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Owl's Slumber

(Trials of Fear #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  711 ratings  ·  125 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
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
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
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
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, mm, hurt-comfort
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
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
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: mm, wrote-review

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 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.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 - 4.5 stars
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0000-sh-recs
Carol Flores
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Trigger warning: this is the first book of a series that deals with mental disorders and metal health.

In Olw’s Slumber we meet Finn, a 31-year-old man that has somniphobia, which means he is afraid to go to sleep. This phobia was triggered because when he was little his mom died, and since the family business is a funeral, his father provokes him the fear of death by telling him she just went to sleep.

So, years later, when both of his parents are dead, he has to run the family business al
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
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
☙ percy ❧
Jun 19, 2019 marked it as dnf
dnf @ 6% because for some reason i just couldn't get into it :(
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
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a great read. This series slipped by when it first came out but wow, what a great read. I was immediately intrigued by Owl, something about him just tugs at your heart. Then there is Aven Oh Aven, what a sweet heart he is. Upon meeting Aven you just know he is going to love Owl no matter what and he proves it time and time again.
The romance is great but what really shines here is the amount of research you know the author did to write this book. I feel as though the fear is accurately
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
I was totally engaged in Owl’s plight.
Nicky James didn’t rush the story, thank goodness.
The passion was solid, the fear was logical.
I love the therapist who was on point.
Owl’s problems were not “I-love-you” fixed.
Aven wasn’t as well drawn as Finnley but not to the point of distraction.
I really enjoyed this book.
Lisa Merlino
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A little farfetched

Normally I love Nicky James stories; however I found this one completely unbelievable. I liked the characters , but thought the story needed work.
JD Crittendon
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Overcoming Trauma!

A tale of a debilitating phobias and finding love/support for Finn & Aven. Good storytelling, intriguing MCs, deftly handling of mental illness. I would read more from this author.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.75 stars. This had many of the same elements that I enjoyed in Love Me Whole which was a 5 star read for me. In this case, one of the MCs (Finn) in a funeral owner with a severe sleep phobia. Due to incidents that occurred to him as a child, he fears he will die each time he falls asleep. To avoid sleeping, he has a whole range of bad coping habits such as drinking copious amounts of coffee, taking cold showers, and finding other ways to shock himself awake. Enter Aven. Through their relations ...more
Carol Dawn
Going into this book I knew that Nicky was going to have me in tears at least once. I went in prepared. In true Nicky James fashion I was crying before I finished the prologue.

I'm not sure how to express how I feel about this book. I've sat here for twenty minutes now listening to my music and just processing what I've spent the day reading.

🦉Let's Start with our Owl, Finn. I couldn't imagine being afraid to simply fall asleep. I don't want to go into detail about what happened in the book but
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
 “You put all those men in my books to shame. I think I’ll keep you.”

In my opinion Owl's Slumber had a slow start but once the story really got started and Aven & Finnley spent more time together I was fully invested. Finnley was absolutely heartbreaking and Aven was such a caring romantic, I really enjoyed both characters. I have never read a story where sleep phobia was the main issue, lets be real I didnt even know it was an actual phobia. Going through it with Finnley was more than a lit
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I live in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada and I am a mother to a wonderful teenage boy (didn't think those words could be typed together...surprise) and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband, who thankfully doesn't think I'm crazy.

I have always had two profound dreams in life. To fall back hundreds of years in time and live in a simpler world, not bogged down by technolo

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