Book Review by Denise: Shy by John Inman


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.
Denise’s Review:
I had been wanting to read Paulie for a while, and kept thinking “I’ll get to it”, and finally just bought it and read it.  It was my first John Inman book.  I absolutely loved the book, and was mad at myself for waiting so long to read it. Immediately, I went out and bought Shy, because I just loved Mr. Inman’s writing style so much.
Straight up, I laughed so hard I nearly peed during this book!  But here was the interesting thing.  I did not just laugh.  I laughed, I cried (more than once) and at one point (while I was sitting in the waiting room at the auto repair shop) I literally dropped my phone in complete SHOCK at what I read.  (I will admit, I had to sit and absorb what happened for about 5 minutes before I could go back to the book.)  If you read this book, and don’t do something similar, I would be very surprised.  I’m not the type to try to anticipate what is coming in a book, my job is to read what the writer has written, but I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!! 

Anyway, this story was really in two parts, with SAD and without, or when Tom and Frank meet, and when they go to the farm.  These two men are as socially challenged as anyone can get, yet they manage to immediately fall in love.  When Frank’s father’s terminal cancer becomes known, they both leave San Diego behind, along with Tom’s incontinent chihuahua Pedro, to help with the milking of the cows, feeding the satanic pig, and de-egging 900 chickens (and I am with Tom, HATE chickens!). 

What lies ahead for them is a chance to leave their social anxiety disorder behind, finding a way of life for themselves, and to help Frank’s father meet a peaceful ending.  And what they learn is that farming isn’t easy, but when you have each other, you can get through anything.

My heart broke in several places.  And was put back together.  These two showed not only love and affection for one another, but respect.  Tom had no idea of farm life, but Frank just showed him.  They laughed, but still were respectful, even when Tom dresses up like a beekeeper just to get a few eggs.  I absolutely loved these two together, and with Frank’s loving father in the mix, it was one big happy family.

I really enjoyed Paulie, but I absolutely loved Shy.  It is an absolute 5 pieces of eye candy for me.  A definite re-read!

Favorite Funny Quotes:

“Unannounced my ass.  Eight people don’t just pop into someone’s house unannounced.  They came from Scottsdale, Arizona, for Christ’s sake.  In two cars.  It’s an eight-hour drive. It was an ambush, plain and simple. Stanley’s a dick, Jerry. Your married to a dick. And he’s not a pretty dick, either. He’s a diseased dick.”

“The Amyway laundry detergent looked especially enticing. I wondered if it was formulated to work on ground-in cow shit.”

“As Frank and I were leaving the chicken house, he gave me a kiss and told me I did just fine. I spit out a feather and said thank you.”

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