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 900 chickens can stand in the way of true love.
©2012 John Inman (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Shy is one of those books you can pick up quite happily if you have time to spare but put down just as easily. It's the literary equivalent of light entertainment, didn't make me laugh outright but coaxed the odd smile now and then. there is so many poop joke I started to worry John Inman has some kind of fixation on the other hand there is some moments that are really emotionally rich, almost beautiful. Tommy O'Brien is fairly competent if a little bit monotone sometimes I've definitely heard worse but it took the shine off the story a bit.
Despite a half-decent narration, unfortunately this book hits a lot of my pet hates:
1. improbable 1 dimensional characters, 2. it tidies everything up for the end too quickly for the requisite happy ending - including having a character killed-off in the most horrific manner imaginable which is passed off as a quasi-comedy comeuppance, 3. panders to modern fashions in over-diagnosing spoof medical conditions. 4. none of the main characters an ounce or resilience.
Despite these, I did get to the end but it really wasn't worth it.
I'm a 40 something single mum to many cats, a couple of dogs, groaning bookshelves and I'm sure there is a child or two around somewhere :-)
I haven't read the print version (stupid question Audible!)
So many moments but the chicken shed keeps coming back to me "Why did the chicken cross the road, to get away from me!"
To start off with I thought I might find Tommy O'Brian's voice irritating or perhaps it was the way the story is written in the first person and with the world's most annoying Chihuahua! There is also a slight obsession with poop. Fortunately you get so caught in the story this ceases to be an issue :-)
Laugh, so many times!
This book possible has the best comeuppance of any book I have ever read. If anyone ever got what was coming to them it was here. There were also lots of "awww" moments. Bit too much instalove perhaps but still awww :-)
"Overcoming shyness with good lovin'... on a farm"
I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in my life. This book was fantastic. I am a sucker for anything funny, throw in a decent plot, and entertaining characters, and I'm hooked. Oh Tom and Frank, I don't know where to begin. I just think they both are utterly adorable. I can't recount the number of memorable moments that lightened my heart, or made me bust a gut. I LOVE FLAWED CHARACTERS. And these two were flawed beyond belief, but in cute, and meaningful ways. Another thing I loved about this book was the idea of comfort... we're always feeling our best when we're comforted by the familiar and such... So when someone who's very UNcomfortable stepping out of their comfort zone, is thrust into an environment WAY beyond his comfort zone, with a jerk named Stanley (I HATE that name. HA) it's bound for some hilarity.
I have to say I wanted more. Thanks John.
"OK until the end"
Like other reviews I agree this could have been two different books; one about two men with social anxiety and one about two men on a farm building a life. I generally enjoy John Inman books. His writing is witty and smart with enjoyable characters. And that is what I thought this book would be . . right up until near the end. OMG I hated what happened to Stanley so much I can't even tell you. Yes he was an a**hole throughout the story, but my god no one deserves that. And the reaction horrified me even more, they laughed and treated it like a joke!! WTF!! And as a parent I can tell you that no matter how much of a jerk your child is, that is NOT what you would want to happen to them. So honestly that is the whole reason for giving this story 3 stars. The narration was pretty good; not a lot of diversity of voices, but the pace, timing and emotions were there.
Narration was kinda bad. But the story itself was great. Something Wonderful at that. Fell in Love with Tom, Frank, and His Father.
"Don't 'Shy' Away From This One"
Yes. I plan to many times. It is a hilarious, but heartwarming story about two socially
disfunctional people who find each other and fall in love under very stressful circumstances. It hit all of my emotional buttons.
The love story was great, Pedro is adorable, but the coup de grace was Stanley's comeuppance.
Frank's dad, Joe.
I can't think of a better title at this time.
The narrator used just the right tones to express what each character was like and I hope we hear more from him. John Inman is great. Please publish all of his book in audio format.
"So much better than reading it myself."
I love this book enough that I bought the audible version even after having read it twice on my kindle. Tommy O'Brian is an absolute genius at vocal inflections. He made it even funnier than I had in my head. If you've read it and loved it, I guarantee you will love the audio version even more. John Inman's humor is just to die for. But don't think this book is all laughs. It is nicely balanced with sexy, sweet and very touching moments with a dash of sadness that was handled perfectly. And Stanley's fate was perfect. Hehehe.
"Really nice story"
What a great story. There were surprises, regreats, and conflicts. I thought the author did a wonderful job of drawing me into the story to actually care about the characters.
Narration was fine as well.
"Best gay book I've ever read."
Oh my where do I start, this book was so amazing that I just couldn't stop listening to it. Lol. I loved the whole story and it was almost all predictable for me but the ending for "Stumpy" was shocking for me. I also loved the narrators voice. He sounded just as sexy as the characters he was reading about. Yum. Lol. I just wish it would have been longer that's the only thing I didn't like per-say, was that it wasn't longer.
This was a difficult topic for the author plus who to pick for the narrator with the right voice tenor. I thought that the narrator played just the right emotion for this topic of severe shyness but how can the correct narration happen when the story felt so lackluster. About midway through I felt this story was heading in a certain direction and it, and sadly, it didn't miss that direction. They were shy so they would have sex. They were shy so they'd room together. I just felt I didn't care for the characters after while and hoped the story would end. Sorry for the harsh critique but It's how I felt.
"Surprisingly not really my cup of tea"
Well. I thought I would like this book more than I did, to say the least. There are a few things that just didn't do it for me: first off, the audio quality just isn't the best, not that the narrator wasn't good and even mildly funny. Second, and most importantly, the plot. It was just meh. It started off alright, even promising, but quickly petered out and just became tedious and rambling. The massive focus on Frank's brother being such an asshole just wasn't interesting, and maybe I've been reading some angsty books lately but his dickish nature just didn't seem to be as big a problem as it was made out to be. Seriously, just tell him to get out. Or maybe ignore him.
My biggest qualm, though, was the romance. More like, what romance? I am on occasion okay with insta-love, if done well, but there was no spark, no draw in the MC's relationship. The sex scenes were mildly boring, and I found myself spacing out. It felt more like they both had social anxiety problems so why not get together?
If you are interested in detailed descriptions of chihuahua poop and some mediocre 69-ing this is the book for you.
"Another fun story by John Inman"
I have some mixed feelings about this story. First, I love John Inman’s writing style. He makes it so easy to just jump right in to the mix and feel like you are part of the scene. Second, I thought the two MCs were hilarious and sweet and so cute together it almost gave me a cavity! Third, I didn’t mind their insta-love one bit. I thought it suited their characters and fit in with their own desperate need to find someone to be an anchor in their lives. But…
I really, really, really didn’t like the way Stanley was handled. First, the fact that Jerry was with him and he was such an obvious dick made me question Tom’s judgment- especially since apparently their “marriage” was dismissed so easily and casually by Jerry. Why, why, why would Tom still be Jerry’s friend??? It sounds like he was an idiot who dumped a wonderful guy (Tom) for a psychopath! Second, Stanley went from your basic home-wrecker to deranged, druggy, greedy psycho pretty quickly. Even his own father thought he was a dick. I would have appreciated just a little bit of explanation how Joe (super awesome dad) and Frank (the nicest guy in the world) could be related to the psycho. Finally, the pig eating the brother. ICK! I did not like that part at all. I was sad for his death and even sadder that no one else was sad. Sure, he was a dick, but really – he’s dead! And he’s Frank’s brother and Frank is a sweetie. I think Frank would be torn up more.
So… most of me simply loved this and found the quirkiness of the characters (especially the judgmental Pedro) to be hilarious, but I was a bit shocked by how Stanley was portrayed and a little put off by his demise.
I thought the narrator, Tommy O’Brien, did a nice job with the narration. Nothing too crazy or over the top, good at the pacing and mostly letting the story tell itself.
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