Tales from Kansas
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.
The very first book I read from Grey was Trapped in Oz, which was book 3 of the Tales From Kansas series. I’m delighted to say I finally got around to reading Dumped in Oz and enjoyed it.
The premise is simple – One guy moves to town and catches the interest of seemingly the only other gay man in town. Simple enough, but what Grey does with it is what makes it worth reading.
The townsfolk, who Lyle and probably most of the people who read the book expect the little town where the two live to be backward, closed-minded, and jerky. In fact, they are the exact opposite. They care so much about other townspeople that they watch out for them. Lyle’s love interest, Roger, has some problems he’s afraid to move past, mainly dealing with his psycho of an ex-wife who is determined to make his life a living hell. And has succeeded so far. Her brother is just as insane, but the rest of the town?
Kind of makes me want to move there – not that I would. I know how small towns operate, but the way he has painted this town definitely makes it idyllic.
Once again I found the falling in love came too fast. Grey evened it out at the end which he seems to be really good at.
I am not a huge fan of Grey’s works and can’t suggest them enough 🙂