Nocturne, by Syrie James

18 Jan

Format: Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published: January 4, 2011
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Back cover blurb:
When Nicole Walker runs off the road in a blinding snowstorm after attending a friend’s wedding at a Colorado ski resort, she wakes up to find herself stranded at the remote mountain house of a handsome, enigmatic stranger. She lives and works in a fast-paced, high tech world; he is cultured and modern yet lives a quiet life in self-imposed exile. They are both powerfully attracted to each other, but there are things about him that mystify her and fill her with apprehension—and Nicole can’t shake the feeling that he really doesn’t want her there.

She soon discovers that he’s a famous, reclusive author, renowned for his highly detailed and authentic historical fiction, and fiercely protective of his privacy. No wonder he was so reluctant to take her in, Nicole thinks. But he hides a far darker secret. As the sexual tension between them builds, the clues mount up.

When Nicole realizes that her host is an ages-old vampire who thirsts for her blood, there’s nowhere for her to run but the blizzard raging outside, and he’s the only one who can save her life. By now there is no turning back; they have both fallen deeply in love, and share several passionate days together while waiting out the storm—a deep, meaningful, and dangerously seductive experience that will change them both forever.

My review:
A simple story beautifully told. With only two characters and one setting, James paints a vivid picture and one can’t help falling a little bit in love with tortured soul Michael, a reclusive historical fiction author, musicbox maker and horseman who just happens to also be a vampire. The ending was a surprise – I may have even welled up – but was a realistic conclusion to the story. Not that I believe that is the end of their tale.

The cover art is also as beautiful as the prose.

My rating: 4/5
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