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Finding Your Feet

(Toronto Connections #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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 tha ...more
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Published January 16th 2017 by Riptide
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Xan West
I have many issues with this book, both with the rep and on the story level. Which I’m sad about, because I was excited about this book, and really wanted to like it, wanted it to work for me.

Starting with the simple:
On a story level, it didn’t work for me. The central plot and characters and love story didn’t get enough focus or attention. This is primarily because a secondary romance plot took up so much airtime. This also meant that the dancing got less (not enough, in my opinion) attention
Finding Your Feet is the second book in the Toronto Connections series. I have not read the first one in the series, but I never felt as if something was missing, so it reads perfectly fine as a standalone story. This is a well-written and interesting story full of diversity. The main characters are an asexual British woman and a biracial Canadian trans man. I really liked them, as well as a number of equally well-done secondary characters. The story is rounded and clear in its message, and I wi ...more
Lexxi Kitty
I decided to try a book where there likely wouldn’t be much if any – likely no sex in it. So I tried a book where the main character was both asexual and aromantic. I relatively rapidly grew tired of that book so moved to another asexual lead character, but this time they are asexual bioromantic.

That’s one of those things to be reminded of immediately – asexual does not mean that the person never absolutely never has any type of relationships and that they live their lives happily alone. Though
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I requested this book because of the diversity the author presented in the book. The writing was nice and the story was different...a dance contest. The main characters in the story are thrown together as a dance instructor and a beginner that have to put together a dance routine in a week. One is asexual and one is trans. What struck me most was that this was like a wonderful combination for this story. The characters really are perfect for each other. Evie is Tyler's hang ups abou ...more
3.5 Stars

This is a sweet romance that has a New Adult feel to it even though the leads are in their mid twenties.

The cast of characters is lovely and the idea of being together for a dance competition is cool.

The hero's past relationship haunts him a bit and heroine is struggling to become fully herself. They are super cut. I love how they represent a new generation widening the orientation, gender, and sexuality perceptions. The way the writer handles this facets of the hero and heroine as j
Laura (bbliophile)
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I didn't pick up on a lot of the problematic things in this book when I read it, and I want to apologize for that. I am lowering my rating, and I won't be recommending this book anymore.

If you want to know more about this book's problems, I'd recommend you reading the the top review on Goodreads.

Before I start this review I want to say 2 things. 1) I got a copy of Finding Your Feet for free through Netgalley, and while I’m incredibly grateful for this, it won’t affect my review in any way. 2)
Chris, the Dalek King
Caught in a three month gap between her old job making her redundant and her start of schooling, Evie isn’t sure what to do. She could stay in England and get a crappy short term job to tide her over before she has to fly to Toronto to start school…but that sounds a bit like voluntarily walking thru the gates of retail-hell. Then one of her best online friends offers to put her up for a couple weeks in Toronto so they can hang, go to Pride, and give Evie a chance to check out her new home before ...more
When Evie takes a Toronto vacation ahead of her move there for grad school, she finds herself tossed into a dance competition for Toronto Pride, the non-dancer paired with a professional to compete for the win. In one week, dancer Tyler has to choreograph a routine for the two of them and teach her the moves. Evie and Tyler have an immediate connection, but both of them are relationship wary, Tyler because of a previous tumultuous, emotionally abusive relationship, and Evie because she is asexua ...more
Annie Deo
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I requested this ARC because I myself am asexual and I nearly exploded with excitement when I came across a romance featuring a fellow ace. Because of my higher expectations, the development halfway through the novel which wasn't consistent with my experience of asexuality lessened my enjoyment factor, but that's just due to my own baggage. This novel will definitely please those who are interested in reading a cute romance with a wonderfully diverse range of characters.

There's a lot
Book 2 in the Toronto Connections series

Evie is looking to move away from the UK to get away from her life there and her frankly overbearing mother who thinks that Evie's asexuality is just a phase and basically makes no attempt whatsoever to understand or support her. Tyler has the familial support but has just come out of a very abusive relationship with a woman who demeaned him for being transgender and used it as a weapon in their relationship which has left him very mistrustful of everyone
Carol (bookish_notes)
I have some mixed feelings about this book. There are some super positive, awesome things happening in this book and the characters are great. However, there were things with the plot that weren’t really for me, I guess? This is book two in the Toronto Connections universe, the first being Blank Spaces. It’s a very different story. Finding Your Feet is about asexual Evie Whitmore, traveling from the United Kingdom and accidentally getting roped into a dancing competition for Toronto’s Pride even ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: zero-stars
This is actually the first time we need our 0/10 stars shelf. Because that's what both reviewers gave this book. No stars at all.

"In queer terms, I am The Audience for this book. And it is a hotbed of transphobia, and micro-aggressions. I don’t even have room to address the numerous issues outside of the trans things (and boy were there many) [...]." - Matt

"When I talked about this book with a friend and tried to explain my feelings, he said something that stuck with me. “Oh, so he’s a diversi
Mel González
"In his experience, there was one consistent thing about being queer no matter what shape it took: sometimes just existing was exhausting."

*I received an ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Trigger warnings for transphobia and emotional trauma and some body shaming comments. All of these things were challenged in this book.
If you want a cute romance book to spend your time reading swooning and shipping characters but also wanting to shake them to see what's in
Nicole Field
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
NetGalley Review

This book was so different to what I was expecting. Cass had said to expect a very different kind of story than what we got in Blank Spaces, and she was right. She'd know, of course, being the author and all.

Once again, we are given an asexual spectrum protagonist paired with someone who's not. Unlike last time, the second protagonist is a trans male. But, to my incredible relief, this is not a "trans story".

Tyler is a dancer for a queer dance group. When he's basically enlisted to do a piece
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Finding Your Feet was another super cute romance in this series! It's kind of like a queer Dirty Dancing! Evie is currently on vacation in Toronto, meeting her online BFF, and scoping out the city she hopes to call home come Fall. Then she accidentally enters a dance competition and gets paired up with the gorgeous but cranky, Tyler. Tyler just wants to get this dance over with after being burned by a dance partner before, but there's something about Evie. She
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley and I'm freely giving my honest review.*

I liked this story and Tyler and Evie is a sweet couple. I loved the way Evie took Tyler's baggage and insecurities even though she didn't know the reasons for it. Tyler didn't feel ready for a relationship but the feelings between him and Evie couldn't be ignored.

If this story is anything similar to the real life and challenges transgender persons have I admire their courage and pride.

I di
Lenore Kosinski
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

3.5 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

As is hinted at in the blurb, trigger warnings for descriptions of emotional/transphobic abuse and the aftermath.  Not being trans, nor having experienced emotional abuse, I cannot speak to how that is handled.  From an outsider perspective, I thought it was fine, but I've seen reviews from abuse survivors that suggest otherwise, so perhaps read thos
|| Soph ||
Dec 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
brb crying
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story was nice. I liked it. Featuring a romance between a straight black transman and an English biromantic ace girl, this story is quite diverse. There's also a nonbinary side-character who uses they/them pronouns and a gay side-character.

Evie is excited to fly to Canada and visit her friend Sarah, who she met on tumblr. They plan to go to pride together and to meet some other aces. Before Evie kno
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this book we meet Evie, an ace-spectrum woman, paired with Tyler, a trans biracial man, who have to work together in a dance competition for Pride. So for me it feels like a queer, modern version of Dirty Dancing, which I love beyond limits <3

Evie has gone through a lot of sh*t in her attempted relationships for being asexual, and Tyler is still getting over his abusive ex-girlfriend, so they both have trust issues. However, the connection they have when they dance together is amazing, and it
It was fine. An interesting story, a diverse and fun cast of characters, two leads whose primary obstacle in the course of true love was their inability to communicate (that part I didn't like, but what the hell, it's there); this book has everything you would expect from a new adult romance. Up to and including a lot of sex (and kink) talk and fondling, which is tame by NA standards, but more than I expected from a book with an asexual MC. Anyway; it was fine.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
[*reviewer is asexual and enby]

Really delightful to watch Evazilla and Tyler grow their connection. I'm really thrilled at getting such a nuanced portrayal of asexuality and relationship negotiations. Evie's knowledge of herself and her identity is presented with such directness and honesty without ever seeming to me like and infodump. (Something I struggle with in my own life!) I also appreciate that Tyler's trans-ness is acknowledged as a significant lifelong influence but in terms of the stor
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a sweet book but an interesting one with a lot of fun and slightly zany insight into the world of local, professional dance (in Canada.) This was my first time reading a romance featuring a trans POC character and my second time reading about an asexual person. I appreciated the realness and how each protagonist and all the supporting characters had unique voices and each person's desires (or non-desires) were made clear to the reader. I found the usual romance back and forth tiring but, hey ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review is really difficult, because on the one hand it gave me the most perfect, shimmering, kind portrayal of an asexual (although potentially greysexual but w/e) main character... but on the other hand, multiple trans readers have said the trans representation is lacking at best and harmful at worst.

But reading this book felt like a hug, felt like being seen, felt like being cherished... Hence the difficulty.

Ingesting media means, by definition, engaging with problematic texts, with work
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, I loved this book. It was fun and sweet and heart-warming, with some sad and frustrating moments. That frustration comes mostly from a character struggling with trauma so even that I can apreciate. The characters are charming and adorable and their romance is super cute, beautiful and believable. The dancing is there, it's great, it plays in the story, but it's not overwhelming.
Also, I really liked the way the main characters' gender identity and sexual orientation respectively (and all th
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
It was a solid book but not that enjoyable for me.

On the good side, there was banter, all sorts of good friendships between a diverse group of people (albeit all about the same ages - 20-somethings) and dancing.

On the not for me side, the main drama centered around Tyler just beginning the process of getting over a verbally/mentally abusive relationship in his past, which was depicted in toxic flashback thoughts and isn't a topic I cope with well. Evie also has an emotionally abusive mother and
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Overall I enjoyed this book. The dancing. The banter. It worked for me. And while there were heavy topics brought up the overall feel was light for me.

Are there situations in this book that can trigger people? Clearly. The situations that bothered me also felt real. Characters aren’t perfect. They have biases and make mistakes and they don’t always apologize or recognize their issues. That’s what makes a character real to me.

Honestly I was more upset with reviews that erased my identity becaus
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-f-w
It took me a while to get to this book in my to-read pile from the library but gosh I am glad I did. It was just what I needed. I love stories with fellow Ace characters and I loved how all the relationships and identities were realistically presented. I also love how while it was a romance it was also a book about dance, new experiences, trauma we pick up through life, how people can change, friendship, learning to speak, family ...... Overall a really fun book. (It is also cool it is not Ameri ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

Basically, Tyler had a bad relationship before. He judges Evie based on that, time and time again.

Evie was too amazing. Tyler did not deserve her.

LOL there are DOUBLE standards here. Tyler has a job as a backup dancer in a bar. There, he danced with a guy where Tyler grinded against him and groped the other guy's butt. His other bandmates do the same thing wth other customers. Evie found the whole show exciting. OMG, that makes her a cool girlfriend. Tyler, on the other hand, becomes
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a really cute romance that I connected to on a number of levels. I really liked that it had what I always want from queer romance - people feeling out and coming to terms with all the nuances of each other's gender and sexuality, thoughtfully and kindly. I also really liked all the side characters. I'm so glad I picked this up off of hoopla!
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Cass Lennox is a permanent expat who has lived in more countries than she cares to admit to and suffers from a chronic case of wanderlust as a result. She started writing stories at the tender age of eleven, but would be the first to say that the early years are best left forgotten and unread. A great believer in happy endings, she arrived at queer romance via fantasy, science fiction, literary fi ...more

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