Title: Gays of Our Lives
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.
Author: Kris Ripper
Series: Queers of La Vista
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: July 11, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance
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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 feels that MS has robbed from him. He’s bitter that he doesn’t have the body that matches the image of the man he wishes to be sexually. He hates the lack of control of the one thing he should have the most control over, his own body.
For everything that Emerson loathes about himself Obie finds something fascinating and intriguing about him. Since Gays of Our Lives is written first person point of view all from Emerson’s perspective readers never get that insight into Obie’s head for what keeps him around. This still worked for me. Obie cares enough for Emerson that the why’s of it never mattered to me. Obie simply sees a man worth chasing and so he chases.
There is absolutely nothing about Emerson to like. He’s not really a nice guy. I still kept reading and wanting him to find love and happiness though. Obie is the bright and shiny spot in his life. Obie obviously sees something in Emerson that’s worth having because he keeps pursuing him. He keeps going back for more of the venom and hate that Emerson dishes out. This makes for a surprisingly interesting read. That being said I’m not sure if I’ll move on with the Queers of La Vista series.
Favorite quote, Emerson to Obie: “How do you feel about alternate uses for wooden spoons?”
About Kris Ripper
Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a toddler, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. 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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