Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Will and Pleasure
Author: Iyana Jenna
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 16,000 words
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: June 29, 2014
Available at: JMS Books
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Blurb: After his parents’ nasty divorce, Jake Welther was raised by his mother, so when his father dies, he’s surprised to find his name among his brothers’ in the will. Jake never thought he’d get anything from his old man, but neither the house nor the money is his inheritance. It’s a young sex slave named Luke.
Luke is a product of the streets. One unfortunate night, a bad encounter with a client ended with him curled up in an alley, filthy and hurt. When Craig Welthier Sr. took him in, Luke thought he was finally safe and protected. Little did he know Craig would turn out to be worse than any of his previous clients.
With his father gone, Jake doesn’t know what to do with Luke. His three brothers see no harm in continuing to use their father’s slave for their own twisted purposes. Though he doesn’t think of himself as anyone’s hero, he knows what Luke has endured at the hands of his family is wrong. Can Jake stand up to his brothers to rescue Luke? Will Luke find his happy ending after all?
Review: This was kind of harsh. Actually, it was extremely harsh for me, the notorious vanilla girl. It seems every time I try to branch out and read something outside my comfort zone, I end up picking something that just wasn’t meant for me. Jen? Yes. Me? No. However, it was relatively short so I made myself read it all. And the ending was good enough that I won’t be having traumatic flashbacks. I will count that as a win.
Luke is a young guy down on his luck, hurt and injured in a back alley, when he is rescued by a rich, older man who takes pity on him and brings him home. Unfortunately, his knight in shining armor turns into a psychopath. Stripped of his clothes, starved, and locked in a room, Luke is forced to become the man’s sex slave. He would have been better off taking his chances in the alley.
Fortunately, the older man dies. Unfortunately, he has three awful sons and one not so awful son. Jake is the only son who actually takes pity on the unexpected slave. Sadly, I hated him because he knew how awful Luke was treated, and at first, was just as bad as his brothers. In thoughts and actions, Jake almost ruined this story for me, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to totally forgive him.
I was happy that Jake grew some balls and rescued Luke, but did he really need to run to his room and throw up while he heard Jake being tortured and raped? Couldn’t he have sucked it up and stopped it beforehand? Jake, Jake, Jake…yes, you eventually came through, but he was still his father’s son and shared in his brother’s guilt.
I was worried about the brothers getting away with their cruelty, and was pleasantly surprised that they did not. That is what saved this story for me. Had they gotten off, or away with it, then I would have ended the book right there and not reviewed it at all. I do understand the need for something dark and different now and then, but I still need a happily ever after, or a happy for now, at the very least. We get that, so it’s all good.
However, I did not feel a true love connection between Luke and Jake. I was thankful he turned out to be a good guy at the end, but I likened their relationship to more of a Stockholm syndrome than a true heart-to-heart. I am glad I read it, I am glad it ended on a high note, but I think I will leave these dark stories for others to read. They just don’t give me the happy feels that I need.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*