Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living. With a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that - until Otter comes home.
Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect. This time, though, there’s nowhere to run from the depth of emotion between them. Bear still believes his place is as the Kid’s guardian, but he can’t help thinking there could be something more for him in the world ... something or someone.
©2011 TJ Klune (P)2012 TJ Klune
An affectionate story with interesting main and secondary characters. The continual first person perspective, always through the same character, is a difficult task but it was done well here, especially since the internal monologue was largely credible and established clearly the main character's difficulty in focussing and facing things directly. At the same time, at some point (early or late in the book depending on one's tolerance for self-pity and an unfailing habit of jumping to conclusions), I imagine most readers will see their patient sympathy turn into exasperation. Overall though, the patience is well rewarded by a good 12 hour journey into the author's universe.
some of the writing was repetitive, could've used a bit more editing. there was a somewhat overdone ocean metaphor. that said, now that the book is over i miss the characters! i really enjoyed getting to know them. solid romance novel, with a touch more complexity in plot and characters than some others in the genre.
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Yes! The voice used for Otter was a cross between David Putty (from Seinfeld), "Too Cool For the Room" Guy and (towards the end) Val Kilmer's Batman Voice. That combination of voices made it impossible for me to ever be won over by Otter.
Depending on what part of the book I was on, I either loved or hated what I was hearing. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but there were times where I couldn't get enough and other times where it was so silly and far fetched that I didn't think I could listen to another word. I really can't decide if I'm going to read the 2nd part of this or not.
I would have to say that Bear is my favorite and least favorite character at the same time.
As I am writing this after listening to both audio books I would have to say Charlie David.
Listen, no. I did want to read it all in one sitting.
The narrator turned the Kid and Anna into frigging Rick Moranis! Oh ick! I did see a lot of reviewers saying they really like this guy's narrating and I wouldn't discount him altogether, but I am hoping this Rick Moranis voice is not a common occurrence. I am so glad I read the book before listening to the audio. I liked the narrator of the second audio book MUCH better.
I would in a few years.
I've enjoyed a number of his books even though his male characters sound alike, lol. I thought for a hot second I was listening to Fish & Chips, lol.
The Kid of course! He was funny but almost "not real" or to grown up. I just can't imagine any kid saying the things he says or making the realizations. He seems to made Bear's character seem like a kid when it came to adult thinking. Bear was there to keep the bills paid, thats it, lol.
I'm still at a loss over the mother. I just knew she arranged for the ex-boyfriend to show up or maybe he was going to pay the mother some money to help him get Otter back but it seems she just showed up for a few hours and vanished. It was like she made an empty threat and didn't even show back up to sell wolf tickets. I thought i may have missed her second return. All in all though, I really enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.
This almost doesn't qualify as a gay romance novel, in a very good way. Yes, there is some of that, but only enough to cement the relationship between Bear and Otter, and it's not nearly as graphic as some of the novels I've come across. The Kid is a great character, and he's supposed to be super smart with great intuition, but he sometimes seems far too intelligent for a 9 year old, almost to the point of unbelievability. But that's really the only big flaw in this story. You will find yourself rooting for Bear, Otter and the Kid. I didn't want it to end, and I hope there's more to come.
Have always loved books and I find that as I have gotten older I find this way more enjoyable then listening to the radio.
how everyone reacts to the Kid, how they know when to treat him like a little kid but also how and when to let him be grown up, also they never try to force him to be something he's not and I adore the love he and otter have for one another and how passionate it is.
besides the stuff with the Kid...the sheer intensity of the love Bear and Otter share is soon romantic and cheesy and loving and hot, can there be more layers because it does not seem so.
he was fantastic Loved how he made sure all the characters were unique
otter he seems hot and sexy or the kid because he would be a hoot
Love when stories are deeper than an idea. Bear and Otter it does not matter that there Gay it matters there in love and it shows how well the characters were developed so that not once would u question there motivation at all.
What would have been an interesting storyline with dynamic characters and a hot building romance, is sadly turned into a frustratingly relentless emotional grind because of Bear. Thanks for nothing Bear, you tool.
That being said, I did read the whole thing and enjoyed all the other characters as well as the very few Shining Moments where Bear wasn't a disappointment.
You know how when you have issues with depression and anxiety you just want to find a book to sink into and hide and feel good for awhile.
You know how there are some authors who write their characters and the story in such a way that you just feel them in your heart and soul and you can intensely feel every emotion the characters are feeling?
Well, this book was one that felt a little too real. The sadness and despair and anxiety were all living in me. I got to chapter 12 and I just had to put the book down. I just couldn't go on. The pain was too real. A day later, I picked up the book again. TJ ripped me apart and slowly put me back together with his words. Bear, Otter and the gang seemed to give me love just as they loved each other.
It wasn't what I was expecting. I've seen a few reviews but don't focus much on what other people say. Folks on facebook rave about this book. I've not heard one negative thing. But I'd read a few people say that the book was funny. I have to say I didn't laugh much with this book but there were a few laughs. Mostly, I was just paralyzed with the intense emotions that penetrated deeply and stayed. I think I'll have a book hangover for awhile after reading this one.
If you are empathic, expect this book to affect you deeply. The feels are intense and amazing. I think maybe it could have been just a bit less intense if I'd read it instead of listening to it. I feel Sean Crisden's excellent narration may have had a bit to do with how deeply this story moved me. I really loved Otter's voice especially.
Buy this book. Listen to it or read it. Have tissues handy. Or a cat to snuggle with for comfort. Despite the sad bits in the book, the love is overwhelming and the story grips you more for that than for anything else. Loved, loved, loved this story.
If you want a book where everyone bans together to make the perfect family for a child and this small family faces struggles of then and now then this is perfect. The things this author has this little boy saying made me blush, laugh, and cry. I loved every minute of it. The narrator really made thus story with the way he kept every character's voice different. Oh and there are some interesting ways the Sean describes the sex scenes till all I could say was "Wow!" A must listen to book!
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