"A POIGNANT YET SEARING TALE OF FORBIDDEN LOVE - 5 STARS
From the beginning, you are haunted by the longing and mystery of this pair of strangers as they overcome their fears and allow their passions to ignite. Set in the beautiful snowy mountains of the Northwest, you fall in love with the characters as well as the beauty. The mystery gently pulls you into the depth of secrecy and desire that finally springs forth into a raging inferno... Ms James has given us an incredibly sexy story set in the beauty of an unspoiled frozen tundra. The weather forms a barrier that brings in a dreamlike quality to the story, making it both haunting and exciting... You will love this beautiful and mysterious story, full of love and longing, but with a passion that sizzles through the pages. The characters are bold and imaginative, and our hero Michael is everything a woman looks for in a man, but just a bit more."

The Romance Reviews



5 STARS - ANOTHER ENRAPTURING ROMANCE BY SYRIE JAMES
"Near-death experiences, a charming and enigmatic stranger, concealed dark secrets, forbidden love – Syrie James' latest novel is an exquisite feast of passion, turmoil, adventure, and intrigue. Diverging from her magnificent and highly acclaimed historical/biographical fiction novels (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë, Dracula, My Love), Syrie James traverses a new path in this contemporary romance about two star-crossed lovers being snowbound together in the Colorado mountains.

What a gloriously romantic story! Having devoured and cherished all of her previous novels, I think it fitting to classify myself as an ardent admirer of Syrie James! ... This whirlwind tale about forbidden love and star-crossed lovers is one of her most impassioned and emotionally intense novels yet ... In a way, Nocturne reminded me a little of Beauty and the Beast ... Very aptly named, Nocturne is evocative, expressive, and filled with emotion. I like my literature like I like my classical music – dark and passionate, and this contemporary romance by Syrie James satiated my desire for a compelling and haunting romance. It would make me exceedingly overjoyed if Ms. James wrote a sequel! (hint hint Vanguard Press!)"

Austenesque Reviews




LYRICAL, LUSH, AND INTENSELY ROMANTIC
"Unconscious and stranded in the Colorado Rockies after her car skids off an icy road during a blizzard, Nicole Whitcomb awakes in the magnificent, isolated mountain home of the astonishingly good-looking man who rescued her. Michael Tyler is brilliant, reclusive, enigmatic, and a potentially deadly, centuries-old vampire. Now, snowbound together until the storm ends and the roads can be cleared, they begin a wary, star-crossed journey from attraction to passion as Nicole's fears and Michael's bloodlust war with their love for each other.

Beautifully descriptive, well written, and simply plotted, this story spans only four days and features just two characters, but as the story progresses they grow individually, as well as in their relationship, and are profoundly changed as a result. Verdict: Lyrical, lush, and intensely romantic, this infinitely touching, bittersweet story from James (Dracula, My Love) will weave its way into readers' hearts, with its complex characters and compelling emotions sure to linger long after the last page has been turned. While not a romance in the truest sense, this novel will have a poignant appeal for romance as well as paranormal fans and provides a slim glimmer of hope for the optimists among us."

Library Journal



TENDER, CHARACTER-DRIVEN LOVE STORY... FANTASTIC!
Syrie James puts her own spin on the vampire trend with this tender, character-driven love story. The snowbound Nicole and Michael have so much chemistry that everything they do, from discussing literature to carving wooden music boxes, becomes foreplay. The seclusion allows the reader to thoroughly know the characters making the multiple revelations about both Michael and Nicole all the more satisfying... Readers will easily suspend their disbelief for this paranormal romance. You won't need a snowstorm to keep you glued to your chair, racing through this fantastic novel!"

RT Book Reviews



"BRILLIANT, COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN...
A gorgeous read for the festive season, a true romance with a delicious bittersweet ending that brought tears to my eyes ... Syrie James has a wonderful way with words and very cleverly writes Nicole's realisation about who (or what) Michael really is - skillfully done in my opinion because I believed it ...

The atmosphere of NOCTURNE is just wonderful. I could feel the bitter winter cold, smell the winter air, see the bright white landscape of newly fallen snow. Ms James does a fantastic job describing the world surrounding Nicole and Michael and I settled down in my soft cozy chair, with the fire on and just melted into the story ... NOCTURNE is a wonderful read with a beautiful romance that pulls at the heart strings. A must read for any romance fan."

Book Chick City



PASSIONATE ... INTENSE ... ELECTRIFYING... BREATHTAKING
"Syrie James is a writer who has produced some of the most fascinating and well-written works of fiction that have appeared in the last several years. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, which was the first novel that came from this creative mind, was a complete homerun. Her follow-up--The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte--was beyond fantastic; and Dracula, My Love was such a refreshing story in the midst of all this 'vamp' hoopla, because it told a wonderful love story that lived on in readers' imaginations. Now, with Nocturne, Ms. James has once again offered a haunting, romantic tale that will leave readers wishing that HER characters were the ones on the big screen...

When Nicole stumbles across the truth about Michael, the desperate, passionate feelings that have grown between the couple turn somewhat deadly, and Nicole must fight against the intense fear and a love that’s growing deep inside her soul. The historical facets of this book are truly interesting, and Michael’s character is beyond charming... His emotions run extremely deep, and his past is electrifying to read about... There is one particular scene that readers will always remember no matter how many books they devour from here on out. A lot like the romantic 'pottery-making' scene in the movie Ghost, Michael teaches Nicole how to create intricate music boxes, and the love, drama, and beauty that flows between the two characters is almost breathtaking.

Quill Says: If you've never read a Syrie James novel you're missing out. Whether you begin with her odes to Austen, Bronte, Dracula, or Nicole and Michael – you will most assuredly read every word she's written and become a true fan for all time."

Feathered Quill Book Reviews



BARNES & NOBLE ROMANTIC READ OF THE WEEK
"Tis the wintry season, and what could be more romantic than getting snowbound with a dark and mysterious stranger? ... Nicole's entire survival rests in the hands of one inscrutable man. His name is Michael Tyler and he's an unbelievably sexy – and British – recluse, living alone in a mountain hideaway that's got as many secrets as it does rooms. Michael is immediately aware of Nicole, and not only because he's just saved her life. How will a man so used to solitude spend days shut in with a beautiful, lively, and equally secretive woman?

Nocturne is the kind of book that makes you want to turn off the phone and the television so you can do nothing but read (and maybe sip some tea or hot cocoa.) I don’t know about you, but I'm a big fan of the weather-has-thrown-us-together romances... What I need is more books where the characters are stuck in one place, with no option but to get to know each other."

Barnes and Noble.com



A PAGE TURNER
"This book is GREAT! It is a page turner filled with suspense, thrills, paranormal elements, surprises, and hot romance. The author brings the characters and settings to life with such visual descriptions. It was so hard to put the book down. I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next ... One of the best elements that makes this a "can't put it down" book is the roller-coaster emotions that the characters go through... If you are a fan of romantic suspense thrillers, I highly recommend you read this novel.

Go YAY Book Reviews



ONE OF MY FAVORITE ROMANCE READS OF THE YEAR: 5/5 STARS
"I was drawn to two words that were on blurb of the book: FORBIDDEN LOVE. This is probably one of my favorite romance reads of the year... I rarely pick up adult fiction on my bookstore jaunts. I think it was by divine intervention that I found this book. I absolutely loved it! The snowstorm created a more eerie, mysterious backdrop to this sensual vampire tale. The characters were well drawn and captivated me from page one to the last. Their conversations were very intelligent and every scene screamed sexual tension... Syrie James’ writing is exquisite as is her talent for taking her readers to historic voyages... After reading Nocturne, I'm going to check out her other works as well." "

Joyous Reads



"A POIGNANT, HEART-WRENCHING LOVE STORY...
...which tells the story of an unlikely romance between a man with secrets and the woman who comes to love him... James' characters came alive for me in this engrossing story. This is another book I read in one sitting. 5 stars." "

Bitten By Paranormal Romance



I WAS CAPTIVATED
"Talk about a surprising read! ... I was captivated by the end of the first chapter and couldn't put it down... Then, about half way through, there was this moment of "WOA!" I don't want to give anything away... but let me just say - you won't see it coming... The ending was flawlessly honest and real, even for the genre, it was plausible and probable - it definitely kept me thinking and considering the possibilities... If you read any book for Valentine's Day, read 'Nocturne' by Syrie James."

Originality: 10/10
Ending: 9/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 9/10
My reaction/enjoyment: 10/10
Cover: 10/10
Overall: 98/100 A

Miss Remmer's Review



REAL MEN READ ROMANCE
"I was drawn in by the picture of the rose in the snow. I had no idea it was going to be a romantic type of book, and by the time I realized it was, I was too drawn into the story to care... I read Nocturne in two days and after I was finished, I went on a mission to contact Syrie and let her know how impressed I was... I would highly recommend this book to anyone, men and women alike."

Jared Anderson, JSA Scribes



A GROWN-UPS VERSION OF "TWILIGHT" ... WITH A HINT OF "CASABLANCA"
"Syrie James brings a story that is reminiscent of a grown-ups version of 'Twilight' in "Nocturne... Nicole finds herself charmed by the stranger as he nurses her back to health, but soon it becomes apparent as to why Michael lives a life of solitude - he is a vampire. While the two are drawn together in a heated way, can true love ever really exist between them? And as Nicole finds herself falling in love with him, has she put her life in danger? This is a dark story of forbidden love and vampire romance, with a hint of 'Casablanca.' Even if their love is ultimately forbidden, what the two characters learn about each other and the journey is satisfying."

Parkersburg News and Sentinel, WV



A DEEPLY MOVING STORY
"James weaves what could have been a very short story into a deeply moving story of hidden treasures and monstrous undertones... The twists are minimal but when they are needed, James delivers... Syrie James has done what very few writers can do. She breaks down a relationship by allowing it to flourish and fall on its own merit. No outside influences come into play between the two characters. What becomes of their relationship is completely of their own choosing."

Rustys Cage



TWO VIBRANT, BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS FIND REFUGE FROM A STORM, LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY
"I loved this story. This charming, beautiful romance convinced me that love will always find a way ... Both individuals are wounded souls and each can understand the other's pain in a way someone else might not. What struck me was the spiritual - and I don't mean religious - aspect of the story. Michael shows through his character and actions the power of redemption. How that comes about is told to Nicole one night when his affection for her, which is deeply reciprocated, becomes almost overwhelming.

Nicole has her own demons to deal with... These two remarkable people help each other to heal and feel hope. Understand that this theme of healing and redemption while strong does not make for a sappy, sentimental story. Two vibrant, believable characters who have suffered severely find refuge from a storm literally and figuratively. For those who want a bit of zest the author includes a couple a deliciously steamy love scenes."

Patricia's Vampire Notes



"I WAS IMMEDIATELY CAPTIVATED...
... with both the beautiful cover and the mesmerising storyline... The story carries you forward at a steady pace as more and more is revealed both to Nicole and to the reader. The best thing about this book is how believable everything is. Everything from the accident to the setting and how Michael came to live such a secluded existence... I found myself reading at every opportunity just to find out what happened next. Syrie painted the picture so vividly for me that I could practically feel the snowflakes falling on me... I wish I could remember the name of the blog that introduced me to the world of Nocturne and Syrie James’ writing so I could thank them for the very pleasurable reading experience I’ve had over the last couple of days. If you’re a romance fan, DEFINITELY pick this one up."

Narratively Speaking



"5 STARS. I LOVE A GOOD FORBIDDEN ROMANCE!
I gobbled this book up like a bag of my favorite chocolate truffles! ... This book is amazing for so many different reasons. Syrie's beautiful writing never disappoints... I loved the descriptions she used and the pictures she painted. It was an ideal setting... Michael is... intelligent, well read, musically inclined, sensitive, strong, loves animals... You can't help but love him... All in all, I loved this book. The characters were relatable. They both had flaws that made them imperfect, but they brought out the perfection in each other. The twists and turns were dramatic, but again believable... I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of forbidden love stories, real characters, and beautiful storytelling. Please do me a favor and go buy Nocturne so that Syrie can write a sequel!"

Broke and Bookish



BREATHTAKING
"Nocturne is a bittersweet tale that holds you in its grip from the get go. Ms. James uses not only the paranormal genre but the cadence of the written words to give this book the feeling of a gothic tale like Jane Eyre. To see Nicole come out of her shell and face her fears was wonderful. At the same time, watching Michael start to believe in the power of love was like watching a child hold a butterfly for the first time. The scenery is breathtaking, the storyline is heartbreaking, and the characters will stay with you for a long time."

Coffee Time Romance



THESE CHARACTERS MAKE BELLA AND EDWARD LOOK LIKE FRIENDS
"It's the perfect book for Valentine's Day... The passion between these two characters is so intense, you feel it more than any two characters you've ever read... I really enjoyed this book. If you could explain this book in one word it'd be 'passion.' These characters make Bella and Edward look like friends."

Chapter Chicks YouTube Review



"A JOY TO READ...
[Nocturne] is a story of building a life and a destiny for oneself and the sacrifices that might be needed to arrive at that destiny... It's not afraid to be different, not afraid to be a cup of tea in an espresso genre (there are no gunfights or chasing after superevilbadguys here, just two people snowed in and falling in love, thank you very much) and... the ending might just tear your heart out.  In that lies the strength of the book though--the fact that it's different. Overall Grade: A"

What Book Is That



A WONDERFUL COMBINATION OF THRILLER, MYSTERY, AND ROMANCE
"Syrie James has done it again with this wonderful combination of thriller, mystery and romance. The award-winning author of Dracula, My Love returns with a romantic thriller that will greatly please her legion of fans... This exciting and thrilling romance takes place in one of the most beautiful settings, the Rockies, and is bound to keep you turning page after page to find out more about the mysterious and enigmatic Michael Tyler... Even as the two begin to fall deeper and deeper in love, still the tension builds as each of them work hard to hide from the other the dark secrets of their past."

Top Romance Novels



AN ENDING UNLIKE ANY OTHER!
Syrie James created a wonderful novel and an amazing atmosphere by only using two characters throughout her whole book! To be honest, the fact that James manages to catch and preserve the reader's attention with just two characters, tells a lot about this book! I really liked Nicole as a character. Sweet, smart and sensitive and--at last--a heroine of a paranormal romance who struggles a bit more to accept the paranormal truth of things and reacts as any normal person would have reacted if stuck in a situation like hers... I liked the way Michael struggled internally to preserve anything human left in him... All the secluded and trapped in a -luxurious surely!- place vibe just excited me! Who wouldn't want to be stranded with a gorgeous stranger (not the dangerous kind let me be clear!) in a magnificent place and fall in love with that stranger while a blizzard is raging outside?... But what made me love this book was its ending... An ending unlike any other! ... For the first time, I get to read a book that surprises me the whole time, even with its ending! Don't wanna say too much about it, only that: It will make me remember this book for a really long time..."

Books To Brighten Your Mood



A GRIPPING, ROMANTIC TALE
If you knew my dislike for vampires, zombies, ghosts, and monsters in general, you should be really stunned at reading this review, as much as I myself was puzzled while reading this novel: I was being charmed by one of those creatures I had always disliked! I had never loved a vampire before, but if this vampire looked like Richard Armitage and was like Syrie said in her interview ("young and gorgeous yet centuries old—and thus the kind of cultured, highly accomplished, dashing gentleman with a luscious accent of whom I'm so fond of writing..." read the whole blogpost HERE) ... I couldn't resist. I didn't. Totally caught in the romance, I forgot my previous prejudices. I liked the story and its hero. Syrie James's skill at making her narration visual helped, she's also a successful screenwriter and that means a lot. It was a a real delight, a gripping, romantic tale."

Fly High: Literature, Art, & Movies



TWO HEARTS SHARE THE DEEPEST CORNERS OF THEIR SOULS
"Nocturne is beautifully written and extremely difficult to put down. Nicole and Michael are genuine and one can easily relate to them as each page unfolds... Inner conflicts abound within both Nicole and Michael. But love will not be denied. It grows strong and deep as the two hearts share the deepest corners of their souls... Michael accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experiences during his extended life... I enjoyed the frequent glimpses of Michael's past that he so eloquently related to Nicole. It seemed as though he satisfied a deep-seated longing to find one with whom he could share that part of himself... Though I have never held much fascination for the romanticism of vampires, I thoroughly enjoyed this read."

—Dark Faery Subculture Magazine



4.5 STARS ... ONE OF THOSE BOOKS THAT IS HARD TO TEAR AWAY FROM
"Syrie James (bestselling author of such runaway hits as "Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen" and "Dracula, My Love") jumps into the urban fantasy game with her latest read...  Once I read "Nocturne", I realized that this was a story that she was supposed to tell. My wish is that the urban fantasy crowd will discover this one first and then reflect on James' entire body-of-work and see what a talented writer they've discovered... The writer really honed the craft and perfected the game... this is one of those books that is hard to tear away from...

The pacing is remarkably well done.  The dialogue is strong as well...  The characters of Michael and Nicole are incredibly effective and fleshed out.  And the emotional level is strong... There are also some nice twists and turns that signifies James' love of classic literature... Final Verdict?  4.5 out of 5.  An upturn in the urban fantasy game and worthy of your embrace."

Eric Mays, The Authors Speak Read of the Week



A VERY WELL THOUGHT OUT TALE OF LOVE
"This book expertly combines the lure and the lore of the Vampire, in a modern day romance. Set in the mountains of Colorado, snowed in with the Vampire, our heroine falls in love. Not with the stereotypical image of the Vampire as we've come to know him, but with the Vampire as a man, a sensuous, intelligent, and charming man. A recluse, our Vampire has taken to hiding in the hills to avoid the temptation of blood, to prevent himself from hurting anyone else. He does well at this until he meets our heroine, Nicole, who invades his life, his home, and his secrets... The author [has] taken some of our misconceptions about Vampires, and turned them on their head, while expertly weaving the tale of romance... The writer's knowledge of the depth of her characters, shows a level of understanding that befits a modern day Vampire tale... A very well thought out tale of love, and of Vampires, which becomes the epitome of life itself."

Sacred Spirituality



"I AM BECOMING SUCH A FAN OF SYRIE JAMES...
I first read her Dracula, My Love back in the summer and fell in love with her romantic paranormal writing style... Nocturne is an incredibly quick read and is a masterful piece of paranormal romance ... Syrie James is such a fantastic plot weaver I really hope you do get a chance to pick up Nocturne and read it for yourself. Michael is everything a vampire should and shouldn't be. He has an amazing depth of character.

Why Teens Will Love It: Think Twilight but actually emotionally stable ... I think teens will really enjoy reading a romance whose ending is heart breaking instead of ridiculous and the heroine actually has a brain and a tiny shred of care for her life.

Why Adults Will Love It: Who doesn't want to be trapped in the snow with a hot vampire writer with a soul? ... You will never see vampires the same again."

Bookalicious



"A SWEET, PASSIONATE, HEART-WRENCHING, MAGICAL LOVE STORY THAT WAS A PLEASURE TO READ...
I found myself wrapped up in the romance of this novel–-and enjoying every minute of it. This is the first time I've ever read Syrie James, and I was impressed most by two things.  First, her descriptions are so layered and specific that you feel such a sense of PLACE while you're reading this story...

Second, the connection between the main characters is intense.  From the very beginning, the conversation and physical contact is natural and warm, and it progresses to intense sexual tension and emotional connection in a way that makes you want to keep reading...

The chemistry between them is perfect and when they do give in to their physical desires, it's ... well, it's hot, y'all.  I'm just saying.  Ahem... I finished it with a little sigh that was part satisfaction and part sadness; I was left hoping that I would see these characters again."

Tomes on Tuesday Book Review



"5 OUT OF 5 STARS!
Immediately from the first page I knew I was going to love Nocturne. Everything moves at a fast pace... you quickly fall in love with the characters ... Nicole and Michael were just perfect for each other. From their first meeting to the end, you will have butterflies in your stomach ... Reading Nocturne made me want to fall in love all over again... A really sweet and beautiful story. I loved it!"

Good Choice Reading



"TAUNTINGLY COMPELLING ... THE PERFECT ESCAPE BOOK
"As the sexual tension increases and [Nicole's] imagination runs rampant in this mountain seclusion, she readily makes excuses, only to discover that her wildest dreams, or nightmares, are now her reality. Will I ruin it for you if I tell you that yes, Michael is a vampire? Like the iconic vampires of Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, and even Stephenie Meyer, Michael has his impossible strengths and weaknesses. When Nicole realizes what he is, the shock and fear that she has fallen for a vampire sets her on a dangerous escape.

But it's his unlikely humanity, as well as his love for her that allowed him to hold his carnal instincts in check that endeared me most. As the sun comes out and the roads have cleared, Nicole and Michael must find a way to co-exist if their forbidden love is to survive. Tauntingly compelling, the ending left me spent... The haunting Nocturne is the perfect escape book for romance readers with some pretty steamy love scenes sure to warm you to your toes these cold, winter months." 

Austenprose



5/5 STARS
First, I must confess, I don't do vampire novels. Until now, I had read only one vampire book in my adult life, that book being this same author's Dracula, My Love... I liked it... [and] I really liked this one. It was simple, romantic, entertaining, and even made me shed a few tears... Good book and just what I needed today. 5/5 stars."

Book Babe



"I FOUND MYSELF GLUED TO THE PAGES OF THIS NOVEL...
... A slight glimmer of the teenager I once was showed her face once again, and I dissolved into giggles and gasps like a silly school girl... Nocturne will grip you like books once did, upstairs in your room, hidden away while still in plain sight."

Jane Austen's World



"EXCELLENT -- LOVED IT!
NOCTURNE is the perfect novel to read on a cold winter night, curled up in front of a roaring fire and let this impossible romance sink into your soul.  Just beautiful."

All Things Urban Fantasy



DRAWS READERS INTO A STATE OF ENCHANTMENT
"Syrie James spins a story with plenty of drama and character development ... James invokes classic fairytale tropes to draw readers into a state of enchantment... A bittersweet love story set against a beautiful wintry background, Nocturne is a curl-up-on-a-cold-night book par excellence. Once you've read the ending, you'll want to read the author's note that follows."

Fantasy Literature.com



"A HAUNTING LOVE STORY FROM FRONT TO END...
I loved how descriptive Ms. James is with Michael’s home and where it’s set. Nicole’s character is going through a very trying time in her life and I love how Michael helps her to grow... Michael also has ghosts from his past and Nicole shows him that he is capable of dealing with his past and can grow as well. Their love story is life changing and very bittersweet. Readers should keep the tissues handy; the ending will tug at your heart."

Once Upon A Romance



I DIDN'T SEE THE END COMING
"This book was different (in my opinion) from most paranormal romances on the market today because the story revolved around only two characters (plus a few animals) and their discovery of each other through dialogue. Don't get me wrong, there are several steamy scenes, but these two discover the real problems that haunt them and work on overcoming the hurts together. I will admit, I didn't see the ending coming. It was bittersweet and left me to wonder if there might possibly be a sequel... I am hoping Ms. James will chose to continue their story."

The Thrifty Things



"FANS OF NICHOLAS SPARKS WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED...
What's not to love about being snowbound in a perfect isolated place with your soul mate?"

—Publishers Weekly Beyond Her Book Blog



A STYLISH AND THOUGHTFULLY WRITTEN STORY
"A simple and bittersweet story of a lonely man and a troubled woman who find themselves in an impossible situation... Nocturne is a stylish and thoughtfully written story that presents two very real characters and a realistic approach to the question - what if a human woman and a vampire fall in love?"

—Book Loons



"A VERY COMPELLING CONTEMPORARY THRILLER...
A wonderful love story with paranormal elements that is sure to entertain those who enjoy passionate romance, literature, and music."

Slice of Life



"WOW, WHAT A READ! 5 STARS!
Another page turner by a talented and established writer. If you like urban fantasy then you MUST give this one a read. Syrie James is one of the best out there!"

—YA Fantasy Guide/Goodreads.com



AN EMOTIONALLY HEARTFELT LOVE STORY
"Right away, it becomes evident that this is a complicated relationship as the characters come alive in NOCTURNE.  Intricately woven into the storyline is an almost lyrical imagery of scenery and eloquent dialogue ... The main players are wonderfully real, making you want to step into their world and fix things... Readers will find NOCTURNE an emotionally heartfelt love story with an unexpected ending that will bring tears to your eyes. Be sure to get this one today!"

Romance Reviews Today



HAUNTING CHARACTERS ... A PAGE-TURNER
"Nicole and Michael are haunting characters, each with a past that makes it difficult for them to embrace the future. In each other they find a kindred spirit, and their journey is a well written page-turner that will stick with the reader."

Fresh Fiction



FEELS LIKE THE FIRST MOVEMENT OF A SYMPHONY
"The narrative had a strong sense of the original Beauty and the Beast fairy tale ... I've always favored that particular fairy tale, so I enjoyed looking at a vampiric twist on it... Probably my favorite thing about the book is that it injects a realism into the choices the characters make ...   It feels like the first movement of a symphony; you know there is more to the story.  The novel is a reminder par excellence that a story doesn't end just because the book does."

BSC Reviews



"AN ENGAGING STAR-CROSSED ROMANCE...
Readers will relish this strong, romantic suspense thriller, wondering how this relationship will end. 5 stars."

Merry Genre Go Round Reviews



"A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME KIND OF LOVE ...
There is a lot of mystery concerning each of the characters in the beginning of the book, and they both hold their secrets closely ... Each incredible revelation kept me turning pages long into the night."

A Simple Love of Reading



A LOVE STORY, NOT A ROMANCE NOVEL
"Some people might be tempted to categorize this as a romance novel. That, my friends, it is not. It might be a story about a man and a woman falling in love (think Nights in Rodanthe with snow instead of hurricane and Edward Cullen instead of Richard Gere), but like those fabled books by the one we call The Spork, this is a love story, not a romance novel ... It was the most realistic vampire love story I've ever read."

Enduring Romance



A PERFECT INTERLUDE
"The book is a gothic tale in disguise, about loving the man inside the monster.  The elements are there--the magnificent mansion on the lonely Colorado mountains, the lone owner, the trapped heroine... Michael Tyler is more prince than monster.  He's Buffy's Angel with more soul... Nocturne, like that piece of music, is about the night, a piece with different movements.  Similarly, Nicole's and Michael's relationship moves and grows, yet remains mostly lyrical; it is also haunting because they both are aware that their time together is short. I enjoyed Nocturne as a music piece.  Evocative and stirring, with a romantic love as its center piece...  That's what a nocturne is--it's inspired by the feel of that one perfect night/evening and that's what Syrie James' Nocturne is too, a perfect interlude."

A Low Profile



"REMINISCENT OF AN OLD GOTHIC ROMANCE... this bittersweet love story involves the deepest secrets, dreams and passion of two beautifully developed characters."

—Monsters and Critics



"WILL THEY BE TOGETHER UNTIL THE END OF TIME? ...
A haunting tale of one man's secluded existence and the woman who brought him to believe that it was possible to live and love again... Michael has his secrets though - dangerous ones. At the same time Nicole is running from her past as well. This only binds them together even more - sharing their innermost feelings and falling more and more in love... Nocturne by Syrie James is a great escape novel. It's got a bit of everything: some romance, paranormal elements, and more than enough suspense working up to an ending I didn't quite expect. Anyone who enjoys a book that encompasses all of these should definitely enjoy this book. It sounds as though there might be a sequel and I'm hoping there will be. I'd certainly like to see where the lives of Michael and Nicole led after I turned that last page."

Peeking Between the Pages



ELOQUENTLY WRITTEN LOVE SCENES
"I love this author. Syrie James has a very clear, definite 'writing voice.' Her intelligence shines through her word choices and her eloquently written love scenes... The book itself is wonderful, I had a hard time putting it down... All in all the book is amazing. I give it 4 stars. Find it, read it, love it."

Confessions of a Country Witch



SENSUAL ... SEDUCTIVE ... I WAS HOOKED
"From the first time I saw the cover to the first time Nicole meets Michael I was hooked... This is a romance and the romance is sensual in nature... James builds the attraction between the two through intimate chats and revealing moments together. When Michael is demonstrating his carpentry skills to Nicole, and uses a very hands on approach to help her, I felt hot under the collar. It was all very seductive. As they grow closer and more intimate there's ... a genuine matching of thoughts and feelings."

Night Owl Reviews



THIS BOOK SHOULD HAVE A HUGE CROSS-OVER APPEAL
"A thoughtfully written, yet bittersweet love story ... The isolation of the characters reinforces the feeling that their tentative relationship is an idyllic interlude for the pair of them outside of, and separate to, the real world... This book should have a huge cross-over appeal for readers who wouldn't normally choose to read paranormal romance or books featuring vampires ... Nocturne is a quick, enjoyable read – after all, what's not to like about the scenario of being trapped with a handsome and intelligent man (or vampire) of mystery?"

—Loves Vampires