ARC Review: The Queer and the Restless by Kris Ripper

Blurb:

29862941Ed Masiello has been on testosterone for a year, is working his dream job as a reporter, and is finally passing as a man (so long as you don’t ask his abuela). 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 tossed aside ambition for travel and adventure. Her approach to life is a far cry from Ed’s, and while Ed has always assumed that meeting his goals would make him happy, Alisha is much more content than him—despite all the plans she can’t yet fulfill.

As their relationship heats up, so does the murder case. Alisha thinks Ed needs a break, but someone’s got to find this killer, and he wants to be there when it all goes down. Besides, taking off into the great unknown with Alisha is crazy. But opting for what’s safe is just another way of living in fear, and Ed vowed to stop living like that a long time ago.

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Release Date: October 31st

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I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

While the first books in this collection, Gays of Our Lives, is still my favourite (I love the grumpy guys, I can’t help it ^^’), I liked this one a lot.

One thing I’m loving about this series is the feel of community Kris Ripper is giving us here. I love reading about nights out in club Fred’s, and getting glimpses of the couples from previous books. Jaq and Hannah make a few appearances in this one and actually develop a friendship with Ed and Alisha. And we get to see Emerson and Obie, too!

I loved Ed and Alisha, and the two of them together. Ed is still a bit insecure about himself in the beginning, and his relationship with Alisha helped him grow up a bit of confidence. Alissa is a free spirit, maybe a bit ridiculous at times, but it totally suited his character. And I liked the beginning of their relationship a lot, even if Ed was clueless when Alisha invited him home after dancing and kissing in the club, and he told her no. Charming!

I liked how Ed roommates added a bit of ridiculousness and fun times to the story, too. And Alisha’s interactions with them were hilarious.

Their relationship development felt natural to me, and I loved reading about it, from going dancing to the club to the intimacy in Ed’s or Alisha’s places. And I also liked of it kind of mirrored Ed’s growing obsession with the murder case. Speaking of which, that one has got me completely intrigued, and I think Kris is going to keep us waiting until the last book in the series for the resolution.

I loved seeing a bit more of Merin, and I’m still hoping will get her own story. But as far as secondary characters go, my heart belongs to Cam, and I’m dying to get my hands on his story, which is the next one!

This one was an excellent addition to this so far amazin series. So if you haven’t read any of these, go and pick the first one, and I promise you won’t want to stop at that. I don’t know how Kris Ripper does it, but zir words are an addiction.

Genre: Contemporary Identity: Transgender Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Publisher: Riptide Publishing Review

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