4.5, 4 and 3 Stars for Violated by Jamie Fessenden #MM #Romance @dreamspinners @JamieFessenden1


Title: Violated
Author Name & Publisher: Jamie Fessenden (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 7, 2015 – 273 pgs


Derek Sawyer thinks he has it all—a high-salaried position, a boyfriend, a dog, even a new cabin on the lake—until a business trip with his manager and best friend, Victor, shatters his world.

One night of drunken horsing around in their hotel room leads to the most intensely personal violation Derek has ever endured. As if the humiliation of working under his attacker every day isn’t enough, Victor reports Derek for sexual harassment. Now he’s without a job, without a boyfriend, and the mortgage on the cabin is due.

Officer Russ Thomas has worked with rape victims before, and it doesn’t take him long to sort out the truth in Derek’s tale. With his support, Derek finally reports the crime, months after it happened. But restraining orders and lawyers further Victor’s anger toward him, and even though a relationship develops between Derek and the policeman, Russ can’t be there to protect him all the time.

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Trigger Warning: Rape

This was a wonderful story about overcoming life’s bumps in the road and allowing yourself to be happy.
Derek and Tim were the couple that everyone thought was happy.  They had been together for a while and had made the commitment to buy a cabin together.  Then, in walks their yummy neighbor, Russ and his awesome dog.

The story takes on a somewhat darker feeling when Derek is violated in one of the worst ways possible.  I wanted to chop Tim to pieces when he reacted the way he did.  Not only was he unfeeling, uncaring and mean, he was also jealous and hurtful when the one person who should have been able to count on him needed him most.  Needless to say I was happy when Tim and Derek were no longer an item.

Then, reading about Russ and his own struggles to find someone to share his life with – the all gay resort sounded like a lot of fun.  I appreciated how realistic the experience was – nothing too out there to create more intrigue or mystery in the story.  Just an honest experience.

When Russ realizes that Derek is suffering, he steps in to not only be there for him, but to help him with all the legalities.

I really liked the mystery or plot aspect of this story – even if I knew what would eventually happen.  I would definitely read more Fessenden books.


I wanted to start of with a warning that there was definitely sensitive subject matter that some would have a hard time reading.   The author did a very good job with explaining how Derek felt after what happened and what he went through dealing with everything.   There were parts that were extremely hard for me to read so I did skim those.  I did feel how much Derek felt for Russ and how much Russ cared for Derek.  I  really liked Russ, the way he was with Derek and how much he wanted to help him.   I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I will leave it at that.   All together I did really like this book and would recommend it.
Violated deals with a very sensitive subject and readers should take the warning seriously before attempting to read. I don’t want to give away anything to the story because I feel each person will have their own feelings about it. For me this book was just ok, I found it very wordy and I was skimming at times because I was losing interest. I couldn’t feel a connection with any of the characters and as much as something’s were dragged out, others were moved too fast. I just didn’t feel any emotions when reading this book and when reading about something this serious I thought I would.


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Jamie Fessenden set out to be a writer in junior high school. He published a couple short pieces in his high school’s literary magazine and had another story place in the top 100 in a national contest, but it wasn’t until he met his partner, Erich, almost twenty years later, that he began writing again in earnest. With Erich alternately inspiring and goading him, Jamie wrote several screenplays and directed a few of them as micro-budget independent films. He then began writing novels and published his first novella in 2010.

After nine years together, Jamie and Erich have married and purchased a house together in the wilds of Raymond, New Hampshire, where there are no street lights, turkeys and deer wander through their yard, and coyotes serenade them on a nightly basis. Jamie recently left his “day job” as a tech support analyst to be a full-time writer.


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One Response to 4.5, 4 and 3 Stars for Violated by Jamie Fessenden #MM #Romance @dreamspinners @JamieFessenden1

  1. Andrea M

    Definitely a 5 for me. It’s dark and painful to read but addresses a subject that needs more attention. Male rape is real.

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