Review: Nicademus by Sienna Mynx

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Source: Self Purchased
Format: eBook (NOOK)
Published: August 4, 2014
Publisher: Indie (Self)
Author: Sienna Mynx
Genre: Interracial Historical Romance
Sex: Strong Sexual Content

I'm a huge fan of Sienna Mynx, the woman can write a totally engrossing story and have me lost in the world she wrote. Nicademus, I liked...a lot. But I didn't neccessarily love it either. And although I finished this one in one day, I did put my NOOk down multiple times.

Now although the main story revovled around Annabelle, a free colored woman and Jeremiah 'One Finger' Polk, a white outlaw gunslinger. There were also multiple character POVs. While this works in her Battaglia's series, here? I wasn't really feeling it. IMO, it didn't give us enough time to get to know Annabelle & Jeremiah very well.

Annabelle was sort of childlike to me. One minute she was this giggling innocent thang and then the next she was supposed to be this hard woman because of the way she grew up...I just couldn't buy into her character. She truly was this spoiled girl that Red Sun, her adopted father raised her to be. Her flip flopping feelings regarding Jerimiah was enough to make this reader grind her teethe. I know I'm relaying my personal shit when I say thins, but I feel that if you say you love someone deeply (the way Annie kept saying she loved Jerimiah)...then you should at least attempt to understand what that person is going through (even it it doesn't fit your agenda...hello!)

Jeremiah, I felt was not a match for her. He is the young man that just got home from the war only to find out that his family was murdered and his only agenda (until he meets Annabelle) is to find the man who stole from his family and then killed them. He simply wanted revenge, THAT was his initial goal. He ends up in Nicademus and on Annabelle's land when he finds himself injured and in need of help. I felt his character was much more mature than Annie's and that may be because of the way his life went, you know being in a war and dealing (or not dealing) with his family's death. I felt, that Jeremiah's issue wasn't so much that he didn't want to be with Annie because of her color BUT he was so intent on getting his revenge, I felt that he couldn't  see anything outside of that. So even though, he knew he was falling for Annie hard and fast, he just needed to take care of the person who did him wrong. And Annie's immature ass just didn't get it.

The secondary cast of characters were entertaining but again, their stories took away from the two mc's. I feel like maybe Miss Kitty's & Red Sun's story,  although entertaining...should have been a separate book.

What I like most about this story was the history and the attention to detail Ms Mynx gave. Her attention given to this pocket of time that revolved around a actual town that exsisted was nothing short of amazing. There was a town called Nicodemus in Kanasas that was established in 1877 and mainly occupied by blacks. I enjoy history and I love it when authors can incorporate it in their stories without taking much away from that part in time that really happened. Ms. Mynx is at the top of her game when it comes to this because you can tell that she did her research.

All and all I liked Nicademus. It was a well written story and the world building was pretty damn excellent. The characters I wasn't much feeling, but they were for the most part still likable.

And that ending? Good Gravy, I wasn't really happy with it. Because even if Annabelle does takes Jerimiah back, how are they going to deal with the man she's currently engaged too, she just kept telling him during their talk that she was going to chose him over Jerimiah. So will there be a book 2 to give us a little bit more about them? I hope so...cause to tell you the truth this was one of those endings I just didn't care for. To me, it didn't end in a HEA, it ended in a well, know?

It breaks my lil ol heart to give any book by Sienna Mynx a 3 because shit..I love the woman's writing. But will this stop me from recommending this book? "oh hell no". Listen, there is a cowboy in this story....a gunslinging, sexxy, irish, big "umumum" man here. Oh hell no I would not tell you not to read this. Go read it :D

My Rating



  1. lol. I'm a little "ehhh" right now with main female characters that are too flippy floppy. It's just not for me. But you had me at cowboy ;) xDD I haven't read anything by this author, but I'm intrigued... if only for the cowboy.. and of course I want to see how I'll take on these two as a couple...*shrugs* it's going on my TBR list! Great review, Sharonda!


  2. Great review Sharonda! I know how hard it is to have a less than enthusiastic review when you love the author in general. I bought this but haven't had a chance to read it yet, but at least now I will go into it with realistic expectations!

  3. I really enjoyed your character analysis here b/c I've felt this way about many stories when one character shines and the other...well they do NOT shine.

    And actual history being part of the story is just tres awesome. Hope there is another book b/c that ending wouldn't work for me either. Nice review, Sharonda.

  4. yes...I can't take all this back and forth with these females. You want the man or not? its annoying most times you know? eh well, I did have Jeremiah 'one finger' Polk to keep me going, lols.

    thanks Anna :D Sienna Mynx is a awesome writer, I'm like in love with her Battaglia Mafia series.

  5. Thanks Monlat! yeah, it was hard because up to now I loved just about every book from her. I just felt the characters were fleshed out enough in this one. Hope you enjoy the read and you have to let me know what you thought :)

  6. Thanks Sophia! yep, exactly! And I know Annie was like 17 I believe and that more than likely played towards her immaturity but still she was such a flip flopper. I really had a whole lot of grievances about her but then my review would have been a mile long, lols.

    Oh, the history part was excellent and to find out that there was a actual town call Nicodemus...that was just amazing.

    Yeah, that ending was just...not very good at all. I really do hope she does a follow up story or at least if she makes this a series...give us more of Jeremiah & Annie in someone else's book.

  7. Sienna Mynx is allowed at least one Mulligan, right? I'm sorry that you didn't love this one as much as you'd hoped, but 3 stars is still a pretty solid read IMO. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and happy Friday!

  8. Oh the endings like that...make me want to bite someone Sharonda! lol Bummer it wasn't as great as the other but just one of those things. Hopefully the next will fix that up!

  9. she is Carmel :D eh, I love her stories, so I will give this one a pass, lols and you're right 3 stars ain't bad all :)

    thanks so much for stopping through! Happy Friday!

  10. lols!!! I know...I just didn't get it. I was little lost and upset with it, but it will definitely not make me stop reading her work. The woman can write a story.

  11. Hmm, I am not sure this one is for me Sharonda especially with that ending.

  12. Welp . . . I've never read anything by Sierra Mynx before, but you've made me curious. I'll just make sure this one isn't my first, b/c it sounds like she's got MUCH better stuff out there ;)

  13. she most definitely has. I highly recommend her Battaglia Mafia series. It's all kinds of delicious ;)

  14. it's alway a bummer when we pick up a brook from an Author we normally
    enjoy and it doesn't live up to our expectations. I don't blame you at
    all, I'd been disappointed with that kind of ending too.

  15. Yeah, that ending was the best and with no hint if there would be a continuation, I just could not bring myself to like it very much.

  16. I am so glad I read this review, something told me to come here, I was thinking about buying it but the Amazon GC is on 0!!! So I am going to pass on thing but the concept is why I wanted to check it out. I am real getting back into historicals for some reason.

  17. I loved the concept, its just the characters (mainly Annie) that didn't do it for me. And it was too many POVs.

    I love IR/MC historical's...I need to read more.