Title: Ya Like That?
Author: Iyana Jenna
Heat Level: 1.5 out of 4 flames
Overall rating: 3.5 out 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch: Connie Cliff
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 he ropes Evan into his company is far from conventional. Brian makes Evan an offer he can’t refuse.
Or can he?
This is a quick romantic story about a young guy (Evan) finding his Prince Charming (sort of). His family is suddenly broke due to his father’s monetary indiscretions, and Evan’s mom is having serious mental health issues. Evan, not used to providing for his own needs, not to mention those of his mother’s, finds himself in a situation where he is willing to take a somewhat shady job just because it offers an attractive pay. His responsibilities become clear to him on the first night of employment: he is blindfolded and commanded not to talk back, except to answer a single question. He is felt up by his boss, Brian, who quickly makes him come. The titular “Ya like that, bitch?” comes up quite frequently when Brian addresses his new toy. After the first two nights, his boss has some reservations about the arrangement, mainly because he finds himself falling for the young hot Evan, and he promptly fires him. The two lovebirds eventually make up, and the final scene, Evan’s first time, is very hot indeed.
For me personally, it was too sweet and romantic. I prefer sizzling titillating erotica in short stories like these, and the actual dirty deeds took up a small percentage of this book. I feel that the short story format, in general, does not allow for any significant character and plot development, and in this case, I felt, this was particularly true. The story arc is majorly underdeveloped, and the protagonists are not well understood. This factor aside, the book is well-written, for the most part. There are some things that didn’t flow well for me, although to author’s credit, there are no grammar errors or typos. Stylistically, there were moments where it was hard to follow the author’s train of thought, and it threw me off a bit. Nevertheless, from a technical standpoint, there is not too much that is wrong with the writing. I should also mention that the actual title, “Ya Like That?” was a bit grating for me. It seemed like an odd choice — for the title and for wording in general, since it felt kind of out of place in this somewhat intimate D/s setting.
I would recommend this books to those readers who prefer short MM romantic stories with not too much graphic sex in them.
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 about love stories between two men who are protective toward each other.