Erryn reviews ‘Heal With You (Trials of Fear Book 7)’ by Nicky James. This book was released by the author on June 5, 2019, and is 234 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Adam Gold. It was released on July 1, 2022, and is 8 hrs and 54 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’ve loved this series and I want to see how it ends.
Six couples. One conference.
You’ve taken their journeys, fought the hard road along with them, but where are our couples at today? Dr. Kelby and her associate Dr. Mann have organized a conference in faraway Alberta to discuss their research on life-crippling phobias. Join up with Finnley, Rory, Ireland, Grayson, Arden, and all their partners as they travel across the country to take part in something a little more daunting than any of them expected. Who better to set all these men at ease than a surprise guest who probably shouldn’t be there?
Who invited Krew, anyway?
The road toward healing and happiness has improved, but where do our couples go from here?
What do their futures hold?
A farewell to all the Trials of Fear boys.
This book is NOT stand-alone and should be listened to only after you have heard ALL previous Trials of Fear books.
To read my review of Book 1, Owl’s Slumber, click here.
To read my review of Book 2, Shades of Darkness, click here.
To read my review of Book 3, Touch of Love, click here.
To read my review of Book 4, Fearless, click here.
To read my review of Book 5, Lost in a Moment, click here.
To read my review of Book 6, Cravings of the Heart, click here.
As explained in the synopsis, this book is not a stand-alone. If you haven’t read the other six books, you’re likely to get lost. And even if you have read them all, I recommend quickly scanning the synopses – especially if you’ve been listening to the books as each has been released. I grabbed each book when it came out, then waited with bated breath for the next one. I did a little happy dance when this final one came out.
Each of the men have been progressing in their own way through their individual recoveries. Some are going better than others. Some will, I believe, eventually fully recover from their phobias. Some will, I think, struggle for the rest of their lives. But that’s the burden of mental illness – all the therapy in the world can’t always fix what’s broken. You learn to live with it, and to figure out how to live your best life.
The journey each man took broke my heart. For some, like Rory, even getting up the strength to go to the conference is a huge ask. He’s partnered with the amazing Adrian, a psychology student who’ll never leave Rory’s side. I hope, one day, that Rory can go outside and into the light. Ireland is learning to cope with his aversion to touch, but the future is leading to more and more of that. Arden is, slowly, adding different foods to his menu choices. But his future plans are up in the air and he’s doubting everything around him. Finnley has mostly adapted to sleeping regularly, but the new arrival in their household promises to throw everything into chaos. Grayson’s time-watching less, and his partner has a secret that’s driving him nuts.
And then there’s Krew. Chaotic, lovely, loud Krew. He comes along to the conference to support Rory, but he winds up getting into all kinds of mischief. Poor Max. But Max turns the tables when they get home and oh, my God, what a happy surprise.
All of the men get varying degrees of a happy ending. Each is secure in their relationship. Each will live a fulfilling life. Each will find their own version of happily ever after.
Okay, so you have to listen to the entire series to get to this book, but the reward is intense. Finally, I have to mention the amazing performance of Adam Gold. Somehow, he managed to have twelve different voices for the men – Canadian voices – and I was never lost. I always knew who was speaking. I’m so glad he narrated this project. And I’m so glad I listened.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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 technology and to write novels. Since only one of these was a possibility I decided to make the other come alive on paper.
I write mm romance novels that take place in fantastical medieval-type settings and love to use the challenges of the times to give my stories and characters life.