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Nocturne is a Sexy Winter Romance

February 12, 2011

Nicole Whitcomb is an intelligent, gorgeous, independent woman, spending a weekend at a dear friend’s wedding in snowy Colorado. She is carring a painful secret, and her personal and professional life is stagnant. While the weekend has been a delightful escape for her, we sense she’s carrying a heavy burden. As she rushes over mountain roads, trying to beat a snowstorm on her way to the airport, her car runs off the road. A reclusive stranger, Michael Tyler, comes to her rescue. As Nicole takes refuge in his house, waiting for the storm to blow over — unsurprisingly — they kindle a romance. But Michael is hiding a dark secret of his own which is likely to send her fleeing in terror.

I am quite a fan of Syrie James’ last novel, Dracula, My Love, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review Nocturne. To be honest, while Nocturne was eloquently written with interesting characters, I didn’t find it nearly as captivating as Dracula, My Love. It didn’t have the same richness, and the story was predictable. Of course romances are often predictable, and that’s part of the reason they’re like literary comfort food. 🙂 But as Trisha pointed out — and I’m trying hard to avoid spoilers here — there were several twists that seemed a bit too coincidental.

On the other hand, I liked Nicole and enjoyed the story, and it was a light, sexy read. It’s a bit like Twilight for grown-ups, but more concise and well written, without the annoying sparkly vampires, and– thank God — lacking the icky, creepy quality of Edward’s relationship with Bella. It also had some interesting literary touches which I enjoyed; I wished they had been developed in more depth.

I think this novel, by a gifted author, will be quite popular. The reason I didn’t love it is probably that I am the wrong audience for this book. I generally don’t enjoy romance novels. I chose Nocturne because I’d thoroughly enjoyed a previous, more literary novel by this writer. For readers who enjoy escaping in a well written, hot romance, with a strong female heroine and touches of classical music, literature, and history woven in, I highly recommend this book.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2011 10:14 pm

    I confess I know nothing about romance, but Trisha’s review of this – and now yours – intrigued me.

  2. February 12, 2011 10:32 pm

    I like what you say about this one not having the “icky, creepy” quality of Edward and Bella’s Twilight relationship. I couldn’t get through the series because of that, although I have had a good time watching the movies.

    • February 12, 2011 11:14 pm

      My daughter and I only made it through the first book in the Twlight series, and we decided it definitely wasn’t for us. I’ve avoided the movies, but I am intrigued to hear you liked them better. 🙂

  3. February 13, 2011 12:28 am

    I’m with Nymeth – I’m interested! :–)

  4. February 13, 2011 4:33 am

    Ahh, romance. You can’t live with it, you can’t live without it. Although I would consider myself the least romantic person ever, sometimes I feel inspired to read some mush. Nothing’s wrong with a little cheese right?

    Happy reading!

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