Title: Billy’s Bones
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 22nd 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary MM Romance, Sociology, Mystery
Page Count: 254
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Kevin Derocher was thirty-two when he walked into Tom’s office, newly married, a baby on the way, and the collar of his red flannel shirt pulled up to hide the bruises around his throat from when he hanged himself in his garage. After his initial consult, therapist Tom Langois believes he’ll never see Kevin again—but Kevin turns up three years later to make repairs on Tom’s new house.
Kevin and Tom become fast friends, and Tom begins to suspect Kevin may be interested in more than friendship. However, Kevin remains haunted by something from his childhood—something so terrible he blocked it from his mind. These suppressed memories make it impossible for Kevin to get close to anyone without panicking and lashing out, sometimes violently. But as his past begins to surface, it becomes apparent that Kevin may hold the key to a twenty-five-year-old mystery: what happened to Billy?
t was my first book of Jamie Fessenden and for sure not the last one. The author has a very good and fluent writing style and the fact that it was not his typical book – that maintain at least the readers who have a profound knowledge of Jamie Fessenden’s work – makes me even more curious.
The plot was very interesting too, but not easy to deal with. It is not a kind of book that I pick up very often.
Being an opponent of the death penalty, I can easy forget my position if it considers child abuse.
The reason for my rating:
I had my personal problems with the MCs.
Jamie Feesenden invested a lot in the development of the relationship between them, I believe that he did also plenty of therapeutic research to create believable characters but I couldn’t emotionally connect myself to them:
I couldn’t buy the sudden attraction of Tom for Kevin at the beginning and I couldn’t understand WHY they fell in love with each other along the story. It was strangely enough to see them as friends, but to accept them both as LOVERS was almost impossible for me. And it was not ONLY because of the total absence of sex between them. Besides, for someone who appeared to be a psychiatrist Tom behaved in some situation rather like a helpless teeny. And it was difficult to imagine that they both were in their late thirties.
Tom and Kevin are likeable and nice characters, but they won’t leave deep traces in my heart.
All in all, aside of my personal issues, it was a solid interesting read and I look forward to reading more of this author.