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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...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Vanguard Press
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~Tina~
I don't think I'd be spoiling anything by saying this is a Vampire story, the title and blurb seems to make it's point obvious, but if your expecting a story that is scary and action packed and gripping, you wont find one in this book.

Nocturne is, foremost, a love story. A beautiful haunting forbidden love story that is paced at a slow steady stream of inner thoughts and inner battles. It is meant to be read unhurried and treasured for it's intimate details as the story unfolds.
This is a simply,...more
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
This book is the most touching, emotional, and bittersweet stories that I've read in a while. I started this in the morning and finished it the same day. I could not put it down. Ms. James did an excellent job of keeping the readers interest in a story where there are only two characters interacting with one another the entire time. The story and events are told from both Michael and Nicole's POV. Which I thought was great. Because these two people are stuck together for 4 days through no choice...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
I began NOCTURNE on Christmas Day and finished it Boxing Day morning. It was a gorgeous read for the festive season, a true romance with a delicious bittersweet ending that brought tears to my eyes.

When Nicole gets caught in a dangerous snow blizzard and veers off the road, a man called Michael comes to her rescue and takes her back to his gorgeous house in the hills of Colorado. Bound by snow falling on all the surrounding roads, it becomes clear that leaving is not an option, which means Nicol...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
2.5 out of 5 stars.

This book was so sugary sweet, my teeth hurt.

Okay, so let me get the “scary” stuff out of the way. There is a vampire in the book.
Ok, done. That’s all.

Now for the amazing coincidences. This very handsome vampire happens to live isolated on a mountain and happens to come across a very beautiful young woman. They (the aforementioned beautiful vampire and beautiful girl) happen to both love literary classics, playing the piano and happen to both work in the field of medicine (a...more
Heather
I don't even know where to start with this one. Let me just warn you in advance it's going to get pretty vehement. I'll try to keep it coherent.

Okay, so Michael rescues an injured Nicole from her car, which veered off the road during a snowstorm. Almost the first thing he notices about her, despite the situation, despite the blood gushing from her temple and all over her face, is how beautiful she is (duh. This is a romance novel, after all). Later, while trying to save her from hypothermia, her...more
Angela

Quite possibly one of the most disappointing reading experiences I've had in a long while. I picked up this book, long neglected on my shelves, as a way to indulge a bit on a snowy Thanksgiving at home. Unfortunately, the book's premise (a long reclusive vampire takes in a woman stranded in a snowstorm) didn't come together due to poor characterization and poor writing.

The best way I can think to describe this book is as "vampire wish fulfillment" with little beyond that. In addition to being s...more
Elii Vela
2.5/5

I had many problems with the novel. If there's something that I really liked is the author's writing, her prose is impeccable, the pace is fast, the sexual tension is great and when the time comes ... uff! How hot and how beautifully described it.

Now the problem is that it offers nothing new. In terms of vampires is more of the same and I think there isn't a background that sustains itself Michael. Who BTW, can leave home on cloudy days.

As the novel progressed I expected some action but d...more
Joelle
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 shak...more
WildAboutBones
A poignant, heart-wrenching love story which tells the story of an unlikely romance between a man with secrets and the woman who comes to love him.

When she wakes up, Nicole sees a gorgeous but aloof man. She feels flutters in her tummy when she hears his English accent. Strangely, while seeming to be concerned with her health, he stands as far as possible from her. He seems to be attracted to her and then repulsed by her.

Michael values his privacy, spending his days writing and woodworking. When...more
Julie F.
I won this book as a Goodreads First-Read. Thank you to Syrie James and GoodReads. :)

I am a sucker (no pun intended- ha) for a good romance and vampire story. So to find one that had both sounded like it would be fun. And it was.

The story starts out with a Misery-ish scenerio. Our heroine, Nicole, is rescued from a snowstorm car wreck by the handsome, mysterious and weird Michael. Of course there is the ususal "I love you, but I hate you" scenes. However the entire story involves just these two...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

If you’re a fan of the romance genre, you’re probably familiar with ‘Cabin Romances.’ That refers to stories where the couple is largely isolated from the rest of the world whether in an elevator, jungle, deserted island, or most commonly a cabin. Cabin Romances were always my favorite because they usually have the most deliciously intense buildups because the characters literally can’t escape each other. NOCTURNE is the perfect cabin romance because no...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Dec 22, 2010 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) by: goodchoicereadin@aol.com
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Immediately from the first page I knew I was going to love Nocturne. Syrie's writing style was very clean and simple. The story takes right off with Nicole driving in a horrible snow storm trying to catch her flight home. She had no idea what fate was about to hand to her. Everything moves at a fast pace, but not fast enough for you to feel the story was just rushed and unreal.

In Nocturne you quickly fall in love with the characters. The emotions Nicole and Michael feel towards each other was re...more
Donna
My rating: 2.5

Nocturne is one of those books that I can't decide if I liked it, if it was just okay for me or I just didn't like it. The writing style was well done, the story's pace moved at a rate that kept me interested but not completely captivated, the characters were for the most part likable if at moments unrealistic and convenient, and the ending I absolutely disliked. The ending left me feeling very dissatisfied.

The ending had meaning but it didn't go over well with me and I really can...more
Heather
As a romance story this one wasn't bad, however, in the seemingly never-ending buffet of Vampire repast that's currently clogging the literary artery system, I really couldn't find anything about Syrie James' story to make Nocturne rise above the status of a mere side dish. It's a combo of one of the oldest story plots in history, mixed in with the obligatory sexual tension and topped off with a bittersweet ending that didn't really make any impression on me whatsoever. And of course, lets not f...more
Tara Chevrestt
First, I must confess, I don't do vampire novels. Until now, I had read only one vampire book in my adult life, that book being this same author's Dracula, My Love. I read that one because I was curious about the classic tale being told from the woman's viewpoint. I liked it, thus when I was offered a copy of Syrie James' latest, Nocturne, I decided to give it a go.

I really liked this one. Perhaps it was simply what I needed today. It was simple, romantic, entertaining, and even made me shed a...more
Jocelin
This novel was a cross between "Bridges of Madison County" without the adultery & Misery without the hobbling and the crazy hostage situation. It was a really sweet and engaging love story. The character of Michael first had me a little scared because he is not what he appears to be. The other character Nicole almost appears to be run-of-the-mill love interest in this story, but there are many layers to her as well. This book could have nosedived into a cheesy love story. I am very happy to...more
Melanie Storie
My eyes hurt from rolling them as I read this novel. I was looking for a fun, "escape" read to start the summer and picked up this book from the library thinking it was a twist on the Beauty and the Beast story. It was not. Standard Vampire fare. Lackluster romance. The guy trains horses, writes best-selling novels, grows flowers in his own state-of-the-art greenhouse. Oh, and he makes furniture. And music boxes. And plays the piano. And he's a doctor. And if you want to read 200 pages of how he...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Near-death experiences, a charming and enigmatic stranger, concealed dark secrets, forbidden love – Syrie James latest novel is an exquisite feast of passion, turmoil, adventure and intrigue. Diverging from her magnificent and highly acclaimed historical/biographical fiction novels (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë , Dracula, My Love), Syrie James traverses a new path in this contemporary romance about two star-crossed lovers being snowbound together in the...more
Vick
i honestly got halfway through, then skimmed the rest. maybe i've read too many romances where the main characters fall in love after two conversations and BANG! its instant true love... but this was incredibly boring.

but it did however introduce me to my new favorite female naughty part euphemism... ladies and gentlemen, may i present PRIVATE SANCTUM.

i had a whole extra joke about that but it just wasn't coming out right.
Rosanna Leo
Loved it and really hope Ms. James returns to continue this compelling love story!
Michelle
Nocturne is a novel by Syrie James and a Paranormal Romance from Vanguard Press.

Book Blurb:

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 yet mystified by him, filling her with apprehension.

Who is Michael Tyler? Why does he live alone in such a secluded spot and guard hi...more
Victoria
One word - BEAUTIFUL!


Nicole is in Colorado for a girlfriends wedding. After the wedding she stays an extra day to have some ski time. She packs up her rental car and heads out for the airport which is 3 hours away. While driving a snowstorm blows in. She continues to drive knowing she has to get back to California to her job and her cat. An avalanche occurs behind her blocking the road and then she looses control of her vehicle and goes off the road and into a tree.
Micheal is clearing his very...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: A nice romance with likable characters, but this story lacks depth and believable conflicts.

Opening Sentence: It began snowing at nine.

Excerpt: Here

The Review:

On her way to the airport, Nicole Whitcomb gets caught in a dangerous blizzard in Colorado and has a car accident. Bleeding and unconscious, Nicole is lucky enough to be rescued by the handsome and enigmatic Michael Tyler. Unfortunately, Nicole doesn’t know that Michael has a terrifying secret. Michael reluctantly decide...more
Sara
Jun 08, 2011 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every romance lover
Oh.My.God!!!
I really don't know whether I liked it or not...
Scratch that. I LOVED IT!!!
It was so beautiful, so enthralling, so full of emotions, so breathtaking, so heartbreaking! Wow!

I liked both Nicole and Michael, but I adored particularly Michael's point of view in the book. And I've fallen in love with him from the moment he stepped in his house with her in his arms!
My God, but he's so amazing! He's adorable, sexy, sweeter than honey, smart, caring... And even though sometimes I felt bad fo...more
Morgan Walsh
This book sounds like it will have a sad ending, where the two lovers will be parted but be okay with the decision (In case you have missed this fact, I have not yet read the book). I HATE it when the lovers don't end up together when their story has been told. Sometimes the romance is a bit skewed, but seriously. I have never thought, in fiction or reality, that the ends justify the means. And the end of this sounds like the love held in the story is just going to go poof at the end, never to b...more
Kelly
When it’s snowy and blustery out, there are two kinds of books I really love to read: books that whisk me away to a balmy paradise, and books that are set in a snowstorm so that the real weather enhances the mood of the novel. Nocturne is one of the latter, taking place in the Colorado Rockies during a blizzard.

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 a...more
Michelle
I actually came across this one while browsing the book section at Target for a differnt book. As I just love paranormal romance the title "Nocturne" really caught my attention. The synopsis sounded really interesting, and I could hardly wait to get home to start reading it. The author gives an excellent description of the setting where the story takes place. That said, there just wasn't enough back story provided on the main characters Michael and Nicole for me, so it was hard for me to feel an...more
Kathy Martin
This was a very touching romance. Nicole and Michael were thrown together because of the weather but soon find that they have a multitude of things in common. Of course, they have quite a few differences too. Michael is a 260 year old vampire. He has given up drinking blood from humans and is used to living a life isolated from temptation. He spends his time taking care of his horses, playing the piano, doing fancy woodworking and writing novels that are a great success. Nicole is a big fan of h...more
Katie(babs)
Nicole Whitcomb is on her way home after celebrating her friend’s wedding in Colorado. She spent the time skiing and relaxing, and now must go back to her hum drum life. She makes the mistake of driving to the airport to catch her flight knowing that a possible snowstorm may hit the area. She is in peril as the snow grows worse and ends up crashing into an embankment. Nicole is bleeding and miles from help and passes out.

When Nicole gains consciousness, she finds herself in a warm bed. She has b...more
Clair
This is the first novel of Syrie James I've read and boy was I blown away! This book is such a page-turner!! THe way she writes, it makes you want to get lost in the pages; it's beautiful the way she describes Colorado and the cabin in which this story mostly takes place! All the way I was rooting for the main characters Michael and Nicole to find a way to stay together despite her eventual realization that's he's a vampire.

I loved how the romance grew between them, and how Michael discovered th...more
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Syrie James is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including 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.

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