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Forgotten: Luca

(The Four #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  2,171 ratings  ·  244 reviews
I left him behind because I had no choice…

That’s what I keep telling myself, but it doesn’t make it any easier to sleep at night… or to drown out the words he kept repeating over and over the day we’d met: I just want to go home.
That was eight long years ago and I’d only known him as Billy, a terrified fourteen-year-old I’d had to leave behind to save someone else.

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Published July 29th 2019
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I am a big fan of Sloane Kennedy's  "Protectors" series. Along with the "Finding" series, it is definitely one of my favorites of her. So when I found out she was writing another spin-off, I was as happy as a pig in mud 9f01372377900d9203bc4efe48eb1659

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Anyways.. those of you who are familiar with the Protectors series, and especially the twelfth book "Unbroken", already know Remy and Luca. Now for those of you who haven't read Unbroken, I strongly advice you to do will enjoy this story so much more if you do. It will
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

This was a hard read for me. The things that were done to Luca made me physically ill. Nothing triggers me like child abuse. I also don't like reading about drug addiction (it hits too close to home; someone close to me is a recovering addict, and I've seen the destruction addiction weaves).

Kennedy doesn't sugar-coat any of the horrors, which I applaud, but at the same time, this story drips with angst and pain, more than I like in a romance.

Prepare for a slow burn. I'm talkin' molasses o
Sigh ...... 2 stars which would have been a higher rating had the focus been taken off Violet! I wanted to read about Remy and Luca, not Remy and Violet, though given that total arsehole Luca KNOWINGLY left Billy/Remy (a CHILD) to that horrific sexual abuse by a sex trafficking paedophile ring and sorry, but I struggled with the reality of Remy falling for him. That's no hero in my book and never will be.

I needed more on Gio and Lex ... a hella lot more ... instead of the focus being on Violet.
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
It was OK. If I were feeling generous today, I'd prob give it 4 stars. But I'm not, so 3.5 rounded to 3.

It started pretty dark, and right into the action, which was a little confusing at first. No context whatsoever. Even tho this is the first book of the series, I assume it started where a diff series left off.

Luca is the older man to Remy's 21 year old younger man. Don't know how old Luca is, prob. close to 40. Maybe late 30s. His son is likely similar in age, just a few years younger than Rem
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten how easily this author just grabs hold of your heart within just a few pages and owns it during the whole book.
It just took a few pages until I had tears in my eyes and my heart broke for Remy and Luca.

Luca finally found Gio, his kidnapped son after years of searching but he's not the boy he once was. And in the same time he also meet the boy he failed and had to leave behind. What an absolute nightmare to have to leave one boy to save your own son!
And after years of having to do
Lyndy Ann ♫
I have been waiting nearly a year for Luca and Remy's story, and starting a new series by Sloane Kennedy - The Four.

Forgotten: Luca is the first book in this new series and it continues the story that started in Unbroken between Luca and Remy.

I have only read a couple of books by Sloane this year, so I had forgotten how emotional her darker books can be and this one pulled so much on my heart strings I actually cried REAL TEARS.

Luca and Remy have both survived years living in Hell. Remy  was kid
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the angstiest stories that I've read in a while, and considering that it comes from Ms Kennedy, the Queen of Angst, that's saying something. This is not fluffy, and romantic aspect is explored way later in the book because most of it deals with trigger issues as both Luca and Remy try to cope with their past and present as well as try to heal and move on. At times Remy's story broke my heart. That young man went through something that no one ever should have. And his resilience a ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a huge swing and a miss for me. No way could I get past Luca leaving underage, abused, raped Billy behind with his child rapists/predators/paedophiles and then finding him sexually attractive 8 years later when he stumbles upon him again accidentally. That just grosses me out and makes me want to shoot Luca. Both for leaving him behind (sorry, I get he had a mission but what he did was unforgivable from all sides. When you make a choice that a horrifically abused 12 year old kid is coll ...more
This is a spin off series. I haven't read the original series so I did feel like I'd missed out. I wasn't lost or anything, just wishing I'd read the interesting back story I could see here.

4.5 stars for two broken men who find a way forward with each other.

Luca and Remy are such strong men. Fighting ghosts from their past and their present. Things that would break most people. Yet they keep finding a way to move forward. They have a vicious past with each other as well. Something that neither f
3.5 stars.

Talk about a slow burn. If you think you've read slow burn before, you haven't read Forgotten: Luca yet. I'm not going to sugarcoat it, it was a really hard read. Not everyone's cup of tea. Which is why the romance was practically nonexistent until closer to the end and it made sense.

There's a lot of up and downs, emotional and physical issues to get through for Luca and especially Remy for them to be happy and accepting of themselves and each other. To find love. And they get it a
3.5 stars

I liked this, but I sometimes felt as if there was something missing.

Luca’s son was taken 8 years ago and Luca and his brothers have been searching for him ever since. In his search to find his son, Luca encountered Billy, a boy of 14 years old who Luca was to have sex with to prove he was the real thing when he was posing as someone willing to buy a boy for his own.

Luca promised Billy he would be back for him, but he never got the chance.

Now Luca meets Remy, the boy who’s no longer a
New series from Sloane Kennedy, but strongly linked to her “Protectors”, especially “Unbroken” that I reread before this one, even though I remembered it quite well. In retrospective, it was a good move as “Unforgotten” takes place right where “Unbroken” ends when it comes to Luca and Remy. It’s easy to guess this spin-off will be about the four brothers, starting with Luca.

Exit menagerie and crying flood : back on the angst, and, surprise, a massive slow burn (with Remy’s past, it was for the b
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I appreciated that this was a very slow burn with no magic dick cure for all the trauma this pair went through.

It's a spin off from The Protectors series, but it's not full of the same action adventure drama as those romances.

This is much more focused on two men coming to terms with their shared experience and the unique horrors Remy lived through.
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
That hurt. OMG that hurt. I loved every heartbreaking minute. I couldn’t make up my mind who I hurt for the most. They’ve all suffered so much and deserve so much love.

1/5/2020 I couldn’t reread Unbroken and not reread Forgotten: Luca immediately. I am ready for the next brother’s book.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Painful but a worth while read 😥. I love how this author intermixes her other characters from her previous series with her new books, it’s like one huge family that looks out for each other. Looking forward to Lex's story and the rest of the brothers. 😊
Denise H.
Terrifying, touching, tremendous and tantalizing !

Sloane Kennedy continues to amaze me with the depth and intensity in her powerful stories. I have read all of the Protector Series, and know the recurring characters so well. This new crossover is a hit.
* Powerful Luca and his brothers, had been searching for his son, Gio, when he infiltrated the sex trafficking trade, where he had gotten clues to find Gio, but had to leave Remy behind. Remy’s life was miserable, and he’d lost hope, but Luca h
Overwhelming on the angst with a miniscule side of romance. 3.5 stars rounded up, and you may need tissues. 😢 Not sure this can be read as a standalone as so many of the characters appear in various other Sloane stories, but of course you're welcome to try 😉.

Luckily for Luca, Gio seems to finally be turning the corner as far as his brainwashing is concerned and now actually accepts that Luca is his father. Remy, I'm happy to say, is completely loved up with Luca and seems to be going from streng
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, m-m
Thank you to the author for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Technically, this book can be read as a standalone. It says so right at the beginning. Plus it's the first book in a new series. That said, I would still recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Sloane Kennedy's world. Maybe read Atonement and Unbroken beforehand? Or perhaps only Unbroken, since it's the book that introduces one of the main characters, and tells us who The Four are.

Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emotional, angst
SK always wins with me!
Granted, the stories and MCs are often similar from one book to another but... Heh. It works for me!

This new series is no exception and I'll follow what's next as usual!!

Nov 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This was not my kind of story from the beginning. The whole redemption plot has been done to death and this author is far from being one of my favorites to start with. There wasn’t really anything in the book that I found worth praising
It’s no secret I love Sloane Kennedy’s books. I loved reading about Remy’s happily ever after. The kid deserved it after so much trauma.

You cannot read this without reading Unbroken in the Protecters series. He helps Dante find Aleks and he gets help from Roman to get off the streets and clean.

I love getting more from Luca. He shows his softer side to Remy and his family and it about kills me what he is going through with his son, Gio. Gino is getting better, Remy has finally learned to trust
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I stopped reading Protectors because I didn't want to delve into Aleks's abuse in the sex traffic industry and his relationship with his rescuer, Vaughn. But I didn't realize that although this is a new series, it's about Vaughn's brother and Aleks's friend and co-abusee, Remy. I guess if I had read Unbroken, I would have realized who Remy and Luca are and perhaps not read this. Speculation, though. The reality is it's an okay story on the surface, but there's so much past child abuse, sex traff ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
This story reached in and grabbed me by the throat and it’s a while since I’ve felt so much emotion when reading. There is so much sorrow and regret here, but the rewards you get watching each character heal and find their salvation is glorious. These men are both side sides of the same coin; Remy trying to recover from his god-awful and horrific past, and Luca, carrying what happened with Remy all those years ago, and the whole traumatic experience with his son, Gio.

I wondered how on earth coul
This was certainly not all hearts and roses.

It was a long( and I mean LONG) road to recovery for Remy and a till ongoing recovery for Gio. This was full of ups and down emotionally and a lot to go through. Coupled with the discovery about Lex at the end of the book and I was both happy and sad to be done with this book.

Also, this was NOT like other books by Sloane Kennedy in terms of steam levels. As in, it was virtually non-existent but it worked perfectly for this book because of all the horri
Tracy Perry
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC for an honest review. This book, Holy WOW.... Break out the tissues your going to need them. I was so excited for this book. So very good, amazing & heartbreaking. I loved Remy & Luca! Oh how my heart broke for Remy, I don't know how many times I wanted to hug him after yelling at him. He deserves love. Luca... I was iffy on him but I ended up loving him & my heart hurt for him too so much(Gio). It was great to read on re accruing characters in the book along with Luca's son & ...more
Kerry Fletcher
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolute journey this book takes you on!

I loved every single second of it! The build draws you in like a moth to a flame. I couldn't get enough of them!

This is a spin off to Protectors and you do get a little glimpse of them in this. Which of course i loved.

Remy is struggling to survive. His past is constantly calling to him. He's trying his best to live his life but he's drowning. He's on his own and doesn't feel like he has anyone to help him. His life is pretty grim. A chance encount
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I usually enjoy Sloanne Kennedy's writing more - but this book was really just "okay" for me.
I never understood the conflict completely, I mean, Luca has so much money, he and his brothers were working tiredlessly to free kids from trafficking....why did they not try to find "Billy"? With his resources at hand, he could have done something instead of "thinking of him every night since then".
It also took me a long while to understand that Luca left Billy 8 years ago to follow a lead to Gio only
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, lbr, mm

I was really looking forward to this story. We know a bit about Remy's story, but we get more gory heartbreaking details here. Of course, I just wanted to see Remy in a better place, but it understandably takes him a long time to get there.

I had some trouble with this one though. I couldn't remember what kept Luca from going back or sending help back to save Remy, nor could I understand why it took eight years. And, believe me, those things are consistently brought up by Remy throughout this sto
Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
Forgotten: Luca is the first book in a new series, The Four, by the talented Sloane Kennedy. This is a spin off from the Protectors and the Finding series'. I'm a huge fan of Sloane and her writing. She always knows how to write serious topics with grace and dignity. We met Luca and Remy in Unbroken and my heart broke for the both of them. They met eight years ago and Luca promised he'd come back for him. He didn't. Remy never forgot him. He held on to hope only to not be saved. Luca searched fo ...more
Borrowed via KU.

This is a spin-off of Protectors/Baretti Security. Dom (“Logan’s Need”) is mentioned and you definitely don’t need to read his book, Ronan (“Salvation”) is featured several times and again his book can be skipped but “Unbroken” characters (especially Vaughn & Aleks, but a few others) feature heavily here... so much so that events in “Unbroken” set up readers for this series. If I hadn’t read that, I think I wouldn’t have rated this as high though.

This was angst and hard topics
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