Thursday, January 26, 2017

Finding Your Feet by Cass Lennox


Finding Your Feet by Cass Lennox (Toronto Connections #2)

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryWhile 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.


Review: Finding Your Feet is the second book in the Toronto Connections series, the first being Blank Spaces (you can read my review here). The couple in Blank Spaces does appear in Finding Your Feet, which I love when it comes to companion novels. As for the main characters in this latest book, we have Evie Whitmore from England and Tyler Davis who is living in Toronto as a dance teacher.

Evie is asexual and she's in Toronto to check out the sights (she'll be back in a few months time to attend grad school) and meet an online friend named Sarah. As for Tyler, he's a friend of Sarah's but he's not in the best place when the book begins as he's still trying to get used to being out of a relationship after dealing with an emotionally abusive ex. When Evie is pushed into trying out for a dance competition, she ends up being paired with Tyler for a Pride Day dance competition between the studio Tyler works at and another in the Toronto area.

Despite being very different, the two eventually get to know each other better - after a rough first start - and Evie even finds that she loves to dance. As someone who never danced growing up, but has taken a couple of dance classes as an adult, I could really understand Evie's enthusiasm. Granted, I didn't have to practice as many hours in one day as she did, since all the couples only have one week to get a dance together for the competition. It was an intense project, but I loved hearing about the various dance lessons.

One of the things that I really loved about this book - and the other, Blank Spaces - is that it's full of diversity. Finding Your Feet has Evie who is asexual but isn't opposed to sex if she really falls for someone. Then there is Tyler, who is a trans, biracial man. I liked the secondary characters too and they are all equally as diverse! The next book in the series (Growing Pains) will focus on Gigi and Brock, who you meet in Finding Your Feet. I can't wait!

Want to buy a copy of Finding Your Feet? Check it out on Amazon (I'm an associate, so I get a small percent of any sale. Thanks). Oh, and if you want to start with Blank Spaces, find it here.

12 comments:

Gingi Freeman said...

HOW do you read all these books so quickly?!?!?! Seriously, I want to be you when I grow up!!! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Cleo Bannister said...

Another interesting sounding novel you've found here Lauren - I don't know how you do it.

Erika Sorocco said...

This sounds fantastic! I love anything involving dance!

xx

Alyssa Susanna said...

That is so interesting that the character is asexual! You don't find many asexual characters in literature - it's good that that is changing. I do love companion novels so it's nice when the story still follows as a series, but through companion novels. I'm glad you enjoyed this book! Great review. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Suzanne at The Bookish Libra said...

This sounds like a great read. I've always wanted to take dance lessons so I think I'd really enjoy reading about their preparations for the competition.

Carrie said...

WOW! There is def. some diverse characters in this book! That is kind of neat, tho. You read a lot of books I have never heard of and you are def. a quick reader, too! Thanks for sharing this review. :)

Carrie
curlycraftymom.com

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Love a good dance story!

The Bibliophile Babe said...

It does sound so diverse!

Diva Booknerd said...

This sounds so wonderfully written Lauren and the diverse characters really add to what sounds like a wonderful storyline. There aren't too many asexual characters in fiction so really looking forward to giving this one a read. Wonderful review <3

Melliane said...

it's a really interesting topic there with different characters too.

Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms said...

I got this from Netgalley today! Now I can't wait. It's awesome about the diversity. I'm always looking for new diverse reads :)

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Always great to see a series with a lot of diversity. Great review!