So.. if you follow me on Goodreads, you will know just how many Andrew Grey books I have read (last count was something like 37 titles… that doesn’t count the re-reads). I recently realized that he is my most read author. He isn’t quite an auto-buy, because he publishes a LOT and I like to spread the love a little… but his audiobooks are ALWAYS an auto buy for me. That being said, this review isn’t about an audiobook. It is about his latest eBook release, Dumped in Oz. And yes, just as the name implies, it takes place primarily in Kansas.
Title: Dumped in Oz
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 out of 5*
From the Publisher
Because of an opportunity he’d be a fool to turn down, Lyle Powers transfers to his company’s warehouse in central Kansas. The last thing he expects is to meet another gay man in the small town, let alone one who captures his interest.
Roger Kypers is a recovering alcoholic with a twelve-year-old daughter he only gets to see for part of the summer. Neither Lyle nor Roger is looking for a relationship, and they fumble at the start, yet emotions build as Roger shows Lyle the landmarks of Oz.
But when Roger’s wicked witch of an ex-wife threatens to take his daughter away for good if he doesn’t act “normally,” he’s faced with the challenge of letting her get away with it, or fighting to accept himself and standing up for what he knows is right.
So, as you have probably guessed, I generally like Andrew Grey’s work, and Dumped in Oz in no exception. Who wouldn’t want to take a trip down the yellow brick road? There are no cowardly lions, wicked witches, or ruby slippers. What you do have is a deeply closeted father, a viscous ex-wife, and shoe maker. All in a place whose claim to fame is all things Oz, complete with a yellow brick sidewalk.
Wamego, Kansas is barely a blip on the map when Lyle gets not so gently asked to transfer there for a year to head up a big project for his shoe manufacturing company. His first day there, he encounters Roger. While there is definitely a spark of attraction, Lyle figures it for a lost cause. Through time and understanding, Roger begins to come out of his shell and take back his life. Of course, in all fairy tales, there is a happily ever after.
Lyle and Roger are a good pairing. They are regular people leading seemingly regular lives, something that is often lacking in the romance genre. They have their flaws, but they are loyal to one another and turn to each other to get through the difficult times. Roger’s pre-teen daughter is a fun addition to the couple. I am not usually a huge fan of children in my romance novels, but I liked Lizzy. She added to the story instead of taking anything away. She is very supportive of her father when she discovers the truth and the supports him in his desire to keep her in his life.
The problems faced by this couple aren’t fantastical in anyway. They deal with a jealousy, homophobia, violence, and family strife, and do so with grace and respect. So take a trip over the rainbow (sorry couldn’t resist that, it was just RIGHT THERE) and join Lyle and Roger as they fall in love.
Where to Buy
I would like to thank the author for the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest review
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