James Semerad grew up Amish. As a gay
male, he was harshly treated by his father and when he was
able to get out, he did. Now he has made a life for
himself. He has a job and is going to college. While he
craves the touch of a male, James has never actually been
with one, but that is about to change when Fred Billingsley
comes through his checkout line at work.
James agrees to a date with Fred and
once they are at Fredís home, sparks fly and bullets
breach. It seems that Fred has angered two formative mob
families and because of this, he and James are in danger.
The only thing that can be done to keep them safe is to put
them in the witness protection program. James is dismayed
to find out where they are going to be hiding Ė his old
Amish village. While Fredís cover is that of a bachelor,
James returns as one shunned. But not even the village is
safe from spies and killers.
I really wanted to like The
Shunned. I thought the plot and premise of this
novel to be a great lead in for a wonderful, emotional, and
erotic book. Instead, much to my dismay, I got stilted
words, barely there touches, and no emotional connection
between the two main characters. Sadly disappointed, it
wasnít until the very ending scene that I could even tell
that Fred and James cared for one another.
Skipping The Shunned is
my recommendation at this time. While I found myself
immersed in Amish country and culture, I wanted to be right
there watching and seeing Fred and Jamesí relationship
unfold. And it didnít. Hopefully Mr. Hughes will be able
to make his characters connect in further books or at least
give them worthy love scenes. Iíll cross my fingers.