Review Tour – Illuminated Shadows by G.R. Lyons

A big welcome to G.R. Lyons as part of his review tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Illuminated Shadows.


This is the third story in the series, and although I think it could be read alone, it’s more enjoyable reading the series in order. I liked Vic from the moment I ‘met him’ in the first book, so I’m very happy that the final book in the series is his.

He is such a kind soul, and beating himself up over a tragedy that happened years ago. I thought the author did a great job in showing Vic’s guilt, and how he reaches for happiness, then stops himself by reminding himself that he doesn’t deserve it. I love stories that feature music in some shape or form, and I enjoyed the descriptions of Treble’s rehearsals, and in particular Vic playing the cello and how the part it played in helping Colby step out from his shadows.

I really felt for Colby. The Bad Man comes across as truly evil, and I could feel Colby’s fear as I was reading. The opening scenes when he is trapped in the basement were very chilling, and showed exact how inhumane people can be. He comes a very long way in this story, and I loved how patient Vic was with him and how they grow a friendship that turns to love.

Although this story is about Vic and Colby, I enjoyed catching up with the guys from the previous two books in the series, and seeing their relationships through different eyes. It’s one of the things I love about reading series. I also liked how Ryley and Vic are still close friends, despite their relationship not working out. I thought Ryley had grown since the last book, and is now much more confident with his abilities.

Cam is a great character, and I loved how others could see him, and he still finds a way to communicate with Vic, who can’t. I thought this story was as much his as Vic and Colby’s, especially in the way he is important to both of them. As a side note—Vic and Cam’s father is such an arsehole!

One of the things I really like this series is how on one hand it feels like a contemporary story, but because it’s set in a fictional world, there are also the magical elements which add depth and another dimension to the storytelling.

I’ve enjoyed every book in this series, but am leaning towards this one as my favourite. I’m hoping as the author has other stories set in this world, we haven’t seen the last of these guys. I’d recommend Illuminated Shadows to readers who enjoy stories about accepting yourself and letting go of the past. 5 out of 5 stars.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 100,000 words approx.

Treble & The Lost Boys Series

Book #1 – Ice On Fire – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 – Heavens Aground – Amazon US | Amazon UK


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:


(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.)

Author Bio

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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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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