Pick up the Pieces by Tinnean

Title: The Light in Your Eyes, Book 1: Pick up the Pieces
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 324
Kisses: 5
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance


Fifteen-year-old Theo Bascopolis longs for the man of his dreams. But his dreams are dashed when his conservative Greek father discovers Theo is gay and throws him out. Hopeless, he falls in with Fast Franky, a pimp who seduces Theo with the nickname “Sweetcheeks,” but abuses him and wants Theo to hustle. A bloody fight with Franky forces Sweetcheeks to run. Winding up in Washington, DC, he meets a group of rent boys who take care of each other. While he may not have the man of his dreams, Theo finally has a home and family of his own making.

When the boys take in mysterious tenant Mark Vincent, he seems a solid protector, until one of Sweetcheeks’s boys suffers a savage beating in his name. Vincent visits the boy in the hospital and introduces his equally enigmatic trainee, William Matheson. The instant attraction blindsides Sweetcheeks. In spite of knowing love isn’t for rent boys, Sweetcheeks hopes Matheson sees beyond the body he’s offered to so many. But Matheson has secrets of his own, and both will have to tear down their walls to find enduring love.


This story was so well written and so well thought out. I usually feel the Author rushes parts to wrap up the story but this was not the case here.

Theo was a fifteen year old boy when his hot tempered father threw of his home and a scumbag named Franky picked him up and his life was never the same.

Theo ran when Franky sold him and made it to Washington D.C where he was rescued by some rent boys and given a home and life time friendships. This story is of Theo’s life and his achievements and finally of giving his heart to Wills, yes there is great sex but the friendships made and the love story being told is the real jewel of this book.

Wills has secrets and so does his boss Vincent, we were not told what they were in this story so I will wait impatiently for the next book in this series, but I know it will be worth the wait.

I recommend this story and all of TINNEAN’S work, she is an extremely talented storyteller.

Reviewed by: Cheryl


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