Thursday, January 6, 2011
Review : Nocturne by Syrie James
*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.
Release Date: January 4, 2011
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.
--via Star Book Tours
Rating: THREE Gold Stars!!!
My Review: One word: BITTERSWEET
Nicole Whitcomb is a ski loving, medical insurance claim employee whose life changes with one wrong turn. In Colorado mountains for a friend's ski wedding during an extended weekend, Nicole's car swerves off the road and into a ditch.
Michael Tyler is a reclusive who lives on a homestead with his two horses: a mare named Hip Pockets - Pockers for short - and Posse, an intelligent cantankerous horse. Michael is content with spending his days building beautiful wooden music boxes, playing haunting tunes on his piano and riding his horses. But fate has others plans when a blinding blizzard causes Nicole to stay with him for a few days. Much to Michael's dismay his conscious forces him to save Nicole from impending death by freezing.
But when Nicole and Michael are forced to dig underneath each other's surface they find they like what they see. Nicole is everything Michael could have imagined the perfect woman to be. And although, socially impaired and a bit ruff around the edges, Michael is actually quiet talented, handsome and enthralling. With more in common than they could have imagine, they fall in love before long. Unfortunately for Nicole though, she may have went from one death trap to another. Because Michael is harboring a blood-chilling secret that puts Nicole in more danger every day that she is trapped in his house ... every second that he falls deeper in love with her.
Will Michael help Nicole overcome her painful past? Or is her pain to be subdued by Michael's love? Will Nicole be able to ease the effects of Michael's long self-isolation? Or is his reclusive ways drive Michael to drive Nicole away? Does Michael have the willpower, the self-control to protect Nicole from his darkest attribute?
Nocturne is a beautifully composed novel. However, in all my years of reading I have always been a sourpuss that throws tantrums after despondent endings. Hence, that is why Syrie James' Nocturne only receives 3 out of a possible 5 stars instead of 4.
Here is some of my favorite quotes from Nocturne:
"Michael couldn't stop smiling as they hung up their heavy winter garments, couldn't take his eyes off her as they made their way upstairs. He could admit it now -- if only to himself: Nicole was everything he'd ever dreamed of in a woman. He loved her, had loved her from the first moment he saw her, and every moment in her presence since had only reaffirmed it. "-- Page 173
Nicole & Michael:
"'Considering the outside temperature,' she replied, 'I hope you didn't do all of those activities naked.'
'I assure you, I was fully dressed,' he returned softly. 'One wouldn't want to shock the horses or frighten the neighbors.'
'But you're naked now.'
'All the better to watch you sleep.'
Nicole laughed, her heart pounding. 'That doesn't sound very exciting.'
'Oh, but it is, my love.' The deep tenor of his voice seemed to penetrate her skin and ripple like a a caress through her veins and nerves, as luscious as a warm bath..." – Page 229
***Check out Syrie James' website for more information about her and the Nocturne: HERE