The Butch and the Beautiful (Queers of La Vista #2) by Kris Ripper #ff #review @SmutTasticKris @RiptideBooks


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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 two, then coffee, then more incredibly hot sex. And unlike most of Jaq’s exes, Hannah’s not looking for someone to come on strong. In fact, Hannah comes on plenty strong enough for both of them. But she’s just out of a disastrous marriage, she’s in the process of moving across the state, and Jaq can’t take a chance on yet another relationship where she defaults to being a caregiver instead of a partner.

Just when Jaq decides her relationship with Hannah is far too precarious, a crisis with a student reminds her of her priorities and makes it clear that sometimes, you have to take big risks to get what you really want.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Crystal Marie_s RamblingsTAG

Before I start the review – I just want to say that even though this is the second book in the series you can still read it as a standalone.  The main characters are different from the first book so you don’t miss much by starting with this book.

Now – onto the review!

When I started reading this book, I wasn’t really 100% sure what I was getting into.  But as I got further into the book, I just couldn’t put it down.  I loved Jaq’s character – for some reason it was really easy for me to connect with her and I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next.  Now Hannah’s character was a bit harder for me to connect with.  I liked her, but didn’t love her but she did add to the story of course.

I do have to say as well – I haven’t really read any of Ripper’s books before, (minus reading the first book in this series) but I want to say that I was really shocked and happy about how even though this book was a FF book and book 1 was MM, it didn’t feel like I was reading a MM book that was just turned FF.  It ended up working out really well and I loved how the characters played out and the story progressed throughout the book.

There is a fair bit of smutty times happening in the book, but they weren’t done in a crude way.

Overall, I would say that this was a really good book and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, and more books from this author in the future.

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