Jessica and Kristal have both made this request, and it’s a great idea for a list. Even if I’m mostly into “bad boys”, I find myself falling head-over-heels for the subtle boys too. Maybe even more so, now, than ever.
So let’s build it!! :D!!! P.S. Here’s a list of all the blog posts tagged “reclusive” 😉
Jessica: Maryse! We need a list of shy guys! I love a cocky alpha as much as the next lady – self-assured, hot, bossy, he knows the chick is can’t resist his charms… but the shy guy is an untapped resource of swoon!
My favs in a tentative list are Rhett in How to Date a Douchebag: The Learning Hours, Archer from Archer’s Voice, Caleb from A Kiss Like This by Sara Ney and Will from Breaking the Silence. These guys aren’t necessarily hermits or recluses (I love that list too) but they are a bit awkward, shy, inexperienced, socially inept or totally unaware that they are sexy mofos. I need more book recommendations for shy guys!
Kristal: I have a question! There are so SO many books out there where the cool, confident guy falls for the awkward, shy girl but I can’t seem to find many (if any) books where it’s the opposite! Any ideas? Thank you!!
Right off the bat, I am going to recommend Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love Series Book 1) by Jessica Park. Matty is a heart-stealer. P.S. Here’s my review. OH!!!! And and All of You (Between Breaths Book 1) by Christina Lee (and here’s my review of that one!!)
Anyone else? 😉
Holly: Shy guy in Archer’s Voice!
Rebecca Also, Archer’s Voice, by Mia Sheridan. I’ll never forget sweet, silent Archer!!
Jovana: I second Jessica Park’s books. Also, More Than Water by Renee Ericson fits this request perfectly!
Jessica Park: Thank you! Flat-Out Celeste also has an atypical male lead. Justin is pretty quirky… 🙂
Holly: How about Making Faces as well?
Maryse: YES!!!!!!! I LOVED Making Faces!! (my review)
Jacqueline: Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons) by Christina Lauren has a nerdy hero; Beautiful Secret by them has a shy hero.
Jeannie: Forever & Always (The Ever Trilogy: Book 1) by Jasinda Wilder, Deeper We Fall (Fall and Rise Book 1) by Chelsea M. Cameron, Collision Course by S.C. Stephens, My Only: A Versions Novel by N.K. Smith, and Contradictions by Tiffany King are a few that I can think of.
Julie: Reclaiming the Sand by A.Meredith Walters. He was bullied and shy.
Brandi: I loved Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters!! Female bully and the boy with Asperger’s she bullied all grown up!
Paris: The Fix Up (First Impressions) by Tawna Fenske
Linda: Would Transcendence fall into this category? Just loved this book.
Jan: I second Transcendence. This is a really different premise/setting for a love story, but it totally works. An unusual but beautiful romance, and yes, Ehd is a shy guy!
Nancy: Heart-Shaped Hack: Kate and Ian #1 by Tracey Garvis Graves is one of my favorites of 2015.
Bobbi: Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton.
Sallie: Puddle Jumping – Amber L Johnson <— sidenote from
Maryse! YES!!!! Loved this one! My review.
Michelle: All of You is still one of my favs but I never thought of him as the nerdy type
Maryse: True… that was a bit of a stretch but he’s not a “player” and he’s still a virgin, and he’s more or less shy, so I thought I’d include him. LOVED him. <3
Michelle: I loved him, I loved her and I loved them together. The whole story had me from the start.
Marion: Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole! The hero was truly a shy sensitive soul…loved it!!
Rebecca: The Georgina Kinkaid series by Richelle Mead. Seth is a nerdy author who writes his book in Georgina’s bookstore/coffee shop (she is a Succubus), love this series! And I’m loving these suggestions, I have a huge soft spot for Beta Guys!
Eden: Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren!
April: Beauty and the Billionaire: A Dirty Fairy Tale Romance not really nerdy but super shy and a virgin
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Cont’d from previous post…
OR you know what would be cool about have Hperthymesia is remembering EVERY book you ever read!!!!!
So you could be like Maryse!!!
Peeta from The Hunger Games
OR Edward from Twilight
I haven’t read many of those up there but I think maybe it was Beautiful Secret that had the shy guy, not Beautiful Stranger. Max from Beautiful Stranger isn’t exactly shy *ahem*
I second Transcendence. This is a really different premise/setting for a love story, but it totally works. An unusual but beautiful romance, and yes, Ehd is a shy guy!
Carter from Vision in White by Nora Roberts.
Matt in Once Upon a Rose by Laura Florand.
Then there is…
Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones’s Diary
& of course the original of that… Pride & Prejudice
Ridge from Maybe Someday *swooooon*
Ghost Collins from Love Thy Neighbour (Friend-Zoned)
another by Mis S, Becoming Calder
I have to recommend Rhett again from How to Date a Douchebag: The Learning Hours! The ultimate shy guy and so swoon worthy
I totally agree. The guy had me grinning like a fool! Lol
Bev!!!! I was going to put ViW by NR but remembered my rating lol
Where is Jan!!! I’m sure she has a few socially awkward/shy english men from the Victorian era that can add to this list
I enjoyed the book. *shrug*
Lincoln in Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.