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Illumined Shadows: A Guardian/Rescue Paranormal Gay Romance (Treble and the Lost Boys Book 3) Kindle Edition
A man in need of redemption. A boy in captivity. Finding Colby is just the beginning...
When Victor Lucius was sixteen years old, a few cruel words out of his mouth led to a brutal tragedy, one that Vic has been trying to make up for ever since. Now, working as a missing persons expert, Vic tracks down and rescues people from abandonment or abuse, trying to alleviate the guilt constantly weighing him down.
His latest case—a boy who was kidnapped at the age of two and then held captive for nineteen years—is by far the darkest of his career. If there's any chance of Vic finally redeeming himself, helping this boy might be it.
But rescuing Colby from his basement prison is only the beginning, and brings a whole new struggle to Vic's life:
- ASIN : B07L46HR9R
- Publication date : December 28, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1562 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #388,376 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Then Vic had a freak out about his attraction and that theory went out the window. Of course, maybe it’s Vic’s own trauma and guilt that causes him to freak rather than the libertarian ideals of the Shattered Isles, which seems to be a “do as thou wilt” society without a central government.
Also, ghosts. A dead brother turned poltergeist, able to write messages and undergo talk therapy to slowly heal from a horrific attack, a decade long coma, and final horror watching his parents disconnect his life support weeks before experimental surgery to help him regain bodily function.
Colby has only know pain his entire existence. When he’s rescued by Vic he enters a strange new world he knows nothing about. As he learns to cope with the strangeness he comes to trust Vic.
I liked the other books in the series but this one was the most gut wrenching and also stunningly sad. Watching Colby blossom under Vic’s care was very well done. The rest of the characters from the other books appear to help Colby settle into his new life. This was not an easy book to read but it was ultimately satisfying.
The story starts out with Vic and his own tragedy. That was hard enough to read, because you finally get to know the real story of Vic and why he does what he does. Vic’s job is to rescue children in bad situations. And usually they’re extreme. Very rarely does he have one that’s not. When I first started this series, something about Vic grabbed me from the beginning. They all did, but Vic the most. There was always something there. And now I know why. And bless him, guilt has a way of making things rough. But at least it put him in a profession that does good. The problem is, it’s a rough job. He just wants to make up for what he feels he did wrong years ago. And this new case, it’s a Whopper.
Police found a dead man in a house. Nobody really thought much after they got him out. But when they found DNA evidence of someone else, they found something unbelievable. They found what they thought was a boy, and in very bad shape. (No, I’m not going into details in case someone reading may have a trigger. Plus I don’t want to give anything away). Vic and Ryley got little Colby out of there and end up finding out he’s actually 21. Not a boy at all. And he’s been missing for years. The more he gets to know little Colby in the hospital, the more he feels like he can’t send him anywhere else. He needs to bring him home. That’s what his home is going to be for anyway, to help kids get a new start after stuff like this. But Colby is a special case, and it’s going to take a lot for him to recover.
Gah. I had to walk away for a bit and settle myself before I could write this. I’m still reeling over this. This is another one that just, BAM, right in the heart. Colby. Little, sweet Colby. I love this book for many reasons. Vic had, several times in this book , opportunity to take revenge, and he didn’t. Oh, he got off his chest what he needed to. No doubt about that. But mostly he just supported. In a lot of ways he wasn’t ready to face things, but after seeing little Colby and what he went through, and that of someone else close to him, he knew he had to face his demons. And he did. But most importantly, Colby started to. Now going through any tragedy, it doesn’t mean it’s ever going to go away. But facing your demons to free yourself…..it’s brave, courageous and so much more. And I love that. Colby fought. Many times he didn’t want to, but he fought anyway. He learned it was ok to trust again. He learned to face his fears a little at a time. And so much more. He’s a brave little guy and he stole my heart from the get go.
Yes, this book has a lot of tragedy. And it’s brutal. But there’s so much more. It’s about hope, facing your fears, redemption, freedom and more. It’s about learning there’s life after. And maybe love. Maybe not. But there’s the dream of. This book hit me on so many levels and to be honest, if I could, I’d give it more than 5 stars. It’s that good. And I will be reading this for years to come.
I did not enjoy the constant child-like portrayal of Colby, the secondary main character. He’s physically small, I get it, and liked to tuck his hands under his chin, I got that, too, but treating him like a child and not like the young man he is did him a major disservice. There was so much more room for growth, if only he’d been allowed to become an adult (man).
For someone who wants to go into the business of adolescent counseling, Vic acted very out of character; I’m sure he’s aware of the ethics of counselling. This required major suspension of disbelief and could have easily been dealt with if Vic had had his idea of the halfway house/therapy business until after his success with Colby. I would love to see this changed a bit in a rewrite. It would ground this story in so much more realism and give it extra depth by NOT requiring suspension of disbelief from the reader.
Speaking of realism, the paranormal/urban fantasy “alternate world” setting was almost non-existent. There were hints here and there and some magic thrown in. I have not read the previous books in this series and I wonder if I missed all the good worldbuilding and this one just relied too much on previous efforts. That it and of itself wasn’t a big deal for me, but might have help to sell the different reality aspect and help me with issues of realism re the therapy, for example. The whole insurance world aspect was very intriguing, though.
Overall, I had a love-hate relationship with this book. I enjoyed the writing and growth in the characters, but did not enjoy the child-adult romance.
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Oh, the angst! My heart was breaking not only for Colby but for Cam and Vic as well.
My only issue was Logan and how that was handled. I wanted him to pay for what he did to Cam and knowing that Vic didn't confront him for weeks or get the police involved knowing he could have been hurting another boy during that time didn't make sense to me.
Other then that only other thing was I was waiting to hear about the Bad Man's ghost no longer having power over Colby. Other then those two things I loved every word and can not wait to read Cam's story, hoping he gets an HEA.