Thursday, December 22, 2016

ARC Review: The 12 Days of Hipster by Raine O'Tierney

The 12 Days of Hipster (The Avona Tales, #2)
From the 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.

A hilarious holiday romp, set to the music of the Winter Sounds.

Heather's rating:

I've been looking forward to this book ever since Bowl Full of Cherries came out in 2014. I was REALLY excited about the concept of the story.I mean, a pretentious hipster in denial about his bisexuality and a smitten jock? Sounded amazing! But while this story had some very good parts, it also frustrated me a great deal.

I'll just jump right in and start talking about my issues. For one, I absolutely hate more than two point of views in a story, especially a romance. I'm of the opinion that a romance should have either one or two POVs and NO MORE. This story had the POV of both MCs (Tyler and David), but also of Crowley and Rell.

That brings me to my next point: There was WAY too much of Crowley and Rell in this story. Sure, I was curious about what they were up to, but it felt like this book was two romances in one story. I wanted the focus on Tyler and David alone and we really don't get that here.

I also thought that most of the conflict over Tyler's sexuality felt forced. He was the ULTIMATE hipster, but he didn't want to accept that he was attracted to men because it was too hipster? It made no sense. Also, Tyler came across as spoiled and judgemental a lot of the time, which bothered me. David wasn't even a jock in this story, and barely had anything to do with sports, so why Tyler pigeonholed him didn't connect either.

There were also a LOT of miscommunications and misunderstandings, especially between Tyler and David, that bothered me a lot.

While I'm focusing on the negatives, I'm telling you this story was CUTE. It made me smile and laugh a lot, especially because I live close enough to Brooklyn to be WELL acquainted with hipster culture. Overall, it's a lighthearted story, and I enjoyed seeing Tyler and David's HEA take shape.

A great story for those who like opposites attract and bisexual-coming out romances, and a nice follow up to the first in the series.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

Catch ya later!

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