Sometimes you need a break, to get away somewhere, but in the end you always return to a place you call home. The saying goes, “Home is where the heart is.” It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, pretty or shabby, what matters is it’s your Love’s Home.
This collection features five of Iyana Jenna’s best-selling gay contemporary romance stories. A homeless PA finds a home in an actor’s life. An abduction almost steals a man from his loving boyfriend. A love triangle nearly ruins everything. A sex slave is rescued by an unlikely savior. A young man discovers a new home after he loses everything.
Contains the stories:
- A Home for Jesse
- A Single Black Rose
- Will and Pleasure
- Ya Like That?
This book is a collection of stories already published by this author. I enjoy reading anthologies because it’s nice to be able to put the book down when you’ve finished a story but still know there’s more there if you want to go back to it. Overall I really enjoyed the stories in this anthology. Like any there were some I liked more than others, but it was a good collection by this author. This was a good sampling of Iyana’s work and it was nice having so many different stories in one place.
A Home For Jesse
There was more action in this short story than I expected. I wasn’t a fan of how everyone treated Jesse getting beat up the second time. Trey just kind of blows it off like it’s not a big deal. I was confused about Trey’s actions with the reading. Jesse forgives Trey too quickly for stealing his job.
The final scene where Jesse shows Trey his book is my favorite. It was cute to see how Trey reacts to the difference in the book from when he first read it to the second.
Three and a half
A Single Black Rose
I liked this story almost as much as the last story in the anthology. There are a few loose ends still around at the end of the story that kind of leave me hanging. But even with that, it’s a good story. The biggest one for me is that I want to know what happens to Simon. The parts that are supposedly written by Gene for his blog are really creepy. I love that Iyana gave a little insight into his brand of crazy.
This is a decent story. However it’s one of those stories where the whole thing could be avoided if the two main characters had a conversation instead of assuming things. It was still cute and I loved the ending.
Will and Pleasure
I read this one last even though it’s the next to last story. I wanted to like it but there were parts that didn’t ring true with me. Some of Luke’s recovery was either skipped or completely missing. Jake genuinely wanted to help Luke but sometimes his methods were a little out there. There was so much potential for a good story but the execution wasn’t the best. I wasn’t a fan of how the author handled the sexual abuse.
Ya Like That?
This was my favorite out of all of the stories. It had a cute beginning. However I enjoyed how Evan got together with Brian after Evan was fired. I didn’t expect the scene where he saw Ben at Brian’s house but it wound up being my favorite. I liked the BDSM-lite aspect to the story but it could have gone further. Then again I enjoy BDSM in my books.
Four and a half
A Home for Jesse
This ain’t so bad. Jesse pats his laden backpack. He stretches himself on the bench and lowers his head onto the bag, grimacing at the bumps pressing against his head and neck. Awesome. He is going to have major cricks and headaches come morning. That is if he’s not suffering from early signs of pneumonia.
Jesse shifts and grunts and finally gives up. He sits up, takes off his jacket, and spreads it over his front before he lies down again. Moving a bit again to find the most comfortable position, he thinks, Fuck, now my shorts are stuck in the crack of my ass. Jesse reaches down and pulls them free — ah, that’s better.
He takes a deep breath. So he’s a bum now, is he? His ma would be heartbroken if she knew. She could blame him for being such a hard head and insisting on having his own way. Jesse stares blankly at the leaves swaying on treetops, at the shadows of the swings dancing in the dark, at the stars blinking mockingly down at him. At least the fact that they are up there means that the sky is cloudless and Jesse doesn’t need to worry about the possibility of rain tonight. Getting soaked when the only place he has to sleep is this park would be a pain in the ass, not to mention hazardous to his health. Jesse also hopes no cops will come patrolling tonight.
Weary to the bone, Jesse curls both hands under the side of his face and gives in to slumber.
Iyana writes M/M short stories and novellas. Her works have been published by Evernight Publishing, JMS Books, Books to Go Now, Torquere Press, Bitten Press, Leap of Faith Publishing, Breathless Press, and Alfie Dog Fiction.
Iyana lives in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams, a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, Iyana can come up with a lot of stories, mostly shorties, as she prefers to spend the time during her trips writing into her cell phone rather than sleeping.
Another thing Iyana loves is kitties. Right now she has three of them. Their names are Cil, Horus, and Betsy, and one kitten. When she doesn’t write, she plays with them, or they would play with her when she writes.
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