Debut: January 4, 2011
When Nicole Whitcomb’s car runs off a Colorado mountain road during a blinding snowstorm, she is saved from death by a handsome, fascinating, and enigmatic stranger. Snowbound with him for days in his beautiful home high in the Rockies, she finds herself powerfully attracted yet mystified by him, filling her with apprehension. Who is Michael Tyler? Why does he live alone in such a secluded spot and guard his private life so carefully? What secret—or secrets—is he hiding? With her own secrets and a past she is running from, Michael understands Nicole better than anyone she has ever known. Soon, they are falling deeply in love—a profoundly meaningful experience that is destined to change their lives forever. However, as the sexual tension between them builds, the clues mount up. When Nicole learns her host’s terrifying secret, there is nowhere for her to run but into the blizzard raging outside, and Michael may be the only one who can save her life.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 12
Do not be misled by my area scan, I'm giving the book the 4+ hoods mainly for it's amazing simplicity combined with a heartfelt, surprisingly uncommon ending. But let's start at the beginning...
Nicole is just your everyday woman with her personal heap of problems, her dreams and faults and insecurities. And Michael, despite being a vampire, is as human and normal as one of his species might get. Thus, although this is a paranormal story, it feels a lot more like RL fiction, because there are no other paranormal elements or a master plan or whatnot. This story is so very down-to-earth, it's refreshing.
Plotwise, being snowbound with a vampire might not be the most shocking idea, but it's as good a reason as anything, and probably a lot less ridiculous as much else I've come across. And the two falling helplessly in love over such a short period of time is also not the most far-fetched I've come across, since they actually have time to get to know each other with the snow raging outside like that a lot more as some other characters I've encountered. And the sexual? Heck, Michael has been celibate like in forever, and why shouldn't Nicole want him just because he's hot and available? I've seen more ridiculous stories on that front as well.
As for character depth... Granted, there might not be as much there as could have been, but come on! I've seen characters rolling in a series as leads and be just as shallow; so I am not marking down on that. In fact, I can actually sympathize with the fact that there wasn't too much time spend on details. The ending was already rattling enough as it came, I think I would've actually cried if I had known even more about those two, and this is only a stand-alone novel.
All in all, it felt like a short story of single picutres of pure sweetness, and I loved to see them one after another. I'll definitively be picking up more by Syrie James!
Area Scan: Style: 3.5/5 -- Plot: 3.5/5 -- Characters: 4.5/5 -- Romance: 3/5 -- Suspense: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Humor: 3/5 -- Fantasy: 2/5
Discovered: 4+ Hoods
Sights: Teaser Tuesday #19