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
This was my first m/m romance, and I absolutely loved it! It was emotional, heartfelt, amusing, rich with a heartbreaking story and beautifully entwined characters.
But the thing that really made this special, was the narrator's voice. He perfectly matched Bear, the main character, and all the side characters perfectly.
I highly recommend this!
Eclectic reader but mostly read anything seafaring, Tolkien and American history, even Pride and Prejudice and romance stories.
There are two things I liked about this book: TJ Klune is a remarkable, wonderful and fantastic wordsmith and Sea Crisden making me laugh and cry and fall in love with Bear, Otter and the Kid! I'm a finnicky male/male romance reader-listener. Sex in a story is fine but it has to take the back seat to a character-driven plot and storyline and - SUCCESS - this story hits all the right mark. Seriously, Mr. Crisden has a remarkable voice; he could narrate a story about spark plugs and I'd be riveted. Please bring him back for more stories, be it non-fiction, regular fiction, or anything. This man's voice is what is golden.
I can't express how much I loved this book. I found it very easy to get into and it held my attention like few books I have read recently have. I did not find the repetition a few others have noted a detriment to the overall feel of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone, as long as they aren't squeamish about gay sex.
I wont go in to the plots too much mainly if it 3 - 5 stars you may want to try it.
The Kid such a smart little guy
sand crabs funny as hell you'll get it.
I cried, laugh, got angry, laughed, cried, cried, and laughed some more.
I've always hated how parents can just abandon their kids. you bring them into the world take care of them. Bear is a great guy a little screwed up but a good guy.
Yes - it is well written with a lot of humor and love and all the charaters are alive. The relationship between Bear and his brother is both humorous and heartbreaking.
I think maybe when bear tries to make a romantic dinner at the beach and uses Tys (the kid's) poem - toe-curling embarasing, funny and lovable at the same time.
He makes the people real - couldnt think of anyone doing a better job
Love, strength and earthquakes?
Absolutely worth a credit.
I saw this book around and thought I would hate it. I thought it would be dumb and one night I wanted a love story and this one kept popping up so I bought it and I am so glad I did. It is now one of my favorite books. I feel in love with the characters. I laughed, I cried, I even yelled at the characters from time to time.(I think a few of the people from work thought I was loosing my mind or having a bad phone conversation.) It was amazing and I had to get the second book. Now there is a third book and I have read it already but I am so excited for it become an audiobook so I can listen to it when I am driving or working or just sitting around doing nothing. I say get it and enjoy it just like I did. It is really worth it.
THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVS OF ALL TIME... I LOVE IT SO MUCH...
I DONT KNOW IT WAS A BOOK THAT WAS ITS OWN
ALL OF THEM I LOVED BEAR ... I LOVED OTTER, AND I LOVE THE KID
YES ... I COULD NOT STOP.....
I HOPE THIS BECOMES A MOVIE
Funny, Entertaining, charming.
Good to know by D.W. Marchwell. Good to know is similar to Bear, Otter, and the kid, a story of two men and a little boy, the boy in this story is very smart and sweet and funny just like Tyson. The two men found love with each other and there number one job is to take care of and love there son I enjoyed it.
Not that I know of.
When bear was trying to get otter to tell him why he left. And when bear had a fight with his girlfriend about how he feels about otter.
This story is very charming and sweet there is so much love to go round I love how everyone loves and takes care of Tyson that's one little boy who doesn't lack in love everyone loves him and they adore him. The relationship between Bear and Otter is sweet but intense it's sweet to see how much they love each other.
Funny, warm, sweet.
The closeness and bond between Bear and Otter. That is what we all want in our romantic relationships, but most books seem to skip over that part and focus just on the the sex. The sex is always so much better when the intimacy is there first.
Not sure. I liked his narration, except his voice for the Kid.
I instantly loved Bear's internal dialogue. So funny,
This book was very well written. I never got bored and was always eager to pick it back up when I had to stop listening. I have listened to it three times. When I need to relax or distract myself from the stresses of life, I just listen to the story and escape into a world full of humor, love, and romance.
This is one of the best books I've read/listened to in a long time in any genre. The story is compelling not only clever and funny, touching too without being trite or too cliched. All the characters except for the mother [who was a bit evil villianish], are well rounded with their own foibles and idiosyncrasies, yet are grounded in a sense of reality.This was only improved by the genius that is Sean Cisden reading it.
"A Wonderful Narrator for a Wonderful story...."
Funny, Sad, Fabulous.
Otter...I'm an Otter girl through and through. ;) It's just the thought of his sadness at Bear never being able to return his love...or so he thought.
I loved his ability to give each character a different voice.
Both, there were lots of giggles and an equal number of tears too. TJ is an amazing writer, one of my absolute favourites!!
Great book and well read, enjoyed it start to finish and immediately purchased the rest of the series.
"Favourite book ever"
Haven't read the print version, but I'd consider buying it as well just to support this author.
You can't really separate any individual parts of this roller coaster ride. You need the lows for the highs to be meaningful. What I can say is that few books have made me feel as much of a range of raw emotion as this one.
I finished the book feeling like I knew Bear, Otter and Tyson personally, and I miss them like absent friends, so I guess they made quite an impact.
"Absolute pleasure "
I have yet to find a book by TJ Klune that I don't love. This is a totally absorbing book and makes you smile and cry. Brilliantly read by Sean Crisden.
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