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Gays of Our Lives

(Queers of La Vista #1)

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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
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ebook, 1st edition, 232 pages
Published July 11th 2016 by Riptide Publishing (first published July 10th 2016)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.25 stars*

To be honest, I was really nervous about this one.

I'm not a big fan of soap opera-ish books, and I have a HORRIBLE track record with them. Harlequin-style books and books that feature a lot of stereotypical soap opera twists are sort of the opposite of what I like. This series is a total nod to soap operas in terms of titles and branding, so I was really anxious about the content.

Also, this book features a MC with multiple sclerosis, a disease that I know VERY well. My mother's onl
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K.J. Charles
I enjoyed this gigantically. It's one of those books that's so readable you might miss how clever it is. It's thoroughly soap-operatic as the title suggests, massively readable, engaging characters (Emerson, who locks himself in anger and unhappiness, meets Obie, who works very hard to be happy). Beauty and the Beast kind of thing, because Emerson really is a ball of self-destructive rage (with, let it be said, plenty of self-awareness, deprecating humour and obvious love for his students to sho ...more
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
3.75 Hearts

Finally!
I've read a Kris Ripper book. I've been meaning to for something like 2 yrs now and now I'm kicking myself for having been such a slacker.

This is book one of the Queers of La Vista series and features Emerson and Obie. Honestly, I was expecting something akin to a soap opera. Because, Days of Our Lives. Gays of Our Lives is more serious than I expected, but there's no "melo" in the drama.

Emerson is a complex character and this is his story told from his perspective of findin
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Dia
3,5 stars

It was hard to rate this book. Mostly I enjoyed this story, but there were times I struggled to read more. Somewhere in the middle I kind of lost my interest, but I'm glad I finished it because the second part of the book was way better.

I really enjoyed the author's writing and sense of humor. I found myself chuckling SO many times, even if the plot isn't funny at all. But Emerson made me like him, despite his negativity. Being in his mind made me laugh on many occasions.

Emerson has
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Wart Hill
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Things I Find While Shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley

Emerson isn't really looking for love. He's mainly just hoping his body doesn't quit on him too early, but MS is unpredictable and he isn't exactly the best when it comes to listening to his doctor. Still, he'll go for the occasional one night stand or club bathroom encounter when he can, when his leg is up for it. He's angry and frustrated and hates that his body is slowly quitting on him andthere's not a whole lot he can do about
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Erika
What a super enjoyable book! I didn't know what to expect when I picked it up, not having read any of the author's previous work. I saw that a few of my most favorite reviewers gave this book a thumbs up, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it. I'm sure glad that I did.

- I loved that Emerson was a grump, and that he didn't all of a sudden have a magical personality change at the end.
- I loved that his MS was not cured by the Magical Penis, and that there was a joke to that effect in the book.
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Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews.

3.5 stars

*I received an ARC of this book from Riptide Publishing via Netgalley in return of an honest review*
I had a hard time writing this review because I really don't know what to think of this book. Going into it I had high expectations because the reviews and ratings I had seen of it sounded amazing. But it took me way to long to like one of the main characters and because of that the story dragged a bit for me.

The biggest problem I had was that it
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Ariadna
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading this author. Nothing had prepared me for how much I was going to lurve this novel. Like, it got to the point where I purposely slowed down my reading so that I could enjoy the story for as long as I could.

What I liked = EVERYTHING

+ Queers EVERYWHERE :D!

In addition to Emerson and Obie who are both gay, this novel has pansexual and lesbian characters. AFAIK, there will be even MORE LGTBQ+ folks in subsequent books. HOOORAY!

One of the things I also liked was how the id
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Beebs
Queers of La Vista, Book 1

Emerson has been diagnosed with MS and is very angry at the world and everyone in it. He sees it as a weakness when he has to ask for help or horror of horrors rely on his cane. A chance meeting on a bus brings Obie into his life and sloooooooowly, things start to change.

Emerson was a total douche for most of the book and spent all of his time pushing Obie away even though that wasn't what he really wanted. Luckily, Obie is persistent and doesn't give up on him. Emerson
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Jax
Apparently I’m a crabby ogre because I’m not getting the feelz that this book is giving everyone. The writing is fine and I liked the characters fine, but I’m just bored. The kink is not my thing, but I can’t skim over the sex scenes like I normally would because they have special significance due to Emerson’s MS. And the getting-to-know-you convos in between the sex aren’t grabbing my interest either. DNF @45%
Ellie
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
My first book by Kris Ripper and I really enjoyed it!
Emerson had such a great voice, loved everything about his story <3

Full review is here now.

This is my first book by Kris Ripper and I absolutely loved it. I saw this series a while back advertised as coming soon on the Riptide site and was immediately intrigued by the concept of a community of queer people finding love and happiness. I'm always on the look out for stories with queer characters where their queerness (and coming to terms with
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Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh Emerson, you sad sad man. And since he spent most of a book speaking to me I feel it is okay to speak back. For the past nine months Emerson has hated on himself a little more than usual. It was at that time he found out that he has multiple sclerosis. I have very little medical knowledge but if Kris Ripper got just a little of Emerson’s life correct in that regard then I feel for the people who suffer this plight daily. Emerson is bitter about most things. He’s bitter most about the life he ...more
Alice
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
3 stars rounded up. Important subjects, poor execution.
*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
Thoughts to come ... need to sleep now.
Anna
Going to sound weird to say for a book with a lead with MS who is a huge grump, but this was an exceptionally cute book and I loved it.

It doesn't shy away from anything, and Emerson is quite the misanthrope at times, but he comes around in his own way. Obie is lovely, both outgoing and shy and unaware of his worth. (Which actually, so is Emerson.)

Dred is lovely. I would like her as a friend, though she'd probably roll her eyes at me a lot.

Found queer family is some of what Ripper does best. I a
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Mel
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Now this is a great start to a new series by one of my favourite authors. Kris Ripper totally won me over with zir Scientific Method series (Catalysts: The Scientific Method) – so far so that ze is now an auto-buy author for me. Gays of Our Lives does not disappoint at all.

I am especially wowed by the inherent role Emerson’s disability plays in the book. Without having any references myself about MS (Multiple Sclerosis), the way it is depicted seems to me as if Kris profoundly researched the top
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Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

I wavered between 3 to 4 stars while reading, deciding to round up to 4 solid stars.

Kris Ripper is a new-to-me author, with an easy to read writing style, quick pacing, and genuine characters. Emerson is suffering from MS, has a negative view of the world because of his illness, and generally pushes people away. The introverted GED teacher was prickly, always having his spines out to poke anyone who gets to close. I fear many r
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Izzy
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of m/m romance
Shelves: aar-review, netgalley
B+ Full review at www.allaboutromance.com/book-review/g...

Emerson Robinette only leaves his apartment to go to work. Occasionally, he will go to a club so he can hook up, but this seems like an itch to scratch rather than something he does for real enjoyment. Since his diagnosis of MS, he has lost confidence in himself and his fantasies, especially his fantasies of coming on strong and holding a man down. He really doesn’t think anyone could see him as a strong, forceful sexual partner.

A chance
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Rain Merton
There is so much tenderness and humour and coping with the vagaries of life and general humanity in this novel, that I had a hard time putting it down. In fact, I found myself going back and rereading passages during my first read.

Both Emerson and Obie, as well as the supporting characters are realistically drawn, and recognizable as individuals that one might meet in everyday interactions. They have edges and bluntness and moods and lots of times they fuck up.

Emerson's voice comes through with
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Rafa Brewster
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book! Just from the blurb, I was a bit worried that that I would have a hard time relating to a bitter character with MS, but I totally got Emerson. Like completely. I really connected to how big of an asshole he was, all his snarky and snide comments, how he kept pushing Obie away, all of it. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person, but let’s just assume I’m a pretty decent human being and give all the credit to th
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Iben
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh, wow. This is a book that about a guy that feels so real, who finds twu love - so unreal in the best kind of way. I loved it.

It felt a tiny bit too short, which is the only reason I'm giving it 4 and not 5 stars.

I can't wait for the next books in this series, I have a feeling Queers of La Vista is only going to get better.
Jules Lovestoread
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Totally, totally loved! See my full review here: http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.co...
Justin Nova
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 rounded down because all of the side plots were not that interesting to me personally
Laura
Okay, that was a pretty satisfying book.

I loved a lot of things about this book. I loved that Emerson wasn’t glamorous or like a perpetually happy person or some kinda “inspirational porn” thing. He was a crotchety guy who happens to find someone who loves him. And the development of his relationship with Obie! It’s wonderfully slow-burn on the emotional side of things, but super steamy from the get-go in the sexual department. Lots of hijinks and funny moments, balanced out with serious topics
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namericanwordcat
Kris Ripper is a very good writer and this book is compelling. It layers so many elements of being human thoughtfully into a moving love story.

Emerson is frustrated. His body doesn't do what he wants it to do and who he is on the inside isn't who he looks like on the outside.

Obie is a sunny character but with lots of hidden depths. I am not sure why he decided he is so into Emerson but his resilience ,pursuit and talent makes him a great hero.

I love the conversation Obie and Emerson have abou
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Sarah Swarthout
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listen, I judged this book by it's cover & title at first. But I was looking for an entertaining read and this seemed fun and light.
Then I read the description and became instantly intrigued, because disability representation? Hell fucking yeah! I'm so glad I read this book and I can't wait to read the rest! It's actually really sweet and a great little romantic story, I highly recommend it. Especially if you're looking for something fun & entertaining that's about diverse characters. Be
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Sophie
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
This is one of those books I opened at least a hundred times before it finally clicked - and then I basically gulped it down. If you can do that with a book. Anyway, it's a wonderful book and one of those that is so, so relatable. I don't think that word can adequately sum up the feeling of relief one feels when reading something one needed to hear from a stranger, but that is one of those things that makes books awesome.
If you're looking for some - let's say ordinary m/m romance, this probably
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Katy Beth Mckee
I love that this story is not filled with perfect people with normal lives and problems. And yet there seems to be something magical as they come together. We see men who have trouble and concerns in their lives, a person with a progressive disability, and a friend who is facing her own crisis. Yet they are rich characters embarking on wonderful lives.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars ~ I feel like I frequently begin a review by mentioning how I was drawn in by a cover or a title—and I hate to sound like a broken record—but how gorgeous and eye-catching are these covers?!?! So vibrant and amazing. Paired with the fun and clever titles, I couldn’t resist the Queers of La Vista series by Kris Ripper. Gays of Our Lives, the first book in that series, was my first read by this author, and I absolutely loved it. Ripper has a new fan in this girl right here!

The entire boo
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Ije the Devourer of Books
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really good start to a new series.

Emerson has MS. He hates it and tries his best to ignore and deny it. Erecting barriers is one way that helps him manage this illness because it keeps people away from him and if people stay away from him then they wont ask questions that he doesn't want to answer.

This isn't what Emerson really wants. Emerson wants to be that big strong guy who does things to other guys. He wants to explore his interest in BDSM. He wants to hold a guy down but how can he hold
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Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and zir pronouns are ze/zir. Kris shares a converted garage with a kid, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) 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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