Author: Kris Ripper
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: 22 August 2016
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Diversity: LGBT Characters
TW: homophobic murder, slight trans- and biphobia, mention of homophobic parents, lots of use of the Q slur
Summary: 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.
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jaq meets Hannah at a friend’s wedding. They are immediately drawn to each other and after a hot hook up they keep meeting. But it’s just sex right? After all everybody tells Jaq that Hannah is trouble and not good in relationships. She not only has to figure their complicated situation out, but also support her students and motivate them throughout the school year. And on top of that all there’s a killer on the loose, who just killed a dragking.
The story starts with a bang (haha you get what I mean? ;)) but seems to drag out after a while. I enjoyed the overall plot, but I would have loved some more focus on Jaq and Hannah’s relationship. I did however like the exploration of her student’s lives and that not all of them were straight either.
Jaq Cummings is a high school teacher, a butch lesbian, one of two out teacher at school, she also leads the GSA and a catholic, who goes to church with her father. She’s also well known for breaking up with her girlfriends to avoid any kind of hurt that might happen to her.
Hannah NoLastNameGiven is a lawyer who just moved to La Vista after a messy divorce. She is femme, doesn’t like animals or children and she loves ass play. She also can’t convince her ex to sell the house they own together.
Sadly Hannah is not very developed. We get to know more about some of Jaq’s students than we do about the second main character. She is also always called crazy in relationships, but except for the fact that she just lived through a nasty breakup there is no evidence of it. (She also cheated, which is obviously wrong, but this honestly doesn’t deserve all those “unable to have a healthy relationship” comments… hmmm) All in all I would have wished for a bit more explanation of her to figure out what makes her tick, more about her every-day-life except the sexy stuff and work and weddings.
The sex scenes are well written. I loved that the femme women was the one who took the initiative and it was seriously great to read. There are a bunch of explicit sex scenes, so be warned. There’s also a lot of flirting, which was nice to read too.
There are also many amazing secondary characters and we get to see their stories and struggles. I especially loved Jaq’s relationship with her Dad, it was wonderful to read. I also absolutely love Merin and I’d love to hear more of her in future books in this series (which I will definitely continue! I love La Vista a lot!)
All in all the story was really nice to read and this was a wonderful diverse book.
However there are some moments where a character says something bi- (accidental, character apologizes) or transphobic (called out by Jaq), which kind of threw me off, so be warned.
Why I read it: A Butch Lesbian struggling with her relationship (and she’s catholic? Nice!) and while figuring that out also supports her LGBT Students? That premise immediately fascinated me and I’m glad I enjoyed it.
Do I recommend it: Yup, it’s a nice book with a lovely butch character, hot sex scenes, wonderful side characters and a nice lesbian relationship.