Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Butch and the Beautiful by Kris Ripper

Jaq Cummings is a high school teacher who really wants a committed relationship—as long as it doesn’t keep her out late on school nights or interrupt Sunday mass with her dad. She is absolutely not about to fall for the hot-mess divorcée she hooks up with even if said hot mess pushes all her buttons. Jaq’s white knight days are over.

But one hookup with Hannah becomes two, then coffee, then more incredibly hot sex. And unlike most of Jaq’s exes, Hannah’s not looking for someone to come on strong. In fact, Hannah comes on plenty strong enough for both of them. But she’s just out of a disastrous marriage, she’s in the process of moving across the state, and Jaq can’t take a chance on yet another relationship where she defaults to being a caregiver instead of a partner.

Just when Jaq decides her relationship with Hannah is far too precarious, a crisis with a student reminds her of her priorities and makes it clear that sometimes, you have to take big risks to get what you really want.

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Book 2
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Riptide Publishing

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 Stars.

This is the second installment of the Queers of La Vista series, and our narrator didn't disappoint. Jaq is the butch of this tale, and I appreciated how she wasn't automatically in charge.

Jaq's narration was priceless, the self-deprecating inner monologue was humorous but not over-the-top, earning more than a few chuckles out of this serious woman. Witty, ironic, and intelligent, I enjoyed Jaq's voice.

I won't rehash what the story entails, as it's in the blurb and other reviews. The highlight of the book is Jaq herself, with her father, friends, and students an absolute delight to read. All interaction with the students had my undivided attention, and I wish the story would have revolved about that instead of romance.

While I felt Jaq was a fully fleshed-out character, Hannah just fell flat. The author kept having everyone warn Jaq how Hannah was cray-cray, but she was one-note (pop in for smexy time). I will admit the playful banter was amazing, the lead up to bed was filled with intensity and chemistry, but once there... wasn't feeling it. Slightly clinical, almost (self and mutual) masturbatory in nature instead of forming a connection together. Hannah's turn, then Jaq's turn.

For me, and maybe it was my mood, as it took me the better part of three days to read this short book, the pacing was very slow, with not much occurring between Jaq and Hannah hooking up during the first half of the book. I kept waiting for the plot to reveal itself and Jaq kept me reading, but other than the cast of side characters and Jaq, I wasn't into the romance and between-the-sheets action (which was repetitive in nature).

All-in-all a good installment in the series and I recommend to FF fans.

Also Available in the Queers of La Vista Series

Book 1
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Riptide  Publishing

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Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a toddler, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Butch and the Beautiful (Queers of La Vista #2) by Kris Ripper to read and review.

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