Author Name & Publisher: Jamie Fessenden (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2016 – 9 hours 42 minutes
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.
Trigger Warning: rape and abuse
This is my first book by this author and I got to try out the Audiobook. I’m still getting used to having someone read to me but the narrator, K.C. Kelly, was pretty good. I dislike when a narrator just reads with no emotion or changing their tone when switching characters. This narrator did a very good job.
In this book the author is dealing with some pretty tough situations. I feel the author hit the nail on its head when he wrote this book. It was very realistic. The connection I had with Derek was almost immediate and I didn’t like Tim at all (so glad to see the back of him). Russ was also great, not only in understanding the situation Derek was going through but just an overall really good guy. This book was so realistic that at times I had to take a break from it. Derek reactions to the rape and the aftermath were done in a way that lets you know what he was going through and I feel very realistic. This book was not just gloomy; there were defiantly some humor in it. To me an author that can write a story about rape and abuse and still inject humor into the story is exceptional write. Great job Mr. Fessenden, you did an excellent job with this story.
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.