Heavens Aground (Jia’s review)

Title: Heavens Aground (Treble and the Lost Boys #2)
Author: G.R Lyons
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 24th 2018
Genre(s): Fantasy
Page Count: 430
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Ryley Skye can’t take anything seriously. Not the murder scenes he investigates, nor the fact that he’s cheating on his boyfriend. Not the bloody nightmares he gets every other night, and especially not Vic’s ridiculous theory that Ryley might be a mage.

Magic? Him? There’s just no way.

When Vic decides he’s had enough of Ryley’s cheating and breaks things off, it couldn’t come at a worse time. They’ve just been handed a case that will require them to work closely together, whether they like it or not. But Ryley plays along. He has to. He can’t afford any kind of confrontation. Things happen when he gets angry or aroused. Weird things. Bad things. He has to stay bottled up and in control at all times.

Then he meets Asher Arden, and indulges in what he thinks is a little rebound fling. But when Ryley loses control and puts Asher’s life at risk, he realizes two things: He loves Asher more than anything else in the world…

And Vic just might have been right all along.

(Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as in the Shifting Isles Series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included.)

This is the second book in the series Treble and the lost boys. You don’t have to read The Shifting Isles series to read this series. Both men has issues, Vic’s seems to stem from an abusive past of some sort, although it’s merely a guess since we never find out. Ryley’s a character that may be difficult to like since he cheats a lot, but things aren’t that easy and I can understand his situation even though I don’t condone infidelity.

Ryley and Vic is in a band together called Treble and they have been together for about six years. Unfortunately Vic isn’t able to give Ryley what he needs and so he seeks relief from his cravings else where. Even though he feels guilty for it, Ryley can’t stop. Then Vic’s had enough just before they have to solve a case together and breaks up with Ryley. Trying his best to behave Ryley loves Vic and wants him back. Then he meets Asher.

I only read the beginning sample on Amazon of the first book, because of this second one. So I read this knowing I would miss some information gained in the first. Although I don’t know if we actually got that info there. Except for Vic’s past and his Cam I didn’t feel like I missed anything to be honest, since there was a small explanation whenever needed. Except for regarding Vic. So I still don’t know who Cam is although I can guess. The funny part is that when Ryley told Asher I thought we’d be let in on it a little at least, however the author skipped telling us. I’m not letting it affect the rating as we may get some of it in the first book. I do think some of Vic’s past could have been in this book though, as Vic was a prominent character here. Especially as his past had a lot to do with Ryley cheating on him. So what we are left with are guesses as Ryley already knows. To me it just feels as if the author intentionally avoids telling us anything about Vic’s past, so I deduce the reason is that his story is coming and the author wants to awaken the reader’s interest in him. For me it just feels like a missing part to this story, because we’re told too little. No matter if there are some hints in the first book, since Vic and his attitude is a big part of this story I feel it detracts from this story.

Vic and Ryley aren’t right for each other and they knew from the start where they both stood. Ryley has a lot of guilt over his behavior but he really can’t stop. And Ryley definitely seems dick crazy at times, as Vic said… “So you can keep it in your pants.” It’s like he can’t live without having sex. Vic seems like a good guy as Ryley often thinks, although the reason for Vic to be with and stay with Ryley… he may be nice but I also found him a little cold and selfish. This story has plenty of guilt, angst, and romance. Due to Ryley’s behavior the tension certainly was there after he met Asher – I kept telling him “Don’t do it!” when the tension got too high.

Ryley’s character isn’t the same in the end and it’s nice to read how he changes and how Asher doesn’t easily give up on him in the end.

This book is intriguing and had plenty of interesting moments making it a quick read, when I saw the page count I thought it must be wrong it most definitely didn’t feel long at all. It seemed as their band, Treble, was a bit forgotten though. Ryley’s excessive sexual desire also at times is completely out of the picture to resurface again .

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