Review by Gloria Lakritz
Sr Reviewer for The Paranormal Romance Guild
This is a tough read and a tough subject all around. Our Guild guidelines for review mention not reviewing rape situations; but it was not the rape itself but the aftermath and I felt in this author’s Bold Telling…. This book needed to be reviewed.
Derek Sawyer is in a committed relationship, engaged, holding an excellent job and now the couple’s new purchase of a summer cabin. Life was good. Derik worked with Victor, a longtime friend of over 20 years who is straight and his manager. Their friendship still saw them having lunch together and a follow up to the gym daily.
A business trip out of town has Victor asking Derek to accompany him for his expertise for an overnight. The trip did not end well and the reader is a voyeur to an attack that left Derek Sawyer undone. I have no words. Jamie Fessenden, you have written one of the most shocking, and sensitive story I have ever read. Truly a masterpiece of writing, getting into the mind and psyche of a gay man who has lost everything including himself.
Mr. Fessenden, The scene that you write: Derek who has lost his fiancé, his job and his mind …comes back to the cabin and finds EVERYTHING he owns dumped in the mud on his driveway….Sitting in the mud on his knees…..I shudder….it was so emotional ….I couldn’t breathe….and still catch mine writing this.
The story is a path and the reader has heart as we watch a progression of healing. The entry of his new neighbor Russ, who is a police officer are our eyes, as he watches Derek feeling his isolation and fear. He slowly helps Derek overcome the helplessness he feels about himself and maybe can fight back now when he felt he didn’t before. After all, ‘how can a strong man like me have been violated and not fought back?’
I will say this again, this book is truly exceptional piece of writing…..10 stars if I could!!!