is a vampire.  She has to decide what’s more dangerous: braving the blizzard or staying with the blood craving Michael?

This storyline has been tackled many times.  Unfortunately, Ms. James didn’t really explore it in a new, believable or creative way.  You have to really want to believe in true love and the power of love at first sight.  Nicole and Michael are both sympathetic characters.  While the characters are relatable, they aren’t well developed.  Their relationship progressed rather quickly.  Nicole and Michael are desperate to escape their self imposed prisons, but are hard pressed to find any real solutions.  Michael’s life is filled with despair and isolation.  Because of his past, he prefers to detach himself from any real connection, emotion, and human interaction.  Nicole is letting her life pass her by.  She is miserable doing a job that she doesn’t enjoy, and withdrawn from her friends and family.  The bottom line is that most people aren’t able to work through their deep seeded issues over just a few days, and with a complete stranger.

When I finished reading Nocturne, I was left with mixed feelings.  Ms. James has beautiful prose.  Nocturne has both happy and heartbreaking moments, but I didn’t like the ending.  As I thought about the book, some things made perfect sense, but ultimately, I felt that Michael’s conflict didn’t hold weight.  Nocturne focuses on the only two characters in the book: Nicole and Michael.  There isn’t any action or excitement.  The vampire lore is a bit thin, and what there was of it was too incredible even for a romance novel.

Overall, Nocturne is just a so-so read.  I was never completely captivated by the story or characters.  While this novel has great potential, there are a few issues.  Nocturne lacks enough gripping conflict to carry the story.  Some may not like the ending, and be left with feelings of a weak conclusion.  This story does have romance and should appeal to those who like light and uncomplicated vampire stories.

Notable Scene:

The first man nodded with a smile, tipping his tricornered hat.  Suddenly, the cloaked figure pounced, yanking the young man toward him with such uncanny speed that his victim barely had a chance to cry out.  The young man struggled futilely against his attacker’s superior strength.  His cravat was ripped from his neck.  The cloaked man opened his mouth wide, revealing sharp fangs.  With a ferocious snarl, he instantly sank his teeth into the whiteness of the young man’s throat.

Nicole gasped in terror.  The cloaked figure continued feeding until his victim was limp and lifeless, then unceremoniously dropped the body into the river.  He turned now, staring at Nicole from the dark folds of his hood with glowing red eyes.  Who or what was he?  Had he smelled the blood on her hands? Did he mean to kill her next? He began moving deliberately in her direction.  Nicole screamed.

Nicole’s eyes flew open and she sat up in bed, breathing hard, her pulse still racing.

The Nocturne Series:

1. Nocturne

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FTC Advisory: Vanguard Press provided me with a copy of Nocturne.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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One Response to “Review: Nocturne by Syrie James

  1. HeatherMNo Gravatar

    I love the concept of this one and that cover is amazing! I think I’ll give it a try. Thanks for the review!

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