Title: Stuck in Oz (Tales from Kansas #2)
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
When Jeremy and Petey’s mother died, their house was taken to pay the debts she left behind, leaving them homeless. Afraid Petey will be put in foster care, they have no one to turn to but their Uncle Milt, so they pack up Jeremy’s beat-up car and leave San Diego for Wamego, Kansas.
They arrive in the middle of a snowstorm and stop at the local diner to contact their uncle, where they meet Nate. Nate and his aunt help them contact Uncle Milt, and he agrees to help.
Jeremy and Nate hit it off quickly, but Jeremy runs when he’s made to believe their new home isn’t permanent. Nate goes after him, finds him, and convinces him that he’s wanted. However, just as Jeremy and Nate begin to trust each other, Petey’s estranged father appears and threatens to tear Jeremy’s new life and fledgling family apart.
I read the first Tales of Kansas story a few months ago and enjoyed it. I like Stuck in Oz just a little bit more. It was a quick story, but Jeremy and Nate just called to be wrapped in a gigantic hug. Poor Jeremy has grown up with an absent father and a crappy mother. Sorry, there isn’t any other way to describe her. He does not see anything as permanent and can’t believe he is worthy of affection from anyone. Nate has grown up in a loving environment but has a few skeletons of his own. Together they have instant chemistry, but one’s fear of the unknown and the other’s fear of his tormenters makes for some tense moments.
As with most of Andrew Grey’s romance novels, I would classify Stuck in Oz as a comfort read. While his characters deal with less than ideal situations, they do so with grace and maturity, well usually. You want to wrap them up and take them home with you where they will be safe but at the same time you know they are strong persons who just needed a little guidance to see the good inside themselves.
Tales from Kansas is a series in name only. The common thread is the town. Roger and Lyle from book one only make a cameo appearance in Stuck, though Grey did setup a potential sequel with Uncle Milt that I would not mind reading.
I would like to thank Andrew Grey for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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