Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Dating is hard enough. Throw in an incontinent Chihuahua, an unrequited love affair, a severe case of social anxiety disorder, a dying father, and a man-eating hog and it becomes darned near impossible. Still, it takes two to tango—and when Tom Morgan, a mild-mannered assistant bank manager with a debilitating case of shyness, meets Frank Wells, who is straight off the farm and even shyer than he is, sparks start flying.
Just when Tom and Frank’s burgeoning love affair is rolling along nicely, Frank must return to Indiana to oversee the farm while his father battles cancer. Tom tags along to help Frank out and finds himself slopping hogs and milking cows and wondering what the hell happened to his orderly citified existence. And what’s with all the chickens? Tom hates chickens!
With Frank’s help, Tom grits his teeth and muddles through. Funny what a couple of guys can accomplish when they’re crazy about each other. Not even nine hundred chickens can stand in the way of true love.
Sometimes you know going in that a book is not right for you, but you try to read it regardless. When you finish said book, you still can’t figure out why, precisely, you wanted to read it in the first place. For me, Shy by John Inman was just such a book. There were bits of the book that really appealed to me from the blurb, but there were also parts I was not sure at all that I would enjoy. Unfortunately, after waffling back and forth on reading this title, I am not entirely sure I made the right decision in reading the book.
I know to avoid the humor sub-genre. As my husband likes to tell me, I have a very unforgiving sense of humor. Unfortunately, Shy struck many of my humor pet peeves. I mean poop jokes? Really? Sorry, I just don’t find them funny. There were many other things that were supposed to be there for the laughs and just had me rolling my eyes. I am admittedly a very tough sell for humor so your mileage may vary.
One last negative, then I promise I will get to the positive, was that there was no spontaneity in the plot. Everything happened exactly as I thought it would and predicted well in advance of the actual scenes. In addition, the ending was very unsatisfying for me. There were too many loose or imprudent ends to the subplots running throughout the story. Finally, it was insta-love. I hate insta-love. Yes, again this is my issue, so take it for what it is.
Okay, so what did I like? Despite myself, I liked Frank and his father. They were all round good people. Joe was straight forward and stubborn, but he knew what was what and acted accordingly. Frank was so shy and timid, but to see him blossom when he was in his element at the farm was great to watch. I kept reading to make sure Frank got his happy ending, and Tom didn’t do something stupid to hurt him. Yes, I am a tiny bit protective of my fictional friends? What’s your point?
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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