A Lila Review: A Disposable Husband by Iyana Jenna

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Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Husband-for-hire Gardner Fray will enter into a short term marriage with either a man or a woman, as long as the price is right. Providing a professional — though unusual — service, he guards against emotional attachment to his partners.

Kyle Simmons, an associate at a prestigious legal firm, is desperately in need of someone like Gardner. Unfortunately, he’s still tied to a very influential ex named Antonio who doesn’t want to leave the picture.

When Gardner agrees to marry Kyle, both men find their lives changing for the better. But can they overcome the hurdles thrown their way by the abusive Antonio? More than that, can they find love?

A Disposable Husband is a very short story that feels more like the outline for a longer book. I don’t like rating a story less than three starts but in this case, I can’t recommend it. There’s potential and some shiny moments but unfortunately, not enough to carry the book.

I liked the main idea and what little we saw about the characters. It was interesting and a nice spin to a traditional troupe. The main problem was the abrupt changes and the lack of cohesiveness. In reality, it was a group of snippets together with no final purpose; as if missing half of the story.

It’s normal for a short story to skip forward in time and to hint to off-page events, but in this case, it didn’t work. We finished with more questions than at the beginning and a sense of missing something that could have been good. I hope to see an extended version of this story in the near future.

The cover by Written in Designs is generic. It can fit any number of MM Romances and doesn’t add to the story.

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ebook, 24 pages
Published: April 21, 2018, by JMS Books
ISBN: 9781634866149
Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Fire Triangle by Iyana Jenna

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

fire-triangle-by-iyana-jennaWhile investigating a house fire, Detective Miles Tucker uncovers a similar case twenty years prior. Digging deeper, Miles learns that a survivor from the earlier fire might have some answers to his questions.

 

As a boy, Devin Treadwell survived a fire that wiped out his entire family. The trauma he suffered left him in a mental institution, but he has since made a full recovery and, though partially deaf and mute, now lives an independent life as a music teacher.

 

Devin’s life is disrupted when the handsome Miles suspects him of being a serial arsonist. But he wasn’t the only survivor. A boy named Sebastian who had been adopted by Devon’s family also survived the blaze.

 

Then an attempt is made on Devin’s life. Can Miles keep Devin safe from an arsonist who will stop at nothing to silence him? Or will the attraction between them jeopardize the investigation?

 

This was an interesting story.  Devin is quite young when his family died in the house fire and has come a long way since it happened.  Miles comes in and throws a wrench in his perfectly ordered life, not that he is too upset by the final outcome.

 

This story had quite a few twists and turns.  We saw some of Devin’s childhood when Sebastian came into their lives and some of Sebastian’s actions and thoughts during that time.  Miles is going through a tough time when he begins the arson investigation, which causes him to make a few rash assumptions that are quickly found incorrect once he meets Devin and learns what really happened when he was a kid.  Seeing things through Devin’s, Miles’ and even Sebastian’s eyes goes a long way towards understanding the story, though there is still a twist at the end that I didn’t expect and I always like some surprise in my stories.

 

The cover art is nice and eye catching giving a nice visual of Devin and Miles.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 87 pages

Published: January 7, 2017 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634862974

Edition Language: English

Double Your Reading Pleasure with Iyana Jenna’s His Enemy’s Son and Catfish Love Water (2 excerpts, one giveaway of each book))

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His Enemy’s Son and Catfish Love Water by Iyana Jenna
Release Date: His Enemy’s Son – July 10, 2015,
Catfish Love Water – July 17, 2015

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Publisher: Fireborn Publishing
Cover Artist: Brenna Lyons

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What would you do if you were a young oil mogul who had been crossed by your business counterpart, a man who then stopped returning your calls? Not knowing what else to do after every action he has taken failed, Luke Garrett decides to kidnap his business partner’s son to gain the man’s attention to their shared problem.
Alex is celebrating his eighteenth birthday by getting drunk with his best friend–and studiously avoiding the debutantes his father tries to throw his way–when he finds himself the houseguest of a rather unconventional abductor. How can this plan possibly go right?

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When his tutor suggested he pick a favorite book to get more motivated to learn to read, Axel chose a gay romance novel. He ended up taking the book everywhere he went, reading it slowly yet repeatedly until he could recite entire lines. Then his tutor resigned and a new one came to replace her. Richard is doing research on dyslexia for his next book by tutoring Axel, but can he remain an impartial observer? Will working with such an attractive man be possible for Axel? Moreover, can Richard keep his secrets under wraps?

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Pages or Words: His Enemy’s Son: 8,000 words, Catfish Love Water: 5,800 words

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

Book Excerpts

His Enemy’s Son

“Hey!” they cried out.
“I’m going home with my friend. Let me go!” Alex shouted.
It was no use. Men in black surrounded him from every angle. He couldn’t see Seth anywhere.
“Seth!”
“Alex!”
“Quiet!” the first man barked. “Take Mr. Parker away. Go. Now!”
Am I being kidnapped? Alex’s muddled mind slowly understood the situation as he tried to yank his arms free. He grunted when two men squeezed his upper arms tightly; their fingers bit into his skin when they pulled him away.
“Alex! You let him go, you bastards!”
Alex looked over his shoulder as he was dragged into a black van. The men had grabbed Seth and held him down on the ground.
“No.” His head was spinning. “Don’t hurt him. It’s me you want. Let him go.”
“We’re not going to hurt anyone as long as you obey.” The man growled.
Suddenly Alex felt a prick at the back of his neck. He cried out in pain.
“Wh-what are you doing?” He tried to reach back but he couldn’t. His knees buckled, darkness gripped him, and suddenly he didn’t know any more.

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“What’re you reading?”
“Oh, this.” Axel’s face turned scarlet. He made a failed attempt to cover the title and cover of the book with his hand. Richard hid his smile and pretended not to know what was going on.
“What’s it about?” he asked, hoping Axel was too flustered to see through his innocent act.
Axel shrugged. “Nothing special.”
Richard almost grinned at the “Nothing special” but he kept his face straight.
“Care to tell me more?”
“Well,” Axel started, eyes fixed to the table. “It’s about a millionaire’s son whose life is in danger and his father pays a bodyguard to keep an eye on him. They eventually fall for each other as they—”
“This bodyguard—is it a girl?”
For the second time, Axel blushed. “N-no. It’s also a man.” Axel stared at Richard as if challenging him to say something sour about it. “That a problem for you?”
Richard arched an eyebrow. If Axel only knew.
“What? No, not at all. In fact, finding out you like reading that kind of story makes me really happy.” Richard captured Axel’s gaze and they exchanged a long, searching look.
“Huh,” Axel said quietly as he turned away.

Author Bio and Contacts

Reading, watching movies, and being unable to find exactly the thing she wanted to read have led Iyana to write her own stories, mostly about man-on-man romance that has fascinated her since as early as the Starsky and Hutch era. Teaching and writing English course books during the day, Iyana spends her nights mostly dreaming of love stories between two men who are protective toward each other.

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Dates & Stops: July 24, 2015
Parker Williams, Havan Fellows, The Hat Party, Charley Descoteaux, Bayou Book Junkie, BFD Book Blog, Happily Ever Chapter, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, EE Montgomery, Divine Magazine, MM Good Book Reviews, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents. Inked Rainbow Reads, Prism Book Alliance, Velvet Panic, Ogitchida Book Blog

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