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
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.
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.
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