Fail Seven Times

Kris Ripper
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Justin Simos knows a few things for sure: he’s gay, he’s an unrepentant jerk, and he’s in love with his best friend—and his best friend’s girlfriend.

Alex and Jamie aren’t like other people. They aren’t fazed by his moods. They laugh at his critical analysis of nineties cinema. They definitely want to have sex with him (…again), and Jamie wants a go at him with her favorite flogger. Despite the fact that they’re perfect together, they want him to join them.

Justin doesn’t have words for this thing between the three of them, but he knows romance isn’t supposed to be part of it. As long as he ignores his feelings, maybe they can have fun. Keep it simple. Don’t fail.

Except Justin’s not great at simple, and real damn good at failing. He’s not brave enough to be with them, and trying might destroy everything. It’s too big a risk. He can’t be this strong, passionate person they see him as…unless maybe he already is. 

Warning: some mentions of eating disorders. It's not a focus of the book, but there are references, so please take care if you may find this triggering.

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About the author

Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and zir pronouns are ze/zir. Kris shares a converted garage with a kid, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.

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Kris Ripper
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Published on
Jun 19, 2018
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Pages
351
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / LGBT / Gay
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This content is DRM free.
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Available on Android devices
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This book is the first book in the Scientific Method Universe, and was originally published as two volumes: The Scientific Method and Hugh's New Dude. The new version has some additional bits here and there, but covers most of the same ground. Information about the rest of the series can be found at krisripper.com/smu

Sometimes the only way to move forward is to master the past. 

Nick Coates is happy. He should be happy, right? He loves managing a gym, has good friends, and he's never had a problem picking up men. This must be what happiness feels like, since he has no complaints. Maybe a few regrets, but everyone's got regrets. 

When his friend Lucy asks him to stage a "slave training" for one of her boys, he laughs it off. Nick can't train a slave. His only attempt at playing that role ended with a dive into self-destruction so filthy and dark it probably should have killed him. Then again, Lucy's never asked him a favor like this before. Maybe he'll give it a shot, just for a few days. Maybe a week. And as long as he's decided to do it, he may as well call the only person he knows who can help. 

It's been nine years. Surely after nine years they've grown up enough to have a conversation on the phone. In person. Naked. No, wait. 

Bernie LaCroix never stopped thinking about Nick, gorgeous Nick, on his knees, surrendering everything to the moment. He's also never forgiven himself for screwing it up so badly Nick refused to talk to him for the better part of a decade. The second he hears Nick's voice, everything in his brain vows not to do it all over again and everything in his heart vows to do whatever it takes to get Nick back. 

This story is part of the Scientific Method Universe, but need not be read in conjunction with other books in the series. Please check out krisripper.com/smu for more info and recommended reading order. 

Sometimes the only way to move forward is to master the past. 

Nick Coates is happy. He should be happy, right? He loves managing a gym, has good friends, and he's never had a problem picking up men. This must be what happiness feels like, since he has no complaints. Maybe a few regrets, but everyone's got regrets. 

When his friend Lucy asks him to stage a "slave training" for one of her boys, he laughs it off. Nick can't train a slave. His only attempt at playing that role ended with a dive into self-destruction so filthy and dark it probably should have killed him. Then again, Lucy's never asked him a favor like this before. Maybe he'll give it a shot, just for a few days. Maybe a week. And as long as he's decided to do it, he may as well call the only person he knows who can help. 

It's been nine years. Surely after nine years they've grown up enough to have a conversation on the phone. In person. Naked. No, wait. 

Bernie LaCroix never stopped thinking about Nick, gorgeous Nick, on his knees, surrendering everything to the moment. He's also never forgiven himself for screwing it up so badly Nick refused to talk to him for the better part of a decade. The second he hears Nick's voice, everything in his brain vows not to do it all over again and everything in his heart vows to do whatever it takes to get Nick back. 

This story is part of the Scientific Method Universe, but need not be read in conjunction with other books in the series. Please check out krisripper.com/smu for more info and recommended reading order. 

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