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|Download E-pub Û Gays of Our Lives Ù Emerson Robinette only leaves his apartment to get laid and go to work Having MS and trying to pretend he doesn t makes everything complicated, especially his fantasies of coming on strong and holding a guy down Finding a partner who ll explore that with him isn t Emerson s idea of a realistic goal Until a chance meeting with a hipster on a bus makes him reconsider Obie is happy, open hearted, and warm what s , he gets his kicks being physically dominated, spanked, and teased until he s begging It would be perfect, except for one thing Emerson isn t made for happiness, and he doesn t see how a guy like Obie would settle for a cynic like him But as far as Obie s concerned, the only thing keeping them apart is Emerson Can Emerson handle a boyfriend who s invested in his future than he is Emerson s barely convinced he has a future But when Obie s smiling at him, anything seems possible This book can be read on its own, or enjoyed as the first book in 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that feature a lot of stereotypical soap opera twists are sort of the opposite of what I like This series is a total nod to soap operas in terms of titles and branding, so I was really anxious about the content Also, this book features a MC with multiple sclerosis, a disease that I know VERY well My mother s onl 4.25 stars To be honest, I was really nervous about this one I m not a big fan of soap opera ish books, and I have a HORRIBLE track record with them Harlequin style books and books that feature a lot of stereotypical soap opera twists are sort of the opposite of what I like This series is a total nod to soap operas in terms of titles and branding, so I was really anxious about the content Also, this book features a MC with multiple sclerosis, a disease that I know VERY well My mother s only brother has had MS for my entire life, and I ve seen what it can do to a personon that later I ve read books with characters with MS where I ve not recognized as true to my experiences with the disease Sure, MS can take on many forms, but a few things are very consistent, and one of my BIGGEST pet peeves is when an author doesn t do their research Lastly, I read a few reviews where people didn t love the MC, Emerson, and felt like he was too caustic I don t love a fully unlikable MC, so I was wary that I wouldn t like Emerson But I was SO pleasantly surprised, because I REALLY liked this story.I want to talk about the MS aspect of the book first because it is featured front and center in the story My uncle has a progressive type of MS, one of the worst types, and I ve seen him go from using a cane to completely wheelchair bound and almost totally unable to talk It has been heartbreaking for my family, and my uncle is in constant pain and struggles with depression Being unable to communicate is a huge issue for him, and his difficulty even using his hands makes him feel isolated and cut off from the world I have a deep, emotional response to MS, and I was curious about how Kris Ripper would portray Emerson I think Kris Ripper really nailed the MS part of the book I was surprised at how authentic the portrayal of Emerson and his daily trials with MS were, and I really saw truth in his character There was no magic healing, and sometimes the realities of living with MS were hard for Emerson I LIKED the complete portrayal of Emerson, not as a saint or martyr, but as a real dude living with a depressing, annoying, frustrating, painful, and COMPLETELY UNFAIR disease.I also liked Emerson, though he was a major dick to Obie, like, all the time I still related to him, and I got why he was so grumpy pissed off I really liked being inside his head, flaws and all I liked the light D s aspects of the story, and the real challenges that MS gave a guy who liked to dominate other guys I just enjoyed all of Emerson, even when he frustrated me The story also wasn t melodramatic, like I had feared It was well plotted and engaging, and I liked the slow progression of Emerson and Obie s relationship, and the side plot of Emerson s teacher student dynamics I liked the whole cast of secondary characters, which featured a few POC and a range of the queer spectrum I m excited to meet some of themin other books in the series hopefully , and learnabout what makes them tick I was really blown away by this story, to be honest I connected with it on an emotional level, and it left me wanting to readby new to me author, Kris Ripper Copy provided in exchange for an honest review I enjoyed this gigantically It s one of those books that s so readable you might miss how clever it is It s thoroughly soap operatic as the title suggests, massively readable, engaging characters Emerson, who locks himself in anger and unhappiness, meets Obie, who works very hard to be happy Beauty and the Beast kind of thing, because Emerson really is a ball of self destructive rage with, let it be said, plenty of self awareness, deprecating humour and obvious love for his students to sho I enjoyed this gigantically It s one of those books that s so readable you might miss how clever it is It s thoroughly soap operatic as the title suggests, massively readable, engaging characters Emerson, who locks himself in anger and unhappiness, meets Obie, who works very hard to be happy Beauty and the Beast kind of thing, because Emerson really is a ball of self destructive rage with, let it be said, plenty of self awareness, deprecating humour and obvious love for his students to show us what s under the prickles It s also the story of a man whose body isn t right and won t do what he needs it to he has MS Of someone with sexual desires they ve been too scared to live out with anyone Of being ashamed and angry about the difference between what you want to be and the body and mind and nervous system you re stuck with And about the way love doesn t fix any of that for you, but can give you a way to change your response to it The sex scenes express this amazingly well Emerson is a sadist, in his mind he should be muscular and powerful and perpetrating all sorts of extreme and violent acts In actuality he s never done it before and the on page BDSM never goes into anything particularly outre, but these are some of thepowerful scenes I ve read in a while because of how much they mean to Emerson, and how superlatively hot he finds the reality I also adore the narrative It s first person and fourth wall breaking Emerson addresses the reader directly at points, telling us what to picture and what he s skipping I found it a brilliant device, because Emerson s problem is his painful self consciousness and defensiveness and he can t even narrate a book without sniping at his own readers and worrying what we re thinking This is the kind of thing romance should be massive fun, likeable, heartwarming, hot for those who like heat obv , diverse cast, giving hero space to people who don t often get to be heroes, showing both the world as it is and a vision of a better way, and did I say fun I glommed this and started on the next And, may I add, this is impeccably edited Props to author, editor and publisher 3.75 HeartsFinally I ve read a Kris Ripper book I ve been meaning to for something like 2 yrs now and now I m kicking myself for having been such a slacker.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 isserious 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 findin 3.75 HeartsFinally I ve read a Kris Ripper book I ve been meaning to for something like 2 yrs now and now I m kicking myself for having been such a slacker.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 isserious 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 asshat.He could use this printed on a t shirt as a sort of caution to randoms Cuz he can be kind of a dick 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 bites fist 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 cocks 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 Fuck you, Obie This time he mumbled, and I think it was, That s what I m saying So I shut the door and shoved him toward the bedroom Because what the hell else was I going to do when my boyfriend demanded I fuck him Emerson has kinky inclinations that are mildly explored with a bit of spanking, bondage and a teensy bit of power exchange Also Emerson is also not a fan of bottoming and guess who s the smaller of the two Kink Big guy bottom Me Hearing the angels singing sweet nothings about BGBs.Yeah, it s a thing they do.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 off 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 likedgood days, I guessmanly postcoital dude hugging Not cuddling No way.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 An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.