November 24, 2015

20744130Screwups is a novel by Jamie Fessenden and once again the author has managed to write a sweet romantic story that will speak to many people. I really liked the story when I read it.

Jake Stewart is starting his third year at the University and he is feeling absolutely miserable. He is a successful business major, but that is not where is heart lies. He really wants to study art, but his father will cut him off immediately if he does that. And also he is terrified of telling his father he is gay, for the same reason. But after a long time he finally works up the courage to move into the creative dorm on campus. And that is where he meets Danny, his new and openly gay roommate.

Danny Sullivan has been out since high school and he has no problems with his sexuality. So when his new roommate Jake moves in, Danny is immediately attracted to him. But he is very sure Jake is straight and will never be anything more than a friend to him. Plus something bad has happened in Danny’s past, something he refuses to talk about, but it still gives him nightmares.

Jake has mistreated his friend Tom Langois in the past, but whatever happened to Danny is far worse than what Jake ever did.

It takes a while for Jake and Danny to get used to each other, but pretty soon the attraction between them is unstoppable. But will they be able to overcome their pasts and be there for each other. Jake will have to find a way to fix a mess he hasn’t even created and Danny needs to learn to trust someone like Jake again.

And what happens when Jake finally has the courage to come clean to his parents and his brothers? Will they still love him when they find out he is gay?

Because of the picture on the front and the time in which the story is set, this could be described as a Christmas story with a happy ending. I could easily picture what Jake and Danny looked like and the parts about Danny’s mother really made laugh at points. She sounds like a very interesting person and I would love to meet her sometimes.

You can find Jamie Fessenden’s personal site here. The book is for sale at Dreamspinner Press.


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