Blank Spaces (2020)

Blank Spaces Absence is as crucial as presence The decision to stop dating has made Vaughn Hargrave s life infinitely simpler he has friends an excellent wardrobe and a job in the industry he loves That s all he
  • Title: Blank Spaces
  • Author: Cass Lennox
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Absence is as crucial as presence.The decision to stop dating has made Vaughn Hargrave s life infinitely simpler he has friends, an excellent wardrobe, and a job in the industry he loves That s all he really needs, especially since sex isn t his forte anyway and no one else seems interested in a purely romantic connection But when a piece is stolen from his art galleryAbsence is as crucial as presence.The decision to stop dating has made Vaughn Hargrave s life infinitely simpler he has friends, an excellent wardrobe, and a job in the industry he loves That s all he really needs, especially since sex isn t his forte anyway and no one else seems interested in a purely romantic connection But when a piece is stolen from his art gallery and insurance investigator Jonah Sondern shows up, Vaughn finds himself struggling with that decision.Jonah wants his men like his coffee hot, intense, and daily But Vaughn seems to be the one gay guy in Toronto who doesn t do hookups, which is all Jonah can offer No way can Jonah give Vaughn what he really wants, not when Jonah barely understands what love is.When another painting goes missing, tension ramps up both on and off the clock Vaughn and Jonah find themselves grappling not just with stolen art, but with their own differences Because a guy who wants nothing but romance and a guy who wants nothing but sex will never work right Not unless they find a way to fill in the spaces between them The Toronto Connections stories can be enjoyed in any order jump in wherever you d like
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    1. One of the things I am really, really enjoying lately, is an expansion in the M M genre to give our characters a wider range of happy ever afters long term relationships that they get to define from the inside Because, while I love and live in the traditional two hearts and bodies faithful forever version of HEA, I also really believe the Tolstoy quote I think if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts As we strive not [...]

    2. So there are a lot of things I loved about this book, a lot of which have to do with representation and how wonderful it was But first and foremost, I just loved the writing Lennox has this lovely narrative voice, fresh and engaging, and I adored it It was funny so funny and I even appreciated that she remained true to the Maple Leafs and had my Bruins win the game referenced in the story The characters were so lively and realistic, and the dialogue So great These characters came across as real [...]

    3. This book is one of those book that felt trapped on inside.The blurb felt different after I read about the relationship between Jonah the slut extraordinaire and Vaughn the asexual guy.I know the concept of open relationship Believe me I know.But when you have a relationship with an asexual, and f everything that move, still doing the hook up, even your boyfriend is around, I d say no No, enough.I had a big expectation about this book after I read the blurb, but even the blurb cheated on you Dam [...]

    4. Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews I got an ARC of this book via Netgalley Oh this book I have so many thoughts and things I want to say but can t because a they d be spoilerish and b way too long for a review, but I LOVE this book It is, without a doubt, one of my favourite books this year I don t know how to put my thoughts into a coherent structure so I think I ll just go with bullet points A portrayal of an ace character I have to add that this portrayal is just one experience, and not [...]

    5. A good friend of mine has been raving about this book for about a month now, and having now read it I can clearly see why I don t think it would be much of a shock to anyone reading this review when it comes out, but the last week has sucked Like, a lot To the point where I couldn t even do much than stare at a wall and fight the urge to scream I couldn t even look at my kindle As the deadline for this review crept closer and closer I was scared that I wouldn t even have the energy to read this [...]

    6. 4,5 starsI read this book back to back with another one featuring LGBTetc spectrum minorities but man, it was as different as day and night Blank Spaces made me believe that it s possible to write a great book that represents a minority group without making it sound like an educational pamphlet.And it was a great book I can t remember the last time when the non romantic parts of a romance were so interesting How these people live, how they make new friends and reconnect with old ones, even talks [...]

    7. I don t know if I could have loved this book This is my first Cass Lennox read and I can guarantee that it will not be my last And can we all take a second to just appreciate that cover I will be shameless and admit that I picked this one up solely based on the cover And I m really glad I did.First off, I need to just give a round of applause for writing a character like Vaughn And I don t mean in his asexuality, I mean in his complexity Vaughn was a character that was creative and affectionate [...]

    8. ARC provided by Riptide Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez Where do I EVEN start By 5% no, I didn t swallow any digits, I did mean FIVE PERCENT of the book, I had the mystery part solved By 24%, I was already convinced that the so called relationship would be unsatisfying for me view spoiler I m sorry if I m not sold on the open relationship thing, but I believe in equality in partnerships and one man who s a total slut and not willing [...]

    9. ARC from Netgalley3.5 starsThis book took me so long to get into, and quite frankly, I m not sure why I stuck with it But I am really glad I did, as I ended up enjoying it I adored Vaughn and his easygoing, and at times, boyish nature He was so honest and kind, just the sort of guy you d want in your circle of friends I love that he was so willing to just go with the flow He wasn t one to question why life was the way it was It just was, and he was going with it Jonah, on the other hand, was Vau [...]

    10. My Review Awwis book much love for this story and these guyswho are such complete opposites it s hard to see how they can possibly make this work Vaughn is asexual and Jonah is quite the opposite In fact, I d almost hazard to say that Jonah is the male version of a nymphomaniac He has sexa lot of itd truly can t live without it Vaughn comes from moneya lot of it Jonah is a product of the foster system But they re drawn to one another and become friends.nds who know they aren t sexually compatibl [...]

    11. My View I have read several books with asexual characters and I think this one does the best establishing a loving relationship in which one of the partners is asexual But the best part is how the author shows the character self discovery and how it changes him.Vaughn is perfect He has all he needs at the moment and meeting Jonah just opens the door for him to fulfill a piece of his life he didn t know was missing Not because someone s expectations, but because it makes sense to him.Jonah is you [...]

    12. A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review I love this story so much I almost cried when it ended This is not your usual m m romance or erotic, it is unusual and that s what s makes it unique in my mind.Jonah s cockiness and Vaughn s calmness was a joy to read about Their differences are well described in a not so obvious way, but you still get it.I liked the writing style of this author very much, it s light and easy even when it still is [...]

    13. I liked both leads and the caper part of the romance was interesting However, it is hard for me to settle into a book with a love story when at least one of the characters needs therapy and doesn t get it This is an intersting exploration of two very different people who are attracted to each other and like each other but not a book I will be rereading.

    14. A canonically gay, ace main character Openly talking about asexuality Acknowledging open relationships exist Hell yes This book is awesome Ok, I admit the beginning of the story was a bit slow, and that mystery was than predictable Also, some of the things the different characters said or thought made me cringe However, when I got to the second half of the book, I couldn t put it down and now I m completely sold I adored it It s very difficult to find books with a good portrayal of ace characte [...]

    15. This book was disappointing Asexuals seem to be the unicorns of the LGBT book world, so to find a book where the main character identifies as asexual is rare Unfortunately this book just makes him look like a weak guy who wants a relationship so badly that he s willing to let his boyfriend sleep with any dick that moves The whole thing just left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth.That aside the actually plot was soooooo drawn out There was thefts, the bad guy was caught and the two main character [...]

    16. While I liked both characters in this book, I really struggle with open relationships I understand that this may work for some people but I have a hard time believing that it can ever lead to a HEA.I felt that Jonah s constant need for sex and the reasons for it were pretty much glossed over, also the fact that Vaughn s friends and just about everyone else considers Jonah a slut was just brushed aside as irrelevant I think that is something that would be very relevant in a long term relationship [...]

    17. Oh man I adored this book It s so amazingly and unabashedly queer Yes, the whodoneit part was obvious though not the how , but that was such a small part of the book anyhow The book is about Vaughn and Jonah s relationship And their lives And how the can be together in a way that works for them They re who they are and accept their sexuality and needs and the love they share It s not a heteronormative situation where you re gonna have the whole monogamous get married and have babies thing or som [...]

    18. I ve got a few complaints about how the character s sexualities are presented, but it s over all a very cute read I was excited about a book with an asexual main character The descriptions about him discovering his sexuality really resonated with me and it made me tear up seeing my own thoughts reflected in a book However.I understand that Jonah s sexual identity is the complete opposite of an a spec person Still, the amount of sexual descriptions really got to me Tread carefully if you re looki [...]

    19. Wow I adored this and it came along at just the right moment Way too many romances focus on sexy times as the primary conduit to love these days While sex is great in its place which isn t automatically locked to love IMO , I love a book that can separate these things There s loving to hang out with someone, there s being at their back when they are attacked, theres looking after caring over someone when they need help, there s glorious comfort from touch hugs and smell and all those things matt [...]

    20. ARC provided by the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an impartial review Unique, enjoyable, interesting, fun, amazing, and heartwarming are just a few adjectives that describe this story from Cass Lennox, in what might be their debut novel.Vaughn Hargrave doesn t like sex He s had it, and it s okay, but it s pretty much nothing special He s never felt that s okay, so he avoids situations in which he might be expected to put out He has a few close friends and will go out to bars with [...]

    21. Also posted on my blogC acquired through Netgalley.So, I loved this book.Like, really, really loved it.One of the reasons is fairly obvious one of the main characters, Vaughn, is ace, and he s one of the best ace characters I ve ever read granted that they aren t many, but Vaughn was great The author is ace too if I m not mistaken, which would explain how Vaughn s experiences felt so genuine to me In fact, I think that s one of the first times where I identified almost completely with an ace cha [...]

    22. An ARC of this book was generously provided to me from the publisher via NetGalley.If you are looking for a unique romance story, have an open mind, and are okay with an emotional relationship rather than a sexual one, this book is highly recommend for you This book is all about emotion, a slow build relationship involving 2 distinctive men who are opposites in most ways Each fighting their own battles, their personal growth throughout the story is wonderful to witness It tugged at my heart stri [...]

    23. Second best book I ve read that goes into detail about asexuals and their relationships with allos, best book about where to get information on asexuality and the validation of queerness of asexuality I ve ever read.The story was nice too, but let s be honest, it s the ace parts that made me enjoy this book so very much.Full review to come.

    24. This book has certainly been a different read And not in a bad way, just that I don t come across stories about asexual characters much, and Blank Spaces was an excellent book to start out with The story is half romance, half mystery This seems to be a standalone in a series called Toronto Connections, so be assured this ends with a HEA.Vaughn Hargrave is an artistic soul, from a wealthy background, working at an art gallery He identified as gay years ago, but still struggles with understanding [...]

    25. 3.5 stars rounded up I am always on the lookout for new authors to try and when I saw the blurb for Cass Lennox s debut novel, Blank Spaces, I knew I d be putting this book on my TBR immediately Not to mention that stunning, eye catching cover I love it Everyone knows that reading someone new can be hit or miss, and thankfully, Blank Spaces was of a hit than a miss for me An asexual character, a bit of a mystery though it wasn t too hard to figure out , and a different look at relationships mad [...]

    26. Okay, I m marginally less sleepy right now, so I can actually review this now I can count on my fingers probably on one hand the number I ve books I ve read with canonically asexual characters, especially those that involve in depth exploration of what asexuality actually is and how it can affect people and relationships So when I come across a book that features one, especially one where a character discovers and learns about asexuality on the page, I m obviously going to feel positively toward [...]

    27. I received an ARC through NetGalley.Blank Spaces was so cute And it was my first Romance involving an Ace character Vaughn has his dream job, his own place, but no one to share it with He s fine with that since he s sworn off dating It s easier for him to be single rather than have to explain to his partner that he doesn t like sex Meanwhile, Jonah can t get enough sex, and he s completely dumbfounded when Vaughn doesn t fall for him Does he really just want to hang out as friends It s a bit co [...]

    28. ARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for an impartial reviewI m conflicted about this book On one level I completely loved it and on the other it made me uncomfortable Vaughn is skittles and unicorns and rainbows and all that is amazing in the world I loved him I liked how zen he was, he knew who he was, he was ok with it and he did not allow the opinions of others to change who he was and wanted to be Jonah was a ball of resentment and anger and I just wanted to put him in my pocket and p [...]

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