Review by DMac: The Whole Trying Thing by L.M. Langley

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The Whole Trying Thing, by L.M. Langley
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: June 26th 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Lucas has always let things happen to him. Even meeting Issam, the gorgeous young man who just happens to be wealthy and totally into him, just kind of happens. But Lucas’s long-term crush on his best-friend, Nick, keeps him from fully committing to Issam.

Believing he’ll never have a chance with Nick, Lucas tells himself everything is fine. Except Nick starts dating Issam’s sister, and Lucas can’t quite hide his jealousy.

When a personal crisis causes Nick and Lucas to seek solace with each other, everything finally falls apart, and it’s up to Nick to pick up the pieces.

This is a work of literary/genre fiction.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Literary Fiction


One of my favorite things about this is that Langley managed to write a novel that also worked as a romance. I was so wrung out at the end of it because I got so invested in the characters and the love triangle. I am usually not into love triangles, but Langley did a good job of making it believable and getting the reader invested in the outcome.

I felt so bad for Issam. I was rooting for him and Lucas, but then I was just rooting for him. He was such a great guy and I loved how Langley fleshed out his character.

Lucas was a problematic guy and I am glad that Langley didn’t try to smooth over his flaws. They are very evident in the book and different things make him have to evaluate his life choices. One thing that I did like about him was that even though he was making mistakes, he was genuinely trying to fix things and do good things in his life. It made him more complex.

This was just an incredibly powerful book and I felt like I got sucked in immediately. Then I read it in like two hours and was so sad when it was over. I want to know more!! I could not believe that Langley fit so much in 197 pages without making it feel like something was missing.

Don’t let the fact that this is literary fiction instead of a traditional romance stop you from reading it. There are no words I can use to do this book justice, but I feel that it is definitely something to add to your must-read book. I already want to reread it!


L. M. Langley has a postgraduate degree from Newcastle University in Creative Writing and a B.A (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing from Northumbria University.

She grew up in Colombia and currently lives in Gainesville, FL with her husband.

Pronouns: she/her


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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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