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The Butch and the Beautiful

(Queers of La Vista #2)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published September 11th 2018 (first published August 22nd 2016)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I don't read a lot of F/F, so I was REALLY pleased that I enjoyed this story. While it wasn't a perfect read for me, I liked the MC, Jaq, and found the sex to be REALLY hot!

After reading Gays of Our Lives, which I adored, I knew I had to have my hands on the entire series. While I was a little worried about reading outside my comfort zone (I think I have to skip the ménage book... just not my bag), I was excited to see how I would receive the diverse cast of characters.

The Butch and the
This story is told in first person and completely from Jaq’s point-of-view. Despite my initial misgivings, two things I dislike when reading cropped up early on, I ended up loving the story.

Given the story is told entirely from Jaq’s POV I got to know her extremely well. She’s a complex character and I adored discovering the many layers of her personality. I loved that even though she identified as being butch, and was proud of the fact, underneath her tough exterior, she had a huge heart and
Pippa D
Jaq is a high school teacher and the only openly LGBTI teacher on the staff. She actively supports the LGBTI students in the school, but her personal life seems to be a case of run-for-the-hills when it comes to girlfriends.

Helping to stage a wedding for a friend, and acting as best man, Jaq meets her opposite in Hannah. Jac is fairly butch, but Hannah is a 40s goddess. Despite the warnings from well meaning friends, as Hannah is going through a messy divorce from her wife and Jaq has massive
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
I thought that The Butch and the Beautiful was a very well-written story, with hilarious and touching and hot moments, but I wasn't always sure what type of story it was supposed to be.

As The Butch and the Beautiful unfolds from Jaq's perspective, we get a good sense of her character - the witty, smart, and caring school teacher is active in the local queer community and lives a well-rounded life, with strong relationships and hobbies. Yet I didn’t get a good sense of Hannah, the recently
The Butch and the Beautiful is the second book in the Queers of La Vista series. I haven't read the first one in the series, but I never felt that something was missing, so it reads perfectly fine as a standalone story.
The writing is good, the main characters are nice and interesting, but not equally well presented. The whole story is told from the point of view of the high school teacher Jaq Cummings, meaning that we don't get to know the other main character Hannah nearly enough as Jaq. We
K.J. Charles
I absolutely glommed book 1 of this series (Gays of Our Lives) so I went straight for this. It's an interesting contrast, especially in the clever use of the soap opera framing. From the classic tropey beginning of the MCs both standing as best man/woman at their ex partners' wedding--butch Jaq in a suit, curvy femme Hannah in a sexy dress--agreeing that sex is pretty much compulsory, to the flagging up of Hannah as a classic soap bitch-crazy drama queen, it all looks like we're going to be on a ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
A remnant from my romance reading project because I really wanted to read more outside the realm of heteronormative relationships. This is from a series of book called Queers of La Vista, featuring different friends in the same California town. Very readable, with steamy moments (okay they are a third of the book, I'd say.) Jaq, the central character in this novel, defies stereotypes (the title alludes to this), making this more realistic than, say, characters on The L Word. She has a ...more
Lexxi Kitty
*I received this book from NetGalley and Riptide Publishing in return for a fair review.*

This is the second book in a series, and I haven’t read the first book. My understanding is that the books in the series can be read on their own. Though they are related as in taking place in the same city, with some similar characters, but each book involves their own characters to follow. Like, I know that the first MC’s, Emerson and Obie, have a cameo in the second book, but they do not even have any
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars
While I didn't hate this one I wasn't in love with it.
I think the main thing that I liked about this book was Hannah. I thought that she was pretty fantastic. I loved her vibe, totally confident, caring, and fun. I would have liked to have seen more of her professional side, it would have been interesting being able to see another side of her. I loved that she knew what she liked and wanted sexually and wasn't afraid or embarrassed to go for it (so needless to say the sex was pretty top
Fenriz Angelo
This is my first Kris Ripper's book and i enjoyed it. Despite being the second book of Queers of La Vista it can be read as a standalone.

I liked the main characters, they had chemistry and their scenes in bed were hot, also i liked how they resolved their problem by actually talking about the issue. Good convo right there. A thing that didn't convince me was an issue i see a lot in contemporary romances and it's how all the secondary characters just focused on the main character's love
NGL, it’s been a long while since I’ve read F/F profic. BUT, in addition to being the second book in what’s turning out to be one of my fave series (Queers of La Vista), Kris Ripper wrote it so I knew I was going to have a good time. :)

What I like

+ Jaq (on her own)

At 34-years old, she was a character who has a career but isn’t consumed with it. I liked her voice (she was self-depricating without becoming maudlin.)

I liked the sweet dynamic she had with her father. It kinda made up for not meeting
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book. It was my first by this author. It is the second in a series which I did not realize. However, you would really never know as it read fine as a stand alone.

The book stars Jaq a High School teacher that is involved in the school's GSA. Her romantic interest is Hannah a newly relocated lawyer with somewhat of a history with people in the area.

The author does a great job of developing the characters.
I’m still so very thrilled about this new series by one of my favourite authors. Kris Ripper totally won me over with zir Scientific Method series – so far so that ze is now an auto-buy author for me. I already loved the first book in zir new Queers of La Vista series, Gays of Our Lives, and The Butch and the Beautiful is a lovely sequel to it. Moreover, it’s an incredibly hot lesbian romance, and we can’t have enough of those, methinks. These books are standalones, so it doesn’t matter if you ...more
Les Rêveur
ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

This one wasn’t really for me personally.

My Synopsis

Jaq has her life mapped out. She works at the local high school as a teacher; she goes to mass on Sundays with her Dad and enjoys the Gym few times a week with her best friend. All Jaq needs and wants now is a committed relationship.

Enter Hannah, Recently divorced and just looking for a good time. Jaq and Hannah are attracted to each other from the word go. As they navigate the way
Wart Hill
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, netgalley, arc2016
Things I Find While Shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley

Jaq is a butch lesbian who isn't necessarily looking for love, but it would be nice if she could find it. At a friend's wedding, she meets Hanna. Hannah who is gorgeous and sexy. Hannah who clicks with Jaq immediately.

Hannah who is in the midst of an ugly, messy divorce.

On the one hand, Jaq has people warning her off because Hannah is "drama". On the other, her friends are worried she'll sabotage the relationship before the good can
Found myself far more interested in her role as a teacher, interacting with the teens and the kids in the GSA than the official romance story arc of the book. Also, loved Merin. I remember those days when it's cold and your clothing is shitty and you're not sure where you'll be sleeping next.

(So I checked what's available in my own city now for kids, and it's basically nothing beyond fostering. I'll check some more in the morning, it's 1am and a school night.)

Also worth mentioning, this is one
This book gave me a headache and turned my brain to mush, so I'm not even going to try writing a coherent review.

See below for trigger warnings for the novel:
- biphobia/panphobia
- multiple uses of the word "slut" when speaking of the MC's sexual history
- homophobia
- homophobia apologism
- ableism (the words "crazy," "insane," and "batshit" is tossed about quite a bit)
- there's a briefly mentioned character who has a thick accent so the MC doesn't bother listening
- transphobia
- racism
- multiple
3.5 Stars

This book opens up red hot and I am thrilled to see a romance about two women as out and out sexy as this one is.

Ripper sets us in Jaq's head with a crisp writing and verve. Jaq is an amazing character, complex and compelling.

I wish we had spent time in Hannah's head too because we hear to much about what others think about her and not enough of her own processes.

There are lots of nice details of friends, family, the mess of divorce, living in a tight knit community, the teenagers
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

I liked this story, but I went in expecting a completely different set of conflicts based on the cover copy. Jaq is a high school teacher and she’d like to find a long-term partner. She’s got a stable life in La Vista, the town where she lives: she goes to mass with her dad (one of the most interesting, poignant ,and under-explored parts of the story) and sees him regularly, and she has a strong, loving community of friends. She’s an adult ally and
Rafa Brewster
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for Just Love: Romance blog
I received an advance review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Butch and the Beautiful proved to be a light and sexy second installment to the Queers of La Vista series. Fans of the author will immediately recognize the wit and distinct self-deprecating style in the main character Jaq, a high school teacher with commitment issues. Thanks to her often hilarious POV, Jaq was a super easy character to relate to. She’s highly pessimistic and second
Katrina Ayala
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jaq, a butch dyke and high school teacher, is happy with the way her life has turned out. Despite having a close nit circle of friends, attending church with her dad every Sunday and leading the gay straight alliance for her high school kids; Jaq would love a committed relationship. However, every time Jaq gets close to a woman she runs away, scared of being hurt. When her best friend lays out the facts, Jaq can’t help but notice her pattern of fleeing from potential love. After a steamy, ...more
Jaq is a high school teacher on the hunt for a real relationship and is determined not to fall for anyone emotionally messy or crazy ever again. Enter Hannah, who is just getting out of her marriage and all of Jaq's friends say she's crazy, but Jaq just can't stay away. This was a distinct meh for me--all the characters, Jaq included, really slammed on Hannah for being a hot mess, but she never demonstrated anything like that. It really made Jaq and her friends look like assholes. This wasn't ...more
Nicole Field
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f
This book, like the others in the series, is written from a first person point of view. This is generally a viewpoint I really quite enjoy. In this case, however, I found it difficult to get into the story. The first person point of view created an obstacle for me, because I wasn't sure how much of what Jaq was saying were her insecurities, and how much of a mess Hannah actually was.

As a result, I began my opinion of the couple who are front and centre in this book on the wrong foot.

Jaq and
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read & review for Wicked Reads

3.5 Stars.

This is the 2nd installment of the Queers of La Vista series, & 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
Rain Merton
Loved this book so much: the wit, the heat, the chemistry, the community, the whiff of Austen's Persuasion all combine to make this novel both entertaining and rooted in a relatable scenario.

Anna (Bananas)
I'll admit I'm a tough customer when it comes to lesbian romance. I haven't read many that I loved. However, this one was fun and sweet and I enjoyed the characters, especially Jaq. The story was a bit light and rushed though and would have benefited greatly from another 50 pages - and I'm a fan of short books. Also, there was one particular kink that popped up several times and in an f-f book it just didn't work for me. Overall this was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it.
Veronica of V's Reads
Jaq is a butch lesbian in search of Ms. Right, perhaps. She's never had a long-term relationship, and her loving father and close friends all believe it's because Jaq is afraid to really love someone, with the possibility of losing them--like her mother who died of cancer when Jaq was a child.

This is the second book in a series, and I think it reads fine as a standalone, but two threads carry over from the previous book: the unsolved murder of a transvestite entertainer, and the (nearly
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This is the second book in the Queers of La Vista series and it's a f/f romance. I haven't read many of f/f stories so far and was curious to see how this one will work for me. I quite enjoyed it and think it's a worthy second instalment in the series though i have to admit I liked book 1 more.

This is a rich, multi-layered story covering different aspect of the lives of queer people and this diversity and complexity is the thing about the book which I liked the most. it did build on the
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
I received a copy of this book from Inked Rainbow Reads in return for an honest review.
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
Kitty McIntosh
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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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 Queer and the Restless  (Queers of La Vista, #3)
  • One Life to Lose  (Queers of La Vista, #4)
  • As La Vista Turns  (Queers of La Vista, #5)