Author: Syrie James
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 3 out of 5
Nicole Whitcomb has just finished with a few days of skiing after her good friend’s wedding. She is on her way back to the airport when she is caught in a snowstorm and gets into a car accident. A handsome stranger helps her and she ends up having to intrude on his hospitality for a few days. And an intrusion it is, because he doesn’t really seem amenable to having a guest. Nicole wonders what he is hiding and why he is so secretive about everything.
When I first picked up Nocturne, I didn’t know much about it. I knew about the car crash and the mysterious stranger, and I thought it would end up being one of those fun suspense novels with a romantic twist. I definitely did not expect a romance with a paranormal twist; had I known that, I likely would not have picked up this book.
Syrie James’ writing is impressive. She’s great with descriptions and emotions, and manages to keep the suspense ratcheted up, even when the reader knows exactly what’s going on. Her characterization is also great – the reader really gets into the minds of both of the characters. Considering the setting is so isolated and there are only two characters in the book, James does an impressive job of keeping the story moving forward and developing her characters.
However, the paranormal twist didn’t work for me at all. I’m not saying that it was poorly written; after all, I stand by what I said about James being a talented writer. It’s just that this is not my typical genre, and for a very good reason – I rarely enjoy romance novels, and while I do enjoy fantasy, paranormal usually isn’t my first choice. As a result, this genre mash-up just didn’t work for me.
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance stories, don’t hesitate to pick up Nocturne because you’ll probably love it. Though I didn’t enjoy the story, I was able to put that aside and appreciate James’ descriptions and her characters, and as a result, I would gladly read another of her books. I’ll just make sure to have more information about it before I pick it up.