- Series: Queers of La Vista (Book 1)
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (February 23, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626494266
- ISBN-13: 978-1626494268
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,096,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gays of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 23, 2016
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Top customer reviews
I also liked the other characters in the story--Emerson's friend Alma, his students, and of course, Mildred. These guys have communities and lives that don't disappear the minute they meet, and that is nice and refreshing.
I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
It was a good book that told the story about what a person with MS has to deal with when dating a guy that dose not have it
Then it tells how he can get around and work it out so he can get thing done
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 finding love in a crafty hipster named Obadiah Magovney. Emerson was diagnosed with MS about a year ago and he's rightfully angry about it. He spends a lot of time angry at his body and might be a little bit in denial. I think he thinks if he ignores it it'll go away. I also think he's depressed and funny in that self-deprecating way. There's a good deal of backstory on him that explains his actions and reactions and somewhere in the middle I felt like I knew him. I could predict that the conflict would be some sort of self-sabotage and that he'd hate himself for being an doing it.
I actually like the grumps and curmudgeons. Anyone who works at a community center helping people get their GEDs can't be all bad. He's just not great at connecting with people on a romantic or deeper level and there's a reason for that.
It's a good thing Obie is persistent and loyal. He's just... good people. He's perfect for Emerson-the cheese to his macaroni, the pea to his pod, you get what I'm saying. He's the most outgoing hipster ever. He's got this whole crafting thing going on with his roommate/sister from another mother, Dred, and like a kazillion Twitter and Instagram followers and his Etsy store is on the rise.
And... he rides a motorcycle. And knows how hot he looks leaning on it.
I could gush about just how much I loved Obie, but I don't want to give the impression I didn't like Emerson. Obie's just easy to like whereas Emerson's like trying hug it out with a porcupine.
Their banter is relatable and authentic as was their relationship development. There are no magic peens or cures or easy answers. They spend a lot of time together doing regular things and getting to know each other through pizza and porn, YouTube videos, reality TV and juicing.
Emerson has kinky inclinations that are mildly explored with a bit of spanking, bondage and a teensy bit of power exchange. And... Emerson is also not a fan of bottoming and guess who's the smaller of the two?
Kink + Big guy bottom?!?!?! EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not much makes me happier than that combo. And the sex was... intimate. How understanding Obie was of Emerson's limitations and that he was so willing to get creative added depth and intensity to their relationship.
There are great secondary characters that round out the cast and a murder of a local drag king which probably will come into play later in the series.
I learned a lot about living with MS, just how debilitating it is and how it affects the body, but I do think the balance between Emerson battling MS and his relationship with Obie was unbalanced. Their relationship does continue to evolve through his bad days and I think that gave them a good foundation on which to build their future. I just would've liked more good days, I guess.
I'm glad I'm no longer in the dark about Ripper's writes and I will read something else by this author in the future. Maybe something that's been sitting on my kindle giving me the eyeballs for the last 2 yrs.
Recommended to MM romance fans who like their romance realistic.
Most recent customer reviews
The first thing that I love about this book is the title. Actually all the titles in the series are fantastic.Read more