The fifth book in The Coffee Shop Series
Once upon a time, I thought my stutter was the worst thing that ever happened to me. But now I know better.
Being held at gunpoint outranks a speech impediment any day.
Thankfully, my longtime crush Jayson Hernandez tackled that problem to the ground with those broad shoulders—the ones that make my stutter oh-so-much-worse.
As if he hasn’t held my heart in his strong, capable hands ever since I adored him from the shadows in high school. Or every day he comes into the coffee shop with a new date. Or each time he shoots me a friendly smile that makes my toes curl.
Then he proposes something so insane it’s my heart that starts to stutter. And I can’t turn him down, even though I want to.
Because there’s a part of me that still believes I’m Cinderella too.
And oh, how I want him to realize he’s Prince Charming after all.
My friends are the best guys anyone could ask for. They’ve always had my back.
Except . . . they’re pretty hard to impress.
The last thing I want to do is let them down, especially when the first of our group of four is getting married. I can’t show up to that wedding by myself, but I don’t have anyone to take with me that could gain their approval.
Enter Dagny Taylor.
She’s quiet, reads people like a book, and isn’t afraid to say it like it is—when I can get her to talk, that is. I’ve done some pretty wild things in my life, but now I’m about to do the craziest thing yet.
Because there’s a princess hiding beneath that thick armor, and I can’t wait to find her.
That is . . . if she’ll let me.
This is a clean, contemporary romance with sizzle and spice—but no sex scenes. Guaranteed bantering and happily ever after.
Gosh, I loved Dagny and Jayson!! Dagny gets pushed to her limits and learns how to get over her shyness and become brave and Jayson was such a sweet and dynamic person they really worked well together. This is another five-star read for me, as each book in the series tops the next. If you like contemporary romance with sizzling chemistry between the two main characters then I highly recommend this book.
Shy Girl is the fifth book in the Coffee Shop series.
Final Rating: 5 Stars
I just finished reading Shy Girl by Katie Cross and I loved it. Unlike some series, the Coffee Shop series Katie is writing just keeps getting better with each book.
Shy Girl is the story of Dagny and Jayson, two people who have known each other since high school but never really knew each other until an incident at the coffee shop where she works. Held at gun point, Dagny is saved by policeman Jayson. That is just the beginning if their story and it gets so much better from there! I won't spoil it, but if you like clean romance with exotic locations (an island!!!) and a main female character who finds her voice (despite a well-written stutter) and stands up for herself multiple times when she didn't think she could, this one's for you. It's a beautiful love story, but more importantly, it's a beautiful coming into your own story. Romance lovers and girl power lovers and people with parental issues will all love Dagny and Jayson's love story. Worth a read, and then an immediate re-read!
I loved this book, which is no surprise since I seem to love everything Katie Cross writes. While it's #5 in the Coffee Shop series, it could easily be read as a standalone (but read the other books too because they're all wonderful !!). The main character, Dagny, is shy and also has a stutter. Her stutter was described in such a graceful way that I could easily imagine myself struggling with a speech impediment. There were characters to love in this book (especially 4 longtime friends dubbed the "Merry Idiots") and other characters to hate. The love story was engrossing, and when both the main characters stood up for themselves, I cheered at their fierceness and growth. I couldn't put this book down and hope we see more of these characters in future books.
Dabny has loved Jayson from a distance since they went to high school together. Dabny is quiet and stays in the background because she stutters, and Jayson is three years ahead of her and pretty wrapped up in his friends, so they don’t interact. Jayson isn’t aware of Dabny’s existence.
This continues after high school. Dabny and Jayson see each other and say hello at the Diner where Dabny used to work, and at the Frolicking Moose coffee shop where she currently works but that is it. Things change when there is an attempted robbery at the Frolicking Moose and Jayson, who is a deputy, helps Dabny. They begin to interact a little more. Jayson is going to a friend’s wedding in the Caribbean. Victoria, a woman Jayson dated, is going to be there and he doesn’t want to go alone. He impulsively asks Dabny if she will go with him and after thinking about it, she says yes. It turns out the bride-to-be is the daughter of Dabny’s biological father, a wealthy man named Anthony Dunkin. Dabny has always wanted to meet her biological father who was never part of her life, and the wedding provides the opportunity. Dabny and Jayson both deal with issues and connect on this trip.
I enjoyed Shy Girl. I like the interaction between Dabny and Jayson and the author does a good job communicating the challenges of having a problem like stuttering and how this problem can make you feel isolated. Jayson is also dealing with a relationship that ended badly and a friendship that is changing because his friend is getting married and this is communicated well also. I did wonder about the wisdom of going on a long trip with someone you don’t really know, but Dabny and Jayson set boundaries. I didn’t like Victoria or Anthony Dunkin at all, but I don’t think they were meant to be likable characters. I loved how Jayson stands up to Victoria and Dabny stands up to Dunkin. There is a good message about not getting too obsessed with situations you can’t do a lot about and considering the long-term impact your actions can have on others.
Shy Girl is another fun, engaging book in the Coffee Shop series and a worthwhile read.
I love reading the sweet romances by Katie Cross. They are full of adventure, sometimes a little danger, but always joy and love. Shy GIrl is the newest in the Coffee Shop Series, but can easily be read as a stand alone. Dagny, a bit of a wallflower, has had her eye on Jayson for years, yet Jayson, caught up in his own adventurous world, has only just recently noticed her. In Fighter, we learn that Dagny has a stutter, which together with her shyness keeps her from any conversation with Jayson. After an incident at the Coffee Shop, where she now works in Shy GIrl, Jayson is jolted into finally really noticing her. I love the moments when people awaken to others with respect, interest, and even awe.
I originally gave this book four stars because as a shy girl filled with social anxiety myself, I felt that Dagny did not fully reflect how very hard it is to willingly enter into a social setting with so many people unknown or only acquaintances. However, as I wrote this review, I had an aha moment: I learned from Dagny that being shy and scared do not necessarily go hand in hand. I love this character’s courage, confidence, and self-respect.
I hope we get to see a lot more of Jayson and Dagny in future books!