Review: The 12 Days of Hipster (The Avona Tales #2) by Raine O'Tierney

Sequel to Bowl Full of Cherries

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.

This book was so funny! I loved A Bowl Full of Cherries, the first in this series featuring the twin and best friend of this book's MC, Tyler, and this follow up did not disappoint.

Tyler is the kind of MC you love to hate but love at the same time. A hipster who does everything he can to avoid being labelled a hipster, except, you know, actually not being a hipster. He's ironic without realising it. He is spoilt and whiny and an utter pain in the arse... but I love him. I really do. Mainly because, underneath that awful exterior is a kind soul who does care. He is so funny, especially as he tries so hard not to be. 

David is, Tyler has decided, a jock. What he actually is, is a hardworking chap who liked sports and spends his life trying to please his father. His father, it goes without saying, is a grade A wanker. Selfish, domineering, manipulative; successful is business but not at all nice to his children. His family is completely different to Tyler's and the contrasts this book has work well.

Tyler and David work so well together, despite Tyler taking a while to admit he's bi; not because he has any problem with bisexuality but it would just be too hipster of him if he was bi and he refuses to be labelled hipster, Together, they remind me of a cat and dog, the kind where the dog is being hissed at by the cat throughout the day, but they still cuddle up at night and the cat gives the dog headbutt loves when nobody else is looking. They're relationship made me go awwwwwww, but it also made me laugh out loud. 

I love that this book contained not just Tyler and David's POV, but also that of Rell and Crowley from book 1. Seeing how their relationship progressed and the dynamics between the four of them, was the icing on the cake for me.

This book, though certainly a seasonal read in some respects, is actually utterly readable at anytime of the year, it's a story that is partly set at Christmas, rather than a Christmas story. If you want to read something funny I really recommend this.

A copy of this story was given in exchange for an honest review.
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