Book Reviews

Shying Away by Kate Sherwood

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 04-September-2019

Book Blurb

Quinn Donahue will do anyone once, so when Aaron Miller spots Quinn making his moves in a Vancouver gay bar, Aaron thinks he's found just the guy to relieve him of his unwanted virginity. Quinn, however, has apparently decided to make an exception to his usual open-bed policy. He may be an unrepentant connoisseur of one-night stands, but he's not going to disappoint a sweet kid like Aaron by giving him a hot night and then leaving while the sheets are still warm.

After Quinn takes a job at Aaron's family horse farm, Aaron spots both the demons and the decency that drive Quinn's frequent brush-offs, and it makes Aaron want him even more. But Quinn is determined that Aaron won't go home with a man who doesn't deserve him, so he starts sending likely candidates Aaron's way. It takes a grim act of sacrifice for Aaron to realize exactly why Quinn's been so skittish, and he'll have to keep a firm grip on the man of his dreams to keep Quinn from shying away.

Book Review

“He's a mass of contradictions. Unfortunately, that only seems to enhance his appeal…” ~ Siobhan Davis (Finding Kyler)

At twenty-two, Aaron Miller has finally accepted the fact that he is gay; he broke and breaks up with his girlfriend of four years because it isn’t fair to lead her on. Aaron decides that it’s time to do something about it. He goes to a gay nightclub with the intention of acting upon his ‘gayness’. He is hit on by Quinn Donahue and takes him home to have his first gay sex encounter. But things don’t go as smoothly as Aaron expects. When Quinn finds out that it is Aaron’s first time, he balks, not wanting to spoil sweet Aaron, only to break his heart and leaves. Aaron is disappointed, wondering what he did wrong. He tries to forget about Quinn but can’t. When Quinn shows up at his parents’ horse farm, applying for a job, Aaron considers it a sign.

When Quinn realizes that Aaron’s parents own the farm and Aaron works there, he balks, but really needs the job. When it is offered to him, he accepts, still determined to stay away from Aaron. As hard as Quinn tries to be indifferent, a loner, Aaron’s family won’t let him do it. They keep inviting him to farm events such as the pumpkin carving parties. Quinn gives in and attends. He almost forgets to be brooding and enjoys himself; Then he realizes that it’s too much like the family he is running from and leaves, refusing to participate further.

Despite Quinn’s constant rebukes and rejection, Aaron will not give up on pursuing him. Quinn has decided he’s not good enough for Aaron and won’t give in to his advances. Aaron is both puzzled and frustrated by Quinn’s attempts to avoid him. He doesn’t want to just be friends as Quinn has suggested. Aaron wants more and won’t stop until he gets him. One day, Quinn decides he can’t stand the emotional and sexual pressure Aaron is putting on him, he decides to go out and get laid and forget about Aaron for a while. Aaron follows him to see what upset him so much. He finds Quinn at a bar, drunk already and about to get thrown out. Quinn isn’t happy to see Aaron, especially in his current state, but, Aaron, determined to take care of Quinn, rescues him from the situation. Quinn, tired of fighting his feelings, goes with Aaron, who is apparently his knight in shining armor.

The theme of a good boy attracted to a bad boy is a familiar one. For the most part, I enjoyed the story, but the ending puzzled me. The last chapter seemed thrown in after the main story. Although erotic, it was out of my comfort zone with both men acting out of character. I liked thinking of Aaron as the ‘good boy’ not quite innocent, yet, not worldly either; Quinn was experienced, a bad boy with a heart of gold. Seeing them as they were in what seemed more like an extended scene was unsettling. Thanks, Cate, for helping Quinn and Aaron the middle ground they needed to be together.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 219 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-July-2019
Price $3.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
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