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 hicks from his past how wrong they were about him. Only, his boyfriend isn’t quite on board.
Brock Stubbs left their hometown and his parents behind for a reason, and the prospect of facing them again is terrifying. He swore he’d never go back, but Gigi has made it clear refusal isn’t an option, and Brock will do nearly anything for him. There’s just one deal-breaker of a problem: Brock promised Gigi he was out to everyone, including his parents. He lied.
It’s magical to run into the sunset together, but staying the course takes work. For Gigi and Brock, going home feels like the finale of a long, disappointing year. Sometimes love isn’t all you need.
(Toronto Connections series can be read in any order—jump in wherever you’d like!)
Lennox continues her Toronto Connections contemporary romance series (after Finding Your Feet) with a deeper look at the dynamic of the secondary couple from the previous installment: dramatic drag diva Toby "Gigi" Rosenberg and teen crush turned real boyfriend Brock Stubbs. This light, easy story nevertheless digs into deep issues, such as homophobia and childhood abuse, that affect how people enter into new relationships. Gigi wants Brock to be his date to a wedding in the hometown they both hate; when Brock resists, Gigi flounces off, assuming that Brock isn't committed to him and doesn't want introduce such a dramatically and overtly queer person to his own family. But Gigi doesn't realize that Brock has not spoken to his family in years, and that he fears physical violence if he comes out. Lennox's stories target a young audience, with characters still very tied to their high school selves. Her embrace of a broad range of queer identities and her themes of forgiveness and coming through for loved ones will feel sweet and healing to those who worry that their history makes them unlovable.