Wednesday Review: The Timpanist and The Stagehand – Ava Hayden

The Timpanist and The Stagehand 




Author: Ava Hayden
Published by: Dreamspinner Press
Released: April 13th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary                                 Length: Novella


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.



For a short novella, Hayden did a good job of providing a story that isn’t left hanging and isn’t skimpy at the same time. I wanted a quick read, that would engage me and make me fall in love with the characters quickly, and this book fit that need perfectly. Could there have been more? Sure. Would I have picked it to read at the time if there was? Probably not. Hayden reminds me why I love short novella’s with The Timpanist and the Stagehand.

Ren and Christoph have their issues, but they’re not insurmountable and they’re easily taken care of within the narrative. The two of them are adorable together, and while there is some minor drama thrown in for excitement and depth, mostly it’s about the two of them becoming comfortable with each other and finding their stride. It’s believable, paced wonderfully, and personally I loved the quirky socks.

If you’re looking for a cute, quirky little read with a dash of the feels and a focus on the relationship rather than the sex going on in the relationship, than this is a perfect read for you. It’s a good way to spend an hour, and a lovely pick me up.  I’ll be on the lookout for new books by Hayden.


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