Screwups by Jamie Fessenden

Title: Screwups
Author:Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 189
Kisses: 4
Genre: Gay/ Contemporary


The attraction between Jake and his new roommate, Danny, is undeniable. If Jake wants to be with Danny, he must fix someone else’s mess.

In 1996, Jake Stewart is starting his third year at the University of New Hampshire. Even as a successful business major, he is absolutely miserable. Not only is Jake pursuing a field he hates when he’d rather study art, he is utterly terrified of what will happen if his father finds out he’s gay. When he finally gets up the courage to move into the creative arts dorm on campus, his new roommate, Danny, is openly gay—and there’s no denying the attraction between them.
Danny Sullivan has been out since high school, and he appears comfortable with his sexuality. But something happened in Danny’s past—something that gives him nightmares he refuses to talk about. Unknown to Jake, the way he mistreated his friend, Tom Langois, when Tom came out to him in high school, is mild compared to the way someone very much like Jake treated Danny.

It may be too late to fix the mess Jake made with Tom, but if Jake wants to be with Danny, he’s going to have to fix the mess made by another closeted jock he’s never even met.


It took me awhile to get into this book not that it isn’t well written because it is, but because I have never gotten into the role playing of D&D and LARP. The first several chapters are mostly people role playing, while we slowly get to know them and we see how Danny and Jake are getting to know each other.

This story moves a little slow but this is Jamie Fessenden’s style to build the story while hinting and slowly cluing us into the hidden issues his characters have.

I love Jake’s character, how he can be so trusting and sweet with Danny, while being scared to death to come out to anyone with good reason! His father and brothers are really scary and Jake knows he will be taking his life in his hands if they ever find out about him. His mom is a good lady, and he hopes he would still have her in his life, but he’s not certain.

Danny has a lot of pain in his past and even though he is falling for Jake he is too scared to commit to him and he doesn’t trust Jake to still have feelings for him should he find out the truth about Danny’s past.

I am a fan of Jamie Fessenden and he is on my list of buying any new book he releases right away.

I would recommend this book especially if you love role playing games, but if you don’t, the story between Jake and Danny is worth hanging in there for. Once you get to the meat of their story you won’t be able to put the book down. I hope you look up this author’s other books. I especially loved Billy’s Bones.

Reviewed By: Cheryl


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