Friday, February 16, 2018

Review: Love Me Whole by Nicky James

Love Me Whole
by Nicky James
Release Date: January 13, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance

Twenty-eight-year-old Oryn Patterson isn’t like other people. Being an extremely shy, social introvert is only part of the problem. Oryn has dissociative identity disorder. He may look like a normal man on the outside, but spend five minutes with him, and his daily struggles begin to show.

Oryn shares his life and headspace with five distinctively different alters. Reed, a protective, very straight jock. Cohen, a flamboyantly gay nineteen-year-old who is a social butterfly. Cove, a self-destructive terror, whose past haunts him. Theo, an asexual man of little emotion, whose focus is on maintaining order. And Rain, a five-year-old child whose only concern is Batman.

Vaughn Sinclair is stuck in a rut. When his job doesn’t offer the same thrill it once did, he decides it’s time to mix-up his stagnant, boring routine. Little does he know, the man he meets during an impromptu decision to return to college is anything but ordinary.

Vaughn’s heart defies logic, and he finds himself falling in love with this strange new man. But how can you love someone who isn’t always themself? It may not be easy, but Vaughn is determined to try.

Love Me Whole definitely had one of the most unique hero I've ever read. Oryn suffered from dissociative identity disorder and in his mind there are a total of six personalities. Woah! I can't imagine how complicated his brain must be. Each of alter ego has different name and distinct personalities and Oryn had to work hard to keep everything in check.

When Vaughn met the shy and timid Oryn in his night class, Oryn was a mess. But he was very forth coming about his condition and he warned Vaughn beforehand what to expect. Surprisingly, Vaughn was very accepting and decided they should still work together on the assignment. Honestly, Vaughn was almost the perfect hero. He was just so patient and accepting in dealing with Oryn's condition.

The author didn't dive much into Oryn's past, but from what we got from reading into Oryn's behavior and reaction it was enough to make my heart hurts for him. 

The entire story mainly revolves around Vaughn and Oryn's tentative relationship and how Vaughn learn to interact with many different facade's of Oryn. Each of the alter ego will came forward at opportune time and caused much frustration. At times, it even seems like Vaugh and Oryn is having a polyamorous relationship. 

This book is does feel long, but I believe the pages are definitely needed to see the growth in Oryn. Imagine that in the beginning, Oryn didn't even want to let Vaughn touch to him to finally be able to enjoy a sexual relationship. It was definitely a long worthwhile journey and Vaughn never cease to amaze me with his patience. There might be some draggy part in the middle, which took me longer than expected to finish the book, but overall I'm very much interested in Oryn and Vaughn's relationship development at every step. Is not everyday I got to read such uniquely complicated hero.

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