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Owl's Slumber

(Trials of Fear #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,035 ratings  ·  184 reviews
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.
Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 251 pages
Published May 24th 2018
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I've had bouts of insomnia and let me tell you: going even one day without a proper night's sleep is hell. The older I get, the more I can't do without at least seven hours of shuteye. I get super emotional, irrational, angry, weepy. I simply can't function, not at home and certainly not at work.

Some people can get by with five hours. I cannot. I've never been able to nap, and caffeine does only so much. After a while, I'm wired but still exhausted.

Watching Finnley fight sleep was agonizing. He
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio – 5+++ Stars!! Adam Gold is just….AWESOME! OMG, when he chuckles or laughs…swoon!!!
Story – 4.25 Exhausting Stars (no pun intended)

I’m just going to start thinking of Nicky James as the queen of unusual hurt/comfort romances. Unusual and enlightening.

As stated in the blurb, Finnley suffers from a phobia of sleep. Reading about Finnley and what he goes through broke my heart. I seriously don’t know how he managed to function as long as he did. When Aven comes into his life and eventually fi
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2018
3.5 Stars

I, myself, hate sleeping but if I don’t sleep the exact seven or eight hours, the next morning I will be like a zombie and I would eat everyone who tries to be near me! And I have so many rules for my sleep like I can’t sleep in daylight and for nights all the lamps must be off, I can’t sleep in a crowd and at nights it must be so quiet, other than my bed it’s really really hard for me to sleep in other places and the list goes on and on but still I don’t fight to not sleep. So imaginin
4.5 Stars

I’m absolutely exhausted from reading this story - no pun intended. I guess that means the author did a spectacular job, because I was right there with the characters, every step of the way, feeling every single anxious, distressing, debilitating moment of their emotional, mental and physical journeys.

Somniphobia (a fear of sleep) is a disorder I knew zilch about prior to reading about Finnley’s horrific struggles. I felt so bad for the guy and just wanted to dive into his story to giv
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ku
*** 3.75 Stars ***

It was my first time reading about Somniphobia. I didn't even know this could be such a HARD issue to some people.

My impressions:

.) I think the author did an incredible job portraying Finn's fears. It got to me, I felt it. I also felt extremely touched by all he suffered while growing up. His Dad - on purpose or not - left deep emotional scars on him for the rest of his life. It was cruel and heartbreaking.
.) Both characters were well developed.

.)The relati
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Thank you to Happy Dancing Biden/Harris Voter Elf for the gift!!
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, hurt-comfort, series
2.5 stars

Well, this was a disappointment. I was sure this would be a winner, but there were 3 things that really bothered me.

1. Let me start by mentioning my biggest issue with this book: the lack of chemistry. I never once thought these guys had any spark. I actually felt as if it was a matter of setting up their relationship as quickly as possible so we could get to the parts where the sleep phobia would play a major role. I mean, ice skating as a date is cute and all, but neither of these guy
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great first book in this series, and I’m really excited to read about all different phobias. This one, about fear of sleep, was fascinating. I had never heard of it and can’t imagine living like that. My anxiety gives me insomnia, and I read and read until I fall back asleep. Sometimes until morning. But what if the idea of sleep causes the anxiety? If you can’t even stay in bed without panicking?

Finn has never had a full night of sleep in his life. He sleeps on average 20 hours a we
Wow, what a powerful storyline. Many thanks to Gabi for recommending this book!

The concept of phobia of falling asleep was new to me, and it was enlightening to get to walk in Finn's shoes in this book. The nightly terror of panic attacks, the constant exhaustion, and how Finn hid it all from everyone else was so very well done. And it was beautiful to see how supportive Aven was when he figured the situation out.

The connection between the pair felt more like a real relationship than a traditio
Can't say that this was my favorite of Nicky James. I love all her books. Especially the mental-issues stories she does best.

I must say, I really felt Finnley's Somniphobia. I hurt for him so much. I could imagine how this disorder developped since his childhood. Cause man... The envirement alone was creepy. "I" couldn't sleep because of it...

Finnley and Aven were sweet but I wasn't 100% on board with their connection.. Finnley got on my nerves quite a lot because of his reluctance of any help b
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, kindle-unlimited
Whoa. I mean, sleep guys. S-L-E-E-P.

Ok, so you know, we all go through stages of what sleep means to us. Well, at least that is what my Mom says. We sleep a lot as babies and then we do it again as teenagers. Man, as a teenager all I wanted to do was sleep it seems. Stay up as late as possible and sleep until noon. At 43, sleeping until noon makes me sick to my stomach (more than half the day would be gone!), but at 43 sleep is just as necessary but so very better managed. There is no more stay
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, lgbtq
*4,5 stars*

A series about men with very particular fears? That's quite an intriguing idea. I love it. And by Nicky James? I love it even more!
And I certainly enjoyed book 1.

Loved ...

... how much research into Finn's condition (the phobia of falling asleep) the author must have done to describe the anguish and horror of it in so much detail and with so much compassion. What Finn goes through on a daily basis is unimaginable. Sleep deprivation for a few days is bad enough but to never sleep proper
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finnley lives his life in a state of stress, tiredness and fear... he can't escape the feeling of panic that engulfs him every time he even think about sleeping. He has sleep phobia since he can remember and nothing he does or try helps... things are looking worst for him as time goes by... how long will his body be able to keep going without completely shutting down? Finn needs help, he needs to sleep... he needs something to change in his life... but... will he be open to try when salvation kn ...more
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 rem
Fani *loves angst*
1.5 stars

I can't begin to explain how much I didn't enjoy this. I'm very disappointed because my friends loved it, the story was unique and the writing solid and free of melodrama, the way I like it. However, as an engineer I need proof in order to accept something. And the mention of 'he knew Finnley was the one' and 'there was a connection between them', along with two nice dates, is not reason enough for me to accept that a man like Aven, who could have anyone he wanted, would go through all
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧

Gosh, some parts of this book just melted me. I love the soulmates, so sweetness feel of this book.


It still 3 stars, I liked it, but that is it and I won’t read it again, but, it’s cuz of me not the book. I don’t like the morgue setting it kind of gives me the creeps.

The writing was good.
The characters, I adored.
The pacing was excellent.

But, morgue *shivers*
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I admit that I have skipped through the beginning of this book but I still enjoy the whole idea. Finn deals with some serious sleeping disorder. It's something different and refreshing and that's always welcomed. I pretty like the characters and the whole story which is quite sweet despite the serious topic. A very nice beginning of what can be a good series. ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

4,5 stars.

Loved Aven and Finn, look forward to reading the next Trials of Fear story.
Courtney Bassett
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wrote-review, mm

I’m loving Nicky James’ books dealing with unusual phobias or conditions. Before reading this, I couldn’t even grasp how someone could possibly have a fear of sleep, but she clearly did her research and it was gripping and plausible.

Both characters were lovable, and their connection was pretty much instant. Aven spent much of the book supporting Finn through his issues, so it was nice to get to see Finn return that support at one point. The ending left a smile on my face. Looki
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 - 4.5 stars
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0000-sh-recs
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
~nikki the recovering book addict
3.5 stars

It’s hard to rate this book. It felt quite heavy throughout the book. Finn’s phobia was pretty much the main character of this book, it seems like. I won’t say it’s a bad thing. warned it’s not all daisies and roses.

While Aven was pretty much an angel in this book, I can’t help but feel most people aren’t so saintly. In that, usually the carer is often in need of help and care as much as the caree(?) lol. I kept waiting for him to burn out because really, I’d have burnt out wi
~ 4.5 Stars ~

This story made me so tired and affected me so much that I’ve had trouble sleeping 💤
My heart broke for Finn, I could feel his struggle and pain (although sometimes I was so angry with him for not wanting to get better).
I loved Aven. So compassionate and caring.

I know I’ve said it before but I’m a big fan of Nicky James. 💙
Amor Leer
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another AMAZING Book ❤❤❤❤❤
Nicky James has done it again. She has written another absolutely brilliant book. ❤❤
Finnley Hollins is afraid to fall asleep. This phobia has affected him since he was a child.
While at his work, in walks Aven Woods.
It takes a special person to help Finn with his phobia. With Aven's patience and understanding, Finn's walls slowly crumble and he seeks the help he desperately needs so that he can start to live as normal a life as his phobia allows.
I love how Mrs James writ
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
dnf @ 6% because for some reason i just couldn't get into it :( ...more
Carol Flores
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jacq ~
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
This was without a bit of chemistry. Absolutely n0 build up with the relationship. Fein/Owl was not a likable character.
Katie Townsend
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Owl's slumber was such a wonderful story I loved it

Finnley and avan stole my heart from the moment I met them

My heart broke at times but also got put back together again finnley and avan's journey had me on the edge of my seat at times and my heart really broke for him at times but also i was so excited to what was going to happen next

Finnley and avan were such amazing and inspirational characters I could really relate to them I felt everything they were going through the ups and downs the te
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I was hoping to like this one more but like other reviewers said we never really got a good sense of Aven. It was all about Finn or more appropriately, Finn's sleep phobia. Aven was an infinitely patient, kind and doting boyfriend from the very beginning but Finn was hard to like. I know that was supposed to be because of what the lack of sleep was doing to his mental state but he was downright cruel at some points.

I honestly don't know if I really want to read the rest of the series. I hate say
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