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The Queer and the Restless

(Queers of La Vista #3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Ed Masiello has been on testosterone for a year, is working his dream job as a reporter, and is finally starting to really feel like himself inside his skin. But the investigation of a murder case is starting to take over his life. Afraid he’s becoming obsessed, he goes to the local club to relax, and meets the flighty, whimsical Alisha.

Alisha is a free spirit who’s
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published September 20th 2018 (first published October 31st 2016)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Sometimes I rate a book 3 stars because I just sort of "liked" it overall, or sometimes I rate books 3 stars because there were parts that I really liked and parts that I didn't like so much and they averaged out. The latter is the case with this story.

Kris Ripper did a lot right with this story, including writing a book with a trans male MC in a M/F relationship, which is notable because it is so rare in romance. I really like reading books that expand my horizons, and I think I learn
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
3.5 Hearts

This is what I call an easy read-low angst, likable characters, engaging plot, relatable dialogue, fun or interesting secondary characters and not a lot of forced dramatics.

Ed is at the bottom of the food chain at the local paper, getting the grunt work of clairvoyant blind cats and mall openings when he wants to do something productive and meaningful. He keeps his nose to the grindstone even though he sort of loathes it. He's from La Vista and knows pretty much everyone, something

This book of the Queers of La Vista series is my favourite so far. I had such a good time reading it and I enjoyed every single minute of it. Especially when it comes to reading contemporary romance that is something I cannot say that often, so this is high praise coming from me. I really have nothing to even niggle about and so you could just go and buy the book right now ;-)

From the very first page on I loved Ed. He’s just the right amount of confident and still needing
Actual rating is 3.5

How messed up is it that this was the one book in the series that I was looking forward to reading the most...only to end the least satisfying one?

What I liked

+ Ed/Alisha (cuteness (almost) 24/7)

It was v. neat how much they "got" about each other. And, like, even during those moments in which they'd argue, they'd somehow manage to reach a workable compromise.

In some ways, being together brought out the best in each other.

Also, their dates were v. fun (not to mention the sexy
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story so much! What a great series this is turning out to be! Highly recommended!

Here is the full review posted also on Ellie Reads Fiction:

This is my favourite book in the Queers of La Vista series far. It continues the suspense/crime plot line from the previous two books, so you should definitely read them before this one. It will make your appreciation of Ed and Alisha's story even better.

I absolutely loved Ed. And I loved that his character was not only about being trans but
K.J. Charles
Another cracker. The murder mystery element of the series is kicking into gear, which shifts the focus off the romance a little, but adds to the urgent need to get the next book. Really enjoyed this--Alisha's determination to enjoy herself, Ed's intensity, the extremely well drawn setting and range of familiar characters living their lives off page. I also like the way that this book and series touches on so many serious issues but doesn't offer glib solutions, or indeed any solutions except to ...more
Lexxi Kitty
*I received this book from NetGalley and Riptide Publishing in return for a fair review.*

This is the third book in the Queers of La Vista series, which is important in several ways – somewhat minor characters (depending on the book and situation) pop up throughout the series – sometimes getting major starring roles of their own, sometimes just mentioned in passing, there’s a murder mystery that’s been running throughout the series (well, at least the first three books now), and – maybe most
Wart Hill
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things I Find While Shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley

I will say this for Kris Ripper, zir writing is really good and ze knows how to tell a story!

Overall I really enjoyed this one. I could see myself in Ed in a lot of ways - sometimes painful ways, especially when it came to his situation with his family. It's painfully similar to my own and was hard for me to read, which I count as a point in this book's favor.

As far as the story itself goes... I felt like Ed and Alisha were a bit
Crystal Marie
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit – I haven’t read many trans* books, but since I had started this series, I wanted to read this one and follow along with it all.

I will also admit, I was blown away by the story. Ripper has once again shown that their writing skills are amazing with how this story was pulled off.

I loved Ed’s character, but I think that I loved Alisha’s character even more. Her acceptance of Ed was amazing. There wasn’t a doubt in her mind that Ed was the man that she wanted to be with. The only
S.A. Crow
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, series
I liked Ed's voice in this book - what I've liked most in this series so far is how strong each MC's voice is with each book and that continues - and I liked continuing to hang out with the community. But I didn't feel I ever got a good sense of who Alisha is (and the bit I did I wasn't wild about) and therefore couldn't get excited about their relationship. It also felt that the book kind of just... ended, I didn't have any sense of resolution they way I did with the others.

I have to confess, I
I liked Ed a lot, but Alisha was annoying, when she wasn't a cardboard cutout girlfriend. My least favorite of Kris Ripper's books by far.
Mollien Fote Osterman
Title: The Queer and the Restless
Author: Kris Ripper
Series: Queers of La Vista Book 3
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: October 29, 2016
Genre(s): Transgender Romance
Page Count: 228 pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5stars out of 5

A Queers of La Vista Novel

He must overcome his fear if he's going to embrace her and her free spirit....

Ed Masiello has been on testosterone for a year, is working his dream job as a reporter, and is finally passing as a man
Veronica of V's Reads
This is the third book in a series, and probably best enjoyed when read in sequence, but it's not mandatory.

Ed Masiello is a trans-man who lives in La Vista, CA, and works for the local newspaper as a low-level reporter. He really wants to write bigger pieces, but he's young and new, and he's stuck with fluff. It's super frustrating because there seems to be a killer stalking the queer community in La Vista, and Ed thinks no one's really making enough fuss. The best info is from an anonymous
Lisa The Novel Approach
This series takes place in the town of La Vista, where a string of murders have been occurring around the new local gay club. A harbor with a balmy climate, La Vista has liberal attitudes and a strong Latino population. I want to say it’s a fictional city, but I wasn’t paying much attention. Each book in the series tackles a different member of this LGBTQ club, so in one book you’ll have a lesbian protagonist, in another a bisexual protagonist, and so on. There are even books with BDSM and ...more
Nicole Field
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
NetGalley Review

This novel could almost be the first in a completely new set, from tone alone. Obviously, it is the third novel in Kris Ripper's Queers of La Vista set, but this is where we start to get onto the serial murder aspect that kinda got buried in The Butch and the Beautiful but was originally touched on in Gays of Our Lives. Props for the titles of this series, though, really.

We've got our first trans protagonist in this novel, and I liked the amount of detail that went into Ed's thoughts on
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I'm really conflicted about this book. I WANTED to love it so bad because I really like Kris's style, and so far I've enjoyed the series, and it's a book about a trans* in a M/F relationship which is so rare in romance. didn't work for me. I felt like the romance wasn't really the central point, because there's not much conflict between Ed and Alisha. The central point was more Ed's investigation but even then, it didn't really work for me because we didn't get any answers. (view
I liked a lot about this (one of the last books I read that had a trans character also spent so much time with one of the characters wallowing in internalized misogyny and toxic masculinity that it was just miserable.) But Alisha is kind of frustrating. It never really becomes clear to me what draws her to Ed, and the underlying discomfort of her being a lesbian attracted to a trans man (she eventually identifies herself as queer and attracted to other queer people only) does not help. It's not ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am really torn on this one. If I gave it what I actually felt it would be a 2 star, but that's a totally unfair rating for a book of this calibre.

But the thing that is most likely to get my husband in a shallow grave under the patio is his habit of talking about fantasy travel. We will never be in a position to take two months 4-wheel-driving across Asia and I would much rather plan 3 nights in Cornwall that we might actually do in the next 12 months. I hate it. He knows I hate it. He
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5 - 2 stars
I just didn't feel any connection between Ed or Alisha. Don't get me wrong the sex was hot, but other than that I just didn't feel like this was their story it felt more focused on the murders (and Jaq kept popping up and I really don't like her character so that was no fun for me).

Plus, the relationship felt incredibly rushed (they hooked up and then she immediately declared him her boyfriend), and I don't think that Ed was really into Alisha because of her or her personality (in
Emma Lindhagen
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, crime, queer
I enjoyed this book, tho not as much as the first two in the series. I think the main reason was for a good bit of it, it didn't feel like a romance to me. More like a budding crime novel about an intrepid journalist. Which isn't bad, except then it did start feeling like a romance so it ended up not feeling a coherent to me as the others. It didn't have as solid a "vibe".

Additionally, toward the end I was worried it was going in a Abandon Dream Job/Calling Because True Love kind of way. It
Sarah Swarthout
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really love this series. I just love that there's so many different personalities and we get to see the ones we've already met going about their lives either in passing or a little more in depth. It's such a nice little queer community feeling. I'm really raring to know what's going on with the murders though! The victims and their loved ones deserve answers, so I'm hoping we get them eventually. Can't wait to go read the next one!
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
TFW you realize you’re slowly but surely falling for an author. The only reason I haven’t bought everything by Kris Ripper already is because it’s January and I am still pretending to be sensible. Zir books and zir characters are such that I keep wondering about them when I can’t read. I’ve been completely pulled into the world of Queers of La Vista, and have zero regrets.
Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.


I’ve only read a few transgender romances, but The Queer and the Restless is the first I’ve read in which the romantic interest was a woman rather than a man, so it offered a relationship dynamic I’ve yet to encounter. And I must say that, for the most part, I enjoyed the heck out of the book. I
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up. I really enjoyed Ed. His journey is what that book was about for me. I couldnt warm up to Alesha though.
This is voluntarily and honest review of an Advance Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

4.5 Stars

My heart is simultaneously crushed and full-to-bursting after reading The Queer and the Restless.

See, I'm not the kind of reader who often goes looking for mirror books. I tend to prefer window books that might serve to broaden my scope of the world in one way or another. That said, I delight in the window books where I catch unexpected glimpses of my reflection in the parts of all of us where the
Another delightful entry in this fantastic queer contemporary romance series!

I actually came at this entirely the wrong way, having read the next book in the series, One Life To Lose, before this one, which I thought would rather ruin the ongoing murder mystery as the Big Reveal occurs in that one. I really enjoyed having that advance knowledge however, I didn't feel disappointed at all, instead thinking 'oooh that was clever' and noticing details I'm not sure I would have remembered had I read
Nikki Hastings
I don't normally venture outside of the M/M Romance genre (unless I am reading YA). The only reason I started reading this series is because the first book, Gays of Our Lives, cam up in a list of monthly M/M Romance new releases (as a bonus, it had a disabled MC!).

By you know what? I am REALLY enjoying this series. The romance that is the focus of each story, while alright, isn't anything spectacular, but the overarching story and the interesting and complex characters are sell me every time.

Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Again, another solid book in this series, and I really loved both of the people this one is focused on. Ed is a fucking delight, and I really enjoyed Alisha, and I really, really enjoyed the way Kris Ripper writes relationships. They both feel like three dimensional people and their issues are never bold to identify and easy to work around; there's a subtlety and a complexity to how they fit together and interact that I can't even imagine how challenging it is to build rather than default to a ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only discovered this author a few months ago and am now steadily working my way through zir back catalogue of books. The other books I have read so far have been in the M/M genre so I wasn’t quite sure whether this book would be for me.
Fortunately I loved it and here is what I liked about it.
1. The main characters. This wasn’t a surprise as the author is very good at portraying believable and sympathetic protagonists.
2. The book is written in the first person, from Ed’s point of view. I
This one was better developed in terms of romance plot structure - there were early hiccups in the lead relationship, and a mini-version of the main crisis. The integration of the romance plot with the secondary plot was stronger, here, than in The Butch and the Beautiful, as it's the secondary plot that's causing Ed to behave unconstructively in his relationship. HOWEVER. The secondary plot was left hanging, and the novel integrated detective tropes so well that that was unsatisfactory. Plus, ...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 Butch and the Beautiful  (Queers of La Vista, #2)
  • One Life to Lose  (Queers of La Vista, #4)
  • As La Vista Turns  (Queers of La Vista, #5)