Nicole Whitcomb is driving to a Colorado airport after a visit with friends when she has a car accident that strands her in a ditch on a lonely road in the middle of a blizzard. Michael Tyler is an area property owner who sees her car go off the road, but for reasons of his own is loath to help her out. He knows that she won’t survive if he doesn’t. After he rescues her, the weather strands them, potentially for days. Nicole has secrets. Michael has secrets. As they get to know each other, those secrets come out.
Syrie James is an author whose writing I have enjoyed immensely. I LOVE The Secret Diary of Charlotte Bronte, and have enjoyed both Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker and The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. When I found out that she was doing a contemporary romance story with vampires, I was immediately on the fence. I love her writing, but I don’t have much interest in straight romance, and in contemporary romance I have even less – for me they often don’t have enough depth.
Still I wondered whether James’ writing would be enough for me to overcome the contemporary setting. Sadly it wasn’t. I read 60 pages of Nocturne before setting it aside for my aunt. I know she will likely love this one. The writing and characters fall in line with other romances I have read. I read an extra ten pages because the characters started having an interesting conversation about books and writing. Ultimately, as what usually happens with me and contemporary romance, I had no curiosity about Michael and Nicole and their relationship as it seemed to be heading where these things usually do. Many have loved this book. Please check out some of the links below to see if this is more to your taste than mine.