Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Ya Like That?
Author: Iyana Jenna
Heroes: Evan Foster/Brian Donaghue
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 26 Pages
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: July 6, 2014
Available at: JMS Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: Evan Foster is left with nothing after his father screwed up their family company. Evan’s father ended up in jail, his mother in a mental institution, and they lost all their possession to the bank. Evan dropped out of college and he still has to pay for his mother’s treatment. He has a job at a diner but it isn’t nearly enough.
Brian Donaghue is a millionaire with a multinational company but isn’t lucky in love. When he sees the picture Evan sends in with a resume, he’s immediately interested. But the way ropes Evan into his company is far from conventional. Brian makes Evan an offer he can’t refuse.
Or can he?
One thing Ms. Jenna’s books do not lack is sweetness. This is my second time reading Ms. Jenna, and both had the same warm feeling of sweet love. I was happy to see that the major issue I had with the previous book – present tense – was not present in this one. There is, however, the same super rushed insta-love aspect, which really took me out of the story.
Evan was down on his luck and in need of a job when he answers the ad for personal assistant. This turns out to be so much more, as the boss, Brian, wants him to work for the company during the day, and him personally in the evenings. Evan decides the money is too good to pass up, so he decides to at least give it a try.
Evan’s first night is a little bizarre, as he is asked to basically be Brian’s submissive. Nothing es ever really taken too far, but Evan’s eyes are opened to his new feelings about submissiveness. Unfortunately, those feelings are tarnished by his feelings of basically being a whore for Brian. Brian’s intentions are a little unclear through most of this, and he does come off a bit stalkery. But, in the end, he means well and just wants to help Evan and have a relationship with him.
Misunderstandings are cleared up, Brian saves the day, they move in together and live happily ever after. Many of the events in this story are really sweet. I believe this story had a lot of potential, but it is hampered greatly by it’s length. It comes across as choppy and feels as though big chunks of time are missing, although no time is actually missed. If this were fleshed out a bit more, the guys given more time for their feelings/attraction to grow, this would have been a better and much more believable story. The feeling of everything being so rushed is it’s biggest downfall, in my opinion.
I found this a quick and easy read as far as the actual writing was concerned, and I definitely plan to keep an eye on Ms. Jenna’s progress as she continues to bring us these sweet stories.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*