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 than a dedicated dancer, though—he might be the kind of man who can sweep her off her feet, literally and figuratively.
Tyler Davis has spent the last year recovering from an emotionally abusive relationship. So he doesn’t need to be pushed into a rushed routine for a dumb competition. Ticking major representation boxes for being trans and biracial isn’t why he went into dance. But Evie turns out to be a dream student. In fact, she helps him remember just how good partnering can be, in all senses of the word. Teaching her the routine, however, raises ghosts for him, ones he’s not sure he can handle.
Plans change, and people change with them. Learning a few steps is one thing; learning to trust again is another entirely.
The Toronto Connections stories can be read in any order—jump in wherever you’d like!
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.