Shying Away

I loved the story, the characters, and their history.

What really drew me about the story is the characterization - how Quinn and Aaron "dance" around each other and how they are slowly in some ways, quickly in others drawn together and how they work things out. The humor that intersperses the heavy moments makes the story work.

I also liked that it wasn't an entirely guaranteed happily ever after. The ending was perfect for the story in an "I'd like to know more, dangnabit, why did it have to stop there?" sort of way even as there wasn't a need for more.

I look forward to reading more of Kate Sherwood's works.


Book Blurb for Shying Away

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.


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 5.00