TheRealLifeBuildKindleThe Real Life Build by Kris Ripper

Genre: Contemporary M/M

Format: Kindle ARC

Why you need this book: I don’t know how Ripper manages to churn out consistently solid writing laden with the minutiae of daily life, nuanced characters, and some seriously scorching scenes but…The Real Life Build is a GREAT example of what Ripper does best. It’s great writing, oddball MCs, and HOT HOT HOT sex. Enough said.

Plot: You can build anything in Minecraft. With one exception: your life.

Dillon Aldham loves being on his computer. He’s a little bit awkward and most of his relationships have been online. When a pipe explodes in his apartment, he holes up in the local bar for a few days waiting for repairs to be done. He figures the hot redheaded bartender is just being polite, but every now and then he thinks they might have a spark. (And Gage’s tone of command is pretty… evocative.)

Gage Maher isn’t in the closet, he’s just private. At least, he’s private until he meets Dillon. But Dillon, and his fun mix of awkward and fearless, really gets under his skin. Between an inheritance he never asked for, the feud that comes along with it, and New Halliday’s first gay wedding, Gage could use a little fun.

Can a computer geek and a small town bartender really hit it off? Is a love for kink, a healthy fear of gossip, and a huge helping of sexual chemistry enough to build a life on?

Review: Oddball characters. A small town setting. Ridiculously naughty scenes. A slow discovery of two extremely different characters. Book 2 in Kris Ripper’s New Halliday series has all this and for me, it’s a MUST read. Guys, not going to lie: much like Book 1 in this series, this is a quiet book. But the writing is just so very…good. Solid. Spot on. I swear, Ripper has a way with words that will hook you. There’s nothing superfluous or grandiose. The story is told succinctly and plainly and you honestly feel like you know these characters by the end of the book. Dillon is a youngish computer nerd with a penchant for building in Minecraft; Gage is a barman pushing 40. These two are an unlikely couple but that very fact makes them such a delicious pairing. Watching the slow buildup, those tentative forays into a deepening relationship, it’s a rush to be sure and when they finally make the plunge? HOLY…well, all I can say is, it’s hot and dirty and Ripper definitely gives us something special to blush about. This is hometown kink on a whole other level than what you’re used to.

My advice: you need this book. It’s wholly unique to the genre and isn’t just sex for the sake of sex. There’s character development, complexity, nuance, a plot driven by motivations that you feel and understand. It’s awkward, it’s lovely, and Ripper knocks this one out of the park.

Things you may not like: like I’ve mentioned, this is a quiet read. There’s no explosions or crazy developments. It’s solid and comforting and a bit slow at the beginning…some people will probably find this off-putting; KINKY OF THE KINKIEST VARIETY.

Things you will love: amazing writing; characters the likes of which you haven’t read before; thoughtful, genuine character development; KINKY OF THE KINKIEST VARIETY.

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