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Nocturne Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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Publishers Weekly Beyond Her Book Blog
"Fans of Nicholas Sparks won't be disappointed … What's not to love about being snowbound in a perfect isolated place with your soul mate?"
Young Adult Fantasy Guide
"Wow, what a read! 5 stars. Another page turner by a talented and established writer. If you like urban fantasy then you MUST give this one a read. Syrie James is one of the best out there!"
All Things Urban Fantasy
"Excellent—loved it! Nocturne is the perfect novel to read on a cold winter night, curled up in front of a roaring fire and let this impossible romance sink into your soul. Just beautiful."
A Simple Love of Reading
"A once-in-a-lifetime kind of love ... there is a lot of mystery concerning each of the characters in the beginning of the book, and they both hold their secrets closely… Each incredible revelation kept me turning pages long into the night."
Merry Genre Go Round Reviews
"An engaging star-crossed romance … Readers will relish this strong, romantic suspense thriller, wondering how this relationship will end."
"Nicole and Michael are haunting characters, each with a past that makes it difficult for them to embrace the future. In each other they find a kindred spirit, and their journey is a well written page-turner … that will stick with the reader."
Romance Reviews Today
"The characters come alive in Nocturne…lyrical imagery of scenery and eloquent dialogue …The main players are wonderfully real, making you want to step into their world... an emotionally heartfelt love story with an unexpected ending that will bring tears to your eyes. Be sure to get this one today!"
"Think Nights in Rodanthe with snow instead of hurricane and Edward Cullen instead of Richard Gere, but like those fabled books by the one we call The Spork, this is a love story, not a romance novel… It was the most realistic vampire love story I've ever read."
Good Choice Reading
"5 stars! Immediately from the first page I knew I was going to love Nocturne. Everything moves at a fast pace... you quickly fall in love with the characters ... From their first meeting to the end, you'll have butterflies in your stomach ... A beautiful story. I loved it!"
Barnes and Noble Heart to Heart Blog
"What could be more romantic than getting snowbound with a dark and mysterious stranger? .... Nicole’s entire survival rests in the hands of one inscrutable man. His name is Michael Tyler and he's an unbelievably sexy – and British – recluse, living alone in a mountain hideaway that's got as many secrets as it does rooms…. Nocturne is the kind of book that makes you want to turn off the phone and the television so you can do nothing but read. "
"Brilliant, couldn’t put it down.... A gorgeous read, a true romance with a delicious bittersweet ending that brought tears to my eyes .... Syrie James has a wonderful way with words .... I settled down in my soft cozy chair, with the fire on and just melted into the story .... A must read for any romance fan."
“A masterful piece of paranormal romance ... Syrie James is such a fantastic plot weaver... Michael has an amazing depth of character… Teens Will Love It ... Why Adults Will Love It: Who doesn't want to be trapped in the snow with a hot vampire writer with a soul? ... You will never see vampires the same again."
I’m Not Hannah
"A sweet, passionate, heart-wrenching, magical love story that was a pleasure to read.... I found myself wrapped up in the romance of this novel–-and enjoying every minute of it…. You feel such a sense of PLACE while you're reading this story.... The connection between the main characters is intense. From the very beginning, the conversation and physical contact is natural and warm, and it progresses to intense sexual tension and emotional connection in a way that makes you want to keep reading.... The chemistry between them is perfect and when they do give in to their physical desires, it's ... well, it's hot, y'all. I'm just saying. Ahem.... I finished it with a little sigh that was part satisfaction and part sadness; I was left hoping that I would see these characters again."
"Beautifully descriptive, well written, lyrical, lush, and intensely romantic, this infinitely touching, bittersweet story from James (Dracula, My Love) will weave its way into readers' hearts, with its complex characters and compelling emotions sure to linger long after the last page has been turned. While not a romance in the truest sense, this novel will have a poignant appeal for romance as well as paranormal fans and provides a slim glimmer of hope for the optimists among us."
The Authors Speak
"Syrie James (bestselling author of such runaway hits as "Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen" and "Dracula, My Love") jumps into the urban fantasy game with her latest read... Once I read "Nocturne", I realized that this was a story that she was supposed to tell. My wish is that the urban fantasy crowd will discover this one first and then reflect on James' entire body-of-work and see what a talented writer they've discovered... The writer really honed the craft and perfected the game... this is one of those books that is hard to tear away from...
Final Verdict? 4.5 out of 5. An upturn in the urban fantasy game and worthy of your embrace."
"As the sexual tension increases and [Nicole's] imagination runs rampant in this mountain seclusion, she readily makes excuses, only to discover that her wildest dreams, or nightmares, are now her reality... Like the iconic vampires of Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, and even Stephenie Meyer, Michael has his impossible strengths and weaknesses... But it's his unlikely humanity, as well as his love for her that allowed him to hold his carnal instincts in check that endeared me most... Tauntingly compelling, the ending left me spent... The haunting Nocturne is the perfect escape book for romance readers with some pretty steamy love scenes sure to warm you to your toes these cold, winter months."
Monsters and Critics
"Reminiscent of an old gothic romance... this bittersweet love story involves the deepest secrets, dreams and passion of two beautifully developed characters."
Night Owl Reviews
"From the first time I saw the cover to the first time Nicole meets Michael I was hooked... It was all very seductive."
"It feels like the first movement of a symphony; you know there is more to the story. The novel is a reminder par excellence that a story doesn't end just because the book does."
Library Journal, January 14, 2011
Unconscious and stranded in the Colorado Rockies after her car skids off an icy road during a blizzard, Nicole Whitcomb awakes in the magnificent, isolated mountain home of the astonishingly good-looking man who rescued her. Michael Tyler is brilliant, reclusive, enigmatic, and a potentially deadly, centuries-old vampire. Now, snowbound together until the storm ends and the roads can be cleared, they begin a wary, star-crossed journey from attraction to passion as Nicole's fears and Michael's bloodlust war with their love for each other. Beautifully descriptive, well written, and simply plotted, this story spans only four days and features just two characters, but as the story progresses they grow individually, as well as in their relationship, and are profoundly changed as a result.
Verdict Lyrical, lush, and intensely romantic, this infinitely touching, bittersweet story from James (Dracula, My Love) will weave its way into readers' hearts, with its complex characters and compelling emotions sure to linger long after the last page has been turned. While not a romance in the truest sense, this novel will have a poignant appeal for romance as well as paranormal fans and provides a slim glimmer of hope for the optimists among us. [Reading group guide.]—Kristin Ramsdell, California State Univ. Lib., East Bay
About the Author
Translation rights for Syrie's books have been sold in fifteen languages. An admitted Anglophile, she lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.
Top Customer Reviews
Twenty-nine-year-old Nicole is driving back from a friend's wedding when she crashes her rental car in the aforementioned snowstorm. She is rescued by Michael, a reclusive man who lives alone in his palatial mountain home. The weather prevents either of them from leaving for several days. Michael is strangely brusque at times, and at first Nicole thinks he is angry about her presence, but before long they establish a connection.
Syrie James invokes classic fairytale tropes to draw readers into a state of enchantment. There's a room Nicole is forbidden to enter, for example, and a mysterious rose. One plot twist, I think, may be a homage to an old favorite book of mine, L.M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle, which itself draws heavily on fairytale themes. Yet James doesn't let the fairytales constrain her story; events don't always happen as you might expect. That forbidden door swings open with surprising alacrity, revealing one of Michael's secrets, and another revelation about him follows shortly. The closed doors within Nicole's mind -- hiding nightmares and dreams she's suppressed for years -- take longer to open.
With a tiny cast (two characters, plus a few animals) and a single setting, James spins a story with plenty of drama and character development. Much of the plot unfolds through dialogue. I do have mixed feelings about some of the dialogue.Read more ›
And the fact that they had so much in common with one another also made this believable. I've seen quite a few reviews about how some did not like the ending, or they wish it could have gone another way. I found the ending true to real life and circumstance, and I felt it was a perfect ending to their story. This book had me in tears quite a few times. Especially when Nicole and Michael shared their demons from their past. I do not want to give anything away for those who have not read this book. But it is Haunting, Romantic, Sexy, Emotional, and Bittersweet. I highly recommend this read.
In Nocturne, Syrie James has given us a poignant yet searing tale of forbidden love. From the beginning you are haunted by the longing and mystery of this pair of strangers as they overcome their fears and allow their passions to ignite. Set in the beautiful snowy mountains of the Northwest, you fall in love with the characters as well as the beauty. The mystery gently pulls you into the depth of secrecy and desire that finally springs forth into a raging inferno.
Heading Home from a ski trip, Nicole Whitcomb is not ready to give up the beauty of the mountains and snow. Yet she must, but finds herself the last to leave as she absorbs the beauty and freshness to hold in her memory. Waiting until the last minute she believes she will outdrive the storm that appears to be building. As the curtain of snow thickens, Nicole begins to realize she may have made a terrible error in judgment. Rounding a curve and hearing a horrific sound behind her, she realizes she has no choice but to move forward as her retreat has been cut off by an avalanche that has covered the road. As she realizes her danger she feels her control slipping away as her car plows into a snow bank, knocking her unconscious.
Michael Tyler has moved into the quiet country to be alone. With the equipment to keep his own property free of snow, he clears his road of the heavy slush and snow that begins to pile up during this latest storm. Seeing headlights where there should be none, he is unsure what he wants to do. All too quickly the decision is no longer his as he see the vehicle leave the road and almost bury itself under a snow bank. Knowing the road has now been closed and with no chance of rescue from the authorities or road crews, he must react.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such an amazing book that I didn't want it to end. Now if Syrie James will only write a sequel to this book!Published 5 months ago by Kathy Fichter
I've had my hard cover of Nocturne since it was first released. It's my go to book in the winter time. The story grasped me right off the bat. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jason Burrell
This was a beautiful story. I did wish for more but the way it ended was meant to be for both characters. They both gained something valuable from their 4 day encounter. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lora Nowak
4.5 - in that I like a happy ending and while I understand the reasons the author concluded as she did I was left wanting more for Nicole and Michael. Some spoilers within. Read morePublished 16 months ago by S. L. Majczan
I really liked this book, it kept my attention. At the end of the book, I still think there is more to come...Published 23 months ago by GaleLL
I was enjoying this book until I realized it was a vampire novel, (having read all twilight novels) so I decided to continue. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Mary Guarneri
This was not the typical vampire love story I was expecting. There was a lot more to this book and the characters that completely sucked me in! Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by ecole
What happens in this book was truly unexpected ... And I found myself unable to put it down ... An excellent read ... Laughter .. Tears and melancholy... Highly recommend ...Published on January 16, 2014 by Nancy Martin