Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The 12 Days of Hipster
Author: Raine O’Tierney
Series: The Avona Tales #2
Heroes: Tyler & David
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 19, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Tyler Lang might be a hipster (even if he hates the word) but he’s very adamant that he’s not gay. Unfortunately, the fact he can’t stop thinking about David, a certain jock, really irks him. I mean he can’t be gay because that would be so hipster. When he accidentally agrees to a date with David and then runs half way through the date, he thought that was the end of that but fate has other things in mind. David’s just starting to get his life in order, running his father’s business and trying not to think about a certain hipster, when fate throws David right smack into Tyler and reignites the sparks between them. Now Tyler has to decide if he wants to try things out with David or let his self-diagnosed labels rule his life.
In Bowl Full of Cherries, I absolutely loved Tyler and his brittle ways. I loved that he was so against Crowley and Rell being together and the bickering between Rell and Tyler. So I was super excited about this one when I saw that Tyler was getting a story with David, an athlete. It was interesting to see how Tyler copes with that and how David tries to tread the complicated waters of Tyler Lang. As characters, I absolutely ADORED David because while he might have been an athlete, he was an intelligent and hard-working guy. Tyler, on the other hand, is a bit spoiled and high maintenance so it was hard for me to really get into his character. However, the fact that these two were polar opposites and didn’t quite know how to build a relationship when they had nothing in common really made me enjoy the story.
I really liked this story but as it went on, I grew tired of Tyler’s constant need to label everything. There was no one labeling anything but Tyler himself. The fact he couldn’t let that drop and really harped on it, on how it made him look, grew tiring. No one was bothered by who he was but himself because he kept putting a name to everything he was. Aside from that, after Tyler and David had sex, I felt like they didn’t stop. I ended up skipping quite a few of the ending because it just went on and on. Also, what’s with the bird on the cover? I don’t remember there being one in the story, is that supposed to be metaphorical? If so, I don’t quite understand it 😦
In the end, I really loved the story but Tyler’s harping and the amount of sex in just the last quarter of the story, lessened my enjoyment a little. I was a little thrown off at getting Crowley and Rell’s POVs towards the end but I did love getting back to them, even though I was sad we didn’t get to see David meet Tyler’s family! I can’t wait to see who gets their story next because I would love to get back to these boys. I don’t feel as their story has ended just yet 😉
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*