Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: Nocturne by Syrie James



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. (Goodreads)

Book Details

Title: Nocturne
Author: Syrie James
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Release date: August 2, 2011
Language: English
ISBN-10: 159315674X
ISBN-13: 978-1593156749
Source: Publicist


I think Nocturne is the first book I have read that only has two characters throughout the book. Not that that’s a bad thing. As I was thinking of my review I was just surprised by that fact. Syrie James does an amazing job of pacing in Nocturne. I sat  down to read a few pages looked up and had read 100 pages, not even realizing I had done it.

As far as leading men go, I really liked  Michael Tyler. Michael is a vampire that has reduced himself to a life of solitude so that he will never hurt another. I loved learning about all the skills he had mastered, the things in history he had seen, and the people he had met in all his years alive. I found Michael’s history very interesting and enjoyable. He is a tortured soul and I felt for him.

Nicole Is the only other character in nocturne. To be honest I just never connected to her. I think It is the fact that she is made to be too perfect of a match  for Michael. With the exception that he is a vampire and she is human.

Even though I didn’t care for Nicole’s character, I was still in tears when I finished Nocturne. Syrie James writes beautifully and the ending was wonderfully bittersweet. I will be looking into any of her future paranormal writings.

Happy Reading,

It's good. I had fun for the most part.

Recommended For
Adults: For sex and violence.


  1. Great review! I was really looking forward to this one, because the cover's captivating :)

    I've read another vampire book by Syrie James, Dracula My Love (you can find the review over at my blog if you're interested). It's funny, but you point out a repeat of the problem I had with her alternate Dracula version: her take in being a vampire makes for wonderful, empathic character, and her writing is very much accomplished... but then the female lead fails to deliver.

    In Nocturne because she was too perfect, I Dracula because I couldn't connect with her reasonings or her feelings.

    It would be a pity if this aspect were chronic! Do you think it is just a matter of her vampire books, or something else?


    Ron @ Stories of my life

  2. Great review. This is the first I hear of this book. Sounds different.

    Xpresso Reads

  3. Great review! Read this not that long ago and really fell in love with the story! Reminded me of fairy tales--but with the bittersweet ending that you mentioned!

  4. Ugh, I remember this book. I didn't know it would be paranormal, so I was a little bit disappointed. It was okay, but nothing spectacular.
    Great review.

    Glass @ Way Too Hot Books


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