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Nicolas
     

Nicolas

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by Dianne Hartsock
 

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Betrayed by a lover, Jamie rents an isolated cabin on Lake Huron, wanting only to be left alone. Instead, he is pulled from his solitary existence as an artist and tumbles headlong into the legend of Saint Nicolas.

As a young man, Nicolas accidentally killed a man intent on murdering three children, only to have the man's malicious spirit rise up against him.

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Betrayed by a lover, Jamie rents an isolated cabin on Lake Huron, wanting only to be left alone. Instead, he is pulled from his solitary existence as an artist and tumbles headlong into the legend of Saint Nicolas.

As a young man, Nicolas accidentally killed a man intent on murdering three children, only to have the man's malicious spirit rise up against him. Fleeing through the centuries from the Krampus, the evil troll-like creature that dogs his steps, Nico finds refuge with the young artist who takes him into his home and bed. But Jamie has questions. Who is Nicolas, and why does the Krampus want to destroy him?

When the Krampus begins to torment and torture anyone Nico comes in contact with to punish him, Jamie’s life is put in danger. And Jamie isn’t sure whether he can help Nico defeat his nemesis or if he’s merely a pawn in the Krampus’s game.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781634761888
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:
12/18/2015
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

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Nicolas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Nephylim More than 1 year ago
I’m not the sort to start off with a summary of the book. If you want that, read the blurb. I’m much more interested in getting right in to what I liked and didn’t like about this book. I have to start by saying this is not my favourite of Dianne’s books. That’s not to imply it isn’t good, just that I personally prefer others. I was introduced to Dianne’s work through ‘Alex’ and ‘The Shed’, and I suspect they will always be my favourites. If you haven’t read them, drop everything and do so now. For me, they were perfect, with spine–chilling horror, deep love of many kinds and a plethora of complex characters (and of course the torture – wow). Nicolas was an altogether gentler book. Although there were moments of suspense, horror, and a pretty nasty character, it never had the emotional brutality of the other books. They were like being punched, this is more like being tickled mercilessly. Not that I don’t like being tickled, or that I don’t like this book, because I do. Jamie falls in love extremely quickly, as did Nico, although he fought it long and hard, and some of you might be put off by this. Some people believe insta love is impossible and get impatient with it. I, on the other hand, think insta love is perfectly possible, and perfectly understandable in the context of this story. Go with it. Jamie was in a constant state of confusion throughout most of this book, and I don’t blame him. Although we had a pretty good idea of where was going to go from the start, we really didn’t – if that makes sense. There’s so much more to this book than the re–telling of a myth translated to modern times. True, the story was a little slow in places, and there were times when I thought it was building to a crescendo, but it didn’t. However, I was kept on the edge of my seat and Dianne did what she does so well – she throws in horrifying images to stir the pot and explanations come much later. My favourite part of the book without doubt was the end, and no, that doesn’t mean I was glad to finish it. When the crescendo did build to a climax, it was an explosive one, and left no loose ends. I found myself with some sympathy for the bad guy, but still more than happy when he got what he deserved. All in all this was a very satisfying read. There are moments of horror, moments of sweetness and, although it’s not quite an edge–of–the seat read, it pulls you along nicely. A great Christmas Read
Cathy Brockman More than 1 year ago
Nicolas is a dark story about St. Nicolas and the Krampus. Nicolas accidently killed a man many centuries ago. The demons have been chasing him since undoing any good Nico does by tormenting children in their dreams driving them mad. Some have even committed suicide from the madness. He also takes any of Nico’s lovers, so Nico tries to avoid relationships. Jamie is an artist being secluded in a cabin after his last boyfriend hurt him so bad ad had been cheating on him. Jamie is a man a little on the effeminate side, and his previous partner all taunted him bout his hair and like some makeup. He wants a man that will accept him like he is and want him exclusively. Nicco finds Jaimie attractive but is afraid to let Jaimie know how he feels. Jaimie is very determined not to let Nico go. I loved this story. It is very dark, and there are some graphic violence and torture though it's well written enough it didn't haunt me or give me bad dreams. The happy ending makes up for the darkness. I am going to admit I liked the Krampus or his human form Piter. He is very sexy, yet mysterious. The scene with him getting in people's heads freaked me out and gave me chills. If you like dark stories with a bit of violence, a sweet romance with some scorching man-sex this is definitely for you. * I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*