Growing Pains (A Toronto Connections Novel) by Cass Lennox

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.




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Oh. Shit. That hadn’t been his intention.


And it looked like Gi had done the chorus girl routine too. Damn it. He liked that one.


Brock tried to figure out just how mad she was, but it was sometimes difficult because she was so good at pretending to be mad. “I’m sorry. I had this one last thing to wrap up, and it took longer than I thought and—”


He was cut off by one elegantly manicured finger placed on his lips. Gigi’s eyes glinted in the bar lights. “I’m not angry, honey.”


Uh-huh, she was really mad.


“I’m just disappointed.”


Nail-scratchingly mad.


“I expected better of you.”


Brock tried not to wince. He hated disappointing his boyfriend, especially when he was his girlfriend. LaMore’s anger was just so much worse than Rosenberg’s. Brock wasn’t sure if it was because she could be so much more cutting, but it was totally scary being on the receiving end of it.


Honestly, he wasn’t sure if he was up to dealing with it tonight. Working a full-time job was on a whole other level to studying, and he was tired in a way he’d never been before. He’d just wanted to come here and hang out with his queen. And okay, he’d missed the performance part, but he’d seen it already. It wasn’t like Gi had time to look for him especially while she was on stage, so why did it matter?


He knew better than to say any of that out loud.


But she did look amazing, even when she was lecturing him. Sometimes especially when she was lecturing him. Brock didn’t know what it was about her—the makeup should’ve been weird, but was sexy and artistic in a way he still didn’t understand. The way Gi could slither, dance, and just move differently according to who was in control was also sexy. The sheer fuss of the dresses and feathers and glitter was overwhelming, but awesome in a fancy, bright, fun way. All that, the feminine mannerisms and the occasional male edge freaking got to Brock. He loved how the whole gender thing played out in drag. There was something really powerful about it, and about Gigi, no matter whether she was LaMore or Rosenberg.


Man, he was so lucky. He needed Gi on levels he was still trying to understand.


So, no, he couldn’t let her be seriously angry with him. That was the last thing he wanted.


He opened his lips and mouthed her finger, sucking it and rolling his tongue around it.


Gigi narrowed her eyes, the grey of them barely visible through the curtain of fake lashes. “What are you doing?”


Brock reached up and took her hand, keeping it near his mouth. “Saying sorry.” Then he sucked her finger some more, keeping his eyes on hers.


Sometimes it was difficult to tell, but he thought she was blushing.


“You think good tongue is gonna save you?” Her voice had gone slightly breathy.


“If you need help making a decision,” Molly remarked, “I volunteer as very willing tribute.”


“That’s not how these games work,” Gigi snapped.


“Fuckin’ shame.”


Brock teased another finger into his mouth and tried not to smile when he saw her swallow. Yup. He’d rescued this.


“You,” she cooed, “are a very bad boy.”


“’M sorry.”


“And you’re talking with your mouth full.”




She leaned in closer. “Madame is going to teach you a lesson tonight.”


Brock couldn’t wait.

About Toronto Connections

The winters might be cold, but hearts are warm in Toronto. Canada’s largest city is home to a big lake, a big tower, and a big queer community. People here are trying to get by like everyone else: pay the bills, deal with life in the city, and maybe find some happiness along the way with someone who’s sweeter than maple candy and more constant than a Canadian’s love for Timmie’s coffee.

For some, falling in love is a real challenge. For others, falling is the easy part—it’s the happy ever after that proves a little more difficult. But in the end, love is worth every complication, misunderstanding, and occasional swear word.

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About Cass Lennox

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 fiction, and manga, and she can’t believe it took her that long. Her specialties are diverse characters, gooey happy ever afters, and brownies. She’s currently sequestered in a valley in southeast England.

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6 Thoughts to “Growing Pains (A Toronto Connections Novel) by Cass Lennox”

  1. Trix

    Brock and Gigi sound incredibly likable!


  2. H.B.

    Thank you for the exclusive excerpt!
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  3. Purple Reader

    Congrats and thanks for the post. I do love Toronto, so that in itself interests me in the book, and Gigi (although I’m more like Brock).
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  5. Cass Lennox

    Thank you so much for hosting me and Growing Pains!

  6. Thank you for hosting me and Growing Pains!

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