The Timpanist and the Stage Hand by Ava Hayden ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

TimpanistandtheStagehandTheLGTitle: The Timpanist and the Stage Hand

Author: Ava Hayden

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/13/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


Ren Murphy is a stagehand. He’s also a loyal friend, a gifted musician, and an inspiring teacher—but most people don’t see past his job. Ren knows that crushing on the Oilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal timpanist, Christoph Theoharis, is a waste of time. Christoph brushes off highly eligible would-be suitors regularly. What chance would a stagehand have? Christoph doesn’t even notice Ren’s existence—until one fateful night when chance or luck or maybe fate gets Ren Christoph’s undivided attention.

Old betrayals overshadow both men’s lives, yet each sees something compelling in the other, something that won’t let either walk away. Ren and Christoph may be each other’s best hope of finding a happy-ever-after, but to do that they’ll have to forgive old wrongs. They’ll have to let go of the pain in their past before it destroys their hope for a better future. Most of all, they’ll have to find a way to believe—in possibilities and each other.

My View:

The Timpanist and the Stage Hand is my first story from author Ava Hayden. It is a solidly-written but straight-forward formula romance. However, it is definitely worth the read. Ren and Christoph are both characters you just want to hug and tell that everything will be okay.

There is a little tension in the beginning before they get together, then some sweet moments and implied sex. Then the big “break” follows and the resolution. Like I said formula. However, I enjoyed the hour I spent with Christoph and Ren.

I will enjoy watching Hayden grow as an author.


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