Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/27/2013
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Eddie Vasquez is hot for his niece Lucy’s third grade teacher, B. Andrew (call me Andrew) Daley. Eddie can’t wait to take Andrew dancing to show him his moves. The only problem is, Andrew keeps talking about books Eddie hasn’t read, that he can’t read — at least not in the usual way — because Eddie’s dyslexic.
When the two men find Eddie’s favorite teacher, Mrs. Henderson, wandering the school grounds confused and smelling of human decomposition, they come together to help her. Eddie’s fiercely loyal, and this is the teacher who uncovered Eddie’s learning disability and helped him regain his self-esteem. He’ll do anything, even take on a massive cleaning job pro bono to pay Mrs. Henderson back for the support she’s given him.
Andrew and Eddie come from different worlds, Eddie can’t read, Andrew can’t dance. Andrew’s father is a horrible snob and if all Eddie’s secrets are laid bare, he’ll have plenty to feel superior about. But Eddie and Andrew have taken on a massive project together, and their growing attraction can’t be denied. They learn the trick to forming a lasting partnership in dance and in life might be finding a partner whose weaknesses you can live with and whose strengths make you look good, in Grime Doesn’t Pay.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Jack: Grime and Punishment, and so was happy to pick up this book for our Retro Reads. I wasn’t disappointed!
Eddie was adorable with the way he dressed up to impress his niece’s teacher. Equally adorable was the way he was clueless to said teacher’s flirtations with him. When they finally connect there are some roadblocks.
I really liked how this book tackled the disability dyslexia can be and how Eddie overcame it. That coupled with Andrew’s Dad’s problem, there were some serious conditions talked about and dealt with. It didn’t get overwhelming, though it did tug at the heartstrings at times.
Eddie’s family is great as is the crew at The Brothers Grime. The set up for a book 3 is there, though at the time of this review, it has not been heard about.
If you enjoyed the first book, you’ll be sure to enjoy this one. If you haven’t read the first book, you can still read this without being too lost, though I recommend reading book one as it was good too!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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