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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  34 reviews
It's Mardi Gras, cher, but this year le bon temps kick off with murder…

For generations, the White Monks have treated the vampire Thaddeus Dupont as a weapon in their battle against demons. However, when a prominent matron drops dead at a party, Thaddeus and his lover Sarasija are asked to find her killer. Their investigation leads them to an old southern family with connec
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Published October 12th 2017 by Prescourt Books
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Back in the Big Easy again and it never felt so good!

And confusing...

Seriously, like, WHAT IS HE????

Never mind that now. No sense dwelling. But it seems fairly obvious the series will continue since we're left with a whole mess of dangling threads or should I say beads since NAWLINS, Y'ALL!

Nocturne picks up where Vespers left off, so this should not be read as a standalone. They are almost immediately thrust into a murder mystery complete with witches, warlocks and demons and all smack dab i
There is such an emotional intensity, a darker shade, to the second book in the Hours of the Night series. Thaddeus continues to be my wonderful vampire, still full of Catholic guilt, in need of punishment for being gay. Still judging himself as lesser, yet continuing his kinder thoughts toward others. Sara is still a nice guy, although his joie de vivre is tempered by factors from Vespers. There is no mistaking the beauty of Thaddeus and Sara together. I do love them. The way they feel about th ...more
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book from the authors. This has not influenced my review.*

Even though this was only Book 2 in the series, it was already a comfort kind of read for me and one I was really excited for. And let me tell you, this book jumped right into the good stuff: relationship problems, murder, and sex, all within the first 10%.

One of the things I love most about this series though is all the tension that Thad's religiousness brings to the story. I didn't fully explai
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2017
I'm horrible at reviewing books I love because I basically become a mess of *I loved the characters, l loved the story, I loved, loved, loved ...*
But, yes, I love Sara, I love his personality and the way he takes care of Thad. I cannot wait to see what is going on with his powers, and Marcus, and, well, everything. I adore Thad, I love the way he loves Sara, I love the way he protects and cares for those he loves, I love that he's starting to realize that he can have more than just being the Mo
Jennifer Oliveira
*ARC received through the authors*

Actual rating: 3.5/5

I must admit I was very excited for the comeback of one of my favorite vampires in literature. One of my favorite vampires and his lover, fighting monsters in what was one of my favorite POC mxm fantasy books of perhaps... ever? By this I mean the first book in the series, where these characters are introduced to us, plus Thaddeus' badass female assistant, and they solve mysteries and fight demons while being faithful to a bunch of monks.

On t
Joyfully Jay
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

As I did with Vespers and the Christmas novella Bonfire, I loved this book! It was exciting, atmospheric, unconventional, and sexy. It has a sort of Southern Gothic feel to it, and that makes it all seem eerie, from the description of Thad’s houses, to the shops on Bourbon Street. I chose this series because I have a love of vampires…all kinds of vampires. If you’ve ever watched True Blood, you’ll understand the ambience and world building given to us by Preston and
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, romance
What are you?

It's funny, but I went into this book with such a clear idea of what the lingering 'problem' would be. After all, even with Bonfire, there was still a degree of festering within Thad and Sara's relationship. Thad continued to see it as a sin, something that needed confessing, keeping distance between the two. Now with Mardi Gras and parties and Sara being hit on Thad would get jealous and that inability to truly acknowledge the relationship would be The Big Problem. Hoo boy was I wr
Oct 16, 2017 added it
Shelves: lgbtq, paranormal, romance
Loved being back in this world! Also excited to learn more about Brother Michael. The star attractions were Thad and Sara, though, as their relationship and the WEIRDNESS develop. Can't wait to read the next book! ...more
We are back with Thad and Sata and its Mardi Gras. They are asked by the Monks to investigate a death.
We meet lots of new people and witches and Sara's personal demon.
A nice story that kept me involved throughout.
We learn that Sara isnt wholly human. I can't wait to see what the next books brings.
Lisa The Novel Approach
~ 4.5 Stars ~

Nocturne, book two in Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt’s Hours of the Night series, is next level entertaining and suspenseful. As much as I liked the heck out of Vespers and the introduction to their alternate New Orleans, this new full-length installment in the series not only advances its overall arc but gives a whole new dimension to Sarasija Mishra—vampire Thaddeus Beaumont’s human lover—and adds more than a bit of moral conflict for our pious demon hunting vampire, and I loved
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
From Magnolia Reviews: Four Petals

This book provided yet another wonderful setting to ground the vampires and magic in the real world. I had some issue with the characters not communicating with each other properly, but overall I really liked this book and definitely recommend it.

Read the full review on Maggie's website:
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thaddeus and Sara go to a party where a murder occurs and there is a missing grimoire that has already caused problems with demons and spells that put them into the line of fire. Murder, possessions, demons, violence, running away and broken hearts and stretched bonds. Was the story good. Yes! As were the first one of the series. Book ended on a cliffhanger. Hopefully it doesn't take the authors as long this time to write the next in the series. Would recommend this book for anyone to read. ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I had to take off half a star (and considered taking off a full one) due to the MCs being down right stupid/blind at times. I know it was done to drive the plot but it was frustrating and seemed like lazy writing to me. I kept thinking, no way people with their previous experiences would not even pose the right questions! But Thad did experience quite a break through in this installment, and I very much want the next book to happen, so rounding up.
Jeannie Zelos
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nocturne, (Hours of the Night 2), Irene Preston, Liv Rancourt

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance

Vampires, supernatural suspense, M/M romance - what's not to love? This is a great series but don't start here, read books 1 and 1.5 or you'll be lost. 

Even though I've done that there are times when i needed to do a mental backtrack just to recall who fits where and how...There are some great characters here but the cast gets larger, with each book building on both short an
Mari  Cardenas
4.5 Stars!!!

Nocturne is book 2 in The Hours of the Night series and I think to be on the safe side, you do need to read it in order, Vespers, Bonfire and then Nocturne. It's such a great series, that you won't regret it.

After a wealthy matron from a prominent Louisiana family dies at a party Sara and Thaddeus attend just before Mardi Gras, they rally trying to find the killer that leads them to discover an organization that is just as secret as the White Monks to whom Thaddeus responds to.

When a prominent society lady (and, as it turns out, essentially the head of a powerful coven) mysteriously dies at her own party, the only thing anyone knows for certain is that foul play is more than suspected. So it's also no surprise that Thaddeus and Sarasija find themselves working to track down the murderer. And if it's not enough to be on the trail of someone (or something) nefarious, they still need to track down the missing grimoire (a.k.a. guide to demon summoning) while Thaddeus is s ...more
Debbie Christiana
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nocturne (Hours of the Night, Book II) shows us how perfectly this series is coming along. In this installment it's nearing Mardi Gras and the parties are in full swing, as are our favorite characters, the vampire Thaddeus and his assistant/lover Sarasija and who can forget the sassy whip wielding, Nohea?

Brother Michael invites Thad and Sara to a party at his home only to have the matriarch of the family, Aunt Roberta, drop dead. Throw in Brother Michael's wild niece and nephew, Sef and JoJo, w
Sadie Forsythe
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really think this was my favorite so far in the series. I liked seeing a bit more of Thad's "le monstre." I liked that there wasn't so much angst about his perceived sins and I liked that Sara had struggles of his own, outside of getting Thad to accept his love. Plus, they were sweet together and I thought the writing was just really good.

I did think it dragged just a little and I was disappointed to end the book not knowing what's up with Sara's situation. I assume this is the next book, but
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That and Sara are back in New Orleans and the fun is about to start and confusion reigns not only in the story but for the reader. So many questions are raised Jo-Jo who are they, good or bad. Noreh will she forgive thad. Who are the baddies and who are the goodies. Will those two men ever just stop over thinking and talk to each other. Confusing and frustrating and brilliant. The ending great as it means there is more to come. The two authors really weave great stories, ,mystery, intrigue, MM l ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received the ARC of this book from the authors for an honest review.

For me, this second book in the Hours of the Night series was even better than Vespers and that's saying a lot. I loved Vespers. I loved the characters, the setting, the premise of the series - everything. For the first time in more years than I can keep track of, there was finally an intelligent approach to writing a vampire character that hearkened back to the struggle between good and evil, not just a broader, exterior con
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it

It is a new author for me. I haven't read book 1. So I think you should read those first as the story is somewhat connected even if there were backstory.

It has a nice plot and interesting twisting story. Thaddeus is not like any vampire I have read. Which just made this story a refreshing read.

Other than that I just wish there was a glossary for foreign terms that were used. Like the chants. Some Latin? Phrases i don't understand.

I'm gonna reread it next time when I ha
This is an incredible book and series. Haunted was the first book I read by these talented authors and it catapulted me into the whole series. Having finished the last book they have written I'm more than ready right to see what else happens to this fabulous couple. They have my heart in their hands!
Highly recommend the series.

You have to really start with the first book to understand what's happening in the following books. Pick them up and enjoy the thrill of reading about vampires, demons, wi
Honestly, I didn't like it as much as the first one and probably won't continue with the series. I find the action scenes very confusing, and all the characters seem to be held at a distance. Perhaps the fact that there are two co-authors explains some of this. The series has its fans, so it clearly works for some readers... ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great addition to the series!
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved these books

Great characters and plot. Different from other vampire tales. Loved Sara's realism, attitude and reactions. Can't wait for the next book.
Good editing, world building and character development, something that makes a good story great.
Helen M. Whitchurch
Catholic vampire

Vampire must choose between Catholic indoctrination and Saraji, his love and freedom of thought when rogue witch sparks conflict between New Orleans factions.
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nocturne takes place a few months after the events of Bonfire moving from the Christmas holidays to Mardi Gras. A familiar friend re-appears in Thad and Sara's lives again along with some new faces. Thad and Sara have a new mystery to uncover when Father Michael's relative dies at a Mardi Gras party in a mysterious manner.

What once was clear in Vespers about good and evil isn't so clear cut and easily defined in Nocturne. I absolutely love that about this book. The lines are blurred between goo
Jenny Saul-Avila
As with Bonfires, this is definitely NOT a standalone, so if you're looking to dive right in, go back to the start & read Vespers. Vespers is HIGHLY enjoyable. So is this book. :)
Now, if you've been good & read Vespers, you ought to enjoy this book very much. There continues to be a good deal of suspense, tension between characters, snark & wit, an unpredictable whodunit, and a decent amount of heat. (It's not exactly fade to black, but it's definitely more focused on character & plot developmen
Jessica Newton
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was excited to read the second book in this series. I really like Thaddeus and Sara together and Nohea is just badass.

The one thing I liked less about this book compared to the first is it was confusing and seemed to drag towards the middle. I'm still not sure what Sara has become/is meant to be...and maybe that will be addressed more fully in the next book "Benedictus" which I definitely plan to read. Whenever it comes out, that is. As it stands, it seems to be 2 years late...and that makes m
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A cracking good, culturally interesting, tender but hella creepy paranormal series. Absorbing from the first chapter of Vol 1 (Vespers) thru last chapter of Vol 2 (Nocturne). Alas, third installment (Benedictus) delayed; expected release "2019". Here's hoping. Volumes end satisfactorily, with no cliffhanger, but the loose ends tantalize.
Seductive x 4: Characters, Premise, Ambiance & Writing Style.
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Irene Preston has to write romances, after all she is living one. As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe. Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.

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