Author: Kris Ripper
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/31/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Trans*
He must overcome his fear if he’s going to embrace her and her free spirit.
Ed 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.
I am not really sure what to say about this one. On the one hand, this story gave me a lot to think about. It gave great food for thought and challenged a lot of my views, but it felt over the top and a bit too heavy handed on the social commentary and the treatment of the various sexualities, races, genders, etc. There were plenty instances where the commentary fit and I understood the need, but there were just as many where the comments felt inserted just because they could be and didn’t materially add to the story itself.
I liked that Ed challenged the norm and I liked the way the author touched on the topics of perception both internal and external. There was great promise for Ed’s story to really make some strides towards trans education. I liked being given insight into the ideas of “passing” and what it takes for each individual trans person to find their own identity and path forward. It was written well for someone, like me, with limited experience with anything related to the trans community.
However, I didn’t feel like anything was ever resolved. The author started this really great path towards Ed growing and learning about himself but in the end, I am not sure I ever felt like he actually made any progress. And the murder mystery was left completely untouched and I have more questions than answers. In the end, things just wrapped up in this neat bow that still left me wondering what the hell happened and where things were meant to have ended.
My biggest issue was that I never understood or formed a connection to Alisha. She just seemed spacey and sometimes rather unforgiving and judgemental. At times she was too perfect and at other times she was so flighty I seriously thought she was on drugs or something. I also never understood her and Ed’s relationship. Other than Alisha “getting” Ed perfectly, I never understood how they fit together and certainly never felt their love develop. This may have been a case of it’s me not you, but I felt like too much time was devoted to the murder that was never solved and to personalities and not enough time was devoted to the relationship developing. Sure, that is often the case in soap operas, but for this book, I needed more.
Overall, there were parts of this story that I liked, but it lacked something and left me feeling like the story was incomplete. I like this series and will keep reading, but this book was not one of my favorites.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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