Heavens Aground (Treble and the Lost Boys) Paperback – August 24, 2018
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- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Paperback : 347 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1724984578
- ISBN-13 : 978-1724984579
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.87 x 8 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 24, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,523,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A young boy, Asher, disappeared many years ago and his uncle wants them to see if they can find any new information. When Riley finds Asher he knows this is the man he’s meant to be with.
When Riley hurts Asher he realizes that to save his sanity and keep Asher in his life, he has to deal with the issues of his magic. This search irrevocably changes his life.
Riley’s cheating really compels the story. He’s not a likable hero. He justifies it by thinking Vic can’t give him what he needs but he knew that going in. The magic and it’s ramifications round out a well done story. I would of liked to see more about Riley’s group Treble though. Second book in a series. It’s ok as a stand alone but reading the first book adds to the story.
Now to talk about the characters without giving too much away. This second book has a lot of little twists and plots that I sure don’t want to spoil anything for you.
Vic and Ryley have been together for six years, but Ryley can’t stop cheating on Vic. But Vic will not have sex with Ryley. Ryley has terrible nightmares about lots of blood in his hair and lungs. Vic is very good at calming him down after one, but it’s not enough for them to stay together and Vic moves out.
Ash was pushed off a boat by his own father 15 years ago and survived. He’s been reliant on himself for shelter and food but he’s not had any human contact for all these years. Ryley has been investigating this case as of recently, and Ryley had found a clue, so he traveled to this island by himself. It blew my mind how Ryley introduced himself to Ash.
They bring Ash home and try to introduce him to humanity again. This is not an easy task, as you can only imagine. Ry and Ash have a great connection, and Ry wants to be faithful to him. Weird. But every time they have sex, the lights go crazy, and Ash ends up in some kind of pain. Vic had told him about the lights before, but Ry wouldn’t listen. It isn’t until a tragedy happens that he finally listens.
Will Ash get accustomed to society? Will Ry actually be faithful to Ash? Why won’t Vic have sex? So many questions and so little answers. This is an intense read. Well, it was for me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I apologize if this review seems vague but like I said, I don’t want to give away any spoilers.
Let’s introduce the three men in Heavens Aground:
Ryley (Ry) Skye, is a band member of Treble and the Lost Boys and an insurance agent (similar to what we call a detective) for Sturmwyn Insurance. His specialty is dead bodies. Ryley is able to get to the root cause of a particular death, bringing justice when needed. He is impulsive, spontaneous, and outgoing. Because he acts first and thinks later he is prone to rash decision-making.
Victor (Vic) Lucius, is also a band member and insurance agent, whose specialty is removing children from abusive situations. Vic is a planner, straight laced, and tends to appear uptight. He is also the most loyal friend one could possibly have.
Asher (Ash) Arden, is a case brought to Vic and Ryley by his uncle, Gregor Arden. Asher has been missing for almost thirteen years, but Gregor has not given up on finding the lad. The circumstances leading to his disappearance are “fishy.” His past gives him a unique perspective on life, which could be tainted, resentful, and unforgiving. Instead he is strong, understanding, and a beautiful person inside and out.
Both Ry and Vic have a past and Heavens Aground reveals the horrors Ry has suppressed since early childhood. Ry suffers from dark and menacing nightmares, and uses counting, “inhale one, exhale two, inhale three,” to control his fears. Vic, and later Ash, seem to be the only people who can center Ry during his attacks. Vic’s past is left a mystery, with only glimpses provided; he will most likely be the center of Treble and the Lost Boys, book three.
I see Heavens Aground in two parts:
First, we have the investigation that finds the missing Asher Arden. This takes our guys to Erostil where, in the words of Ry, there is “’So. Much. Dick.’”. The people of Erostil attach no shame to the body or its needs. Everything, including human intimacy, is on display. What a temptation for the spontaneous Ryley Skye. It is during the investigation and discovery of Ash that the horrors wrought by Silas Arden, Asher’s own father, are revealed.
Second, is the self-discovery on Ry’s part, of his mage abilities and his journey learning to control his powers. In order to be successful he must first remember the bloody events encountered during his youth and their acceptance. Here Ry lets go of the past, disengages from Vic on a personal level, and moves forward with his soulmate, Ash.
Reading Heavens Aground, we navigate mystery, hatred, murder, infidelity, friendship, love, self-acceptance, and coming out (as mage in this case). There are dark times along with the joys of just living in the moment. Yet it is never overwhelming. The characters (most anyway) take your breath away with their compassion, strength, and ability to accept their transgressions.
The fact that Heavens Aground takes place in a fictional world only adds dimension to the story. There is a glossary provided by the author but, given the proficient storytelling, I didn’t find a need to reference it. It goes without saying I totally loved Heavens Aground and am looking forward to reviewing Vic’s story when it is available. Soon I hope!
Top reviews from other countries
Ryley was having bad dreams or do he thought. His house was a organised kayos of his investigative work in the insurance company and life. Ryley has a boyfriend Vic, but he wasn't sure if he knew Ry was cheating on him.
Vic worked next to Ryley in the company but focused on children who needed help.
A side investigation job to find a missing boy, Asher from years ago by his uncle is a mystery they needed to solve.