Monday, July 11, 2016

Gays of Our Lives by Kris Ripper

Title: Gays Of Our Lives
Author: Kris Ripper
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Queers of LaVista #1
Main Characters: Emerson and Obie
Release Date: July 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Emerson Robinette only leaves his apartment to get laid and go to work. Having MS—and trying to pretend he doesn’t—makes everything more complicated, especially his fantasies of coming on strong and holding a guy down. Finding a partner who’ll explore that with him isn’t Emerson’s idea of a realistic goal.

Until a chance meeting with a hipster on a bus makes him reconsider. Obie is happy, open-hearted, and warm; what’s more, he gets his kicks being physically dominated, spanked, and teased until he’s begging. It would be perfect, except for one thing: Emerson isn’t made for happiness, and he doesn’t see how a guy like Obie would settle for a cynic like him.

But as far as Obie’s concerned, the only thing keeping them apart is Emerson. Can Emerson handle a boyfriend who’s more invested in his future than he is? Emerson’s barely convinced he has a future. But when Obie’s smiling at him, anything seems possible.
My Review:
This was not your normal romance novel, and I kind of liked that about it. 

Emerson is not your normal romance hero. He has MS, a bad attitude, and truly doesn't like people much. That's not a good combination since with his condition there are days when he simply has to accept help from others. This book is told entirely from Emerson's point of view and I liked that he sometimes talked directly to the reader (i.e. telling them to imagine him buff and muscular rather than the reality of scrawny and uncoordinated). Those little things kept him empathetic when he's really not that lovable of a character, especially at first. He tries really hard to keep people at arms length because he hates the idea of them feeling sorry for him. He's embarrassed about his liabilities.

None of the story is told from Obie's point of view, but wow, I really loved this guy. He's just one of those people. His cup is always half full, but hearing about how he *became* that person made me love him even more. I love that he doesn't let Emerson push him away. I also loved all the little details about his life that made him so interesting. He's a hipster, but rides a motorcycle. He has an etsy business and a very active online persona. He lives with Dred (Mildred) who's pregnant and has her own anti-social problems and crustiness. He seems to pull people into his life that others won't make the effort for and loves them even more for their difficult personalities. I truly did love him.

The scenes with Dred and Emerson together kept me smiling. They are both such huge curmudgeons...they get one another and form another layer of relationship between this group that becomes a family in the truest sense of the word. And I did love the family aspect of the story because eventually that is what this little group becomes. No, none of them are "normal" but they all love one another and are there for each other (and NO, this is not a menage...Dred is like a sister). When the story ended, I was literally grinning from ear to ear because it was a story that made me happy for having read it. None of their lives are perfect, but they are perfectly happy and that counts for so much more.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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