cover image Finding Your Feet

Finding Your Feet

Cass Lennox. Riptide, $17.99 trade paper (283p) ISBN 978-1-62649-488-6

The second (after Blank Spaces) in Lennox’s Toronto Connections quartet does an admirable job of building a community in which asexuality sits easily under the LGBTQ umbrella, filling a niche by including an asexual-sexual romance in which the drama doesn’t stem from that mismatch. Evie Whitmore takes a holiday in Toronto to meet friends from an online asexual social group and gets roped into preparing a routine for a dance contest for Pride as the partner of Tyler Davis. Though it’s obvious that their dance connection is more than friendly, Tyler’s previous experience with dating an abusive dance partner makes him wary of opening his heart. The giggly focus on revealing romantic feelings to your friends and your crush, and Evie’s shy admission that sex isn’t entirely off the table, give the story a YA feel, more high school than 20-something. Though the writing is run-of-the-mill, readers hungry for representation will be pleased, and traditional romance readers who like secular romances with more sweet than heat will want to pick it up too. (Jan.)