Love's Home Paperback – 2 Oct 2014
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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
There is the story of the down and out wannabe actor in A Home for Jesse which I read last May and found to be enjoyable read but did not really strike me emotionally. There were loose ends I did not like and I trully doubted the strength of relationship.
Misunderstandings is the story of two successful actors who fall victim to miscommunication that plagues all couples at one point or another. It all starts small, when a sliver of jealousy creeps between the men. Parker is an Oscar winning actor but he is an indie-actor whose movies are loved by the critics but neglected by the public. Declan is a block-buster movie actor who never won an Oscar nor likely to be but whose movies are adored by the masses. Each man have their own reason to be jealous but what almost breaks them apart is when Ryan, Declan's co-star comes into the picture and does not hide his wanting to be the one beside Declan. This was frustrating to read for as a reader, it was truly a communication problem and could have been resolved easily but the two men knew not what to do or deal with their simple problem.
Will and Pleasure, this one, I did not like for the subject matter is something I truly hate: slavery. Thing is, this is a story that needed to be told for hate it as I do, it is a story that is all so real and continues to happen today. No, I did not like the story, but the way the author wrote this was truly an eye-opener and I laud her for her guts to write about it.
Ya Like That? is a short erotica that I surprisingly... enjoyed. Yes, I did enjoy this little story even as thinking back the story was a bit unrealistic but surrealistic? I am confused about this one. I just know I like it, so there! No apologies :D
I saved to the last: A Single Black Rose. OMG! This one, I truly enjoyed and truly loved! This was a scary read about stalkers who consciously impose physical and psychological harm to those who are in the public eye most of the time. Sean O’Reilly is a highly successful actor who falls victim to a stalking gone wrong. Receiving a single black rose bunched together with roses of different colors, it was enough to send fear to anyone reading or hearing about it. That the boquets were placed by someone on the inside, this was truly a scary situation which soon turned into a kidnapping and grave threat to Sean's lover, Nate. This does not end in an HEA for Sean faces issues he may never get over, even with Nate's and a therapist's help. For me, this is the one story that carried this whole collection and I read it over a second time which just made the story even better.
For those who want short quickies to read, this is definitely recommended.