Author ~ Ava Hayden
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 13th April 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M 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 nd a way to believe—in possibilities and each other.
Freya’s Book Brief
The Timpanist and the Stagehand is a classic story of the seemingly invisible backstage man falling for a front stage guy he believes he can’t have. Ren Murphy is the stagehand, Christoph Theoharis is the star. While Christoph played with the Philharmonic, Ren played at the local legion. This is a story where the two men have been burned by relationships in the past and have to learn to trust, to make any future relationship work.
It doesn’t take long for Ren and Chris to realize their attraction to one another, but their pasts create some bumps in the road. Family issues and past relationships make for some interesting turns in the tale which puts both men to the test. It is the day to day lives of the men that is focussed on, and the actions that allow them to build trust.
Ren and Christoph are adorable, and this is a sweet novella to read. There is sizzle, but not much of it is detailed, which, I’m not surprised at, given the length of the story. Ava Hayden seems to be the kind of author who believes sex should enhance a story, but not be the focus.
To get to the drama, The Timpanist and the Stage Hand is a slow burn. The drama, when it happens, isn’t strung out either. Jealousy, fans, family and insecurities are all dealt with. The music world features heavily, and the supporting cast is good. The quirk of Christophs socks is a highlight.
If you like a book that is not OTT on angst, has two lovely men in it and deals with drama when it happens, you will like this.