Title: Make Me Whole
Author: Marguerite Labbe
Cover artist: Melissa Gay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Amazon: Buy Link Make Me Whole
Genre: fantasy m/m romance
Length: 294 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A guest review by Sirius
Summary: this story of lovers working their way towards each other had a variation on reincarnation theme, which I enjoyed.
After a grueling battle in ancient Greece, lovers Dexios and Lykon committed their lives to each other in the name of Goddess Cythera. After the war, fearing the strength of his love for Dexios, Lykon abandoned his vow and returned home. Heartbroken, Dexios called on Cythera, who changed him into four unfinished statues. In that form he would wait for his fickle lover to return, break the curse, and make him whole.
Thousands of years have passed when Galen Kanellis finds the disassembled pieces in the storeroom of a Seattle museum and makes them the focus of his new exhibit. Needing information, he contacts his ex-lover Nick Charisteas. Nick has a lifelong dream of finding the Dexios Collection, and the last thing he expected was for it to wind up in the hands of the man who broke his heart. As both men search for answers about the statues, worries of abandonment and fear of loss test their renewed relationship, threatening to separate them again—this time permanently.
If you do not like the reincarnation theme in your books, I can tell you with a 100% certainty – this one is not for you. Blurb actually sold me on this story and it is very rare when the blurb alone can do it for me. It was not even the reincarnation and the lovers reunited what did it for me. I mean I do not mind this theme, but I am not seeking it out either. No, when I saw that lovers from the past were from Ancient Greece, I was sold, because I love stories set in Ancient Greece so much. I have never read any solo efforts by this writer, but decided to give it a try and I am glad I did, even though very little of action actually took place in Greece.
I was actually more impressed by the story in the present – I thought Galen and Nick finding their way back to each other was very well done. I mean, this is one story, not two separate ones, so I suppose I should say I was more impressed by what happened in the present. However this is probably because we get only few flashbacks to what happened between Dexios and Lykon, and even in those few flashbacks the writer left me with aching for them to experience happier times.
I thought that everything about Galen and Nick made sense. I mean, obviously you have to go with the flow about them trying to break an ancient curse on two lovers, their possible ancestors, and see if you can suspend the disbelief about that, but this is what serves as a catalyst for them trying to rebuild their relationship. I thought that if the fantastical element was removed, the story of course would have been different, however Nick and Galen trying to work out their issues, to rebuilt their trust, to open their hearts to each other would have worked well in a straight contemporary story too.
But of course this is not a straight contemporary story and we have both men trying to figure out whether they want to be together but also try not to repeat mistakes which were made in the past and try to help Dexios and Lykon as well. I thought even a little misunderstanding between them at the end which left to very short break up was well done. It last a very short period in time, in fact them coming back to each other after initial break up also did not grate on my nerve partially because only six month passed after they parted ways, not years.
I thought it was an enjoyable story. Recommended.