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Bear, Otter, and the Kid

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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

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    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-11-13
    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-11-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Engrossing from step one."

    I have to say - before anything else - that the narrator, Sean Crisden, absolutely nailed this one. Every character has a voice, and those voices built upon the characterization that T.J. Klune gave them, and brought them even more to life.

    Not that they needed any help. Bear, the Kid, and the cast of characters that surround them (especially Anna and Otter, of course) are so richly designed that they live and breathe for the reader (or, in my case, listener.)

    Without giving anything away, the situation is this: At eighteen, Bear is left with guardianship of his younger brother because his mother takes off with her boyfriend. His entire life narrows down to the realization that he needs to take care of his brother - the wonderfully written Kid from the title, who is barely six or so at the time. That his best friend, his best friend's bother (Otter) and his girlfriend Anna are there to help - not that Bear feels he can trust anyone ever again.

    This is the crux of the story, that Bear can't open himself up to accept help without mallet to the head, and that trust for him does not come easily.

    Also - there's the way he feels about his best friend's older brother - Otter - not that he wants to think about that at all.

    T.J. Klune spins a wonderful story here - it's engaging, it's enraging (seriously, Bear is so incredibly infuriating at times, but in a way that makes you keep going), it's sexy, it's emotionally disarming (the Kid is freaking adorable), and - frankly - it's completely engrossing. I was absolutely hooked on this story from step one.

    I'm definitely finding more T.J. Klune.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    pierre-luc Arnprior, ON, Canada 07-01-12
    pierre-luc Arnprior, ON, Canada 07-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Heartwarming and well-written, if a tad too long"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jo 06-04-12
    jo 06-04-12
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    "sweet story"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg D United States 09-04-15
    Greg D United States 09-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Is It Possible To Both Love and Hate a Book?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 04-25-14
    Angela 04-25-14
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    "Honey, I shrunk the Kid?....... Eh?"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say that Bear is my favorite and least favorite character at the same time.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Crisden?

    As I am writing this after listening to both audio books I would have to say Charlie David.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Listen, no. I did want to read it all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andra TIFTON, GA, United States 09-10-12
    Andra TIFTON, GA, United States 09-10-12
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    "Great Book and Great Listen!!"
    Would you listen to Bear, Otter, and the Kid again? Why?

    I would in a few years.


    What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of Bear, Otter, and the Kid and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Riverside, CA, United States 08-07-12
    Michael Riverside, CA, United States 08-07-12
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    "Such a great story!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SM-Leo81 08-18-17
    SM-Leo81 08-18-17 Member Since 2015

    Reading is my peace...

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    "WOW...why did I wait so long"

    This is an amazing story with great Narration. I don't know why it took me so long to read/listen to it but I am going to start the next one right away. I will write more of a review after the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Ankeny, IA, United States 04-12-17
    Steven Ankeny, IA, United States 04-12-17 Member Since 2014

    I like sci-fy and fantasy. My favorite books are Karen Miller's Kingmaker Kingbreaker series and Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles.

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    "Great"

    This was a rather unconventional M/M love story involving 3 MCs; Derek, who is straight (except for when it comes to Oliver) and Oliver, the older brother of Derek’s best friend. Oliver is gay and has always secretly been in love with Derek but never acted upon it since Derek is straight. Then we have Derek's younger brother, Tyson who is referred to as "The Kid" throughout the book. Tyson is extremely bright for a nine-year-old and it would seem that he is quite adept at taking care of his older brother Derek when the need arises. When Derek was 17 years old his mother abandoned him leaving him with the duty of raising the younger Tyson who is 6 years old at the time.

    The book opens three years later with a 20-year-old Derek having adjusted very well to the role of brother/father to now 9-year-old Tyson. At this time Oliver who had moved away for three years decides to return to Seafair, Oregon where our story takes place. Derek, who always had "feelings" for Oliver realizes that he loves him as they are reunited. Derek has to work through his “straight to gay” feelings, oddly enough with the help of his younger brother, Tyson. This situation lends itself to a lot of drama and humor throughout the book as Derek and Oliver both finally begin to put a label on the relationship they have. I'm not usually very fond of children when reading M/M fiction but in this case Tyson was an exception for me as I thoroughly enjoyed his part in the book. His role was usually to contribute what the reader is thinking and would like to interject into the book. Just when it seems like the two young men are making progress expressing their feelings toward each other Derek's homophobic mother suddenly returns and threatens to put an end to the relationship. How can our two young lovers overcome this obstacle that now rests between them? Will Derek be able to keep both Oliver and Tyson in his life?

    This is book one of a three-part series. It can be read as a standalone book also but if you're like me you will want to get the second book and probably the third because it is a joy to read. All the main characters and secondary characters are very well written and will capture your heart. I also listened to the audio version of this book and the narration was done by Sean Crisden. Sean is one of those narrators who does a great job with different voices and makes the reader forget that it is all being narrated by one person. On a scale of 1 to 5 I rated this book a solid 5 for both the story and narration and would highly recommend it to fans of M/M fiction.

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    Qwyattguy Seattle, WA, USA 02-10-17
    Qwyattguy Seattle, WA, USA 02-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVE this story & series"
    If you could sum up Bear, Otter, and the Kid in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet, heart-rending, heart-warming


    Who was the most memorable character of Bear, Otter, and the Kid and why?

    The Kid, just so damn precocious and a huge heart. All 3 are great though.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see the whole series of 3 books (1 more promised) be made into a short streaming series on Netflix or Amazon. Seriously. Casting would be key though, and the internal monologues might be tough to pull off if not handled correctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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