Advanced Review by Nicole: As La Vista Turns, by Kris Ripper

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As La Vista Turns by Kris Ripper
Series: Queers of La Vista, Book 5
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February, 27 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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.


F/F Pairing
Pansexual/Bisexual Character
Lesbian Character
Gay best friends
Alternate families
Queer shelter


And we come to the end of this wonderful series. I couldn’t have been more happy than to see Zane end up with Dred, and the family that was beginning to be built at the very start of this series with her, Obie, Emerson and baby James.

This story had a real family focus to it; family, and the different kinds of family that queer people can build. The focus was on those living in the farm house together, mentioned above, but there were also a couple of references to the polyamorous family that was beginning to be built in One Life to Lose. I actually think that I loved seeing Keith, Cam and Josh together in this book more than I loved them even in the book that focused on the three of them.

This book had all the good tying in that the fifth book of a series is meant to do, as well as having a stellar romantic thread between Zane and Dred. But, boy howdy, has there ever been a tendency towards commitment phobes in this series of books! Both Zane and Dred could give everyone else in this set a real run for their money.

I loved the theme of family, also seen in the community surrounding Club Fred’s, tying this whole book together. I’m a huge fan of alternative family models, and seeing so many in this book just made me feel all warm and fuzzy while reading it. Definitely a good round off to a fun series.


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 has no pronoun preference, but the z-based pronouns are freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.

Twitter: SmutTasticKris

You can purchase As La Vista Turns (Queers of La Vista #5) from:
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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