Title: Finding Your Feet
Author: Cass Lennox
Series: Toronto Connections #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 1/16/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 283
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
While on holiday in Toronto, Evie Whitmore planned to sightsee and meet other asexuals, not audition for a dance competition. Now she’s representing Toronto’s newest queer dance studio, despite never having danced before. Not only does she have to spend hours learning her routine, she has to do it with one of the grumpiest men she’s ever met. Tyler turns out to be more than a dedicated dancer, though—he might be the kind of man who can sweep her off her feet, literally and figuratively.
Tyler Davis has spent the last year recovering from an emotionally abusive relationship. So he doesn’t need to be pushed into a rushed routine for a dumb competition. Ticking major representation boxes for being trans and biracial isn’t why he went into dance. But Evie turns out to be a dream student. In fact, she helps him remember just how good partnering can be, in all senses of the word. Teaching her the routine, however, raises ghosts for him, ones he’s not sure he can handle.
Plans change, and people change with them. Learning a few steps is one thing; learning to trust again is another entirely.
Let me just start by saying that I absolutely love this series, and it’s only just starting. And I love it because it depicts unlikely love stories between REAL people. These are people who have been through the wringer and have been beaten down, but they somehow find who they are in the midst of all the chaos and are able to come out of it strong and proclaim to the world: This is who I am.
I loved these two characters. Lennox does a fantastic job at portraying asexual characters in literature, which was obvious after reading the first novel in the Toronto Connections series, Blank Spaces. Reading the first book is in no way necessary to be able to read this book. Finding Your Feet is a completely independent novel and it is easily read as such, but I would still highly recommend reading Blank Spaces simply because it is a fantastic novel.
That being said, this novel follows the story of Evie, our asexual main character, and Tyler, her dance partner. These two unlikely lovebirds meet during a dance competition and the emotion just flies away from there. It was really interesting reading not only an M/F book, when I typically read M/M, but an M/F book featuring an asexual female character and a transgender male character. The dynamic between these two regarding identity confusion and all of the issues that come along with that was one that could only be possible between two characters who had EXPERIENCED it. I loved that Evie and Tyler were just unapologetically true to themselves and they accepted each other for who they really were, not who they appeared to be.
I find that Lennox tells REAL stories, complete with all of the imperfect and downright terrible people included. I was initially put off because some of the language the characters use in this book can be viewed as fatphobic and completely and utterly rude, but when I sat back and thought about it for a minute I realized… that happens in real life. Writing literature without all of the bad and toxic people in it doesn’t prevent them from existing. It just creates this alternative world where the terrible people don’t exist and the bad people always lose. But that’s not what really happens. And I really appreciate Cass Lennox’s writing because it simply is the truth. I am absolutely looking forward to reading the rest of this series and I would recommend it to any romance readers!