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Friday, January 28, 2011

Nocturne by Syrie James: Book Review

by Syrie James
Vanguard Press
ISBN: 978-1-59315-628-2

Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Beautiful descriptions of the setting make you feel you are right at Michael's home in the middle of a blizzard. Author's talent really shines when she writes about the house, Michael's past, the landscape and the house. I could get lost in her descriptions of the scenery -- kept looking outside and hoped it would start snowing
  • Love the scenes with the horses
  • Interesting take on a Vampire love story
  • Surprise ending wasn't what I expected and actually liked the ending
  • A good beach read
  • Liked the idea that the Vampire was an author
  • Cover is beautiful
  • Vamp has an awesome library!!!!
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Way too mushy and romantic for my taste
  • Felt like there was something missing, I have enjoyed Syrie's works before, but something about this one left me a little disappointed
  • Honestly it just felt like it would have been better as a regular romance instead of a paranormal romance it probably would have worked better
  • I just didn't buy that Nicole was all that tortured about what happened in her past
  • Liked Michael but found Nicole to be rather stupid for a supposedly educated women
  • I hated the scene with the poor mountain lions
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I love children. I always have. They have so much energy and enthusiasm, and such a vivid sense of imagination. Don't you think? To them, the whole world is an exciting place full of wonders just waiting to be discovered."

What I Learned
  • Lots of stuff about horses
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Those who enjoy sad romantic love stories
  • Those who enjoy paranormal romances might be a little disappointed in this one
3 Dewey's

I received this from in exchange for an honest review --Sorry Syrie if you read this, I have enjoyed your previous novels, but this one just didn't do it for me.  Don't take it personal I just don't like the sappy romance (Not that it's a bad thing, just not my thing)

1 comment:

  1. Not a huge fan of sappy romance, but I'm still torn on whether or not to read this one!