If you are looking for unique fiction romance books, you do not want to miss Love Me Whole by Nicky James. Oryn looks like a normal man on the outside, but he is far from ordinary. Vaughn finds himself falling in love with this strange new man. But how can you love someone who isn’t always themself? If you are looking for more amazing LGBT romance novels, check out WILD by Adrienne Wilder.
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Purchase Links: Amazon
Author: Nicky James
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Genre: Male/Male, Contemporary
Length/Format: 1538 KB/329 pages
Heat Rating: 2
Star Rating: 5
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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.
Let me just say that if I could give this romance book 10 stars, I would in a heartbeat. I have never read anything by Nicky James but I will be checking out the rest of her books because this one was just phenomenal.
So, first off, if you love unique fiction romance books, this is perfect for you. It is not your average gay romance novel. There is no instalove, wild passionate sex on every conceivable surface, or quick and easy HAE. This is a long story that spans about 2 or 3 years and it is truly the most unique story I have ever read.
So, Vaughn is the easier of the two characters to describe. Early thirties, bored with his job and heading back to school at night for some college classes. He is in a bit of a rut and rather disgusted with the childish mentality of most of his fellow college classmates. All around good guy with a nice family, close friends, and a steady personality.
Oryn is complicated. And I mean REALLY complicated. He has within his head 5 other distinctly different personalities and life is a struggle every single day. You do not ever find out exactly what triggered his mental illness. There are hints of severe childhood trauma but the author never gets into detail. This for me was actually one thing I was very frustrated with. I wanted to know more about his childhood and what happened to cause the dissociation. I wanted to see more of teenage Oryn as he learned more about the others in his system. Oryn cannot just fall in love with Vaughn. It just isn’t that easy.
Basically, the storyline is mostly Vaughn and Oryn trying to make their way through falling in love when there are 6 distinctly different people in Oryn’s system. One is a child. Not all of the others are gay. And Cove is really REALLY pissed off at the world. The author did such an amazing job of introducing and developing each personality that there was no doubt who was ‘fronting’ at any given time.
The only other thing that frustrated me a bit was that I thought Vaughn should have talked to Oryn’s therapist much earlier and much more than he did. Of course, I have no idea how that would play out in the real world. But, Vaughn had some great insight into Cove’s anger and the therapist’s techniques seemed to really help Vaughn cope with some of the switches.
So, this is the tricky part. Oryn’s past included suspected sexual assault. Sex (even talking about sex or saying the names of body parts involved in sex) was a trigger that might send another personality to the front. One of his ‘alters’ named Cohen is much more uninhibited and really wants to have a physical relationship with Vaughn. Vaughn, however, struggles with the concept of fidelity within his relationship with Oryn. This is something he and Oryn talk about in detail and Vaughn does finally develop a physical relationship with Cohen. His physical relationship with Oryn comes along MUCH more slowly. I did not feel like there was any ‘cheating’ in this story. The issue was discussed significantly and Oryn wanted Vaughn to have a physical relationship with his alter. The sexual moments in this story are beautiful. Both passionate and emotional, however, they are a very minor part of the entire story.
I cannot even tell you how well written this book is. Vaughn is amazingly patient with Oryn and I love how hard he tries to develop a unique relationship with each of the personalities that make up Oryn’s system. The ending was perfect….you get a happily ever after this is just imperfect enough to be real. If you love unique fiction romance books, you should not miss Love Me Whole by Nicky James!
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