Monday 29 January 2018

Book Review: Nocturne by Syrie James

Title: Nocturne
Author: Syrie James
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 264
Format: Hardback
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Gift from Friend

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. (Goodreads Synopsis)

My good friend Sarah sent me Nocturne after she finished reading it, because she thought it was a book I would like. She was right. Okay, there's nothing new, per se, in this paranormal romance. Everything happens exactly as one might expect. However, I engaged with the characters and loved James' prose style. Though predictable, the story was sweet and sexy, without the sexual aspects taking over the whole story, as happens in some paranormal romance. There is a bittersweet tinge to the ending, but that didn't feel like a letdown. I came to this book after reading several non-fiction pieces, and it was just the easygoing, enjoyable tale I needed to get me back into a fiction-reading mind frame. Not everyone will appreciate the sweeter nature of this tale, or the lack of high-power action, but for me it was a five star read.

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