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Growing Pains

(Toronto Connections #3)

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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Gigi Rosenberg is living his best life: performances in the big city, side gigs at a dance company, a successful drag act, and the boy of his childhood dreams who now adores him. Even if the boyfriend part isn’t the sparkly ride of passion he expected it to be, life is sweet. So when his sister’s wedding calls him back to his hometown, he sees an opportunity to show the hi ...more
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Published March 20th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
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pi
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 2.5/5

I doubted to read this book because, having met Gigi in "Finding your feet" (Toronto Connections #2), I wasn't very fond of him. Also, what I knew about his relationship with Brock from the previous book in the series was kind of messed up. And I have to say things don't get much better in "Growing pains".

I don't like Gigi nor his attitude. He's self-absorbed, and is always reinforcing different kind of stereotypes and making fatphobic comments. And yes, I understand that he
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Cass Lennox
Jan 05, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-a-thing
For readers who read Finding Your Feet and are excited for Gigi and Brock's story - this is it! Readers new to me and my work - hi! I hope you enjoy these two. They really work for their HEA in this (and made me work for it too). Growing Pains is nowhere near as sweet as Finding Your Feet. In fact, this one gets pretty serious in places, and without minimizing the issues brought up in the other books, I consider Growing Pains the heaviest of the series. Riptide has tagged most of these on their ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
Gigi and Brock’s relationship has had a lot of bumps and dead-ends, but that is going to be nothing compared with a weekend spent back in their hometown for Gigi’s sister’s wedding. Gigi is dreading being back in the place that sees him only as Toby, and Brock is dreading…well. Pretty much everything, to be honest. He hasn’t spoken to his parents in over five years–not to mention they have no idea that their son is gay–and after years of abuse and hiding he has no desire to change that. But if h ...more
Shirley
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you're paying attention, you may have noticed that I read the first book in the Toronto Connections (Blank Spaces) series, but not the second (Finding Your Feet) and now I'm reviewing the third. It's not my usual squirrel brain hard at work, this time I skipped one on purpose. Not sure why, but Finding Your Feet just didn't grab me, but Growing Pains did. In case you're curious, I'll probably skip The Wrong Woman too, but you never know...

Anyway, for what it's worth, I'm really glad that I de
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Mel González
"How did people talk about realizing that there were all these depths to a person, that they were sometimes a surprise waiting to happen?"

*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
TW: homophobia, homophobic slurs, fatphobia, self harm, abuse.


All of Cass Lennox's books have something in common, and that's the characters. You start reading the book and you're suddenly rooting for them and you don't even know how that happened. They are all incredibl
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Kira
Growing Pains didn't have quite the same level of "interesting" as Blank Spaces did, but it certainly wasn't a boring book. I think that if you like to read about a couple having struggles (real ones, not some trifle thing blown out of proportion) and overcoming them, then this book might be really satisfying for you.

I loved how much emotion Lennox managed to invoke. You read one character's POV and you support him all the way, while his lover really seems like a jerk. Then you read the POV of s
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Jude Sierra
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Review to come
Nicole Field
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
NetGalley Review

I think the biggest problem with this novel was that it was attempting to conform to a romance novel format.

There were some really big things being dealt with in this book, most specifically physical abuse, shaming and family. Because of the format of a romance novel, however, the beginning of the book read as Brock being unreasonable in not wanting to go to the wedding of his partner of one year's sister.

For a long time, Brock gives no reason for this, longer in the world of the story than in
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Angie
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Growing Pains is very different than the previous two books in the series. This time we're following Gigi and Brock, whom we met in Finding Your Feet. We already know a little bit about their past and how they winded up together again. However, there's a lot more going on there and it's certainly not happy. Gigi is heading back to their hometown for his sister's wedding, but Brock is not with him. At least not at first, which means the book starts with a fight
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Les Joseph
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Cass Lennox's Toronto Series is full of rich, diverse characters and the newest book in the series, Growing Pains is no different. We first met Gigi and Brock in book two, Finding Your Feet, and now we're a year into their relationship. What interested me the most and had me really wanting this book was to see how Brock and Gigi manage to put their past behind them and move forward. It's a tough go at times, especially for Brock and this book had my heart aching numerous times.

If you haven't re
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Sarah
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a story for everyone who got out. It’s a book for all the rural kids who built adult lives in big cities on their own terms but still find themselves terrified of their hometown ghosts. When Gigi and Brock return home for a family wedding, Brock gets so anxious that he vomits on the side of the road. I fell in love with him instantly.

As a somewhat gender fluid drag queen, Gigi’s didn’t quite fit in his small town. He w
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Amanda
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Growing Pains is an emotional romance. I recommend this to someone looking for down-to-earth contemporary romance.

This is a realistic look at a relationship that’s already gone through the honeymoon phase. When things get difficult, what makes you decide to stay or leave? This story is character-driven and introspective with vibrant characters.

I didn’t enjoy this as much as the previous two books in the Toronto Connections series. As with the others it’s wonderfully written, but I found it hard
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Elisa Rolle
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Growing Pains (Toronto Connections #3) Cass Lennox
1) This was a couldn't-put-down read, in spite of the many times Gigi got on my nerves. I'm glad I trusted the author to redeem him - this happens realistically, and whilst I still wasn't enamoured by the end, I could appreciate where Gigi was coming from. He's self-absorbed and shallow, and kind of a cliché, but I know people like him, so he's plausible. Brock, on the other hand, is lovely and has a much be
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Tessa
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I feel a bit bad leaving only 2 stars, but Goodreads calls that 'it was ok' and I feel that is fair? I couldn't really stand one of the main characters, and though it got a bit better by the end of the book, I prefer to read about characters I might like in real life. The story in itself was fine, well written, I liked the flashbacks, but my annoyance at how Gigi acted really dragged the enjoyment of the story down for me.
Lori S.
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Lovingbooks1
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, kindle, m-m
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley and I'm freely giving my honest review.*

I loved this book, Gigi and Brock are awesome but in a realistic way; they have flaws and troubles but they survive.

Gigi is a total diva but still I can't help love him because he had a challenging time growing up and when he moved away he could finally be fully himself. Only now I feel like he's taking it to fare in som situations.
And Brock, I was so frustrated with him but my goodness did I
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Carol (bookish_notes)
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, 4-stars
I love the characters in this book. I think Gigi and Brock are definitely my favorites in the Toronto Connections universe. This book made me laugh, but it also made my heart absolutely ache for these two whenever something went wrong. I was a bit tentative about reading this after really only knowing Gigi's explanation of their history in Finding Your Feet. However, things get explained from Brock's  POV this time and it's just heartbreaking.

This was a really emotional read. Gigi and Brock have
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Asher
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this as an arc from netgalley, but I've pre-ordered the whole series due to the enjoyment of the second book...that might have been a mistake. I didn't like Gigi and Brock's story line in Finding your Feet and I really did not like the book about them. They felt so flat as characters. Gigi seemed to fall into a walking trope and Brock's emotional storyline never had a pay off. The whole thing failed to come together in a way that made me think Gigi and Brock were good for each other in th ...more
Laura (bbliophile)
Feb 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF. This was too painful to read. Full review to come later.
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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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