We’re Both Straight, Right? – Jamie Fessenden

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“I wasn’t going to suck some random guy’s dick. That would probably be pretty gross. But I figured sucking on yours wouldn’t be too bad.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. I didn’t find this as good as other works I’d read from this author, but I still enjoyed it. It was funny, and frustrating at some parts, and kind of silly. Zack and Larry have been best friends since middle school and now they’re roommates in college. They’re both in need of money and that leads them to consider doing gay-for-pay porn. Neither of them has been with men before so they decide to practise with each other so they won’t embarrass themselves in front of a camera. That’s the premise. It could have ended up being a whole lot sillier than it actually was, except we also get a sexuality crisis and surprise romance thrown in. I personally felt that the sexuality crisis was gotten over fairly quickly considering how much Zack was worrying about it, and I still don’t know how to feel about Larry’s character (sometimes I like him, sometimes I don’t), and I felt that the romance was a bit rushed and not very fleshed out, but that could all be down to the length since this one is pretty short. It’s a quick read and, in the end, it’s all pretty fun.

 

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Screwups – Jamie Fessenden

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“He’d found his true home, among people he’d always been told were “weirdos”.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. I didn’t like this one as much as I did Violated (by the same author), but I still really did like this one. It’s a very different story from Violated, though it also has some really heavy and dark themes that happen. This one was more sweet and had a lot more humour. Also a lot of nudity and RPGs (though not at the same time) (mostly) (there may have been a kilt involved at one point). The main focus of the story is the relationship between the main couple and the obstacles they have to overcome (so much pining); but there is a lot of other stuff going on too. It’s also a story of self-acceptance and finding a place where you feel comfortable being yourself. There’s an importance on friendship, since one half of the main couple not only gets a boyfriend but friends as well. There is also a lot of focus on RPGs, which doesn’t exactly drag the story, but if it’s something you have no interest in you’ll probably be bored reading those parts. So definitely read this if you get the chance, just remember that for as sweet and fun as it is, it can also get pretty dark.

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Violated – Jamie Fessenden

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“Except the person in the mirror didn’t feel like him anymore. It wasn’t him. It couldn’t be.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. Definitely read the thing. If you enjoy hurt/comfort stories (like I do) this is something you might enjoy. Of course, this is a book that deals with rape, so some of it is pretty dark. It’s got engaging characters, a nice pace, angst, some humour, and has a fairly realistic depiction (or so I’ve been told) of a rape and what comes after. All in all, it’s a very emotional read. Also there’s dogs.

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