Skyler Phoenix

Skyler Phoenix

Young love is never easy, but for Skyler it's far more complicated than usual.

Skyler finally had it all...

...but for the third time, the state had taken everything away from him.

It wasn't his fault, though, or was it?

If only he hadn't been so stupid...
If only he hadn't been so careless...
If only he hadn't fallen in love with his best friend, Cameron.

Now, sitting in the social worker's SUV, he stared at his new house and the strangers standing on the front steps. His life had been an uphill climb, and now he had to start over.


One day, he might call them family, but he had finally learned his lesson.
This time, Skyler wouldn't be stupid.
This time, Skyler wouldn't be careless.
And no matter what, he definitely, absolutely, wouldn't fall in love with another cute boy.

Skyler Phoenix is the first book of the Love Grows in Honest Places series.

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This book was previously published as THE CLIMB.

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About the Book

“It’s a magnificent story. I felt so connected to Skyler. Very powerful, real, and intimate.” — Allan H.

“I have never identified more in my life are the main character than I did with Skyler. Thank you Damien for capturing my childhood feelings inthis amazing story.” — Chad M.

“I laughed, I cried, I celebrated my own coming out. Truly an amazing book.” — Scott A.

I could immediately relate to the thoughts and actions of the main character, Skyler, as he struggled with reconciling his sexuality with his religion. Benoit-Ledoux realistically depicts the adverse effects that religion can have on sexuality while showing there is hope. By the end of the novel, I wanted to embrace Skyler for triumphing in an area where many still struggle.
– Chris H.
Reading this story was an emotional roller coaster of joy, indignation, sadness, and hope. No matter how you identify, we can all relate to aspects of Skyler's journey. From the butterflies of first love to the trials and tribulations of high school, 'Skyler Phoenix' reminds us that growing up is hard work. Benoit-Ledoux has crafted a truly beautiful story.
– Josh
Skyler Phoenix is an amazing book. As a straight guy with many gay friends, I thought I knew how difficult it was for them all to come out. This book helps paint a very vivid picture for the friends and family who need help understanding the difficulties that many people in the LGBT community are going through. In addition, this book serves as a great tool for those who are still waiting to come out, or are too afraid.
– Chris E.
This story was amazing and evoked so many emotions: happiness, anger, sadness, empathy. I appreciate a writer who can take me on an emotional, vivid journey through a story. Thank you, Mr. Benoit-Ledoux. This book is proof that a well-written story can reach far beyond a predefined intended audience.
– Tina
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About the Author
Damien Benoit-Ledoux

Damien's mind is a magical and nerdy place where fantastic heroes defend amazing worlds from dangerous villains who run amuck in an epic struggle to take over the universe. Recently, the brightest and best from this colorful cast of characters have made their way into notes, plots, stories, and novels for you to read and enjoy.

Damien strongly believes the real world we live in should be a place where LGBTQIA equality and respect are second nature and never questioned. When he's not working or spending time with his husband and their dog, Damien weaves this philosophy into the exciting lives of his characters and the fantastic space battles and romances they endure so they'll stop taking over his dreams at night.

And finally, he wants you to remember a very important thing: No matter how bad your day is at work, it’s always important to be grateful that you don’t work for a Sith Lord.

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