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I enjoyed the first book in this series, so when the opportunity came up to read and review this one, I grabbed it. I enjoy connected series as it’s a chance to learn more about characters who were side characters in previous books, and catch up briefly with the main characters from those a few months later.
Vic is one of my favourite characters in this story. Despite Ryley’s cheating on him, and finding his true love, Vic supports him as a friend, plus takes Asher under his wing as well. I’m really hoping that book three in this series is Vic’s and he gets his own happy ending. I would have also liked to have seen a little more clues about what happened previously in Vic’s life, especially for readers who haven’t read the other books set in this universe.
Ryley is an interesting character. At first I wondered what was up with him with his constant need for sex, but then as the story progressed the revelation of the events in his life that had shaped him began to put things more in perspective, although I was still annoyed at him for cheating on Vic. As an aside, I love Ryley’s music themed T-shirts. They were really cool, as was his learning magic. I liked that it didn’t come naturally, and he had to work at it.
I thought Asher grows the most in this story. From his tragic backstory and arsehole of a father, to the way he takes control of his future, and plans for it, made for a very satisfying character arc. He showed maturity in the way he moves forward from his experiences, yet lets them shape him. I thought his adjusting to life with people was handled very realistically. I really liked the friendship between him and Vic too, and his perspective on Zac and Adrian as I enjoy seeing an outsider’s POV of characters I already know.
I love that the author sets this series in a world similar to ours, but not, and the way magic plays a part in this story. The world building, and magic systems are well thought out, and interesting. I’ve read one other story set in this universe – which is still sitting on my review pile – and I liked how it connected with this one. I love reading series that share universes with connections between different characters, and how their stories kind of overlap in a way. This story kept me turning pages, particularly toward the end, and I found it interesting and enjoyable.
I’d recommend Heavens Aground to readers who enjoy a story with interesting characters set in an alternative universe that keeps you turning pages. 4 out of 5 stars.
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.)
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While daylighting as office manager for the family auto repair business, G.R. Lyons can often be found working on one of multiple manuscripts or desperately trying to keep up with the TBR pile.
Anarcho-capitalist, quietly ‘out’ trans guy, former belly dancer, coffee guzzler, highly-sensitive introvert, CrossFit enthusiast, and lover of m/m romantic fiction.
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