Review: Not Mistaken Identity by Iyana Jenna

Not Mistaken Identity by Iyana Jenna
Release Date: January 2, 2015
Publisher: Breathless Press
Pages: 48
Source: Book provided by publisher for review
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Abducted and forced to channel all his TV character’s smarts, can actor Chase Riley escape his captors and return to his boyfriend?

Actor Chase Riley is road tripping his way home when he is abducted. A delusional fan is convinced that Chase is really Elliot, the character he plays in a popular cop series. In order to survive, Chase must channel all his TV character’s smarts, while trying to convince his abductor that he really is just a very good actor.

Chase’s boyfriend, co-star Aidan Buffett, is on a trip with his sister when he gets news of Chase’s disappearance. Trapped in an airport in Mexico trying to get home, Aidan is both terrified he will never see Chase again and tortured with guilt for allowing his lover to travel alone.

When Chase makes a desperate attempt to escape, the consequences are serious. And though Aidan will get to see his Chase again, it is with no guarantee that his boyfriend will survive to tell the tale.

 

Review:  A novella is one of the most difficult things for a writer to produce because all the action has to be packaged tightly to be unwrapped in a short time span.

Author Iyana Jenna, in her newly released story, Not Mistaken Identity, takes a page out of Hollywood by putting a famous action actor into the hands of a deranged fan.

Unfortunately, there is only so much that can be accomplished in 48 pages without leaving the reader dissatisfied. As the story opens, Aidan is obviously concerned that his boyfriend, Chase, is going to be traveling alone. Moving forward, the story shifts from character to character, making it a bit difficult to follow the transitions.

The focal point centers around on Chase’s ability to channel his character in real life when faced with danger. Although the concept is interesting, there didn’t seem to be enough development. Adding two attacks on his life, both of which leave him in serious condition, tends to stretch the storyline. This is especially noted toward the end when Aidan and Chase finally get time to be alone and have to deal with the emotional aftermath of the attacks.

From a heat standpoint, it wasn’t until the last pages that the author incorporated chemistry between the two characters. That interaction seemed to flow well and was well integrated into the story.

From an overall standpoint, this was a middle-of-the-road kind of read. Had it been longer, I think the author could have done a more effective job satisfying the reader.

 

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