Nicolas by Dianne Hartsock #mm #review @dreamspinners @diannehartsock 1


Nicolas

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Betrayed by a lover, Jamie rents an isolated cabin on Lake Huron, wanting only to be left alone. Instead, he is pulled from his solitary existence as an artist and tumbles headlong into the legend of Saint Nicolas.

As a young man, Nicolas accidentally killed a man intent on murdering three children, only to have the man’s malicious spirit rise up against him. Fleeing through the centuries from the Krampus, the evil troll-like creature that dogs his steps, Nico finds refuge with the young artist who takes him into his home and bed. But Jamie has questions. Who is Nicolas, and why does the Krampus want to destroy him?

When the Krampus begins to torment and torture anyone Nico comes in contact with to punish him, Jamie’s life is put in danger. And Jamie isn’t sure whether he can help Nico defeat his nemesis or if he’s merely a pawn in the Krampus’s game.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16April's Showering Words

Jamie has been told his entire life that there is something wrong with him, so he is off by himself trying to rebuild his self-confidence.  He is convinced that he will never be good enough for anyone long-term. His alarm goes off and  he finds a man near death in a canoe.  He gets him back to the cabin.

Nicolas wakes up laying next to a warm beautiful man, whose soul shines so bright.  Nico is immediately drawn to Jamie,  but he knows that evil haunts him. Nico has been on this earth for a very long time, longer then he even wants to think about.  He has been haunted by Krampus, everyone he gets close to ends up tortured or dead.  As they grow closer together and their love grows stronger, Jamie gets kidnapped by Krampus and he is beaten.  By the time Nico finds and heals him, Jamie is scared for life.

Jamie thinks he has figured out how to defeat the Krampus, he just needs Nico to trust him and believe him.

Jamie is the strongest character in this story.  His mental strength is by far something to strive for, he just doesn’t believe in himself.  As his confidence grows he begins to understand that faith is more powerful than he ever thought.  Nicolas is blind to the cause of the strength of his old foe.

4 stars

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