Shy by John Inman ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

Shy Title: Shy

Author: John Inman

Narrator: Tommy O’Brien

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

eBook Release Date: 11/30/2012
Audiobook Release Date: 12/15/2014

Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 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.

My View – Story:

So this story was exactly like I was hoping and it also was not. The writing, the tone, the snark, and the humor were exactly what I was looking for. Tom’s internal thoughts and comments were wonderful and really brought out his personality. Tom’s numerous mishaps, one incontinent chihuahua, 900 chickens, and a man eating hog made for some serious chuckles.

However, the story itself was so much more than I was expecting. It started out as an insta-attraction turns to immediate insta-love. I was so concerned that the author would make this who story one big cliche full of humor, but it had meat. The care given to Joe’s sickness and the fact that the insta-love lasted during trials and tribulations, made this a very heartwarming and wonderful story. The humor was ever present, but when the story needed it, there was seriousness and emotion. And tears, and more emotion, and then a shocking surprise that I didn’t quite see coming.

The characters had depth and growth. They were likable or hateable as it ended up being for the ex and the older brother. I loved Tom and Frank and their love story. It was quiet and steady and HOT when it needed to be. The romance was not in your face, but it was well developed and highly satisfying.

I really enjoyed this story. I am glad I picked this one up. It was such a well rounded tale that took me by surprise. Have some kleenex on hand for one part near the end, but otherwise this was a fun story.

My View – Narration:

The narrator was easy to listen to and portrayed the characters well. The overall recording sounded a bit like there was an echo or that the author was in a tin can, but other than that it was pretty good.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
iTunes / iBooks
Audible US
Audible UK

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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