An easy 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ to Diary of a Shy Backpacker: Awakening Down Under, by Bruce Spydar! ❤️ What a true delight!
Find the full Shy Backpacker series here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L61RZBQ
Inside the Naughty Mind of a Traveling Shy Guy – If you’ve ever wanted to strap on a backpack and blast off to a faraway place for an adventure, then book one in the Shy Backpacker series is a “must read” for you! And if you’ve ever wondered what naughty thoughts might be floating through the mind of the nice guy you just met, Diary of a Shy Backpacker: Awakening Down Under is *definitely* for you.
Author Bruce Spydar has earned a cult-like following on social media for a reason: He knows how to be sexy, sweet, and saucy without being offensive. Bruce’s (aka BJ) fascination with a handful of women – okay, more than a handful – he meets during his tour of eastern Australia will have you eagerly anticipating each leg of the journey. Will he, or won’t he? And who will be the lucky lady making time “down under” with the tall, lanky British guy?
While there are certainly some steamy moments inserted between the pages (much praise given by this reader for the movie theater scene), the author also deftly conveys the remarkable landscape of the places he visited in Australia. His appreciation for the land and the people comes through with awe and affection. We witness his wonder through visits to the termite mounds in Kakadu; rafting over the wild waters of the Barron River; and snorkeling with butterflies and angels – of the fishy kind – along a colorful coral reef off the coast of Cairns. Spydar brings to life the scenery he walked, hiked, and rode through. If you love to travel and Australia is one of your dream destinations, reading this book will only make you want to visit Oz even more.
Along the way we learn more about the man: Bruce’s understandable reluctance to embrace a predictably humdrum life following college; his musings on what kind of woman he wants when building a future; and his fascination with the Cricket World Cup. (If I could give an extra star for Bruce’s additional interest in the Buffalo Bills and Super Bowl XXV, I would.)
Bruce never claims to be superhuman, but throughout his journey he reveals how beautifully human he really is. We like him. We want good things to happen to him.
The cast of “characters” weaving in and out of Bruce’s path are often loveable. The hostels he stayed in along the way were fertile breeding grounds for all sorts of interesting travelers. Spydar drops in fun anecdotes along the way – like the German woman taking a young couple to task for romping through the night while she and Bruce tried to sleep in the bunkbeds next to them.
The ending was incredibly satisfying. After chapters of teasing and wild fantasies, the reader gets the opportunity to sit back and bathe in the afterglow of Bruce’s grand adventure as this first installment in the Shy Backpacker series comes to a close.
And finally, one of the most pleasurable aspects of this book for me personally is that it lives up to its excellent reputation. Author Bruce Spydar delivers the goods: engaging writing; a deep appreciation for the world beyond his back yard; and more than a tingle of pleasure. Well-done, Mr. Spydar.