5 Drops Review: Stuck in Oz by Andrew Grey

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Title: Stuck in Oz
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Tales from Kansas, #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30th 2014
Length: 176 pages / Novella
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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.

Let me begin by saying how much I liked book one, Dumped in Oz. However, as much as I liked it, Stuck in Oz was even better in many ways. I loved little Petey and OMG, Uncle Milt was wonderful (I really hope we get a story with Milt as the MC – hint hint Andrew!). When Jeremy flees So Cal with his baby brother after his mothers death, he’s not certain of anything except he needs to keep Petey safe. Once in Oz, Jeremy meets Nate and while they hit it off quickly, Jeremy’s fears, insecurities, and his mothers past sets many things in their way.

I absolutely loved watching Milt, Nate, and Jeremy all grow and mature in various ways. Milt becomes so much to Jeremy and Petey: father, uncle, friend. Nate teaches Jeremy more than he even realizes, and together they become so much more than any one could be on their own.

Stuck in Oz is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone (not that you would want to miss Dumped, lol). This is a wonder coming of age romance and is already on my reread list! Andrew Grey writes books that are powerful, sweet, and needed to be shared and this one is no different.

With all the new books release every week, I can honestly say this is a must read. It’s not all angsty, but it’s not all sweetness either. Stuck in Oz has a wonderful balance and leaves you hopeful and in love. Thank you Mr. Grey for another great read!

ANDREW GREY grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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