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Nocturne by Syrie James

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Cover art: Nocturne Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Nocturne
Author: Syrie James
Publisher: Vanguard Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59315-628-2
Release Date: January 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Colorado
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Syrie's Website/Blog: www.syriejames.com


Nicole Whitcomb has just come from a good friendís wedding at a local ski resort and is now on her way to the Denver airport. The weather reports had been favorable and Nicole had decided to leave. Once she got out to her car however, the snow had started to fall. She wasnít a real fan of driving in bad weather, but didnít want to stay much longer than she already had. She had a job in San Jose to get back to even if she wasnít exactly excited about it. Nicole had always wanted to live in Colorado, but never took the opportunity.

Just as Nicole is navigating a turn in the road, she hits a patch of black ice and rolls her car and hits a tree. Nicoleís sight grows dim and she realizes she has a cut close to her hairline that is bleeding quite steadily. Not knowing if anyone is close by, she lays on the horn a few times and then passes out. Luckily for her there is someone close. Michael Tyler was out clearing the road that leads to his house and hears a car horn. Not really sociable by any means, Michaelís conscious gets the best of him and he goes to investigate. Michael comes upon Nicoleís car and notices that sheís bleeding but otherwise okay. He takes her back to his home and dresses her wound and makes her comfortable while he goes back out to finish clearing the snow.

Nicole wakes up later finding herself in front of a fire and wonders about the owner her brought her here. Seeing Michael for the first time wakes a hunger in her that sheís never experienced before. Sheís immediately drawn to him and finds the feeling is very mutual for Michael as well. In just a few short days the two have become inseparable but thoughts of the past start to creep up on the pair. Nicole learns that Michael is in fact a vampire and the need for her blood is consuming him. He doesnít want to harm her but the closer they get, the harder it is for him to control his hunger. He knows that he should let her go, but he canít seem to make himself do it. Will the hauntings of the past tear the couple apart or can love truly set them free?

This was such a haunting love story from front to end. I loved how descriptive Ms. James is with Michaelís home and where itís set. Nicoleís character is going through a very trying time in her life and I love how Michael helps her to grow. He helps her realize that living in the past is only hurting her and in order for her to grow as a person, she must let it go. Michael also has ghosts from his past and Nicole shows him that he is capable of dealing with his past and can grow as well. Their love story is life changing and very bittersweet. Readers should keep the tissues handy; the ending will tug at your heart.

Jillean

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