Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Justice for Skylar
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Series: The 12 Olympians #1
Heroes: Justice Salvatore & Skylar Foxx
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 251 pages
Release Date: December 24, 2013
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Skylar Foxx has been on his own for years, ever since he had been kicked out of his home just shy of turning sixteen. He worked the streets for food and warmth, certain that one day his life would take a better path. That day arrived in the form of a flyer smacking him in the face after enduring a particularly rough trick. Walking through the front door of the Pride safe house became the best decision Skylar ever made. He began a new life with help from billionaire businessman Caden Fournier, his husband, Kellan, and their outreach center associates. That life also included a handsome, six-foot-two Italian who looked mighty fine astride a Harley. After a tense introduction, Skylar discovered Justice Salvatore was unlike any man he’d ever met. He’s about to find out just how different Justice is. The two grow closer as Skylar struggles with his own weird… ability. Just when he dares to dream of a happy ending, his past explodes into his present and threatens to destroy everything.
Justice Salvatore has only been in love once, with the beautiful daughter of his werewolf pack’s beta. She was human, however, and Justice stayed away to protect her — only to mourn her death from a rogue attack. Skylar Foxx is stunning, but Justice is swept away by his incredible voice. Smitten on the spot, he sets his sights on getting to know the skittish young man. Bad things are happening to Skylar as they grow close, and Justice will do everything in his power to protect him. A terrifying secret shakes Justice to his core, and he is forced to decide whether someone close to him will live or die. After the hell Skylar has been through, Justice makes the only choice.
There will be justice for Skylar.
An excellent start to the new series featuring the “children of the gods” who were introduced in the last few books of the Assassin/Shifter series. It is highly recommended that you read that series first as the sheer number of characters mentioned in this first book will make your head spin if you don’t have the advantage of knowing them in advance.
In this first installment, Justice and Skylar finally act on their mutual attraction. In the previous books it was cute, but a little sad, watching them keep their distance. Skylar, because he believed that Justice looked down on him for being a rent boy, though it was only to survive on the streets; and Justice because he would not act on his feelings or attraction until Skylar turned 18. But through it all, Justice was watching over Skylar and protecting him from the rogues who are dead-set on getting their paws on the children of the gods.
It doesn’t take long for the boys to act on their attraction and soon they are attempting to nurture their new relationship once they realize that they both have the same feelings. Skylar is still feeling the shame of his past and at times allows his dark thoughts to push himself away from Justice. Justice, however, will not have that at all. He is very intent on showing Skylar exactly how special he is.
During this delicate phase of their new relationship, we meet a few rogues and one in particular will cause Justice unbelievable pain. He was at one time in love with a woman, one he believed died in a rogue attack many years ago. When it turns out that she wasn’t actually killed and is instead out for revenge, the story takes a deadly turn. A woman scorned, and all that.
This story also gives more insight into the other “kids” and their parentage. As we find out that Skylar is the son of Poseidon, we also learn a bit about the others…and a lot more known characters are involved than originally thought. I can see this getting really interesting and I can’t wait to see where she is going with the storyline.
In the end, as much as Justice was a big pain in the butt while interfering in his brother, Jesse’s, love life, he does a complete 180 and shows the man he really is and has always been. That man is a loving, caring, understanding and adoring mate in his actions and words with Skylar. But, he is also a brutal killer willing to destroy anyone or anything that crosses him or threatens those he loves. Justice is the rock that Skylar needs to finally understand that he is no longer the sad and lost kid that was tossed out by his parents, but a man of value and worth. And a man whose new “skill” set will play a huge role in the battle of the rogues.
Yes, there is a lot going on, and yes, there are a lot of characters to remember, but the storyline is unique and grabs your attention until the end. The details given are just enough without giving too much away, but still keep your interest. If paranormal is your thing, and if you like a happy ending at the end of each book, and just enough detail for the next book to keep you coming back, then read the Assassins/Shifter series and then continue on with The 12 Olympians. You won’t be disappointed.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*