Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Last Christmas, Tyler Lang accidentally accepted David Griffith’s invitation for dinner. Yes, it was an accident. See, hipster (don’t call him that!) Tyler doesn’t date guys, and even if he did, he certainly doesn’t date jocks. A rude and hasty exit right when the date was getting good left things awkward between them.
David Griffith isn’t really a jock. Well, he’s a former athlete who loves sports, but “jock” has a certain connotation that doesn’t quite fit the intelligent, hardworking store owner. A jock wouldn’t have given Tyler Lang the time of day. But even after that little, ahem, stunt with the fire escape, David can’t stop thinking about the hipster a year later. Which would be fine if fate didn’t keep butting her nose into their business, making it impossible for the jock and the hipster to avoid each other this Christmas.
A hilarious holiday romp, set to the music of the Winter Sounds.
Wow, how did I miss this series from Raine O’Tierney? The 12 Days of Hipster is the second story in The Avona Tales and now I’m playing catchup because I love, loved this book! Not only did the author give me one of the most enjoyable tales this December but she also introduced this fellow Christmas music “whore” to the wonderful lyrics and melodies of The Winter Sounds. Be still my heart. This story moves to their music!
The first story (which I missed and will be going back to pick up) was about Tyler Lang’s brother Rell and his best friend, Owl. Here, Tyler, now living with them, and very hipster indeed, accepts an invitation from David Griffith, a multifaceted individual in jock’s clothing. This is their story, a funny, tumultuous path to romance and love.
Tyler is a wound up hipster type complicated person. Full of worries about implications over how he’s perceived from actions to outerwear, he’s really sort of frail, always ready to sprint away at the first signs of emotional commitment and serious decisions that involve him and his heart. And run he often does, literally. He’s exhausting to himself, his brother (with whom he’s often combative at worst and at best irritating), and best friend, Owl, who’s trying to stay calm and non-judgmental. I loved this character. So human, with all his faults, beard, twirly mustache, suspenders and well, all things hipster. You just can’t help it. And neither can David.
David Griffith, another splendid main character, easy to love and full of his own issues, some of them the same as Tyler’s. Watching these two adjust to each other, its a dance that pulls you into their lives and circle of friends. You also get the problems and issues happening in the lives of Rell and Owl. Argh, I need their story. And its Christmas, a time for family, and tension, and stress, and love. And Raine O’Tierney gets that and its amazing. Plus its puts to the soundtrack of The Winter Sounds (yes I pulled it up on SoundCloud and it became my companion for this read just as the author mentioned in her foreword).
The 12 Days of Hipster (The Avona Tales #2) by Raine O’Tierney is a must read story I absolutely recommend. Its full of love, romance and the holiday spirit. Its funny, has moments of sadness and joy, and a soundtrack to set you a singing! Plus now I have another book to go search out and read. Yes, it does work as a standalone but after reading it, who would want to pass on the first? Not me. Happy Holidays!
Cover art by Paul Richmond who couldn’t have gotten every aspect more perfect if he’d waved a wand. From the characters to the hawk, its spot on. A favorite of mine this year.
ebook, 240 pages
Expected publication: December 19th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635331277 (ISBN13: 9781635331271)
Series The Avona Tales