Title: Make Me Whole
Author: Marguerite Labbe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: A List
Blurb: 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.
Review: I am prefacing this review by saying this is a book I have been waiting for from Labbe! I have many interests, but if you’ve read my bio you know I studied Art History and History so this book was tailor made for me. After reading many tweets about her research, writing progress and inspiration I could hardly stand the anticipation. And this book completely delivers!
Make Me Whole can’t be accurately placed into one genre, the main story is in a contemporary setting but elements of historical, paranormal, and mythological themes are littered through the novel. There are instances of the past very much active in the future through paranormal means. The main characters are Galen and Nick, two men that are being thrust back together, due to some mysterious statues, after a bitter breakup. But Galen and Nick aren’t the only couple struggling toward a happy ending. Dexios and Lykon have been separated for millennia and their love is one of the driving forces in the novel.
Nick was left heartbroken and bitter after Galen refused to move forward in their relationship. But there is more to Galen’s fear of emotional attachment than he was willing to share. Galen now attempts to reconnect with Nick and try to breathe new life into their defunct relationship using the newly found statues as a common interest. While they work through their issues Nick and Galen realize these statues are much more than mere bronze, but are actually the consequence of an ancient curse. A curse they have been destined to break.
The big conflicts in this book revolve around trust and what the lack of it can do to a relationship. Galen and Nick in the present and Dexios and Lykon in the past have been affected, at times devastatingly, by their lack of trust. Breaking a curse is no easy task, especially when the objects of the curse interfere. I was moved by the slow progress of the main characters but the most touching moments came from the doomed ancient lovers. What agony that due to your own actions you are so close and yet so far from the one you love…
I don’t want to give too much away so I will just say that this one left me with a very warm feeling at the end and I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Jules