Nocturne

Nocturne

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by Syrie James
     
 

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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. But there are things about him that mystify her, filling her with

Overview

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. But there are things about him that mystify her, filling her with apprehension.

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--a profoundly meaningful experience that is destined to change their lives forever.

As the sexual tension between them builds, however, the clues mount up. When Nicole learns her host's terrifying secret, there is nowhere for her to run but into the blizzard raging outside, and Michael may be the only one who can save her life.

Editorial Reviews

PW Beyond Her Book Blog - Publishers Weekly
"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?"
Austenprose - Laurel Ann Nattress
"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... 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."
Library Journal - Kristin Ramsdell
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.
B&N Heart to Heart Blog - Barnes & Noble
"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. "
Young Adult Fantasy Guide - Y A
"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!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940151082389
Publisher:
LDLA, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
581,582
File size:
389 KB

Meet the Author

Syrie James, hailed by Los Angeles Magazine as the queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings, is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including JANE AUSTEN'S FIRST LOVE, THE MISSING MANUSCRIPT OF JANE AUSTEN, THE LOST MEMOIRS OF JANE AUSTEN, THE SECRET DIARIES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE, NOCTURNE, DRACULA MY LOVE, FORBIDDEN, and THE HARRISON DUET: SONGBIRD and PROPOSITIONS. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

THE SECRET DIARIES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE was awarded the coveted Audie in the romance category by the Audio Book Association, and was designated as a Great Group Read by the Women's National Book Association. JANE AUSTEN'S FIRST LOVE was a Best Austenesque Fiction of the Year by both Austenprose.com and Austenesque Reviews. NOCTURNE was a Best Novel of the Year by Suspense Magazine and Austenesque Reviews, and a Best Snowbound Romance by Bookbub. THE LOST MEMOIRS OF JANE AUSTEN was named a Best First Novel by Library Journal, a Discover Great New Writers Selection by Barnes and Noble, and was nominated as Best New Fiction by Regency World Magazine.

In addition to her work as a novelist, Syrie is a screenwriter, a member of the Writers Guild of America, and a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. An admitted Anglophile, she loves romance and all things 19th century. Syrie welcomes visitors and messages at www.syriejames.com, and invites you follow her on Facebook and on Twitter.

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Nocturne 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
rabidreaderWS More than 1 year ago
The cover of Nocturne is a beautiful and dramatic cover. There are trees, snow, darkness is implied (scenery) and one single rosebud with some blood scatters in the snow. Dramatic. Good cover. Nocturne has just been released January 4th (2011), in hardcover by Syrie James. The story reminds me a bit of the old gothic stories I used to read when I was young in the 1970's. They were the precurser to the romantic suspense that is popular today. There was a bit of a formula to them...a dark mysterious hero- is he dangerous? a killer? A woman, sometimes rather naiive, usually smart who ends up having to spend a lot of time with a mysterious man who is at times pleasant and other times unpleasant; who makes her feel safe and yet at the same time makes her feel like she's in danger. She's attracted to him and yet afraid of him... In Nocturne, a woman who has just spent a ski weekend with her friends is trying to drive to the airport through a Colorado snowstorm...not a good thing to do. She ends up going off the road, crashes, injured and bleeding, getting colder and colder she loses consciousness. A man, who lives by himself and has some distrust and self-loathing for some of his past actions sees the crash and even though he doesn't want the complications, (or to be exposed to her) saves her from freezing to death. The snowstorm turns into a blizzard, and lasts for some time, so Nicole and Michael then spend some time stuck with only each other, going from one end of the trust/mistrust spectrum to the other. At times funny, other times dramatic, Nocturne is an interesting book. On the whole, I enjoyed it. There were a few things that had me chuckling...the dramatic tone to Michael's few rages....the reaction of Nicole to Michael's rather extreme changes of mood. Nicole herself is hiding something from her past; there are memories - quick memories when all that's mentioned is blood - blood everywhere, but it's not til later that you find out what happened, and it wasn't what I expected. The ending of the book is bittersweet - definitely not a happily ever after, but rather two adults who make decisions and follow through. This was different from your average paranormal novel, mainly because the characters do not always do what you might want them to. This isn't what I would call a paranormal romance, although there is a bit of romance - or an urban fantasy, although there is some supernatural goings on. Rather it's a work of fiction with fantasy, romance and suspense elements all blending together. Most of the dialog was believable (dialog is a thing with me) and yet there were a few instances where I found myself rolling my eyes at Michael's behavior; and yet, who hasn't rolled their eyes at an especially dramatic scene from their man? I would recommend this to those who enjoy the unexpected. There isn't a lot of gore, or raging fights....there is a very different pace to it, and it felt like a good old-fashioned gothic romance,and yet it wasn't. Confused? It was a good read. Try it for a change of pace from the blood, gore and fighting of horror or urban fantasy books, and a change of pace from straight up fi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!! I will have to warn you that it wil make you cry. I really hope there will be another one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing! Wonderful story that is far from over. Hope there is a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I laughed, cried (more like sobbed), had feelings of hope and despair. I didn't want this story to end and I'm hoping Ms. James continues to write about Nicole & Michael.
BeautyBriteReviews More than 1 year ago
After I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read Nocturne. Nocturne is a paranormal romance and I am starting to like the genre. I find paranormal relationships to be unique and imaginative, and they aren't the cookie cutter couple which makes the book interesting to read. The reader should be able to figure out Michael¿s secret by page 33 or 34, however, Nicole doesn¿t figure it out until page 160 or so! She is so stuck in her own thoughts that she doesn¿t even think about Michael¿s reasons for living the way he does. Nocturne takes place over just under a week. Nicole is on her way home from her friend¿s wedding when she is caught in a snow storm. Michael see¿s her car run off the road and takes her into his home. At the time he finds her, she is unconscious and Nicole ends up waking up in his home. Michael bandages up her wounds and cares for her while she is recovering. Nicole seems instantly attracted to her. He is quiet, mysterious, and good looking. As Nicole spends more time with Michael, she learns a little bit more about him. He doesn¿t talk much but slowly opens up to her. Even though they are from very different worlds, they have a lot in common. Nicole and Michael¿s relationship turns romantic and their love story is a sexy read. Michael is sweet and gentle towards her and Nicole is caring and loving with him. The ending will make you cry right along with the characters.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Nicole Whitcomb came from the San Jose area to attend the wedding of her friend in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Since the meteorologists said the weather would remain fine, she decides to stay for an extra day of skiing. When she leaves for the Denver Airport, the weather remains okay, but soon snow begins to fall. The precipitation turns heavy and her rental fishtails out of control. She cuts her head and honks her horn hoping someone will rescue her. Michael Tyler was cleaning off his driveway when he saw the idiot crash. He has never let anyone into his home so considers leaving the driver to die, but cannot. He reluctantly brings Nicole into his isolated house. They are attracted to each other from the first meeting. However, she senses something wrong about her host as she knows in her gut he thought he made the wrong choice bringing her into his home. Nicole also wonders why a hunk like Michael resides alone. Other signs seem to make no sense, but she ignores their warnings as Nicole quickly falls in love with a man who seems to know her better than she knows herself. He knows he cannot love anyone and never has; yet this is different as he falls hard for Nicole, a new undesirable feeling for him. However, he struggles to control the beast inside while also needing her to want him with all her soul. This is an engaging star-crossed romance as the Rocky Mountains' blizzard isolates the pair in his home. Nicole finds clues to as who her host is and why he chose to live as a hermit, but her logical mind rejects her conclusion until perhaps it is too late. Readers will relish this strong romantic suspense thriller wondering how this relationship will end. Harriet Klausner
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Burg More than 1 year ago
I was so looking forward to this one and I had no trouble finishing it within a few days. It was indeed a story filled with love, vampires (well maybe just the one), dark secrets and lots of chemistry. What I wasn't expecting was the ending James threw into the mix. If it's possible to take a plot revolving around a vampire a make it realistic, James has done it. When our main character Nicole is stranded in a blizzard and saved by a stranger the tension is off and running. The two spend a lot of time trying to figure the other our, while at the same time fighting the growing attraction that continues to build between them. I enjoyed the details James threw in that filled in some of the puzzle pieces. I'm not sure what the reason is but this story or more accurately the ending of this story left me disappointed. I understand why it was written the way it was and I may have even done the same if I was the author, but it wasn't the ending I was hoping for. But despite all that, I really enjoyed James' writing style. It was easy to follow, filled with just the right amount of detail and description, and flowed effortlessly from one chapter to the next. I think sometimes I want or am in the mood for a certain type of read and when I get something outside of that criteria at the time, it's difficult for me to get a judgement for how I really felt about the book. So even though it wasn't what I was expecting I think readers are going to enjoy James' story.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Stephanie O: I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I was sitting here thinking . . that over the past year (almost) I can only count 2 books that didn¿t ¿tickle¿ my fancy. Does that mean I¿m easy? Hmmmm. Well, on to THIS book!!! The story that was told here, is one filled with mystery and a good ole dash of romance. We start the book and we get a good idea of who Nicole is . . but we don¿t understand just what her secret is. We can feel the tension and we understand that there is something in her past that she is trying so hard to keep there, but we have no clue what it is. We then meet Michael, her knight in shining amour, there to rescue her from the bitter blizzard that is pounding her now wrecked rental car. Waking up in a strangers home, and getting mixed signals from this stranger; Nicole plans to just try her best to stay out of his way for the time she must remain in his home. Michael fighting a battle within himself, life for him was fine . . just himself and his barn friends to keep him company. Now he has to deal with feelings he hasn¿t felt in a very long time. Bouncing between wanting to keep his distance and wanting to feel that connection again, Michael finds that he is having the hardest time keeping his distance. No longer able to stay away, Michael and Nicole start to talk . . learning more and more about each other, until both put the pieces together in one way or another about the others past. Unable to fight their attraction for one another they give in, but each has their own ending in mind. Nicole falling fast would love to find a way to stick around longer. Michael frightened that he wouldn¿t be unable to control himself forever with her, wants her far away and safe. Who will win? Warning: You may want to have a tissue handy when you come to the end. No matter how you want it to end, the end it has will make you tear up.
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Review by Stephanie O: I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I was sitting here thinking . . that over the past year (almost) I can only count 2 books that didn¿t ¿tickle¿ my fancy. Does that mean I¿m easy? Hmmmm. Well, on to THIS book!!! The story that was told here, is one filled with mystery and a good ole dash of romance. We start the book and we get a good idea of who Nicole is . . but we don¿t understand just what her secret is. We can feel the tension and we understand that there is something in her past that she is trying so hard to keep there, but we have no clue what it is. We then meet Michael, her knight in shining amour, there to rescue her from the bitter blizzard that is pounding her now wrecked rental car. Waking up in a strangers home, and getting mixed signals from this stranger; Nicole plans to just try her best to stay out of his way for the time she must remain in his home. Michael fighting a battle within himself, life for him was fine . . just himself and his barn friends to keep him company. Now he has to deal with feelings he hasn¿t felt in a very long time. Bouncing between wanting to keep his distance and wanting to feel that connection again, Michael finds that he is having the hardest time keeping his distance. No longer able to stay away, Michael and Nicole start to talk . . learning more and more about each other, until both put the pieces together in one way or another about the others past. Unable to fight their attraction for one another they give in, but each has their own ending in mind. Nicole falling fast would love to find a way to stick around longer. Michael frightened that he wouldn¿t be unable to control himself forever with her, wants her far away and safe. Who will win? Warning: You may want to have a tissue handy when you come to the end. No matter how you want it to end, the end it has will make you tear up.
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I thought this novel was beautiful and emotional. I cried reading it and I can't wait to read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion there was no depth to this book. It was truly immature writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read all year. I absolutly loved it. I defently recommend it to Any one into vampire love.
Tammie Griffith More than 1 year ago
I love this book very heartbreaking i cried for days i truly hope she will write another book to continue this story it just cant end like that
whelm More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written, but so boring because of its predictability. Wish I hadn't wasted my money. Oh well, lesson learned.
Mands23 More than 1 year ago
ok so for everyone who thinks its going to be another twilight...its not. I read this book in two days i couldn't put it down. if u like dark, kind of mysterious love stories i highly recommend this book. There are only two characters which most people would probably think to be hard to read through but somehow syrie james does a fantastic job in keeping the reader interested and guessing. This book had me flipping each page franticly wanted to know more. The end is very different than any other vampire/human love story. I was saddened a little bit but thought long and hard. Life is a struggle for everyone and doesn't always have happy endings. This book is made up of fiction but entails real life decisions in between the lines. It is a beautiful story of two people coming together due to certain circumstances, doing their best to live with it and end up not wanting to leave. It teaches us that sometimes the best moments in life are those unexpected stolen days away from every day life.
azalea15 More than 1 year ago
i thought this would be something like twilight but it was semi different. it does have to do with a human/vampire relationship but the way their relationship is made and the passion between the two is amazing!! i finished this book in a day, i couldn't put it down there was so much detail and though put into the book it was like watching a movie!
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