- Series: Toronto Connections (Book 2)
- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (August 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626494886
- ISBN-13: 978-1626494886
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
Evie Whitmore meets an ace like her on Tumblr and travels to Toronto. She accidentally auditions for a dance competition between two queer dance studios. The problem? She doesn’t dance. The kicker? Her partner is the enigmatic Tyler Davis.images
Tyler is a transgender teen who has been burned hard. He doesn't want to teach a newbie to dance. Especially one he's attracted to. That's not even considering the one week timeline and the fact they are up against the premiere dance studio in Toronto. What he doesn’t expect is Evie with her sharp wit and take-no-prisoners attitude.
Soon, it’s all they can do to separate their emotions when dancing brings them so close together.
Evie was a refreshing character for me. She’s tough, and even though she hasn’t found the acceptance she needs from her family, she demands it of Tyler. It’s the kind of girl he needs, especially after the number his ex did on him. Evie just gets him.
"...knowing that people came in a variety of genders and that sometimes people had to make physical changes to transition to their true gender was one thing; remembering it and applying it when looking at people—interrupting the socialized, automatic need to identify everyone’s presented gender—was another."
Their connection is immediate, an inexplicable attraction that Tyler can’t deny, especially as his routine challenges them both to let go of their past.
"She’d liked that he trusted her to handle him that way. No guy had ever asked her to lift him except as a dare. Tyler had been excited about it; he’d lit up as soon as he knew she was strong.
It had been quite a while since she’d spent time in another person’s space like that."
Tyler broke my heart throughout this book. The one woman he thought he had loved - that he had shared the intimacy of dancing with - drained his self-confidence. He has such fears that Evie will find him lacking in some way.
Which is ridiculous because when they dance together - talk and laugh and take selfies with Godzilla (Read the book ;)) - he's so much more. Equal parts playful and serious; a leader, but a follower; confident but shy. It’s a combination that grabs Evie’s attention and doesn’t let go.
“See how easy you move now?” he pointed out.
She turned to face him, blushing but smiling. “Yes, I got it. Thank you for letting me vent. You’re good to talk to.”
Pride filled his chest. “Girl, I had so much therapy when I was younger, I should be charging you for this. Dr. Davis’s patented dance therapy.”
She stroked her chin thoughtfully. “I see, I see. I’m indeed grateful, Dr. Davis. Is this first consultation free?”
Ha. “Hey now, nothing’s free in this world.”
"Then how should I pay you, Dr. Davis?”
"For starters, you can stop stealing the lead.”
She dipped him. “Never.”
Which leads to the great and diverse cast of characters that Lennox brings to the stage - a true representation of what makes us human. Different and yet similar, all at once. Tyler is transgender, half black/half white. Evie is asexual. Gigi - Tyler’s best friend - is a homosexual male. And that's simply naming a few characters. Their dynamics together make them such a great and supportive group. I loved them all.
At first, I was confused on all the various players. There are a LOT of names and identities thrown out, so I had to reread to make sure I got everyone's relationship - past and present - to the other. But seeing as I haven't read book one in the Toronto Connections series, I plan to make up for the oversight.
I highly recommend this sweet and touching book which is guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings.
Finding a book with a black trans-masculine main character was also really cool. In fact, a lot of things about this book really had me excited. I like book about dancers, and queer characters, and Canadians (don’t ask me why, but I think part of me thinks of them as our mythical hocking-bringing maple syrup moose-whispers to the north and will not be swayed). Add in a character who is English, and you have a tri(quad?)-fecta of awesome.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as book one, but it was certainly still really enjoyable. I liked the geekiness and the fun that these characters (both main and secondary) brought to this story. And despite the fact that dance really is something that is best enjoyed in visual form, the author did a good job of translating some of the action and flow into a written format. I like stories about dancers (and musicians) but sometimes trying to get parts of those stories to work in print instead of visually or auditorily just doesn’t mesh well. Here, by focusing more on the dancers instead of trying to transcribe large portions of the dance, the author was able to get a feel of the scene without boring me to tears with descriptions of dance moves and techniques that I really wouldn’t have got anyway.
My main issue with it mostly came from the fact that a lot of the angst in this book would have been sorted out a lot earlier if someone, anyone, would have made it clear to Tyler that Evie was actually moving to Toronto in a couple months. I get that he didn’t get it originally, but as the book went on and he kept not understanding, I started to lose my patience. I think if the book had spent less time on this, and more time on Tyler’s relationship issues, I would have enjoyed it a bit more. Because Tyler’s issues were real and I got them and could sympathize…the whole misunderstanding aspect of the plot just kinda annoyed me by the end.
Other than that, though, this book worked really well. The characters did a good job of catching my attention and holding it. And the little side relationships going on (including a small cameo from the boys in book one) didn’t distract from the overall story, but instead did a great job of adding to the atmosphere and plot. It may not be something I am used to reading, but I have to give it my recommendation. It is nice to step out of the box sometimes and see what else it out there. You might be surprised. Can’t wait to see what Cass Lennox has in store for us in book three.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this story and Tyler and Evie is a sweet couple.Read more