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The Shunned (Amish #1)

2.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
"This was my first M/M Amish romance, and from the first sentence to the last I was captured by Jay Hughes's writing style, his descriptive abilities, and his knack of keeping the story moving and always interesting. I learned things about the Amish community I didn't know, and I fell in love with the characters along the way. And most of all I enjoyed the romance that blo ...more
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Mar 25, 2010 Erastes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Mar 19, 2010 JenMcJ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had issues ranging from the overwhelmingly negative view of the Amish to the unbelievable law enforcement aspects. Additionally it added problematic stereotypical mob characters and out-of-character religious epiphanies and acceptance from the village patriarch. Throw in outlandish reactions and activities during sex scenes to top it off.

This book leaps from one implausible plot device to the next.
Mar 27, 2010 Gehayi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
The biggest problem that I had with this was the utter inaccuracy of the depiction of Shunning. The phenomenon is well-documented; a number of former Amish who have left their communities have detailed what Shunning is like and how hard it is to be psychologically isolated not only from neighbors and friends, but also from family, until one repents of whatever offense one has committed that violate one's baptimisal vows.

However, a Shunned person is not forced to wear rags, to eat scraps with the
Mar 20, 2011 xbmbgrl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I struggled to finish "The Shunned," through it's plethora of plot holes and other storytelling problems, because I really hoped for an ending that could balance out the beginning but that didn’t happen.

Most importantly, the author clearly does not appreciate or like the Amish culture as a whole. I can’t recall a time when there is anything positive portrayed about the Amish or the village in question. Plenty is pointed out (over and over again) about the negative aspects but that’s all you get
Elisa Rolle
The Shunned was not what I was expecting; from the presentation, the blurb and even the cover I had the wrong idea that this was a heavily angst novel, and instead it was more on the light side, almost a comedy, so much that the “dramatic” ending (don’t worry, not involving the main characters), it was almost too much for it. There are some points, like when James and Fred are under the mafia fire, inside the panic room, that the novel seemed more like those movies taking fun of some serious blo ...more
Mar 16, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNf by page 20. The writing is beyond bad. The first page alone has more "was" then I've ever seen. There is too much telling and not enough showing.

Plus, the character of Fred is so cartoonish beyond belief.
Mar 02, 2011 Juli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 14, 2010 Jenre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
It's been difficult to avoid many of the negative things said about this book at Good Reads or some other review sites so I have to admit that my expectations going into reading this book were not particularly high. After reading the book, I found that it was slightly better than I had expected. There wasn't a point when I felt like throwing the book at the wall, or want to stop reading. Having said that, it wasn't a good read either, just OK with quite a few things which troubled me or which I ...more
Aug 14, 2010 Meggie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The idea of the book is interesting, but the main couple (James and Fred) are simple not an couple at all. Everything is missing in that book. The writting is interesing and it does pull you into's just to simple and boring, and the ending it's rushed and not nearly well developed.

The only good point of the book is to show the readers how trully troubled Amish young people are in Amish communities by being so closed off the real world.

But even so from my point of view the start was re
Dec 22, 2014 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blech, barely readable. I'm mad I paid money for this on my kindle. Don't waste your time, and please don't judge m/m romance based on this.
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
Mar 30, 2010 Smokinhotbooks K.C. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Pack your spiffy felt hat and hop in your horse and buggy, we're going to the Amish Country for Man Love! Some of you might be thinking doth she looseth her mind? Why doth she write in this absurd accent? I am sans my super girl cape today and instead done my loose linen blouse and get down to business.

The Shunned is a love story about a boy who escapes his abusive Amish life, to live in the city. He meets Fred at his place of work as a grocery store bagger. Fred is very flamboyant, flirtatious
Jeff Erno
The Shunned by Jay Hughes is the story of James Semerad, a young gay man who ran away from home at the age of sixteen. He ran to escape the oppressive lifestyle of the Amish community in which he was raised, and he works as a cashier at an organic food store. This is where he meets Fred Billingsley, a successful attorney who also happens to have a culinary degree. The two go on a date together—James’ first date ever.

When a swat team of mafia assassins storm into Fred’s home and the couple have t
Aug 25, 2011 Dallas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jay Hughes did not research the Amish to well before writing this novel. Amish do not have meeting houses, they rotate thier church meeting from one family home to another. The also don't have pray meeting, and only hold Sunday services every other Sunday. The head covering the women wear are not bonnets, they are prayer caps. The women do wear bonnets when the go out, but they are larger and worn over the prayer cap. And there are no 'buggy road', the Amish use the same roads the rest of us use ...more
Nov 11, 2013 Eyre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
This one is really a 2.5.

I liked the premise. I'm all about stories with angst, and the story of a runaway Amish boy finding love should offer just that. Sending the young man back to his family definitely adds to that angst, and I hurt for James as he is shunned. However, I never felt a real connection between the two main characters; they simply didn't have the time to make that connection. Also, there was an event between one of the main characters and an Amish boy that just didn't sit right
Tess De paepe
Oct 06, 2013 Tess De paepe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, despite all the rather negative reviews i still gave it a try.

It was a quick read, but still with a lot of emotion. I think it's best to look at this book as a story about a boy who was raised in a very strict environment and who is strong enough to leave it all behind at one point of his live.
The story might not be accurate about the Amish culture and stuff (I really don't know a thing about it). Still i think the story is more general. It doesn't matter which strict culture you're
Mar 17, 2010 Ingrid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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Jess Candela
Interesting story, but not at all a romance. Fred was never remotely likeable, and an actual romance between him and James seemed wrong and unlikely. Yet somehow they ended up together anyway?? James and Samuel I could have believed, and rooted for. Also, waaaay too many instances of the wrong name used. Like when James came inside James. And frequently James/Jacob got mixed up.
Jill Hughes
Mar 18, 2010 Jill Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE SHUNNED is receiving strong reviews from critics. Literary Nymphs just rated is 5 stars and named it a Recommended Read:

Literary Nymphs on THE SHUNNED: "Jay Hughes has created a superb, as well as enlightening, saga that I enjoyed immensely." Recommended Read, 5 Stars!
Jun 03, 2011 H.A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have to say 3.5stars for this book. It was a good read but the relationship tickled me the wrong way. I just feel the story was more focused on the beliefs of Amish communities and not the relationship. It was a good read, it just felt incomplete to me.
Tamarrion Lash
Apr 09, 2011 Tamarrion Lash rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
Один из тех авторов, которому очень хочется начать ставить диагноз по юзерпику. Про книгу ваще ничего хорошего сказать нельзя - ни сюжета, ни героев, ни языка - ни-че-го.
Katerine Borgia
May 13, 2010 Katerine Borgia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care for this book. I found it to be full of stereotypes and there wasn't any real chemistry between the characters.
Devon Rhodes
Apr 27, 2015 Devon Rhodes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Could not suspend disbelief at this one and no sense of connection to or between the characters.
May 01, 2011 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first m/m book. Not bad, not great.
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Jay Hughes is a multi-published author of gay (M/M) erotic fiction. He is also the long-lost cousin of bestselling erotic romance author Jamaica Layne, and is more than twenty years her senior; Jamaica only recently learned of his existence. He was born in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and raised on the streets of Detroit. Jay eventually moved to New York City, where he became a successful costume de ...more
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