Reviewed by Roberta
TITLE: As La Vista Turns
SERIES: Queers of La Vista Book #5
AUTHOR: Kris Ripper
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 301 pages
RELEASE DATE: 2/27/17
Zane Jaffe has almost lost track of what conception cycle she’s in. (That’s a lie: this is cycle thirteen.) She’s fake-dating her pal Mildred to get her best friend off her back, but judging by how hot it was when they accidentally kissed, her feelings might be somewhat less platonic than she’d thought.
And she’s decided that healing the fractured local queer community can only be accomplished through a party. Or maybe it’s actually a wake. Whatever it is, it’ll take place at Club Fred’s, and there will be alcohol.
Trying to conceive is an unholy rollercoaster of emotions, and Mildred won’t let them kiss again until Zane figures out how she feels. Between the wake (exhausting as hell, and that’s just the fun stuff), the constant up-down cycle of trying to get pregnant, and saving the world in the meantime, Zane has no idea. Fall in love with Mildred isn’t on her list, but maybe it’s time to let go of that rigid future she’s been working toward, and instead embrace the accidents that can lead to something better.
This story was the end of a wonderful series. They way that these friends love and live their lives, it just made me happy to see them all get their HEA’s.
This story is about Zane and Dred (Mildred). The relationship between these two women started as a “fake dating” so that Zane’s friend Jaq would leave her alone, however, as these things go…they actually started to fall for one another. I have to say that I really do love the friends to lovers trope.
Zane Jaffe is 35 yrs old who has wanted to be a mom forever. She’s one of those people who writes lists for all the things that she’d like to do. I have to say that I admire that trait!! Zane works in real estate and is pretty successful at what she does. Zane’s lists are also how she keeps focused and tries not to vary from it. Zane is beginning to doubt that she’ll ever get pregnant. Zane has this idea of someone to love unconditionally as well as being a Family.
Dred is a single woman whom I’m still not sure what she does. I don’t think that they ever really mentioned what she did, only that her income varies. Dred is pansexual who has a son, James from a previous relationship and that the father, Bryan doesn’t really do much for either of them. Dred has some issues with her parents and that has colored her view on relationships. Dred is a good mom, who loves her son…but she’s unsure about her relationship with Zane. She is attracted to her and wants to be with her, truly…not in the fake dating kind of way.
I have to say that watching these women having to deal with their issues as well as face the fact that they love each other and want to be with each other, was really great to watch. I love that these two women had to approach their own insecurities and deal with the issues that was holding them back from each other.
I have to say that I really enjoyed have so many side characters in this story. It was a way to connect to the previous books and to see how they are progressing. I have to say that seeing how everyone was dealing with the aftermath of all of those people dying and by the assault on Josh, Keith and Cameron. I loved seeing how these people came together to try and find some closure on the whole ordeal that was happening through out the series.
I love the theme of family that was prevalent throughout the story. Family…the ones that we are born into and that we start our lives in. Family…the ones that we make, the ones that we CHOOSE to have. How each and every family that we have and/or choose…how they effect our lives, both good and bad. I have to say that this theme really makes sense to me in the way that we all make/choose our families and just what makes them so damn special.
Overall, I have to say that this was a really good book and it was a great book to end the series. The romance between Zane and Dred was in turns sweet and frustrating. But through it all…it was Real and that is what really matters.