Jamie Fessenden

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Missbraucht

Missbraucht

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Erschienen am 05.09.2017
Mord auf dem Berg

Mord auf dem Berg

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Erschienen am 24.01.2017
The Rules

The Rules

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Erschienen am 06.09.2017
The Christmas Wager

The Christmas Wager

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Erschienen am 14.12.2016
We're Both Straight, Right?

We're Both Straight, Right?

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Erschienen am 01.06.2011
Murder on the Mountain

Murder on the Mountain

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Erschienen am 22.08.2014
Screwups

Screwups

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Erschienen am 07.03.2014

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Rezension zu "We're Both Straight, Right?" von Jamie Fessenden

Quite fun and authentic characters
Sakukovor 9 Monaten

Zack and Larry have been friends forever and are roommates. Very broke roommates. Larry heard from a friend that you can make easy money by doing a straight guys first gay experience porn video, and he wants to do it with Zack.
Zack does not like the idea, but letting Larry do it with someone else is even less appealing. And then Larry wants to "practice" for the shoot too. Zack's disgust quickly turns to interest, but Larry is just after the money, right?

I liked the story, I just wished it was a bit longer.

I liked how the author balanced out the rather silly plot line with equally silly but very authentic feeling characters. You know, just average college dudes: immature, a bit gross and plenty silly.

I know a lot of people didn't like Larry, but I though he was great. He's kinda thoughtless and self-centered, but he's funny and trusts Zack explicitly. I didn't feel like he wanted to blackmail Zack into anything, he just doesn't get other peoples motivations easily, I'd say.

I liked the banter a lot and I liked their practicing. The progression felt natural, I just thought Zack's emotional responses, from disgust to interest to involved, happened a bit to fast. But it's a short book, so I can deal with that. And it ends up really rather sweet and adorable.

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Rezension zu "The Rules" von Jamie Fessenden

Best triange romance ever
Sakukovor 9 Monaten

Hans is a university student and artist. He starts a part time job cleaning an eccentric gay couples house. Thomas is an successful businessman who spoils his husband Boris, a Russian-born writer, who absolutely refuses to wear clothing and barely leaves the house. The rules are clear, Hans can look, but not touch.
But Boris gets flirty and when Hans backs away, he simply gets Thomas's permission. Hans likes them both and Thomas and Boris are attracted to Hans in return, and so slowly but surely, the lines get shifted and reevaluated.

I totally need more stars for this. The book needs a big gold star.
This was hands down the best and most authentic feeling triangle story I've read so far.

I loved all of the characters to bits, and even though Hans is the sole narrator, all three are so well characterized.
It is a rather slow book. I loved how the rules, or more accurately, the boundaries of the relationships where constantly evaluated, negotiated and shifted to accommodate the needs and emotions of all three involved. Communication and openness is key in this book. There are no silly misunderstandings, no petty squabbling, though there are some conflicts that need to be worked through. Their relationship is loving and sweet and a bit sappy at times, but it never feels over the top sugary or unrealistic.

There are a few sex scenes, but they never ever felt gratuitous. Some are long and detailed, some are short and rather matter of fact, but they are always used to showcase the emotional evolution of the relationship, though some are pretty hot, too. But that's never the sole purpose of them.

While I liked the end and the time they spend with Boris's family, I would just have wished for a few more scenes with just the three of them in everyday interaction. But that's really my only gripe.

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Rezension zu "The Christmas Wager" von Jamie Fessenden

Very cute and emotional Christmas romance
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Andrew convinces his friend Lord Thomas to invite him to Christmas at his families estate, just that Thomas has been estranged from his parents and brother since he declined to marry the girl his father picked out for him 6 years ago.
But Thomas cannot back out of a promise and so he shows up at the estate to find that the family has not been celebrating Christmas since his brother's wife died 3 years ago, and that his niece Susan doesn't even know what Christmas is. His father forces a wager on him: Either the manages to get a Christmas ball organized in two days time, or he'll be cut off.

I enjoyed this book even though the story had a few weird elements that I had to try very hard to suspend my disbelieve on. Like the wager Thomas' father forces on him. It doesn't fit with what we know of his father and makes little sense in general.

The interaction of the main characters is very nice and funny at times. I did enjoy the dialog a lot.

They are very good friends before they become lovers and at first I thought is a typical friends who are mutually in love story. But it's not, not really. Andrew makes a move at Thomas, who is mostly confused by this, but tries very hard to stay as good a friend as before. As Thomas notices he might be in love with Andrew too, Andrew pushes him away, because he can't quite believe it to be true. To me that's an unusual dynamic, that still felt quite realistic and natural. I liked how Thomas tried to convince Andrew he actually really does love him.

There's also a subplot about Thomas' unhappy widowed brother and a cute 4-year old girl doing Christmas-y stuff. There are actually more secondary characters I liked, like the twins and Rebecca. It doesn't distract from the love story so much as makes it more grounded and adorable.

So, heartwarming and romantic all around, for that I can forgive the slightly weird, silly plot bunnies that sometimes pop up.

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