Title: The Butch and the Beautiful (Queers of La Vista #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Kris Ripper (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 22, 2016 – 250 pgs
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.
Jaq and Hannah make you root for them to end up together. From the description of the book, Hannah is a hot mess divorcee, but it’s Jaq who seems like the bigger mess. Jaq seems at first to be very together, very confident, and in a good place to know what she wants in a relationship, and apparently batcrap crazy isn’t it. But as the story progresses, it’s Hannah that seems to know more about herself and what she wants than Jaq. The more we learn about Jaq, the more messed up she seems to be. She has commitment issues, as well as bad taste in women. She tends to run as soon as anything crops up that may indicate that things might not work out as she desires. Hannah is more self-aware and self-examined, and it allows her to come to this possible relationship without the past dragging her back. Lucky for Jaq, her Dad and her friends make her take a look at herself and her self-destructive tendencies. This was a really enjoyable book, and I love the play on soap operas. I’m definitely going to have to pick up the story about Zane, and I might have to go back and read the male-oriented books as well. I liked the pacing and plotting in this book,and the author’s style flows in a way that kept me in the story. A new author on my list.
Jaq is a high school teacher and seems to have been reluctant to let a relationship develop with anyone for a long time. That’s until she meets Hannah at a wedding and feels she wants more. Things don’t exactly run smoothly though, as Jaq constantly second guesses herself and takes one step forward and two steps back. She has been warned that Hannah is going through a messy divorce and is a bit crazy by her newly married friends, who also happen to be both of their exes! They have great sex on various occasions but I found it a bit mechanical and didn’t really feel the connection between them that kept therelationship developing. I found the character of Hannah to be very flippant and felt she put up a facade all of the time. I couldn’t see what Jaq found so alluring about her. I liked Jaq a lot more though and found the storyline of her helping gay teenage kids in her school much more interesting. I hope that is developed in further if there are more Queers of La Vista books. I also liked Jaq’s dad and felt he brought a lovely relaxed andaccepting tone to the whole story. This was a good read and was well written and flowed well.
This was a very enjoyable, hot story that followed two women, Jaq and Hannah, who weren’t looking for a serious relationship but fate may have had other plans.
I totally fell in love with Jaq; she is a beautiful person that I really enjoyed getting to know better. The GSA kids were lovely to meet and I enjoyed the bits with the other teachers that we get to see.
Hannah is unique, but I still don’t see the crazy that everyone was warning Jaq about. Her little bombshell was a surprise, but I am glad they worked through it.
Even though the story was a bit cliched; it was a great story. The characters, including the supporting characters, were intriguing and exciting to get to know. Well done!
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 has no pronoun preference, but the z-based pronouns are freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.
Okay, that’s the official bio. Here’s the rambling.
There’s this Dorothy Allison line I love, about why she writes fiction. “The world I love is not on the page.” (From “Notes to a Young Feminist.”) The second I read that, my writing life came into sharper focus.
I write to see my world on the page. I don’t see cisgender men I can relate to, or feminists who struggle with privilege. I don’t see happily ever afters that include that sweet young man who occasionally plays third, even though he has a girlfriend (and sometimes she watches). I don’t see enough BDSM that includes laughter and I don’t see enough romance or erotica that includes folks pushing the boundaries of binary gender. I don’t see delightful cisgender people who have sex with people whose tabs and slots fit in just where James Dobson wants them–and are queer all the same.
So that’s what I write. I write characters who love lousy take-away and football. I write characters who love ropes, or whips, or kneeling at the feet of someone they trust. I write smut, and romance, and erotica with barely any touching. I write poly kinky committed non-monogamous queer people. And everyone else. Because that’s the world I know, that’s the world I live in, and it’s fecking fantastic.
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