“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 shake the feeling that he really doesn’t want her there.
She soon discovers that he’s a famous, reclusive author, renowned for his highly detailed and authentic historical fiction, and fiercely protective of his privacy. No wonder he was so reluctant to take her in, Nicole thinks. But he hides a far darker secret. As the sexual tension between them builds, the clues mount up.
When Nicole realizes that her host is an ages-old vampire who thirsts for her blood, there’s nowhere for her to run but the blizzard raging outside, and he’s the only one who can save her life. By now there is no turning back; they have both fallen deeply in love, and share several passionate days together while waiting out the storm—a deep, meaningful, and dangerously seductive experience that will change them both forever.”
Thoughts: Nocturne has an entire “been there, done that” feel to it that prevents a reader from truly enjoying it. A mysterious vampire, love at first sight, the threat his “condition” brings to their relationship – sound familiar? One would think we were done with stories that replicate Stephenie Meyer’s phenomenally successful Twilight Saga, but apparently not. Even the dialogue was similar, especially when she tells Michael to “Say it. Say that you’re a vampire.” One of its only saving graces is the fact that Nocturne is definitely for adults, complete with adult situations. Michael is another. Michael is a proper vampire, fully cognizant of his potential danger but not trying to hide who he is either. The other positive is the not-so-happily-ever-after ending. The romantic will despair of the ending, but the pragmatist will celebrate the common sense approach to Michael’s and Nicole’s future. Ms. James should be commended for writing a decent story that has no other characters other than Michael and Nicole and no other setting other than his house within the Colorado mountains. It is tough to do, but she does succeed with it. If only her subject matter would have been slightly more unique, then Nocturne would have been an unequivocal success.
Acknowledgements: Mine. All mine.