Dumped in Oz

Andrew Grey
Dumped in Oz
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
January 2014
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

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.

Book Review by Laurie P (reviewer)
Feb 14, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
186 people found the following review helpful
What do you do when life throws you curves? How do you live up to your duty and the mistakes in your life and stay true to yourself? How do you balance all of the aspects of your life? The wonderful characters in Andrew Grey's story have to answer all of these questions and more. This is a warm and wonderful feel good book, sweet and yet with plenty of angst and drama.

Lyle has been going along with the flow at work and in his life. When the powers that be decide to transfer him to Kansas, he gets a bit of a wake up call. How is he, a gay man, going to have any kind of life away from his world of friends? And yet as he settles into life in Wamego, Kansas, this may be just what his life needs.

Roger is a tortured character, and yet I loved him. I love that he was taking the steps to recover from alcohol dependency and that he took responsibility for his daughter. He's also coming to terms with being a gay man in a small town. And he's dealing with his daughter's mother and all of her hate.

The small hometown feel in this book is part of what makes it special. Even though everyone knows what's going on with everybody else, they are not intrusive. And they look past flaws and protect one of their own. The Oz theme that ran through the book was a wonderful little bit of extra.

This is another beautiful story from Andrew Grey. You can never go wrong with reading his books.
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