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I find my crack with second-chance romances and angst-filled stories. Most preferably, always with sense.
Nocturne - Andrea Randall, Charles Sheehan-Miles I didn't know it was possible to feel this emotionally drained out when I didn't shed even a tear throughout the whole book.

Nocturne is the kind of book that would have its fair share of fans and haters, and it's that kind of book that could easily stir arguments. I would have easily turned into one of its haters because of one thing that I absolutely couldn't stand otherwise, if only I didn't watch our leads fall in love. But I did. I watched their love grow naturally, not the insta-love kind, and I found it beautiful that I was still rooting for them after watching their love turn to poison.

Gregory Fitzgerald is one of the most selfish character I've ever come across, going along the ranks of Olivia Kaspen and Caleb Drake from Love Me With Lies. I hated Gregory for the most part of the book but at the same time, I loved watching him make decisions, even bad ones, because he just has so much room to grow as a person that his redemption or demise, whichever comes, would satisfy me.

Savannah Marshall, on the other hand, could count as one of the most stupid female leads ever, in that she has become a slave to her love. But I couldn't hate her even after she chose to do wrong with Gregory, because I couldn't hate a character who can love so much she kept holding on to it, knowing it was going to end badly just for her. I pitied her, and just like I loved watching Gregory meet his end, I loved watching Savannah's development as a character.

But both our leads' character development took so long, ripping out my heart and letting it bleed dry in the process. I was so exhausted, I just wanted to see the end, whatever the ending may be. Do you know how big of a deal it is, when I say I don't care if I get my HEA?? Heck, I'd probably dance too if I get a sad ending. Me, who grumbles and rants and cries when an undeserving lead doesn't get the love of his/her life? Yeah, it's a pretty big deal for me.

But the resolution, though it could have been longer (yeah, I could use a few more pages of the calm after that storm!), was just satisfying to me. Like I said, it certainly took a while for our characters to get there, but heck, they DID get there. For the most part of the book it was Savannah doing all the fighting and to see Gregory give a fight - basically by giving up everything that mattered to him - it was a redemption sweet enough for me to overlook the wrong and to see what I saw at the start of the book: a beautiful love that lasts forever.