Friday, November 25, 2016

Shining Star Award: Violated by Jamie Fessenden

Title: Violated
Author: Jamie Fesseden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 254
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
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.

Violated is a very emotionally charged read. The author Jamie Fessenden does a great job of really making me feel Derek's emotions. I do like how a sensitive subject is handled in this book, feels very real.
Derek and his partner Tim buy a cabin together. Tim would rather be anywhere but at this cabin. Derek has a dog named Gracie. Derek loves that the cabin looks like one he had with his dad when he was a kid.
Derek is raped by a friend. His partner Tim does not believe him. Derek is also accused by his attacker of being the aggressor. He loses his job, and goes to live at the cabin.
Russ is his neighbor. He is also a police officer. He has dealt with rape victims before and can see that Derek is a victim right away. He becomes Derek's friend. When it turns into something more. He has to decide how much to help Derek and how much Derek must learn to help himself.
I really felt for Derek in this book, he goes through so very much. I also liked how Russ has to learn when to back off. I liked seeing Derek get a back bone and learning to stand up on his own. He is no shrinking violet I liked that part very much. Over all this is a hugely emotional read. I am very glad I picked this one up. Sometimes love is messy, and you go through a lot to see the sunshine at the other side.

                Five Shooting Stars and Reviewer's Choice Award

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