Author: Cass Lennox
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/16/2017
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Humor/Comedy, New Adult, Romance, Trans*
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.
I can’t properly express how refreshing it was to get through this title and think, oh. A smart, sweet, and diverse story (where the people seem like actual people and not items on a checklist) DOES exist! Finding Your Feet has a little bit of everything – including but not limited to humor, emotion, charm, mental health awareness and an obvious love for the city of Toronto.
On the character front there’s Evie, who’s immediately likeable, and Tyler, who probably wouldn’t spit if your eyebrows were on fire. Before we learn the ugly details behind his grumpiness, it’s kind of cute; after, I just wanted to wrap him up in a blanket burrito and spend a straight week or two telling him he’s loved/he matters/there’s nothing wrong with him.
Luckily for our star-crossed not-quite-lovers, the hysterical Gigi (who takes the lead in the next book in this series, I believe) is just one of a handful of genuinely nice, supportive friends both in and out of the dance studio who help them navigate a tricky but ultimately rewarding start to their relationship. It’s a great and fun group in a setting I’m not tired of, and I’ll definitely be following Ms. Lennox’s work from here on out.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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