Jamie Fessenden’s Greatest Hits (Lily G’s Review)



Title: Jamie Fessenden’s Greatest Hits
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 3rd, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 723 pages
Reviewed by: Lily G Blunt
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Brace yourself for the best of Jamie Fessenden’s emotional and thrilling stories.

Three years ago, Kevin walked into Tom’s office with bruises around his throat from trying to hang himself, in Billy’s Bones. Now, he’s back in Tom’s life and possibly interested in more, but Kevin’s forgotten past can’t stay buried if they want to be together. In Screwups, the attraction between Jake and his new roommate, Danny, is undeniable. But if Jake wants to be with Danny, first he must fix someone else’s mess.

When aspiring mystery writer Jesse finds himself involved in a murder, and with the investigating detective, he can’t help but be fascinated, in Murder on the Mountain. But if Kyle and Jesse want a future together, they’ll have to team up to find the killer. In Violated, Victor was Derek’s manager and best friend. Can officer Russ protect Derek from him now that he’s turned abusive?

This is a superb collection of stories, all well-written and gripping, and show Jamie’s storytelling at its best.

Billy’s Bones ~ 5*+

Three years ago, Kevin walked into Tom’s office with bruises around his throat from trying to hang himself, in Billy’s Bones. Now, he’s back in Tom’s life and possibly interested in more, but Kevin’s forgotten past can’t stay buried if they want to be together.

This is truly an amazing and gripping story. One I will definitely read again. It had been on my wish list for a long time as I’d heard so many recommendations for it. At its heart is a wonderful love story and also a compelling mystery. There’s plenty of UST as Kevin and Tom build a relationship together. I adored how Tom patiently supports Kevin, who needs help in recovering hidden memories about his abusive past, and in the process helps him show love and physical affection.

Screwups ~ 4.5*

In Screwups, the attraction between Jake and his new roommate, Danny, is undeniable. But if Jake wants to be with Danny, first he must fix someone else’s mess.

I liked how this story links to a character from Tom’s past as mentioned in Billy’s Bones. We find out what happened to him after he disappeared from Tom’s life.  We get Jake’s coming out story at college here, his first sexual experiences, his falling in love and building the courage to show affection for another guy in public. But it’s not all plain sailing. Jake’s father and brother cause trouble for him, plus Danny has a secret he thinks will ruin his chance of happiness with Jake. This is a story about young college love. There’s some geekiness and humour, plus it gives lots of fuzzy feels amidst the angst.

Murder on the Mountain ~4.5*

When aspiring mystery writer Jesse finds himself involved in a murder, and with the investigating detective, he can’t help but be fascinated, in Murder on the Mountain. But if Kyle and Jesse want a future together, they’ll have to team up to find the killer.

An intriguing murder mystery with a sweet romance developing between amateur detective, Jesse, and the detective investigating  the case, Kyle. I liked how the age gap made a difference to their relationship (although it was only seven years) and that Kyle was now exploring his bi-side for the first time. There’s a couple of steamy scenes and Kyle isn’t shy about having sex with another guy. The story builds to an exciting climax as the mystery is solved and, although I guessed the murderer correctly beforehand, I wasn’t entirely sure I’d got the motive right. Some amusing comments and light relief come via Kyle’s work partner and his reaction to his friend starting a relationship with a man.

Violated ~ 5*

In Violated, Victor was Derek’s manager and best friend. Can officer Russ protect Derek from him now that he’s turned abusive?

I read this moving story when it was first released and have also listened to the audiobook three times.

This is an emotional story of  non-consensual sex/rape and how one man views and copes with that attack.  Too shocked and ashamed for being weak Derek doesn’t report the incident to the police at first, nor does he tell his possessive douchebag of a fiancé. Instead Derek suffers on his own for weeks without sharing the trauma with anyone and his world starts to fall apart. Amidst all this heartache a beautiful romance steadily builds between Russ and Derek.  He comforts and supports Derek in the months after the distressing experience.

This is such a well-crafted story with so many layers to it. Russ’s earlier attempts at finding a satisfying partner are quite amusing and just go to show how suitable Derek is for him. Time with Russ’s sister and family adds depth to the plot. I loved the cabin setting by the lakeside and the fact that both men had dogs that brought them together.

The story felt real, as if something like this could have happened. It’s a difficult read at times, but Jamie skilfully develops the characters and plot to make the story plausible and enthralling.

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Galley copy of Jamie Fessenden’s Greatest Hits provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page. There never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!

Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon and later published short stories with Torquere Press, Wayward Ink Publishing, and Pride Publishing.

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