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review 2018-06-12 21:56
Owl's Slumber (Trials of Fear, #1) by Nicky James 4 Star Review!
Owl's Slumber - Nicky James

Imagine what life would be like if panic ruled your world at the mere thought of going to bed at night.


For as long as he can remember, Finnley Hollins has been crippled by his extreme phobia of sleep. Every night is a battle, and every morning isn’t without consequences. The root cause is something he’s ashamed to admit to anyone. It’s his war, and he will fight it alone. 


When an unexpected turn of events lands the stunningly gorgeous Aven Woods at Finnley’s place of business, his life gets turned upside down. 


All it would take is one night together for his secret to be exposed. Finnley wasn’t prepared to fall in love. More so, he wasn’t prepared for his phobia to completely consume his life. Not only is it affecting his job and his relationship, but now it’s affecting his health. What will it take for Finnley to finally admit he needs help?

 

Review

I like the concept of this series dealing with heroes who struggle with phobia's so severe they limit their lives.

Fin is afraid of sleep and with good reason that is a slow reveal through out the book. Aven falls from Fin and as we watch the relationship build so does the need to for Fin to seek treatment.

I think there could have been much more time on the falling in love part of the book for the relationship part is very good as is the whole cast and backstory for each hero.

A lovely HEA as well.

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review 2018-06-02 16:17
Owl’s Slumber
Owl's Slumber - Nicky James

Not even sure I was aware of Somniphobia but good heavens my heart breaks for anyone struggling with this fear. A fear that affects not only the person mentally but quite physically as well. And I felt it all in this story.

 

This book starts and ends quite sweet and loving. A true romance. But what occurs in the middle 60% of this book hurt. But hurt in the way Nicky James does her best. Once again she has shown a strength in her desires to explore love and mental illness and she did so quite remarkably.

 

I struggled a little with the connection between Finnley and Aven and while they no doubt loved and supported one another, their bond was less felt than with other books by this author.

 

I eagerly await the next in this series and more on heliophobia. Wow.

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review 2018-05-29 12:56
Secrets Best Untold
Secrets Best Untold - Nicky James

First off...this book needs a rape warning. I mean it’s not graphic but 3/4 of this book revolves around the trauma associated with sexual abuse. So to start out this book thinking I’m heading in one direction and be led into this was very troubling...especially since Book 2 includes a self harm warning of which that aspect was quite minimal. 

 

That aside there were parts of this third installment that were absolutely beautiful and the love Alastair has for Brandon overwhelmingly touching. I love their connection. 

 

Once the recovery begins, it happens quite quickly. Almost too quick for my taste...not sure how realistic that is and yet Brandon tends to be one who continues to jump every hurdle set before him. 

 

I would have liked another scene with Chase and Brandon as well. But the HEA was much deserved. 

 

Definitely worth the read but I’m pleased to see the growth of Nicky James since these first books. 

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text 2018-05-28 14:05
Reading progress update: I've read 51%.
Secrets Best Untold - Nicky James

I watch Brandon’s head rested on Fergus and want nothing more than to take him against my chest and hold him where he can hear my heartbeat. Tell him it beats for him alone and without him I’m lost.

 

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review 2018-05-22 17:51
Buried Truths
Buried Truths - Nicky James

I did like the first one more but I still loved these characters and loved getting more of Alistair and Brandon.  Very interested to see how the 3rd book plays out.   

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