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Growing Pains (Toronto Connections) (Volume 3) Paperback – December 8, 2016
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Gigi is a queen to meet every one of your expectations. He is loud, vibrant, bit**y, and determined to take on the world. It is his past however that really worked for me. Having gone thru school as the fat drama geek, I can totally sympathize with the trials of Toby. Granted, while I turned out to be just as shy and hesitant in adulthood, Toby turned into the most sparkly of butterflies. Well maybe not turned, since it is pretty clear from the start that Gigi is who he always was, it just took a while for him to show the world.
I will say however that personally, Gigi kinda gets on my nerves at times. I just have a general dislike of being around people who are that brash, that in your face. And it really has nothing to do with him being a drag queen, and everything to do with the kind of person you have to be to stand up and say this is how I am. I am fabulous and awesome…and you can shove my six inch heels up your a** if you disagree. I applaud the sentiment…just don’t wanna spend large amounts of time in the same room with that kind of person. And when over half the book is told from his point of view, it gets a bit trying. So I’m in this weird place where I really like how he was written…but also not. Because there were times where he was too self-centered, too look at me! pay attention to only me! And even though I agreed with the reason behind him acting like that, it also made me want to slap him for how horrible he was being to Brock.
And Brock really didn’t need sh*t from anyone in this book. He had enough problems already. The way he handled it–especially his crumbling relationship with Gigi–was actually one of my favorite parts of the story, though. While it may seem like the book is Gigi’s story to tell, I honestly think that it was Brock’s that actually held my attention. His growth and struggles throughout the book were the things I really looked forward to from chapter to chapter. And while his past broke my heart, watching him stand up for himself at the end was worth everything else.
I did have problems with the constant flashbacks in the story (pet peeve of mine), but on the whole I think they added to the story more than they detracted. And I never stopped wanting these two guys to figure stuff out and ride off into the sunset, so that helped bump up the rating a bit. I also really appreciated how natural and real Gigi’s family felt throughout the story. Sometimes I have a hard time relating (or believing) the fictional families in books, but that was never really an issue here.
While this book (and the previous one) haven’t quite lived up to how much I loved the first book in this series, I will still go ahead a give it my recommendation. The writing is smooth and readable, and the characters have a lot going for them. I don’t know if I will be reviewing the next book in the series, due to the fact that it is f/f and I’ve talked a bit about my issues with those kinds of stories in the review for the previous book in this series, but I will give it look when it comes out and see what the other reviewers say. I am curious, so if it doesn’t have a lot of sex-scenes I’ll probably round out the series quite happily. But for now, this story is worth the check out, so if it on your radar I’d so go ahead and give it a try.
This was a really emotional read. Gigi and Brock have some rough history together. They grew up in a small Canadian town and Gigi had been bullied all throughout high school for being gay. Brock hid his sexuality, and was going through his own issues, but what he knew was that he really liked Gigi. All these years later, and Brock still loves Gigi and their love is so...fragile. They both love each other, but neither of them are great at communicating their feelings. Okay, well maybe Gigi shares too much, and then there's Brock who scared that one wrong thing will be the catalyst that drives Gigi to leave him.
Their weekend going back to their hometown for Gigi's sister's wedding means that there's not a lot of cameos from characters in the previous two books. These books all work as a standalone, but even the small interaction between Gigi and Jonah is hilarious and I would love to read a scene where the couples are all together. Gigi is also hilarious when he asks Mark, his dance partner from Finding Your Feet, advice on what to expect at a straight bachelor party. Gigi is an absolute queen and the confidence and shade she throws out as Gigi Lamore is everything. I love that Brock just loves Gigi, no matter if one minute he's Gigi Rosenberg, or the next, she's Gigi Lamore.
Brock's story about his past just kills me. I like what the author put into the author's note at the end of the book, because how Brock and Gigi handled situation isn't at all recommended, but it was nice to read about in a book where, Brock especially, gets a really great moment and realizes he has nothing to be afraid of. I'm kind of sad how he didn't try to help his mom out at all, but I think I can understand. It's a sad situation, and in real life situations, I'm not sure there is a right answer for it. Especially, not with what his mother put into that shoe box. Was it her choice to remind Brock that he got out and that he should never look back on those times?
I love every minute Gigi and Brock are together and not arguing. Their relationship in this book is very hot and cold. And everyone staying over at the Rosenberg's place for the wedding has noticed. All the family members and all the secondary characters attending the wedding are so lovely. I wouldn't mind more stories with the other characters. One key point I really liked about this book is that Gigi's sister is marrying a Chinese guy and *gasp* he's a lawyer and not some doctor, karate master, or some other stereotypical Chinese role. The book treats everyone equally and doesn't make any cringeworthy skin color comparisons. GOOD JOB.
I loved this book, loved the characters, and I can't wait to read the next book in the Toronto Connections universe, The Wrong Woman!
***Thanks to Riptide Publishing for providing me an ARC through NetGalley***