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Gym Dandy

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Mixed signals or glitchy gaydar? After a first kiss gone horribly wrong, out and outgoing personal trainer Victor Brighton settles for friendship with handsome new client Douglas Newkirk. But is Doug in denial? Each time the boys get close, something or someone interferes: ex-wives, ex-boyfriends, bitchy bosses, even the cable guy. Will our guys work it all out? Read Gym D ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 15th 2009 by MLR Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Have you even ask yourself why some people love so much to go to gym?

I guess it depends... of the environment, the friends you can make... and must of all of how motivate you are to keep going.

Douglas need to lose weight, and fell again he is an attractive person. After years of hiding for a past trauma he took the decision... and now will start to go to gym! Luck for him, his personal trainer is Victor.

Victor is the only narrator, and well, what a funny guy he is! I love his jokes, his behave
May 01, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it
This was sweet, sad and funny. The characters were engaging and very likable although Doug's constant naivete and uber nerd persona got a little hard to take sometimes. Maybe it's a Canadian thing but I don't know anyone who is as literal and speaks quite like he does. But overall, a quick, enjoyable read.
Aug 08, 2009 Kris rated it liked it
The Review:

Honesty from the outset~

For those of you who have "issues" with gay for you plots do not be misled by the blurb. Gym Dandy
is so not as simple as that!

First things first~

This is an enjoyable and funny - with lots of laugh out loud moments because of the author's word play - story about a boy (Victor) who meets and falls for another boy (Doug), who, besides being first boy's opposite in many ways, spends most of the book being absolutely and completely clueless. This is even after sec
Elisa Rolle
Gym Dandy is a story that has many surprises, mostly good surprise. Victor is a personal trainer in a not so good gym; an old and decaying building, not so nice work colleague, it's not wonder that Victor seems not to like too much his work. I realized after finishing the book, that I haven't a clear physical perception of Victor, other than he should be fit, due to his work, but not so handsome: a man who arrives where he wants thanks more to his attitude than to his look. And even if Victor ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Kassa rated it it was ok
Victor is a personal trainer, attempting to actually do his job in the prevalent atmosphere of pay and disappear that litters all gyms and ends up being the biggest money maker. So when a new client Douglas Newkirk arrives at the gym, Victor puts forth an effort to accommodate and help. Victor is somewhat attracted to Doug, despite being out of shape, and so is pleased by the dinner invitation that Doug offers after their introduction and consultation. Following through on his interpretation of ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
Gym Dandy is a hilarious and entertaining read with just the right touch of angst to keep you interested in the romance. The characters are fun and realistic, though I get a kick out of Doug's manner of speaking. And I like the way Grant builds up their back stories over the course of the book, so that it explains aspects of their personalities that we've already noticed. I also thought that Grant put her knowledge of Toronto to good use in her depictions of the city. The portrayals of Church ...more
Stephen Osborne
May 05, 2010 Stephen Osborne rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I found the main characters uninteresting and boring. Doug was just plain annoying, sending out "mixed signals" right and left that really aren't mixed. Sorry, straight guys don't watch gay porn on their own, so Doug's assertion of straightness got on my nerves.
Feb 14, 2016 Geraldine rated it it was amazing
My favourite, go to, reread book. I love the chapter titles, I love the story of Vic and Doug (although I did want to punch Doug at one point). Clever and hilarious, I would recommend this to anyone. Anyone at all, even those with no real interest in m/m. A short read but left a huge impression.
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Mar 31, 2009 Storm Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Fiction that's pretty, witty, and gritty!

Gina Grant, under the pen name Storm Grant, writes and publishes engaging male/male fiction, more light than dark. Since 2007, she has published with several e-publishers, including Riptide Publishing, Amber Quill, Phaze, MLR Press, and Torquere.

Writing as Gina X. Grant, she is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents Hunger Games. The
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