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
Wonderful friends to lovers.
I loved Bear but the Kid is my favorite being the parent to a similarly intellegient beyond their years child. I enjoyed the life and depth the narrator gave to EACH character.
Yes I've been a fan of Sean Crisden's work for a while. I think the first one I 'Read' was Keeping Promise Rock and I was hooked from there
The kid. I'm pretty sure him and my daughter (the other smartest 10 year old in the world) would plot world domination
Had this audiobook for a few years and never got around to writing a review which really I should kick myself considering I've probably listened to this at least 4 times. Definitely one of my favorites and really my gateway drug into TJ's books.
T.J. Klune has done it again! I freaking loved this book! Instead of the maniacal laughter that usually accompanies his books, this one broke my heart a thousand times and I loved every single minute of it.
Love books love story's love using this as a way to detox
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!
The narrator was exceptional. I could tell he really got what TJ Klune was trying to do, all the inner dialogue, all of Bear's complexities were really brought to life by him.
When the world comes crashing down around Bear's ears and he escapes to the beach and Otter leaves his heartbreaking voicemails. Ack! The narrator did that so well.
I already said, but it seems to me that he really tapped into Bear's character. Be warned though, the second book in the series 'Who We Are' is narrated by one of the worst narrators I've ever encountered on audible. I really wish it could be done over by Sean Crisden.
A Rollercoaster of Angsty Goodness. Lol
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.
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