Author: Nicky James
Publication Date: January 13, 2018
Page Length: 329 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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 is definitely something new and touches on a topic I have no knowledge about – dissociative identify disorder, also known as DID. So, from the perspective of not knowing anything about people with DID, I think the author wrote in a lot of informative things about the disorder and seemed to approach the topic sensitively. That said. There is an author’s note at the beginning of the book that informs readers that this book does contain a scene of self-harm and it is mentioned in this story (but never told in detail) that one of the characters had an abusive past.
I didn’t really know what to expect coming into this story. I’ve read the author’s Healing Hearts series and really loved the books, so I thought I would give this a try. The story is told solely from Vaughn’s perspective. He’s 35-years-old and returning to college for a marketing course, because he feels bored at his accounting job and wants something more from life. He’s not comfortable being around the early, mid-twenties college age students again, but there is one guy that catches his eye in class. And that’s shy, introverted, stuttering Oryn. Oryn is 28-years-old and from what Vaughn can tell, being buillied by his classmates. Oryn is a sweetheart and Vaughn just wants to get a change to know the guy and work on their marketing project together. But little does Vaughn know who all he signed up for meeting.