Book Review: Just a Little Unwell by Iyana Jenna

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Just a Little Unwell
by Iyana Jenna
M/M Contemporary Short Story
Silver Publishing
Heat Level: Sweet
4 Stars


Patrick Trafford is pleased with the simple life he has, spending his time tending a tiny garden accompanied by his best friend, Chad, a cockroach. Nevertheless, he can't hide the excitement bubbling in him as a man suddenly appears in the garden.

Damien Abner politely welcomes, albeit somewhat at a loss, Patrick's warm offer to spend time with him. To have a coffee, watch some movie, and dance along with the characters in it.

They begin to date and Patrick has never been happier, though he barely knows who Damien is—not that it matters to him. For him, being clueless does mean bliss.


This was a short, bittersweet story that really pulls at your heartstrings. I guessed the twist long before it was revealed, so that was a bit of a disappointment for me. I would have preferred to have been surprised.

The story was told from Patrick's point of view and he was the one character's head we got to spend time in. I would have loved to have been inside Damien's head for part of it, but I suppose with a short story sticking to one character's POV probably worked for the best.

The author has a way with words and the story just flew by, as I was eager to see what happened next. I did enjoy the story but I was a little disappointed with the epilogue and so much time had passed for our characters, but as readers you didn't get to feel it. It was a good book but if it had been longer it would have been better.

Reviewed by Annette Gisby


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