What I Think about Thick as Thieves by Cyan Tayse

Thick as Thieves - Brief Encounters, Book 1 by Cyan Tayse

Thick as ThievesBrief Encounters, Book 1*

*Note: This book can be read as a standalone

Themes & Genres: Short Contemporary Romance, LGBT, gay, first love, coming out, abuse (not too graphic)


A home invasion, a half-naked guy, a foam sword, and a whole heap of secrets.

What I think of the book:

A short blurb, fit for a short read. You know I’m not a fast reader, but I finished this book within hours. The length helped, yes, but it was also the content.

As most shorter works – short stories and novellas – this was a little rushed for me. And I don’t mean the short period of time the story takes place in; I mean the scenes. However, I acknowledge that the author is trying to hit the same beats with this book as you’d find in a longer one, so given the word count, I’d say she did a pretty good job.

As I said – and you can see – the blurb is very short, but it was also very catchy, and I was really happy I got this ARC even without knowing anything about the characters. Once I started the book, I liked both Leo and Alexander, and I think the two are a good match for each other.

However, there were a few inconsistencies that threw me off. For example, Alexander’s body. He’s supposed to be studious, and he himself admits off the bat that he’s not the sporty type. And yet, he has an athletic body with big biceps and chiseled chest. I realize the author wanted to make him physically attractive, but this body type does not fit his lifestyle and seems unrealistic.

There was also a scene where the compassionate and caring Leo has an outburst at something (sorry, can’t say what without a spoiler) and that doesn’t make sense in that situation and given his character. He had recently been through something traumatic, but I don’t think that particular experience could be used as an excuse here. When I read this scene, I instantly made a note to include it in the review, even though he realizes his mistake almost immediately and is sorry for what he’d done.

Those things aside though, this is an enjoyable read, and the author managed to put in some backstory and a side plot, even in something so short.

Who would I recommend this book to? If you are looking for a quick read about people who want to take control of their messed-up lives, check out Thick as Thieves.

My rating: Thick as Thieves - Brief Encounters, Book 1 by Cyan Tayse - Sword Rating Thick as Thieves - Brief Encounters, Book 1 by Cyan Tayse - Sword Rating Thick as Thieves - Brief Encounters, Book 1 by Cyan Tayse - Sword Rating Thick as Thieves - Brief Encounters, Book 1 by Cyan Tayse - Sword Rating (4/5 swords; I couldn’t find foam ones, so these will have to do)

Would I re-read this book? I might.

Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.

Where can you buy the book?

  • Amazon US (link takes you straight to the book)

Add Thick as Thieves to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)

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