“I really enjoyed reading this book. It is the first Novel that I have read by Alexa Land and I am glad I took a chance and read this story. In Pieces moved me. It made me laugh and it made me cry and I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves well written books with real characters. Alexa Land now has a new fan. ”iheartbooks wrote this review Thursday, October 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A gay San Francisco cop in a Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer sweater and an art student who pays his tuition from his earnings as a prostitute meet at a Christmas party and fall in lust. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? Fortunately, the two protagonists are strong enough characters that Land's romance doesn't turn into a parody of itself.
At age 15, after he came out Christopher Robin left his home in Georgia and came to San Francisco, where he planned to work and become an art student. After being mugged and robbed almost immediately, he became a hooker and then a high-price rent boy to support himself. Now he's working to pay for art school and is about to graduate.
At a friend's Christmas party, he hooks up with Kieran Nolan, not knowing that Kieran is a cop just as Kieran doesn't know Christopher is a hooker. Since Kieran has just admitted to being gay, Christopher is his first lover, and both men become much more embroiled before they learn what the other one does for a living. By that time, they are so smitten that they decide to make their relationship work.
Keeping their angst a little lighter are peripheral characters, an 80-year-old organized crime grandma and a 20-something computer porn star. Grandma wants to find a boyfriend via computer dating, and the porn star wants to find someone who sees him as a person. Both are totally delightful.
At one point in the story the porn star is amazed at how accepting the friend's family is at the Christmas party and says that if his family had ever seen him dance with a guy, they would have held a gay exorcism. When Christopher asks what a gay exorcism would be, the porn star says, “Oh, you know: the whole lot of them donning mullet wigs, which for a large percentage of them would be redundant, and then playing sport fishing videos while reading from the Sears catalog. That’d drive the gay right out of ya.” That and many other sections made me laugh out loud.
Read the rest of my review at All About Romance: http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookReview.pl?BookReviewId=9674”