The Butch and the Beautiful

Disclaimer: This review contains content that may not be appropriate for anyone under the age of 18.

5/5 Stars
The Butch and the Beautiful
Queers of La Vista, #2
by Kris Ripper
Riptide Publishing
Romance, LGBTQIA
Pub Date: 22 Aug 2016

Jaq, a butch dyke and high school teacher, is happy with the way her life has turned out. Despite having a close nit circle of friends, attending church with her dad every Sunday and leading the gay straight alliance for her high school kids; Jaq would love a committed relationship. However, every time Jaq gets close to a woman she runs away, scared of being hurt. When her best friend lays out the facts, Jaq can’t help but notice her pattern of fleeing from potential love. After a steamy, post-wedding hookup with Hannah, Jaq is afraid that she’s reading more into the situation than she should. Of course Hannah isn’t looking for commitment; not after a recent (and ugly) divorce. While contemplating whether to risk being hurt or walk away, two of Jaq’s students show her that risking it all might be the only way to get what she is looking for.

I have not been this excited for a queer book in a long time. Although this is book two in the Queers of La Vista, it’s the first one I’ve read. The title is extremely inviting and I was not disappointed. I love how relatable the main character is. Jaq is a butch queer woman who defies the stereotype. She’s still soft and doesn’t always want to be in control. Enter Hannah, Jaq’s love interest. She is a bold, beautiful woman with, dare I say it? CURVES! Hallelujah! A sexy woman who isn’t a twig.

A big shout out to Kris Ripper who knows how to write a good story, loveable and real characters as well as hot, steamy, lesbian sex scenes that are NOT geared for men. I waited and waited for the author to drop a bombshell in the passages that you almost always find when two women are involved; a penis shaped toy. However, much to my pleasant surprise, this never showed up! Finally, a queer story that is geared for women and is not a coming out story! I could not have loved this story anymore.

Even though I’m generally not a smut reader, The Butch and the Beautiful is so much more than that. There is an actual story line and the smut just fits in so beautifully. If you’re looking for something original and thought provoking while at the same time sexy and fun; this book is definitely for you.

Thank you to the author and the publisher for allowing me a copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.


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