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One Life to Lose

(Queers of La Vista #4)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Cameron Rheingold is the kind of guy who takes a book to a bar. He’s a loner by nature, but he has to engage with the community to keep his movie theater business afloat. When two young men stay after a Cary Grant film showing to chat, Cameron thinks he might have made some new friends—but their interest is more than friendly.

Josh is charismatic, and every smile is a littl
ebook, 302 pages
Published December 12th 2016 by Riptide Publishing
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K.J. Charles
I'm going through this series like Bugs Bunny going through a carrot. Bits flying everywhere.

This was a really interesting read. I loved Cam, solitary, awkward, ?neurodivergent Cam, who misses his parents so much and just wants to be left alone. Cam <3 Keith was a sweetie, a cheerful, straightforward, good-hearted guy with extremely complicated needs. I didn't connect quite so much with Josh, which has always been the case with me reading menage books, there's always a third party for me, and
Reading One Life to Lose was like receiving a hug; the kind that makes you feel whole, that nurtures and heals you, that strips away all barriers—the best kind. I feel a bit ridiculous declaring this book my new favourite in the series, having just said the same about the former one, but I needed that hug—just like Cam.

If you rolled all the words for love and sex and grace together into one, maybe you would have some sense of that night, of how timeless it was, and how eternal, as if it had been
Confession time, I've been reading out of order but it didn't affect my enjoyment of this book and I can honestly say that it reads well as a standalone.

Loved all three of the MCs, Cameron is adorably quirky and Keith is a sweetheart. I don't think we got as much insight into Josh's character but I liked him nonetheless. The mystery element to the story was well done although I knew who the murderer was from his first appearance. I thought the way Cameron reacted to the trio's ordeal was very r
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual rating is 4.3

Whenever I mentioned I was going to start reading this book, people would (metaphorically) drop from the ceiling, squeeing as hard as they could because ZOMG, IT WAS AMAZING!!! Normally, that kind of OTT enthusiasm has the opposite effect on me, i.e. I lose interest in the reading.

BUT, since: a) I had read all three books before it, b) I do think Kris Ripper is a fun author and c) I do lurve reading LGTBQ+ series, I chose to take a deep breath and dive in...

What I liked

+ Cam
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Really like this series, but menage + a mystery = sooooo not my bag.
Rep: gay MC & LIs, Black LI, polyamory/triad, kinky MC & LIs, mentally ill MC, interracial relationship

Warnings: mental illness (anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD), ableism, suicide mention, hate crimes, assault, slurs, gendered slurs, transmisia/enbymisia, hate speech, abortion mention, child abuse mention
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

Can. Not. Wait.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
I devoured this (there really is no other word for it) this morning, and I have no words for how much I loved this. Just imagine a whole lot of love, and then some more, and you're halfway there. This was fantastic.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Rating C+

Full review

I'm going to start by saying that I have a lot of admiration for what Kris Ripper has done with the Queers of La Vista series. Human beings hate change, they fear what they see as abnormal or different. In these novels, the author presents stories about normal, everyday people who also represent some of the diversity of human sexuality and gender identity and expression. It’s a series with a theme of ‘we’re here, we’re queer, what’s to
Riina Y.T.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
The book was nice, not amazing (sadly) and kind of long (dragging….).

I’d recommend it, because I think it was just a personal miss.

If you read the blurb you should already be familiar with the story. Cameron owns a theater. He’s a movie (history) nerd. He is liked by everyone but does little socializing, yet he’s not a hermit or anything. He’s nice, quiet. He’s sadly also quite boring.

At one of his movie screenings he meets Josh and Keith who run a shelter for queer kids. (Which, yay!!!)

The t
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable instalment in the Queers of La Vista series, with appearances from other characters in the series. The murder story continues but the main emphasis of this story is on the relationship between Cameron, the owner of the local movie house, and Josh and Keith a couple in a kinky relationship who want Cameron to join them

This is a light-hearted portrayal of BDSM. The only angst is Cameron’s doubts about where he fits in and his concerns that he might somehow spoil the dynamics of
Lexxi Kitty
I kind of liked the three people featured in this book up to this book (Cameron, Josh, Keith). So, despite not being the type of thing I read normally - MMM (or Gay romance in general), I figured I'd go ahead and read this one.

And I was doing okay. And mostly liking people. But . . . I do believe I have to stop now at 24% into the book. Due to just why the two committed couple wanted to add a third, and what they wanted him to do. I'm just . . . . I just do not wish to read 'surprise' dominance
This is my favourite in the series so far. It's a bit of a slow burn and build up, because Cam is so very careful, and Keith and Josh are careful, because they don't want to scare Cam off. And there's the killer, of course.

I don't want to spoil, but when Cam whispers "Yes", I was close to tears.

Also, this book has Hugh Reynolds! (If you haven't read Ripper's Scientific Method books, why haven't you? Do it now and thank me later.)
Morgan  Skye
Dec 09, 2016 marked it as just-no-dnf-changed-mind
DNF. not my cup of tea.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Cameron. Love love loved Cameron! Keith and Josh were cool, too!
I bought the book pretty much unseen, I never heard of the author, I didn't know the rest of the series, I just got it because it was about a threesome and the price was reduced.

In the beginning I thought I liked the book. Cameron is the focal point, and he's rather socially awkward and a bit insecure, and his voice always sounded very muted if poetic at times. It took me a bit to get into the book, but I did enjoy the slow burn of the romance, of Cam having a quiet crush on the couple, that was
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book & Author: One Life to Love by Kris Ripper
Rating: 4.5 Stars

The first time I ever read a Kris Ripper story I was blown away by Kris’s writing style and the way in which every aspect of the story is created and paced and woven together to create a unique experience that had never experienced before. This story lived up to that experience. The voice of the character Cameron came through so clearly in every written word. I felt his personality through every action and thought so much so that
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

What followed cannot be described in simple words, at least not in English. There are four words for love in Greek, and three in Japanese. I don’t know if any language has the ability to express the way two men can slowly take apart a third until he doesn’t know his own name or where he is. If you rolled all the words for love and sex and grace together into one, maybe you would have some sense of that night, of how timeless it was, and how eternal, as if it had been happening all along
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay, fiction
Don't waste your time on this ridiculous book. I read it because it centers around Cary Grant movies, which the lead character shows weekly in his movie theater. References to Grant's greatest films are sprinkled throughout. However, the lead character (a dull loner who sits alone in bars and reads his Kindle?) falls in love with a gay couple that are involved in BDSM, then the three get attacked by a serial killer, and the couple overcome his PTSD by using BDSM restraint techniques. Seriously.

Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this, although I think there's some unfortunate weakness in how we don't see enough of Josh's perspective, one of the members of this triad and I had some issues with how their relationship stands at the end. (view spoiler) ...more
Crystal Marie
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read the other books in this series, and have spent some time wondering what was going to come of Cameron. So when I seen this book was his story, I couldn’t get started reading it quick enough!

This story was so packed full of emotion that I was in a constant state of worry and excitement while trying to find out what was going to happen next. If you have followed along with this series, then you do find out about the killer and how that all turns out.

Needless to say, it was horrible and
Sarah Swarthout
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, I love it dearly.
More poly rep is always appreciated tbh.
And Cam is my sweetheart. He deserves so much love, all the love. I'm so glad Keith and Josh are there to give it to him. I especially love the things Keith says, he cracks me tf up lol
Cam is so #relatable. Anxiety? Me too buddy, tf.
This book tackles a really important subject, in my opinion. The dangers of exclusion in the queer community, as well as forgetting our history.
In my opinion, this book was better than the last, b
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: actual-books
Oh, I read these all out of order...

Probably my least favorite of the series so far. I liked Cameron a lot, but unfortunately, I felt like his relationship with Keith and Josh was all tell, no show; they didn't seem to click from what I was reading. I never felt like Cameron was a proper part of their relationship, even at the end of the book - Keith and Josh felt too self-contained as a unit to really allow Cam to enter the relationship fully. It was disappointing to me because OT3s are my bag
Anne Crow
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, polyam, romance, mystery
Not exactly spoilers but if you've picked this book up you have to know that there are hard times ahead for our heroes.

Finally got myself to read the tough bits properly instead of just skimming through b/c I CARED SO MUCH about them all I couldn't bear to see them hurt (initial trauma and then secondary). And have read and reread other parts of it multiple times. I think some of the writing in this series is the most lovely of anything I've by Kris, maybe b/c it's first-person? So less like rep
Rounded down. This made me cry. I'm not super into murder plots, but this was handled very well, not like a Murder Mystery trope at all, but about how something like that will impact people, both on a very personal level and in how it will affect a community. The kink in this book is definitely not my jam, but poly is, and Cameron may be the character that I relate to the most in this series so far, seeing as he appears to have some definite ASD traits. This also made it kind of excruciating for ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant story

This is full of life, of energy. Anxiety about a killer in the area, the stress of beginning a new relationship, concerns about being viewed as who you really are, not the persona you offer the world.
My emotions climbed mountains with the characters and I had tears in my eyes by the end.
Not always an easy read, but the drama was well written and I could always visualise the places in my head.
I need to go back and read the rest of the series now.
Henry Northcott
Okay .

I found this book hard reading . Possibly due to the subject. I did however try and read all of it. It accurately describes Ptsd and possibly may trigger anyone who has it . I certainly do which is why I had a hard time with it. It may appeal to most people but I found it difficult. So the jury is out on this one. I doubt I'll read it again unless I suddenly get into Cary Grant films .
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Gosh, A Lot happens in this book. The relationship negotiation and discussion is so, so good and so important in this, I appreciate that so much omg. I like the smarts and compassion of the authorial voice in the whole series and in this book in particular, too. Spent a lot of time "oh honey"-ing at Cam but in the sympathetic way, not the frustrated/impatient way.
Leci Forde
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just loved this ménage

The series has revolved around various residents in La Vista. This story was about Cam, Josh and Keith and finally provided resolution to the ongoing mystery within the series. No spoilers but the mystery was beautifully resolved, the ménage was sweet with mild heat and extremely light BDSM.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017, ebook
This may be my favourite of the first four, both because the POV character is wonderful and the love interests are amazing, but also likely because, having read the first three, the worldbuilding was so much more developed. I'll clearly have to reread the rest to decide!
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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.

Other books in the series

Queers of La Vista (5 books)
  • Gays of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista, #1)
  • The Butch and the Beautiful  (Queers of La Vista, #2)
  • The Queer and the Restless  (Queers of La Vista, #3)
  • As La Vista Turns  (Queers of La Vista, #5)