Ring in the True, by Kris Ripper
Series: Scientific Method Universe, New Year’s Book #3
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Evan spends New Year’s at the beach house because he doesn’t have anywhere else to go and the boss has assured him that his family’s not that scary, which turns out to be only sort of true.
But Lucy’s going to be there. And ever since he met Lucy three years ago, she’s been on his mind…and in his fantasies.
Between Lucy, Nick (whom Evan privately calls “the blond god”), and his girlfriend Cait, Evan’s New Year’s is unlike any holiday he’s ever spent. And he definitely wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Person of Color/POC
BDSM / Kink
Holiday (New Year)
Content Warnings for:
I’m a huge fan of this series and the characters. I love the depiction of gender, sexual identity, and relationships. The books are very intimate, because they are told very close to the characters, and that is something that I enjoy immensely. For me, at the core of this series stands acceptance; acceptance of yourself and of others, and that’s very rewarding to read about.
We are now in the third year spending New Year’s Eve at Hugh’s and Truman’s beach house. These books usually are written from an ‘outsider’s’ perspective, meaning a character that is connected to but not one of the usual main characters. This year we follow Evan who’s working for Jase and renovating the beach house and who’s staying for the holidays.
My thoughts after the first half of the book, however, were that everything is too rushed, too crowded, too over the top even.
These people are so intense, seriously. They are all crazy.
And that’s something I actually love and it’s great to see all of them, but since they are all a handful ;-P, fully developed through many other books before, they feel like crammed into the pages and it doesn’t fit them. They need space to breathe, and that’s simply not the case in the first half of the book. Everything seems rather disconnected and jumping around. Like , I don’t think this was the case in the last New Year’s books with Ally and Jase. All the characters were there as well but these two main characters had time to get to know the family and discover things.
This gets better in the second half, or at least there are several scenes that take their time and build up the intimacy and wonder I’m so used to in this series. I always had a thing for Nick and Bernie and I love the part they are playing here. On the other hand, I never really could connect to Lucy and that is still the case here.
Evan, however, is an interesting character. I like him and I like the issues he’s dealing with during this book.
I had no earthly idea who I was, or how to be that person, but the two of them saw me and in their company I became who I am.
This is well written and well developed. But all in all, there is just too much going on in this book, which is ultimately taking away from Evan.
Fans of the series still don’t want to miss this, I think 😉 Because, as it is, we can never get enough of our favourites! But this time, less would have been more, or more pages would have suited this book way better.
Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a toddler, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.